When you are moving, there will be some different categories of "stuff to pack" (furniture, appliances, clothing, electronics, photo albums, etc.). In this post, we will focus on packing your valuable items like antiques, fragile "museum-type" pieces, artwork and musical instruments which can be very valuable and VERY fragile! Here are some tips for packing precious items for your next move.
Free boxes are always a nice thing to have when you're moving, but for some of your most valuable items you may want to buy high-grade packing boxes or even plastic crates with professional packing material.
Free boxes are still a great option for stuff that can take the abuse and don't need the more costly, thicker cardboard like clothing, toys, garden tools.
When packing musical instruments (even if you have cases) you can get FREE boxes from chain music stores. Every day, they unwrap new instruments and just throw out the boxes. Many of them will give you a box that will fit your guitar, bass or drum perfectly.
Something as simple as taping up your frames and photographs can actually make a big impact on preserving their integrity. Putting an X with masking tape on your glass surfaces can actually keep glass from shattering.
You can also make your own custom boxes for each piece. Break down some bigger boxes, and cut and fold to surround the painting and frame (keeping it tight). Once it's wrapped, one or 2 times over, with cardboard. Then, use packing tape to lock it down. You can also use bubble wrap to help prevent scuffs.
It’s impossible to over-pack and over-protect valuable items like dishes or collectibles. Tape up collectibles with bubble wrap, and wrap dishes in several layers of paper to protect them even over short distance moves. They also make different size bubbles, so be sure to get smaller bubbles for smaller items.
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