How to Protect 6 Commonly Damaged Items When Moving

When preparing for a house move, there are a lot of things to worry about. One of them is the safety of your items. Of course, you would want everything to arrive in your newly-bought home free of any damage.

However, there are items that are more prone to damage than others. And this can be an added expense and headache on your part because of the fact that you may need to replace them. Luckily, there are ways to protect them and keep them damage-free throughout the removal process.

Read further to learn about the six items that can easily get damaged when moving and how to protect them.

1. Glassware

Because of their fragile nature, your glassware and dishes are at a higher risk of chipping or breaking during your move. But with simple steps, you can guarantee their safety.

For your drinking and wine glasses, place them on a packing paper horizontally. Pack them like you are wrapping a burrito – roll the glass on the paper and tuck the sides in. Also, cushion the bottom of the box.

For your plates, individually wrap each plate using packing papers. And before placing them in the box, place a cushion at the bottom. The key here is not to hear the dishes rattle inside the box and to reduce the pressure on your items, pack your plates vertically in the box instead of laying them on top of each other.

Packing these breakable items can be hard if you don’t know how to keep them safe. The key is to use a box that is specifically designed for moving them and to use dividers whenever possible to prevent them from rubbing or banging each other while in transit. Also, don’t forget to add a bit of protection and cushioning using packing papers or towels.

2. Lampshades

Because of their awkward size and shape, lampshades can be challenging to pack. Improper packing can lead to dents and scratches.

The best way to protect your lampshade is to use bubble wrap to cover every inch. Also, fill its interior cavity and its box with packing papers to prevent it from moving during transport. Moreover, avoid placing any item on top of it, even the soft ones.

3. Mirrors

When it comes to moving mirrors, most people pack them in picture boxes. Take note that without protection around it, it can still incur damages during the move.

Therefore, you must wrap your mirrors in bubble wraps or packing papers. Furthermore, use tapes to further secure it. Again, fill any gaps in the box with crumpled paper and place only one mirror in a box.

4. Books

Books that are not packed properly can get damaged. For instance, the covers can get damaged and the edges can get folded when they are placed too tight together. On the contrary, when they are packed with lots of gaps or air pockets inside the box, they can shift while in transit, causing wrinkled covers and smashed corners.

As much as possible, use a book box and place each book horizontally with the heaviest at the bottom. If you have lots of books to transport, don’t pack them in a single box because they can be too heavy to move. And if there are any gaps, fill them with packing papers.

5. Electronics

Your electronics can be huge and extremely delicate, which makes them challenging to move. Though protecting their outer shells can be easy, ensuring that their inner part remains intact is quite hard. So make sure to pad them with bubble wraps, blankets or towels to protect them from the rough ride.

Whenever possible, use their original boxes. Otherwise, you have to look for boxes that are specially designed to protect them. You should also wrap each electronic component individually before placing them in the box. Most importantly, avoid stacking them!

6. Furniture

Moving furniture to another state or country can be a hassle, especially if most of them are huge and heavy. Sofa arms, corners, and table legs are prone to getting bumped during the removal process. It can help to disassemble wherever possible and wrap them properly. Drawers, for instance, must be removed or secured before moving your furniture.

Furthermore, cover the furniture to protect it in case it comes in contact with anything. You can use plastic wraps, sheets, or furniture pads. Most importantly, make sure that the furniture is moved by enough trained people.


A Smooth Relocation

The removal process is a stressful endeavor. From packing your items, transporting them and settling in your new home, there are plenty of things to do and consider to ensure a successful relocation.

But there is a way to make this process easier and stress-free – and that is to hire a reputable removal company. In fact, having professional removalists by your side throughout your removal is the best way to ensure the safety of all your items. With their expertise and skills, they can pack your items in such a way that they remain intact throughout the move.

Furthermore, they are equipped with the right packing materials to secure these commonly damaged items. So for your upcoming removal, don’t hesitate to let expert removalists help you so you can have enough time to focus on more important things, such as selling your home, and still guarantee a stress-free move.



Robert Wise, Sales Administration Manager at Nuss Removals, has been a respected figure in the removals industry for over 20 years. His attention to detail and the ability to truly understand the needs of the customer have ensured the successful relocation of thousands of satisfied individuals and families. For moving and storage across Australia and around the world, Robert’s wealth of experience ensures his customers are in safe hands.


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Mihir Patel

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