How to Pack Mirrors, Pictures, and Artwork for a Move

Packing everyday items, such as blankets, pillows, clothing, books, and other things, is relatively easy – just place the heaviest items at the bottom of a box and then fill it up and tape it securely. This isn’t the case with delicate items, such as mirrors, pictures, and artwork. Moving these belongings takes extra special care. 

Today, we’ve got pro tips to help ensure these fragile and sentimental items safely arrive at your new home.

Materials Needed

Before packing delicate mirrors, cherished pictures, and expensive artwork, it’s best first to gather the necessary special supplies. It saves time and ensures you don’t miss any steps. Next, measure the items to be packed. Once dimensions are known, gather the following items:

  • Packing or artist’s tape
  • Brown packing paper
  • Bubble wrap
  • Corner protectors
  • Flat foam or cardboard sheets
  • Glassine or acid-free paper
  • Thick and sturdy mirror and picture boxes
  • Black permanent marker

Be sure to collect the necessary supplies before assembling the packaging. Not using precise wrapping procedures or the wrong boxes puts fragile items at risk during the moving process. Check with your mover to see if they carry specialty boxes for your unique items.

 How to Wrap Items

Wrapping mirrors, pictures, and artwork follows a similar process but with slight differences.

Wrapping Mirrors and Pictures

Place the item on a flat surface and position a sheet of packing paper twice the size of the frame. Lay the item in the center of the paper and use packing or artist’s tape to place an “X” over the glass (if it shatters, this helps contain the shards). Position corner protectors on fragile frames. Securely tape a piece of cardboard on top – make it slightly larger than the item being packed and fold the remaining paper over. Pad the article with bubble wrap or a blanket and tape it snugly. Place the item into an appropriately sized box.

Wrapping Artwork

How you wrap the artwork will depend upon the type of art (e.g., canvas, paintings, or photography). The process itself is much the same, but instead of taping the “X,” use glassine or acid-free paper to cover the glass, and then give it an extra layer of padding before placing it into the box.

Pro tip: Never use newspaper or printed paper with artwork because the ink might transfer and damage the piece.

Packing Items in Boxes

Place the item in its designated box, make sure it fits snuggly and is well protected with additional padding if needed.

Tightly tape the box up and seal all the seams well. Once secured, take the permanent marker and write “FRAGILE” in large letters on all sides of the box. If you are placing several small individually wrapped boxes into a larger container, be sure you pack the items vertically with no extra space and label the box “THIS SIDE UP.” Horizontally laying them could result in cracks or breakage. Before loading these fragile boxes into the truck, carefully plan where they will go. You should never place delicate pieces next to heavy objects, such as boxes of books or furniture.

Movers Can Help With That

Do you need a moving estimate for an upcoming relocation? Whether you’re looking for help transporting your fragile items or would like professionals to do the packing for you, give us a call today to arrange a free estimate. We’re happy to answer any moving questions you might have.



How to Increase Your Home’s Curb Appeal to Help it Sell Faster

Homeowners looking to put their homes on the market typically want to sell them as quickly as possible. One way to help expedite the house selling process is to add curb appeal. Here are eight top ways to boost curb appeal, motivate buyers, and help properties sell faster.

1. Remove Clutter

This is probably the #1 way to boost a home’s curb appeal. Cluttered yards are a huge deterrent and, much like the interior, make it hard for potential buyers to envision the space. Stash away toys, garden tools, and anything else non-essential. Invitingly arrange lawn furniture and keep decorations to a minimum.

2. Paint the Front Door

Painting the front door a vibrant bright color, especially if the home has a neutral paint or siding color, is a great way to make it pop. Complete the look by hanging a pretty wreath or welcome sign to complement the new color.

3. Freshen up the Mailbox

Mailboxes are typically one of the first things a potential homebuyer sees when pulling up to the house. Freshen up the paint (or stain) on wooden posts in a neutral color. If the mailbox is old and looking tired, replace it with a new one.

4. Keep Grass Cut

A freshly cut lawn always looks appealing because it helps add a neat, uniform appearance to the home, plus it keeps any weeds at bay.

5. Cut Back Trees and Shrubs

Greenery should accent a home, not hide it. Cut back any overgrowth, remove dead branches/leaves, and shape trees and shrubs attractively. If this is a difficult task, it’s worth the money to hire a landscaper to come to do it. A little manicuring can have a significant impact.

6. Plant Color

Attractive flowering plants are an easy way to brighten up any home’s exterior. It’s inviting and adds lovely curb appeal. Annual flowers are perfect since the new homeowner can start fresh the following year. Perennials can be a good addition, but be sure to stick to native plants because invasive ones can take over, negatively impact the rest of the yard, and create a lot of extra work.

7. Clean Up Walkways and the Driveway

Give concrete and brick walkways, driveways, and patios a good power wash to remove any grime, mildew, moss, and other debris. Add a fresh coat of sealant on blacktop driveways to freshen up and give an excellent first impression.

8. Clean Roof and Gutters

Clear any debris off the roof and clean out the gutters. A dirty roof and gutters look unattractive. And if it’s a wet season, leaves and other debris can get heavy and make the gutters sag.

Moving to a New Home?

Curb appeal increases a home’s attractiveness, and adding a few niceties can make it stand out amongst other houses. Tidying up the home’s exterior also gives the impression the property is well cared for. Sometimes it’s the simplest things to fix that stand out the most and attract buyers.

Are you planning an upcoming move? Contact us today—we’re happy to answer any questions or provide an estimate.