They say there is an art to everything don’t they? And packaging is no different precious belongings and furnishings ending up broken during transit due to poor packaging is an all too common problem that many movers will face. Something may look securely packaged but that doesn’t always mean it is and likewise simply throwing padding or bubble wrap into a box won’t always mean something is safe either.
So what is the solution? How do you ensure that a removal box is securely packaged and ready for transport? David Hookins from Movecorp has 38 years of experience in the removals industry and shares his knowledge in this insightful video. In the video Mr Hookins explains that it isn’t just about how you wrap an item but also how you place it in the transit box.
Let’s take a look at some of the key points Mr Hookins highlights in this video and we’ll share our own expert advice as well.
Preparation: When packaging fragile items like glass and china it’s important that you prep carefully. Get all your fragile items that need packing laid out on a clear flat surface and ensure you have enough packaging materials to get everything wrapped up. With fragile belongings it’s best to get them all wrapped up and stored away in one go. W
Add Strengthening Touches: Depending on the boxes you’re using you might have to set them up yourself or they might already be ready to pack straight into. If you do have to assemble your boxes make sure you place plenty of tape on the bottom and joints, even if the moving boxes are already set up you should do this anyway as a precaution. Don’t be light on the tape either remember to much is better than to little.
The Importance of Padding: You’re almost ready to start packing but before you do make sure you add some extra padding to the bottom of the box. There’s many materials you can use to accomplish this including padding like towels, small pillows, blankets and even professional packing materials like bubble wrap, packaging paper and polystyrene.
Packing Order: Once you’ve got everything laid out and ready to go where do you start? The best way to safely pack fragile items is start with the largest and heaviest items first and pack away the smallest and lightest last.
Keep It Level: Keeping your packaging level will help ensure your belongings safety during transit, the more level the packaging the less risk there is of items moving around in the box. You should also try to ensure the each level on the box as a flat surface so you can safely stack items on top of each other. Putting in extra layers of padding can help you accomplish this.
Plates and Glasses: Two of the most common fragile items people will be packing deserve a special mention. Plates should be wrapped individually and stacked on top of each other you could also apply tape after they been wrapped to ensure the packing materials are secure. Glasses again should be wrapped individually and tapped and you should also scrunch up packing paper (newspaper will do as a substitute) and place it inside larger pieces to reduce the amount of empty space.
Leave Some Room and Secure It: It might be tempting to pack your boxes all the way to the top but this is not a good idea. Remember you need to leave space for a layer of padding and need to ensure the box isn’t too heavy and can be taped securely shut. Last of all make sure you add plenty of tape to the box once it is full, again too much is better than to little.