When moving house, the last thing you want is to find your dishes and glassware broken once you start unpacking. If you are willing to learn how to safely pack and transport your dishes, then this is the right place for you. Read on for some useful tips on packing up your kitchen and dishes for the move.
It’s no secret that a household move can be very unpredictable depending on the circumstances, therefore a relevant strategy (if not experience) would help.
According to our customers’ experience, a kitchen seems to be the most difficult room to deal with when it comes to preparing for the household move.
Guidelines for packing your dishes for moving
Whether your dishes are traveling across town or to another state you would like to ensure they are delivered in one piece by taking some basic safety measures.
– Start packing up early. While some kitchen items can be packed without too much thought, others require special approach.
– Sort through your dishes and decide what’s worth keeping. As a result, you will reduce the amount of items that need to packed, transported and unpacked and therefore save time and money.
– Collect quality packing supplies so as to ensure a safe moving experience:
– sturdy medium sized boxes/dish boxes;
– packing paper
– protective material – bubble wrap, padding material, newspapers
– packing tape
– Find out where you can find cheap or free moving boxes that can hold the weight of your dishes during the move. Although cardboard boxes from liquor or grocery stores may seem like an ideal solution, consider using dish pack boxes which are designed to provide suitable protection.
– Reinforce the bottom of the moving boxes using the packing tape. Also, use crushed packing paper or newspapers to pad the interior of the boxes so as to avoid sliding during the transport. Bare in mind that if you use newspapers as a padding or wrapping material, you will probably have to wash each item upon the unpacking due to the ink residues.
– First pack heavy and sturdy dishes and don’t hesitate to use large amounts of packing paper to wrap each item individually. An easy rule of thumb to remember – heavy dishes are to be packed on bottom, lighter items on top. Fragile dishes should be placed on the upper part of the box since very thin glassware requires special attention and extra cushioning material.
– Once you arrange dishes in the moving box make sure all gaps are filled with packing paper, newspaper or towels so that your precious glassware cannot move inside the box while being transported.
– Plates should be placed vertically as if in a dishwasher, while cups should be packed upside down with secured handles. Needless to say, adding one final layer of packing paper, bubble wrap or towels will provide an extra protection to your breakables during the transition.
– Once the box is packed, shake it slightly so as to check if your dishes are completely immobilized.
– Label moving boxes as fragile and indicate their destination so that your movers know where to put them.
– When loaded on the moving truck make sure the boxes won’t shift during the move. Also, carrying too heavy moving boxes may result in serious damage to the dishes since the box bottom is likely to break under the excessive weight.
– If you are unsure as to how to pack your dishes properly, you can always get in touch with professional packers and find out how much they charge. Also, if your move is handled by a professional moving company, you may be interested in additional services they offer like packing and unpacking. So, instead of putting your expensive dish sets at risk, let professionals pack up your kitchen and move your dishes with the utmost care.