February 6, 2020
Don’t Scratch The Good Stuff: The Keys For Moving Furniture
Moving day is full of potential hazards, from rear ending a vehicle to dropping a valuable artifact just before you cross the finish line at the front door of your new home.
Moving day is also a day when furniture is damaged.
It doesn’t take a team of stooges to ruin some of your furniture. You can do it yourself by not following a list of tips that keeps your furniture intact from point A to point B.
You don’t have to be Forrest Gump to know “It happens.” Of course, Forrest missed a couple of letters, but you catch our drift. Moving is the ultimate life event when something inevitably will go wrong. To protect against the financial loss of damaged furniture, examine different insurance options that will properly cover your furniture. Even the most accomplished professional movers make mistakes when storing and carrying furniture.
Many Easy Pieces
You do not have to haul and store large pieces of furniture. For items such as dressers and standalone closets, disassemble as many pieces of the furniture as possible to prevent damage. You can store the pieces of furniture inside of padded boxes that absorb strong impacts. Disassembling beds is also a good idea; just make sure to use padding to cover the sharp ends of frames and headboards.
Don’t be Nuts and Experience a Screw Job
No, we’re not talking about the moving invoice coming in when way over the projected cost of a move. We’re talking about the nuts, bolts, and screws that keep your furniture in one piece. Manufactured with sharp metal, nuts, bolts, and screws flying around in the back of a moving van or truck is a recipe for disaster. Secure nuts, bolts, and screws in handy plastic bags and pack the bags inside of padded boxes.
The Perfect Padding Method
The first thing you learn in Moving 101 is not to store furniture on vans and trucks, without first protecting the furniture with thick padding. Moving truck rental stores typically have a large inventory of effective packing supplies. However, we have a better idea. Wrap old blankets around your most valuable furniture and to secure the blankets, use commercial grade plastic wrap. Thick blankets held together with plastic wrap will ensure your furniture absorbs the strong impacts delivered by moving van and truck rides.
It Takes a Team
One of the most frequent causes of furniture damage is the act of just one person. No, we’re not talking about someone taking a hammer to an end table or a dresser. We’re talking about one person trying to move heavy furniture. To avoid dropping furniture on the floor or running furniture into a wall, move heavy furniture as a team. The team can be professional movers or the lucky few friends you recruited to help you move.
Finally, take it slow on the road. Your new home will be there whether you get there tomorrow or the day after.