One of the most nerve-racking experiences for both commercial and residential movers is how to pack their high-value items. At Liffey Moving we have been in business for over two decades and we have seen all kinds of packing strategies. Today we are going to give you some of our tips on how to pack your high-value items.
· What to consider High-Value?
If your items look like they could easily break, then chances are they can. Most items fall under the category of artwork, glass, musical instruments, and screens. If you are unsure ask our team at Liffey Moving or simply follow the instructions here. Though your items may not all be high-value they should still follow the same basic packing rules.
High-value items of course include those of high monetary value, but also include those of sentimental value. Antiques, family heirlooms and whatever else you consider important to you should follow the same rules as your breakable items. Your high-value items should be some of the first items you pack and labelled correctly from that start.
·Get the Right Sized Boxes
This is arguably the most important factor, other than choosing the best moving company in NYC when packing breakable and high-value items. You'll want to get boxes of varying sizes. This is to ensure that items fit into the boxes correctly and be packed tightly and safely. The ideal box should accommodate the wrapping paper and bubble wrap for extra safety, checkout or packing supply checklist. Ask our wonderful team on what they consider to be your best option.
Apart from the size, you also need to put the box material into consideration. Get boxes with hard protective covering that will ensure the safety of your items. The material should trump size when it comes to your high-value items. It's better to get a bigger, durable box than a smaller one with poor material covering. You can always try to fit in more items or fill up the extra space with packing peanuts.
Nobody wants to hear their high-value items moving about when they start to move. It's never a good sign.
Ask your professionals are Liffey Moving on free packing boxes and other packing materials that we can supply to you. Check out our guide to packing boxes for more information.
· Don't be afraid of going overboard with the wrapping
Remember that these are items that could easily get damaged and cost you a fortune if you lose them. Investing in wrapping material is a good move. When going to purchase the bubble wrap, don't hold back. Cost-effective wrapping supplies can be found in most local stores and you can use plenty of items around the house for the budget and eco-friendly among us.
How do you know when you have wrapped your item safely? The bubble wrap should cover the entire surface. What’s more, you need to be careful if you have uniquely shaped items. Use paper wrapping for ceramics and glass and this can be followed by bubblewrap afterwards. We can point you in the direction of recyclable packing items if that would make things easier.
A lot of your packing supplies can be reused and repurposed, especially if you choose to store your high-value items.
· Make sure the Wrapping is Attached Securely
Getting enough wrapping and ensuring that it stays in place during the entire moving process are two different things. You’ll need to use a variety of materials to ensure that the wrapping stays in place.
Masking and sellotape will be two of your friends when doing this. Liffey Moving will do our utmost to ensure the safety of your items, but correct packaging will be the first line of defence.
You should seal boxes from halfway up to ensure maximum protection. Other than that, it's a good idea to tape up in a criss-cross manner for durability.
· Weather: The Great Destroyer
When people think of protecting items from damage, they focus on the handling aspect of the move and forget about the most ruthless destroyer out there: the weather. This mostly applies to long-distance moving. You need to put measures in place to protect your goods from rain, storms, and excessive heat (where applicable). Plastic bags and shrink wraps will help keep moisture out of your box.
One way to ensure that weather never becomes a factor is by choosing a moving company such as Liffey Moving. We do the heavy lifting, moving and planning so you don’t have to.
· The Packing Process
We listed three tips for packing breakable and high-value goods. Now, let's have a look at how you should pack these items in a stepwise procedure.
- Get your item. It might be a screen, musical instrument, piece of artwork, literally anything. Now, carefully wrap it in enough bubble wrap.
- Did you get the box? Great, now place the item here. If there are spaces, you can fill them with packing peanuts. The goal is to ensure that the item remains still throughout the moving process.
- Finally, ensure that you have properly labelled your items, this helps us out in knowing what order to pack things and it allows you to quickly get unpacked in your new home or office.
For further tips on packing in NYC you can check out our tips section, otherwise get in touch with the team today if you have any questions regarding your high-value items.