Your precious glasses and china are likely to break during transport unless you follow the correct packing process.
Devoting the time and effort to wrap items with the correct technique will minimise breakage. The correct packing process is detailed in this step by step guide.
The essential guide for packing glasses and plates is provided below, with each step expanded further on.
Step 1 - Empty your cupboards and decide what you want to keep.
Moving is hopefully something you don't do too often. When you do, it can be surprising how much stuff you have managed to accumulate.
Cups and glasses are typical culprits of clutter. Reconcile your items and only take what you need. Any leftover items you can recycle by taking them to your local charity shop.
Decluttering at the beginning will save you time packing and on transport costs. It will also ensure you only take what you need to your new place.
Step 2 - Purchase packing materials.
Despite the temptation to find free boxes and packing materials, we would recommend splashing out and purchasing some quality packing materials. If you want your precious glassware, plates, and cups to arrive safely, your packing materials will be critical. There is nothing more annoying than an incomplete dinner set, so invest in suitable materials to transport them. The correct packing materials needed include the following:
Hiring Removals Boxes - Is now the most viable option for getting packing material these days. The quality of the boxes is much better because they are plastic-coated. There are boxes specifically designed, such as glass boxes with dividers that minimise the time needed to prepare your boxes. If you need your boxes for less than three months, hiring boxes will be cheaper than buying packing materials.
You can hire boxes online via a website such as www.theboxrentalcompany.com.au
The Box Rental Company hire out highly durable plastic-coated boxes in a range of styles that include:
Step 3 - Prepare your boxes.
Preparing your boxes is often overlooked but is an essential step to avoiding a disaster. If you don't prepare the moving boxes and the bottom falls out in transport, it will lead to significant breakage. Preparing your moving boxes includes:
Hiring quality plastic-coated boxes, such as glass boxes with dividers, can minimise the time needed to prepare your boxes.
Step 4 - Set up your packing area.
Clear a space that is light and free of clutter. Packing requires repetitive motion. If you don't have a comfortable space, you can injure yourself by putting excess strain on your back. If your packing space is full of clutter, it will inevitably lead to knocking things over and dropping things. Create a clear space with good light to avoid injury and breakage.
Step 5 - Wrap each item individually.
Plates are wrapped differently from glasses. Every glass or mug will require a slightly different technique, but the process will be essentially the same.
To wrap glasses
To wrap plates
Step 6 - Place items in the box, seal and label
Items moving in the box will be the key reason for any breakage during transport. When placing items into the moving box, fill any vacant space with packing paper to ensure limited movement during transport.
Avoid over stacking boxes and ensure that all the box lid flaps close comfortably. Also, check that your boxes are not over stacked and too heavy for the box to contain.
Labelling boxes is a critical part of a smooth move. Be detailed with your labelling. Include the following on each label:
Labelling will be valuable for packing the truck but also incredibly important during the unpacking process.
Step 7 - Place in the truck for transport
Transportation is where the majority of breakage will occur. Going over speed bumps and turning corners will lead to items moving in the truck. Straps are required to secure all boxes and items from moving in the truck. Some key factors that avoid breakage during transport are:
A professional moving service will have insurance for breakage during transport. They will also have extensive knowledge of how to pack, wrap, and transport fragile items.
If you are hiring a moving company, don't get seduced purely by a removalist's price. Like all things in life, you get what you pay for.
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