For many of us, moving is a stressful experience. Even if you’re using professional movers, Perth homeowners often worry about putting their entire world into a van. With all the stress of moving, the last thing you want is to worry about unpacking boxes to find your treasured items have been damaged. However, breakages in transit are often caused by poor packing materials. So, here is some expert advice from removalists, Perth movers should know about using great packing materials.
Padding materials should be considered the first line of defense to protect your items. Padding is needed to prevent your items from shifting within boxes. Your choice of padding needs to be based on what you’re trying to protect. For example, while newspaper was considered excellent padding for years, it can be abrasive. So, if you have items that are easily scuffed or scratched, you’ll need a softer material like foam. This may be more expensive, but it will provide the best protection. Other padding choices include bubble wrap, air packing pillows or styrofoam packing peanuts that are readily available.
While you can collect boxes from local supermarkets, there is a risk of the box being the wrong size and the bottom falling out when you’re carrying it. Since your moving boxes are the main barrier between the outside world and your possessions, they need to be sturdy and good quality. Try to avoid using the same boxes over and over as they can degrade over time. Buying new boxes specifically designed for moving will eliminate dirt that can build up inside the box and cause unnecessary damage.
Protect Your Fragile Items
While many items can cope with being handled a little roughly with minimal cosmetic damage, fragile items such as glassware are at great risk of damage. Therefore, you need to protect all your fragile items during the move.
Wine glasses should not be placed in any old box, as they will end up being at risk of cracks or chips. Fortunately, you can find boxes that are purpose designed for this task. You will also need to use bubble wrap and soft tissue to ensure that all your glassware is protected.
Another vulnerable item is mirrors. A large mirror is always challenging to move as it is thin yet highly fragile. It can’t be simply slid into a van or boxed away. You’ll need to get a fitted box, corner protectors and some type of padding such as moving blankets.
While it seems like any basic packing materials will do, the durability and quality of these materials can vary a great deal. For example, packing tape can lose its stickiness, just when you’re relying on it the most. So, investing in good quality materials can save you a great deal of stress during your move.
If you are searching for moving companies, Perth based Emmanuel Transport is ready to help. We are experienced removalists and can help you with a move of any size. So, before you sign up for any movers, be sure to speak to us; we’d be happy to answer any queries or questions you may have.