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Have No Fear Packing That Crystal Chandelier

Your chandelier is the highlight of your kitchen or dining room — and you’d like to keep it that way in your new home. In order for it to once again hang from the ceiling, it’s going to need to make the move without getting damaged.

A chandelier is one of the more heavy and breakable items that needs to be packed away for your next move, so you will want to make sure you are packing this precious item carefully.

Steps to Packing a Chandelier

  1. First, make sure you have a heavy box. It can be either a cardboard moving box or a plastic storage bin; just make sure it is big enough to house the entire fixture while also leaving some room for additional padding on the top and bottom of the box.
  2. Next take all the light bulbs off the chandelier and pack them separately. Many professional movers recommend using a cell box, which are also great for packing stemware and ornaments. Wrap each bulb in packing paper or bubble wrap.
  3. Take off any crystal ornamental decorations. These may include prisms, chains or candle holders. Wrap each piece in packing paper or bubble wrap and put these also in a separate box. Be sure to label each box with what contents it contains.
  4. Using a twist tie or rubber band, wrap up the cords and wires. Moving companies don’t recommend using tape, as it can leave a sticky residue when removed.
  5. Carefully lower the chandelier into the box. Make sure there is a bottom layer of foam installed first. Us packing peanuts of any leftover bubble wrap to fill any empty space. Place the top foam layer into the box and tape it shut.

Additional Tips for Chandelier Packing

Always make sure to label each box that contains chandelier parts as “FRAGILE” in a bright-colored permanent marker. If you’ve hired a professional moving company, be sure to tell them to keep the boxes together when loaded onto the truck. Another great way to organize your move is to make sure the chandelier boxes are labeled with what room you’d like the moving company to put them in at your new home.

For those that don’t trust themselves with packing their family heirloom chandelier in fear of breaking it, you can always hire a full service moving company such as Mastodon Moving LLC to pack your valuables. If you plan on making a long-distance move, hiring professional movers to pack up your home is highly recommended, as they know exactly how to secure items for the long cross-country haul.

I’m Moving Out of State, Now What?

As most people know, moving is exhausting, and many of us are bound to go through the process at least once in our lives. Although people are less likely to make a long distance move, there are still 7,268,000 Americans who move to a different state every year, according to statistics.

If you’re looking to make the trek across the country or the next state over, it’s in your best interest to hire a professional moving company to ensure a smooth transition. Here’s how to hire the best of the best.

Look for important requirements. Don’t just assume that a long-distance moving company has all of the federal requirements. Moving scams are real and in order to avoid them, you should do your research. For starters, professional long-distance movers are regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Make sure they have FMCSA licensing and have a U.S. DOT number on display.

Check out their reputation. Read as many reviews about as many professional long distance moving companies in your area as possible. Reviews or recommendations from friends, family and others in your community are helpful when trying to sift through a lot of options. Make sure the moving company is reasonably priced for the amount of miles that need to be traveled and packing requirements.

Ask plenty of questions. Not feeling like you’ve had a genuine and professional conversation with a potential moving company can be a red flag to look elsewhere. Movers should be able to answer any questions you have regarding extra charges or additional services that they provide. Need packing materials or junk removal? Full boutique moving companies such as Mastodon Moving, LLC will see your move through from start to finish.

Save yourself the time and hassle by hiring a moving company if you plan on moving to or from the Boston area this year. Mastodon Moving, LLC will never hire subcontractors, so no one but the best full service movers in the area will be handling your belongings. See our other post if you need help preparing for your long distance move.