If you’ve moved to a new house before, you’ll know that the chances of something being damaged to some extent are fairly high. But, while it might be easy to tolerate a slight scratch on furniture or a wall, if something breaks, it could be very disappointing.
Of course, it’s the things that break the easiest that are at the highest risk of breaking during a move. And your glassware and dinnerware are among the most breakable things you’ll move.
But if you pack and handle them properly, even your glassware, you can expect that keep everything intact throughout the move. Here are our top 5 tips for packing glassware for a move:
1. Use the Right Box
First, if you have the box that the glassware came in, that would be ideal. The next best thing would be to use a solid box with dividers in it; either a specific china moving box or boxes from the liquor stores. Finally, any solid box will do, but you’ll have to pack the glassware more carefully in an undivided box.
It’s important not to use a box that’s too large because it will be heavier to carry, which increases the chances that it will fall or be dropped.
2. Pad the Box
No matter which box you use, you should line it with bubble wrap.
4. Wrap Each Glass
Newspaper is a great wrapping material. Wrap the entire glass inside and out using at least two sheets of newsprint.
5. Pack the Box
If you have a divided box, place one glass (or three or four glasses that can stack together) into each division. If the box is open inside, pack the glasses as close together as you can and add as much extra packing material as needed to prevent them from moving around while they are moved.
6. Seal the Box
After the box is packed, seal it with packing tape and make sure to write the word ‘Fragile’ on every side of the box.
Of course, your glassware should be packed in a safe spot in the moving truck where it won’t be crushed or fall. You might want to consider taking your glassware and other breakable to your new home in your own vehicle to make sure nothing happens to it during the move.