Although moving out of one home and into your next one can be very stressful at times, it’s important not to get lazy when it comes to packing and storing your items. Although you want to the whole process to be over with quickly, you will also want to have your possessions safe and intact so you can enjoy them in your new home!

At Brycelands, we take this seriously and of course we’ll do everything we can to look after your household items when you choose us to provide your home removal service. However, the only way to guarantee your items are safe while in transit and in storage is to make sure you pack all the most fragile items very carefully.

Here we list the five most commonly damaged types of item during a move, and suggest some professional tips on keeping them safe from harm.

1) Home furnishings

The risk: Furniture tends to be particularly heavy which makes moving it safely very tricky. Furniture can easily get scratched, torn or otherwise damaged during removals.

What to do: Dismantle every item you can and transport the pieces separately before reassembling in your new property. Wrap up any protruding parts or edges to minimise the risk of them getting broken.

2) Glassware

The risk: Glass is known to be highly breakable and is not designed to be handled roughly or packed in with other items. Most broken glass is extremely difficult to repair.

What to do: Wrap small glasses and ornaments individually to prevent scratches and store them in clearly labelled boxes. For larger glass frames, mirrors and so on, do the same but keep them in their own individual boxes.

3) Sports equipment

The risk: Some items may be made from sensitive materials and any slight damage could render them useless for their original purpose. Most sports items are designed to be light so they may not be particularly durable.

What to do: Invest in specially designed protective bags or cases for your sports equipment so everything is held in place securely. Check manuals for any specific advice on handling your equipment.

4) Plants

The risk: Plants are generally awkwardly shaped and very easily torn or crushed. They can also be damaged if they can’t get any air or light for long periods of time.

What to do: Get hold of some specially designed crates with air holes in to store small and medium sized plants, and use cable ties to stop them getting stems broken off or trapped. Larger plants probably cannot be packed safely with other items and should be moved on their own.

5) Artwork and ornaments

The risk: Most decorative items and works of art are designed to look attractive but not to withstand any rough handling. Paintings, pottery and other items are all very easily damaged.

What to do: Items of all sizes should have plenty of additional packaging around the edges and most vulnerable parts to minimise the risk of any impact. Corners of frames, handles and other parts should be especially protected. Labelling artwork is essential so handlers know to take extra care.

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