One of the most challenging things about relocating is how to move furniture from Point A to Point B without damaging it in the slightest. Couches, tables, and beds are bulky, and it takes some preparation on your part and luck to make sure they get to their destination with nary a scratch. Here are some tips to keep your all your furniture safe when moving to another place.
Give your furniture some degree of protection
It’s fortunate that these days, there are commercially-available packing materials for just about anything, including furniture. Bulky as they are, your furniture can be protected from sustaining scratches and dents by heavy-duty blankets, mattress covers, bubble wrap, sealable plastic bags, and shrink wrap.
If you have wooden furniture, protect every single piece using bubble wrap. Shrink wrap, on the other hand, should be just about right for your favorite couch and other upholstery. Your mattresses will also remain safe as long as they’re protected by special mattress covers.
Wipe them down
However, before packing your furniture using the materials mentioned above, you need to give them a wipe-down. You’ve been using them for years, and it’s probably safe to say that it has, over time, collected its share of dirt, debris, and tiny pebbles, which could scratch your furniture while being moved. A damp cloth should be good enough to wipe your furniture down, although running a vacuum cleaner on it would be great too.
One of the worst things that could happen when moving furniture is dragging it all the way from your old place to your new one only to find out that it won’t fit through the doors. When you find yourself in such a situation, remember that you only have yourself to blame simply because you didn’t take measurements. Always measure your furniture and the doors and hallways of your new home beforehand so you can make alternative plans, like leaving your furniture at your old home, for starters.
Disassemble your furniture
If your furniture can be taken apart and put back together, then don’t think twice about disassembling it. It will make moving your furniture a lot easier. However, don’t even think about dismantling your furniture if you’re not sure you can reassemble it once you get to your destination. If you’re bent on taking it apart, then you probably would need to make a video of yourself doing it so you’ll have something to refer to when reassembly time comes. Studying the assembly instructions that come with it also helps.
Hire professional movers
While you can always go the DIY route when relocating, it’s still better if you call on a professional moving company for help. They know every trick in the book for moving furniture and have the experience and tools to make it happen the safest way possible. Most legitimate moving companies also offer full value protection insurance that may include coverage for repairing or replacing belongings that get damaged or lost during the move.