Fragile materials are the household items that are most likely to get damaged during a house move. In other words, fragile materials can get broken even if you are very careful while handling them. Some fragile materials include glassware, antiques, mirrors, musical instruments, electrics bulbs, vases, and chinaware. Unlike other items that you only need to pick back up or not worry about, the slightest carelessness while handling fragile materials could damage them or render them absolutely useless.
Keeping fragile materials safe is not only done by being very careful while handling and moving them; you have to know how to pack them, how to transport them, and how to unpack them. You need to know some important tips that will help you ensure your cherished fragile materials are absolutely safe all through every activity involved in your house move.
Below are six points to consider while moving fragile materials:
1. DO NOT MOVE ANY FRAGILE MATERIAL YOU DON’T NEED
One of the ways to make house move easy and fast is by moving only the things that you need. Some of your belongings may have become useless to you over the years and there are some that you don’t even know still exists. Such belongings should be sold or given out to people who might find them useful and you can trash those that are absolutely useless. Create a list of all fragile materials that you own and pick out the ones you no longer need. Giving them out or selling the fragile items that you no longer need will earn you some money or gratitude, which is much better than getting them damaged while moving them.
2. PACK AND MOVE YOUR FRAGILE ITEMS WITH EXTRA CAUTION
I don’t think anyone need to be told to be extra careful while handling fragile items. You must supervise your movers on the day of your move and move slowly while carrying boxes containing fragile materials. Also, secure the boxes with ropes in the moving truck and instruct anyone driving the truck to drive with caution; the boxes must not jiggle in the truck while in transit.
3. GET THE RIGHT PACKING MATERIALS
Fragile materials must be packed only with appropriate packing materials. Some of the essential packing materials for fragile items are strong cardboard boxes, bubble wrap, packing paper, packing tape, and permanent marker.
4. PREPARE THEIR BOXES
After ensuring the boxes are strong and have no structural damage; tape the bottom and side, then place crumpled paper on the bottom of each box.
5. PAD THEIR BOXES
Fragile items must be well padded if you don’t want them to wobble and get damaged during transit. You can pad them with any material that you think is soft and will allow no movement of the fragile materials. You can use materials like towels, cloths, wads of paper, foam, or bubble wrap to pad boxes for fragile materials.
6. GIVE THEIR BOXES A SPECIAL LABELING
Each boxes containing fragile materials must be labeled “FRAGILE” to tell anyone handling them they must be handled with extra caution.