Every move is different, and therefore requires a unique game plan when it comes to packing and moving your furniture. Depending on the size of your home, the amount of furniture you have, and whether or not you have help, you’ll want to take some time to develop a strategy that will work best for you and your situation.
If you don’t prepare properly you might end up with scratched floors, damaged walls, and broken furniture. So how can you avoid this? By following these four expert tips for preparing and moving furniture:
Do your research
The first step in preparing to move your furniture is to do your research. This means understanding the different types of furniture shipping options that are available to you, as well as familiarising yourself with the terms and conditions of each option. This will help you make an informed decision about which shipping method is best for your furniture and your budget. Depending on the size and weight of your furniture, you may be able to ship it via UPS, FedEx, or another shipping company. In most cases, you get the cheapest shipping on small furniture, so if you need to ship only one or two pieces, it’s often the most economical solution. Just be sure to get multiple quotes and compare shipping rates before making a decision.
Measure your furniture and doorways
This is probably the most important step in the process, yet so many people skip it. You need to know the dimensions of your furniture and doorways to determine how everything will fit through. Not all furniture can be disassembled, so this step is crucial in ensuring a smooth move. If you live on the top floor of a walk-up, you also need to take the stairs and/or elevator into consideration into account since this will limit the size and amount of furniture you can move at once or may require special accommodations.
Moving furniture is difficult and can be dangerous if not done correctly.
Some things to take into consideration when moving furniture:
- Measure the doorways, corridors and stairways in your home to make sure that there is enough space for the furniture you plan on moving. This will save you time and energy.
- Pack all the necessary tools before starting to move the furniture, so that you are prepared for any unforeseen events. If you need to remove legs or other components then you should have the necessary tools for the job.
- Take into account how much weight you can carry, as well as your physical strength, before deciding which pieces of furniture to move by yourself.
Disassemble what you can
This will make moving and transporting your furniture much easier. Take the time to unscrew any legs on tables, take off mirrors from dressers, and remove drawers from chests. Anything that can be disassembled should be to lighten the load and make for an easier move. Just don’t forget to label each piece as you go so you know where it goes when it’s time to reassemble everything in your new home. However, since not all furniture can be disassembled, you’ll want to take extra care with these pieces and make sure they’re properly padded and protected.
Use furniture pads and blankets
Furniture pads or blankets will help to protect your furniture from scratches, dents, and other damage that can occur during the move. You can usually find these at your local hardware or home improvement store. Just be sure to get ones that are big enough to cover your furniture and thick enough to provide adequate protection. Another must-use item is shrink wrap. This can be wrapped around furniture legs or entire pieces of furniture to keep them together and prevent scratches. You should also consider using furniture sliders, which can be placed under the legs of your furniture to help move it across carpeted or hard surface floors with ease.
Even though there’s a lot to consider when it comes to preparing and moving your furniture, by following these expert tips, you can rest assured that your furniture will arrive at your new destination in one piece. Just be sure to take your time, and find the shipping option that best suits your needs. With a little planning and preparation, your move will go off without a hitch!
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