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We all have breakable items in our homes. Dishes, glasses, upgraded smoke alarms, candle holders, picture frames, vases, fish tanks - all of these things need to get from A to B in one piece when you are moving. This can be difficult if you are not adequately prepared. There are several tips for packing breakables that may help you avoid an accident and get your valuables to your new home in one piece.

Wrapping Breakable Items

One of the things you need to remember when it comes to packing breakables is that you need the right level of protection. Bubble wrap is designed especially to protect your breakables but it can get expensive and you need to use a lot in order to keep the items completely safe. Furthermore, if the box breaks, then there is no guarantee that the breakables will not smash on the way down, even when wrapped in bubble wrap.

Wrapping each breakable item individually in a towel or a large item of clothing is also an option but again, there is no promise that your breakables will not smash even with this added protection. If you are using this method, make sure you remember where you have placed the items. You don't want to unravel a towel thinking nothing is in there only to have your candle holder break in a million pieces.

Another option is to purchase special boxes for breakable items. Moving companies will provide certain boxes to hold items such as glasses, dishes and glass bottles, each in an individual holder. However, if you are doing the move yourself, then you may need to buy these boxes. Again, just because each item is separated in its own compartment with a piece of cardboard wedged in between doesn't mean you can toss the box around.

When you are packing breakables, it is critical that you are labeling the boxes that do have breakable items in them. That way when you are lifting the items you will know to be extra careful. Movers are trained to handle all boxes with care, especially ones that are labeled breakable. However, sometimes things will break and insurance may not cover it. You might want to take a few of the breakable boxes with you in your car if you are making the drive to your new home. That way you are responsible and if something does happen, you only have yourself to blame.

Transporting Values When Moving

Another tip for packing breakables is to leave a lot of room in the boxes. Yes, your mission when packing is to pack up all of your life into several little boxes which means stuffing things in every corner and crevice. However, this is not the case when it comes to breakables. You want to be delicate and if that means only packing five items per box, followed by pillows, towels and blankets in between each item, then so be it. It is better that you know your items will be safe and that you need to use a couple more boxes than risking a bumpy ride and damaged goods along the way.

Tips for packing breakables will only get you so far. When you are driving with breakables in the car, try to avoid any potholes and drive on evenly sealed roads as much as possible. Keep your speed down and try to pack the breakable boxes on top so that they are secure but not crushed. All of these things can help ensure your cargo arrives in one piece.

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