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If this is your first time moving home you might be wondering how to wrap glass, plates and other breakable items for your upcoming move.

We have been in the removals business for many years and consider ourselves experts when it comes to moving house. We offer our customers a full or part packaging service as we know exactly what were doing when it comes to packing.

The key to a successful move is to prepare and to make sure you have the right packaging materials on hand. It’s advisable to always pack your breakable items together and label your boxes – so you know exactly where everything needs to go at your new address.

We would like to help you to protect your breakable items for moving by provide you with some of our hints and tips on how to wrap your breakables to avoid a moving mishap.

Pack your breakable items first

You should consider packing your fragile items first – the reason being it takes more time and effort to wrap/pack breakables. Get this done first, as it makes sense to put all your fragile items together to prevent breakages.

Make sure your box is right

Depending upon how many fragile items you have you need to have the right size of box for the job at hand. Don’t overload boxes or stuff loads into a large box as this can also cause breakages.

Dishes, cups and other small breakable items should be packed in a box made of thicker cardboard and some boxes even have dividers to help prevent breakages. We offer a range of packing materials, so just ask us for assistance if you are unsure.

Cushion your box

You should always start packing breakable items in a cushioned box with newspaper, tissue paper or packing paper to cushion everything.

You really want to make sure your breakable items have a cushion of support to prevent them from breaking. Line each side of the box with crumpled paper to prevent damage.

The top and bottom of the box should have crumpled paper and you can also place an additional layer of cardboard on the top and sides. It’s better to overfill your box with cushioning and you can easily push it down and tape it closed.

Be careful if you hear rattling in the box when it’s full, there probably isn’t enough packing paper to prevent damage. When you begin packing, place breakable items in the box with the heaviest, sturdiest breakables at the bottom and the most fragile at the top.

Leave no spaces

By that we mean make sure your box is tightly packed and that there are no spaces. If there are any spaces fill it with packing paper to prevent any damage.

You can also nest smaller wrapped items within larger items to offer more support.

Wrap each item

You should aim to wrap each breakable item with a sheet of wrapping paper and put another sheet of crumpled paper inside. Vases and ornaments should be packed tight with paper to keep them from breaking.

You can wrap glass or very delicate items in several layers of paper to offer better protection. You can also use bubble wrap to protect your fragile items instead of paper.

Remember the packing tape

Use packing tape as its wider and stronger to close up boxes ready for the journey ahead. You should also make sure the bottom of the box is secure and that it is taped well to avoid anything falling out the bottom of it.

Mark your box as fragile

Finally, make sure your delicate items are marked as FRAGILE so you know to take extra care when handling it.

We hope you found these tips helpful and if you need help with your removal give us a call to find out more.

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  1. What top tips can you share with us to protect your breakables for moving?
  2. What kind of packing materials have you found work best to protect your breakable possessions?

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