One of the most problematic parts of moving house is the risk that things will get damaged. You will likely be extremely concerned about the well being of items that are made from glass, china or any other breakable material, especially as they will have to be lumped in with everything else in a van, which will then subject all of your items to some severe vibrations and shaking as it moves. The transit part of a move is the most nerve wracking, as you can not do anything to protect your beloved belongings, as they are trapped away in the back of the van. This can be quite a tense period, as you will be terrified that you will open the rear of the van to find a bomb site of smashed up things that you once loved. The reality is that removals companies train their staff in handling and packing things in a way that prevents these sorts of things happening, but there are things that you should do to prevent the likelihood of such an event. As always with a move, you should start planning and packing well in advance of the actual date. This will give you time to source materials and work out ways of doing things in a cost effective as well as highly protective manner. You will not regret putting some thought in to the process, but you will regret neglecting your things, and losing them to the swinging space in the back of the van.
For a start, you need the right materials. Many who are concerned about their belongings’ safety will reach straight for the bubble wrap, but it is a high cost material, whose production is terrible for the environment. In some situations, you will need bubble wrap, but for the most part, tissue paper from a sustainable or recycled source will suffice, as scrunching or layering it will provide a protective barrier against things knocking in to each other. Having sturdy boxes that will not lose their shape is another vital material to have. Older boxes will crease more easily, which can mean that sticking them is unsafe. The result of a few boxes falling down from a pile in the van would be disastrous to the items within and around them, so be sure to buy new boxes, and make sure that you recycle them afterwards, as sending them to landfill is another ecological nightmare. make sure you are armed with plenty of packing tape, as it always seems to run out at the worst time. You can always use spare rolls of tape around the house if you have some left over, so do not be scared of getting an extra or two!
A sheet of paper between plates should be enough to dampen the vibrations that may cause them to mark each other or to crack, but it is worth filling out any empty space within boxes with bunched up tissue to prevent any movement. With large items you should find any smaller extremities that are likely to break off, and be sure to remove them if you can. If not, place protective cardboard or wood around them and tape in place. if you can, then highlight the area so that those who are moving the item can see that they need to watch out for that bit. Mirrors should be protected again with hardboard or cardboard, especially over the sheet glass, as cracking can be easy if it is not well protected.