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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.

5 Things to Know for Moving Day

Perhaps you’ve moved a few times in the past, but each time you catch yourself thinking “Next time, I’ll be more prepared and organized.” Here are a few tips and tricks to get you more mentally prepared for your next move.

  1. Don’t Procrastinate
    As soon as you and your family make the decision to move, get started on the packing and organizing. Settling things far in advance, such as a change of address and forwarding mail, will prevent you from needing to make those changes when problems occur down the road.
  2. Decluttering
    Recruit friends or family and pick a room a week to go through. Assess each item and decide whether or not you can see yourself using it in your new space. Figure out what can be tossed, donated, or put in storage for later use. Don’t forget to ask others if they have any use for lightly-used items.
  3. Purchase Moving Materials
    Be sure to buy moving boxes in every size, bubble wrap, sharpies for labeling, and packing tape. Using moving boxes is a great way to stay organized and they can be stacked in a corner as you begin to pack up the house over a long period of time. Many professional moving companies can also provide these materials.
  4. Make a Floorplan
    Drawing a floorplan of your new place and handing out copies to your movers will decrease the amount of time it takes to get settled and organized. Full-service moving companies have no problem setting up furniture exactly where you want it, but having a floor plan can reduce the amount of thinking effort you need to do on moving day.
  5. Hire Professionals
    Sure, it can be great to get friends, families, and neighbors to help you and your family move, but that’s such a hassle — and an accident waiting to happen. Professional movers are professionals for a reason: they know exactly how to wrap expensive pieces of furniture or kitchenware and they will always come prepared with padding and other materials to keep your floors, walls, and ceilings safe from nicks and scratches.