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PACKING AND PREPARING YOUR ITEMS
-> Packing questions
Feb 04, 15:45
Question by bgreenwell (Bob)


How do I pack glass objects?

Hi, How should I handle the glass inserts in bookcases, etc. Is there a charge for the moving company to pack these or should I already have them wrapped, etc.?

Feb 04, 15:51
Answer by tjohnson (Tim J.)

You can pack them yourself if you want -- the moving company will pack it for you, but you'll pay extra.

If you do it yourself, be very careful -- any twisting of the glass will break it. You must make sure each piece is securely packed so it won't move around or be twisted.

First step, remove each piece of glass and wrap it in bubble wrap and tape it.

Using a solid cardboard box, put a layer of wadded newsprint paper or peanuts on the bottom of the box for cushion. Place each piece of glass in the box, with a layer of cardboard between each piece.  

Now place a layer of cardboard and another layer of packing material on top, and fill the sides with syrofoam peanuts. You can also use dividers between the pieces of glass -- ask your moving company about them.

Another option is to use picture frame boxes. These will add a level of security to the boxes, but you still need to be extra careful when packing.

Finally, be aware that if you pack the box yourself, you likely won't be covered by any insurance you buy. If the moving company packs it, you will probably be covered. Be sure to ask. Paying extra to have the movers pack it might cost you more, but it will be less worry for you – they’re good at packing, and if something you pack gets broken, you will likely be covered. See this article for more options on moving insurance.




Good luck with your move,

Tim J. @ MovingAnswers.org


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