Whether you decide to hire professional movers or do the whole move yourself, it’s important to handle furniture with care at all times. Once you arrive at your new home, the last thing you want to do is to find your expansive items broken or damaged. Wooden furniture can crack, upholstery can rip, and glass can shatter. However, with a few packing supplies, techniques, and transport considerations, you can ensure that your possessions reach the new destination with minimum or no damage at all.
Choose packing supplies
Nine out of ten people will tell you that all you need for a move are plenty of cardboard boxes, some packing tape and moving blankets. While these items will serve the purpose, adding a few more will ensure that there are no unpleasant surprises. Items like bubble wrap, sofa and mattress covers, plastic stretch wrap, sealable plastic bags, and corrugated cardboard sheets can be found at any better equipped hardware store or bought on the internet.
Prepare the furniture for packing
Before you pack anything, make sure your furniture is clean from dust and other debris. Dirt can scratch hard surfaces during the moving process, especially if individual pieces are stacked one upon another. Cleaning the furniture before moving also makes sense as you don’t want to take unnecessary dirt to your new home. Remove any knobs, casters, and pulls that can be damaged during the transport and put them in separate Ziploc bags, so you know what goes where. Remove the drawers and use them as extra components for your stuff, sealing them off with a stretch wrap. Not only do you get extra storage, but your furniture becomes easier to move
Have a transportation plan
If you hire a moving truck, you need to make a placement plan, or in other words, what goes where. Professional movers always recommend making a wall of boxes across the backend of the truck, which act as a buffer if other box and items start shifting forward. For this section, you should choose the heaviest boxes, which should be the same size. However, as an upgrade from a moving truck, you should consider shipping container transport, either by road or railway. Apart from greater flexibility in choosing the means of transport, 20’ and 40’ containers are perfect for medium and large home moves. Companies who operate moving containers typically include packing blankets and ties, while their containers are fitted with tie rails and points so your boxes and furniture can be additionally secured inside.
Dismantle the furniture in advance
If possible, dismantle every furniture piece completely. Remove legs from tables and couches, take bed frames apart, remove cushions from sofas, etc. Not only will this make the furniture easier to move and avoid damage, but also easier to fit into the moving truck. If you aren’t sure how to dismantle a furniture piece, always consult the manufacturer’s manual. Use Ziploc bags to hold screws and other hardware, and tape them to each piece so you can find them more easily. If you use a battery drill for disassembling furniture, take care not to strip the screws and work the drill on low torque settings only.
Wrap furniture correctly
Bubble wrap is best used for protecting delicate wood pieces, while plastic wrap or specially designed sofa covers should be used for protecting your upholstered items. If you run out of either, old blankets or packing blankets will work. If possible, protect wooden pieces additionally by placing corrugated cardboard between them. This extra layer provides additional damping, protecting the wood from scratches and gouges while the furniture is travelling. Bubble wrap is also ideal for protecting glass tabletops and mirrors. In both cases, use packing tape to make a huge X across the glass surface so if it breaks, it doesn’t shatter into a thousand pieces.
Packing, securing, and placing your larger items properly into a moving truck or shipping container can take some worry out of the home move equation. Different materials and furniture items require different strategies, and following those ensures that every piece arrives to your new home in good shape.
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