Our shipping partners are all experts on the transportation of fragile shipments. For the everyday person, it can be a mystery. That’s why we’ve put together these tips for those of you doing those everyday non-commercial moves at home. Moving fragile items might make you nervous, but don’t fret. Here are a few tips to make shipping your instrument, fine china, or antique furniture a bit less scary:
Break it Down
You want to eliminate movable parts and isolate fragile pieces as much as possible. If your fragile shipment can be disassembled, break it down as much as possible. It’s easier to protect a single glass ornament in it’s own padded box than it is to protect that same piece attached to a piece of furniture, and in the event of an accident, you won’t damage everything.
Remember That It Needs to be Moved
Sometimes when damage-proofing fragile goods, it becomes inconvenient or cumbersome to actually move the item. Heavy padding may protect furniture from dings and scratches, but improperly arranged you’ll have nowhere for a comfortable grip. When an object becomes difficult to move, the odds of an ‘incident’ skyrocket.
All the careful packaging in the world can’t compensate for careless shipping. Tossing your valuable goods in a cramped trunk or loose in truck bed may not be the best way to get them where they’re going. Mailing is likewise a questionable option, but you can insure shipments to be sure
So take care how your goods are transported. That might mean putting a bit of care into shipping it yourself, or hiring a specialist company to handle your fragile goods. What best suits your needs will depend on what exactly you are moving–fine china is one thing, a grand piano another.