How to Protect Glassware and Fragile Items when Moving

Posted on March 23, 2021 by Shaun Vallance
How to Protect Glassware and Fragile Items when Moving

When it comes to moving to a new home, everyone has concerns before the big day arrives. One of the things people worry about most is relocating with glassware and similarly fragile items. It’s almost an expectation in some people’s minds that breakages will occur when they move. What’s the best way to protect fragile goods when relocating?

In this article, we’ll look into the best practise when packing and moving glass objects. We’re paying particular attention to glass because it’s a one-shot deal to get right. The Woods Removals team have decades of experience, so we know a thing or two about protecting glassware for removals and storage situations.  

Woods Removals Five-Step Plan to Protect Valuables when Moving –

When it comes to glassware, all it takes is one collision midway through the move, and something breaks. It doesn’t need to be a powerful smash either; just a minor knock can cause damage which usually ends badly. That’s why things like object positioning and vehicle arrangement are vitally important for removals. Additionally, so is using the right amount of packing materials and the correct type of packaging.

It all adds up to a bigger picture – a successful relocation where nothing smashes during transportation or unpacking. This can only happen when everything gets there safely and in one piece. That’s why you’ll need a reputable removals company where handling and packing are their top priority.

Luckily, Woods Removals employ time-served professionals who handle every item with the utmost care and skill. We have a vast collective level of experience which we apply to every job we sign on for. There’s little to no room for error when it comes to delicate glass ornaments, furniture and appliances. That’s why we prepare in detail and assess everything thoroughly before the moving day.

1: Organise Your Relocation with a Reputable Mover –

One of the key decisions you’ll make when protecting your glassware is using a removals company with a track record for excellent customer service. And Woods Removals fits this category on every front. We pay particular attention to our role as a service provider, which is a combination of customer care and service delivery.

To ensure we accomplish this for every removals and storage job, there’s a central Quality Policy in place. This is the foundation of how we continually strive for excellence and go beyond our customers’ expectations. But you might wonder how customer service factors into transporting fragile items between two locations.

It’s all in the attention to detail and experience within the removal company’s team. At Woods Removals, we work with experts who have decades of time-served knowledge. This equates to an authority for safeguarding glass items during every stage of a relocation. That’s everything, from the proper packaging through to the arrangement within the removal’s vehicle.

If your upcoming relocation in Dorset involves glass and similarly delicate objects, you’ll need us on board. We’ll guide you through the whole process, including tips on wrapping each piece to prevent any rubbing and contact when the van is moving.

2: Use Better Quality Packing Materials –

You might think the main factor in damage occurring comes from objects moving around in the removal van between locations. When, in truth, a lot of issues stem from people using inferior packing materials. Ever been in a situation where it’s the moving week, and you’re scrambling from corner shop to your local supermarket, asking for cardboard boxes?

The main problem with these boxes is they’ve already had the strain of holding items, potentially heavy stock. Additionally, stores keep their boxes in storerooms and warehouses, often in cold conditions. And unlike our storage units, they don’t have environmental controls to maintain room temperature. This leads to moisture seeping into the cardboard, which breaks down the structure.

You can guess what happens when a reasonably heavy glass ornament goes into a weak box. The best way to avoid this is by buying some new boxes and containers specifically for moving. It’s an additional expense, but would you prefer to invest in some sturdy removal’s boxes or deal with the insurance palaver of replacing your best glasses?

Of course, you won’t have to worry about this if you sign up with Woods Removals. We provide our removal’s teams with industry quality removal boxes, containers, and packaging. However, if you’re doing this yourself, please don’t cut corners by using old boxes.

3: Put Glassware and Fragile Items in Last –

We’re going to continue looking at preparing for relocation from more than one perspective. If you’re doing some or all of the move yourself, there certain things you’ll need to understand. We’ll cover more about how to organise the vehicle that’s transporting everything in the next section. However, there’s one point that we need to stress in more detail – put the glassware and fragile items in last.

You’ll need to make sure they won’t come into contact with any bulky furniture or appliances when in transit. The sure-fire way of doing this is to wait until the larger pieces are in the vehicle, held in position with straps. Most movers will avoid having heavy items near the doors, as it’s too difficult to get into the van to do anything once you arrive.

Gather all your glassware and fragile pieces and put them to one side, ensuring they’re safe. Pack the whole van, leaving a small space near the vehicle’s backdoor. Then, you can pack your delicate items away, all individually wrapped, and place them in last. The idea is simple – last in, first off. You’ll be able to keep your valuables at a safe distance from the rest of the load.

4: The Importance of the Removal Van’s Arrangement –

Following on from our previous point, it’s crucial to get this part of the process right. Regardless of whether you do the relocation yourself or a moving company does it, there are things you can’t do without. The first is organising everything within the van to reduce or remove any contact during the journey.

Then, the second point is to make sure there’s an adequate level of packaging for everything. This ties in with the first consideration, as you’ll need things like wrapping on the inside and outside of some boxes and containers. To prevent any friction or movement for the significant furniture and appliances, it’s possible to have foam sheets to cushion and restrict motion.

Our third and final tip is to use external stickers and draw a quick map of where you place things before you set off. This will be helpful when the van arrives, and unpacking begins. You’ll know where everything is, and an initial check for damage can happen. It’s also straightforward to take specific boxes and move them directly into their intended room.

5: Consider Adding a Packing Service –

This is where we’re going to change direction and suggest you forget most of the previous sections. By delegating your packing to the Woods Removals team, you won’t have to worry about packing materials or positioning your glassware. We’ll do all that for you, meaning you won’t have to lift a finger, and everything will go smoothly.

Packing is a skill lifelong removal experts understand and apply with precision. Moreover, it requires studious attention to detail to make sure they account for everything. For us, skimming over something could have dire consequences, so we take measures to double, and triple check every task. We undertake a thorough assessment, provide a quote, and if everyone agrees, we’ll put together a strategy.

Moving to a new house or flat can be stressful and time-consuming, primarily if you work full-time and have a family. Why not let us do the packing and other related duties? You’ll have peace of mind your possessions are in safe hands. This will also free you to take on the numerous other tasks involved with relocating.

Woods Removals – Experts in Handling and Transporting Valuable Goods –

At Woods Removals, we know that it’s vital to facilitate a good relationship with our customers. We design every removals and storage package from the point of view of their experience. That’s why we encourage feedback to provide a range of services to cover as many situations as possible. And we’re fortunate to have repeat customers who often recommend us to family, friends, and colleagues.

The Woods team prepare everything in detail, well in advance of the moving day. We have removals and storage packages to suit everyone’s needs, and we make sure they’re the most affordable rates on the market. Every relocation comes with the promise of excellent service delivery that’s efficient and cost-effective. Moreover, your belongings will be safe during the move.

If you’re moving soon and have concerns about glassware and other fragile items, please contact us today. We have a comprehensive understanding of how correctly packing everything reduces the risk of breakages occurring.