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Guide to Packing Crystal Glassware & Fine China When Moving

Moving in Melbourne, FL, can be an arduous process full of concern and stress. This is perhaps especially true when it comes to packing and storage. Packing might be the least popular portion of a move – the one part that almost everyone likes to push off to the very last moment. It should be noted, however, that if you have the task of moving fragile items, you should begin packing early and ensure that every box is carefully packed. The last thing you want to do is end up with a box of broken glass, right? Let’s take a look at some tips to help make moving crystal glassware and fine china in Palm Bay, FL, a breeze.

Do Your Research

First of all, don’t just start tossing glassware and china in boxes without any rhyme or reason. Before you begin packing, take some time to take a careful inventory of your fine china and crystal. You should make note of the condition of the items before they were packed, if possible, and even take pictures to back up the written account. Next, make sure that you have the proper insurance needed to properly cover the value of such items. Once you have that sorted out, it’s time to go out and buy plenty of packing supplies. Don’t go for the cheap stuff, either – opt for strong, sturdy packing options that will adequately protect your fragile items.

Pack Carefully

First of all, you want to keep your glassware and your plates separate. Divide them up as you begin to pack to make this process easier. Test the strength of your boxes and make sure that you’re confident they can support the weight of your items. Wrap your dinnerware and  your glassware to help prevent any sudden, jarring moves from breaking them once they are in the box. You can also put packing paper in the opening of the glassware itself. Put down a layer of soft, protective packing material at the bottom of the box to help in this endeavor, and then begin packing.

Keep your items carefully wrapped and pack from largest/heaviest to smallest/lightest. That means that if you have heavy, large pint glasses, they should go into the box first. You also want to separate them with dividers as much as possible and stuff any empty space in the box with bubble wrap or another form of protective packing material to help keep things in place.

Label Those Boxes

This is one of the most important steps of this guide! Make sure that you label your boxes. Label their contents as well as the fact that they are fragile. You don’t want to spend hours carefully packing your china only to have an unknowing helper pack the box first and pile heavy items on top of it. Clearly label it as fragile in multiple locations on the box. Finally, include an inventory of the items in the box before you seal it up. This helps you make sure you aren’t missing anything and can also help you find everything more easily once you’ve arrived at your new location.

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