Ways to Keep Your Furniture Safe When Moving

When moving house, it’s the furniture that usually poses the greatest challenge. Furniture, after all, is typically heavy and bulky. Taking your couches, tables, and beds from your home, putting them into the moving truck, and getting them out of the truck and into your new home can prove not only tough but also dangerous. It’s dangerous for those doing the heavy lifting, and dangerous for the furniture themselves.

It is common for people who are moving house to end up with damaged furniture once the move is done. However, things don’t have to be that way. Here are several ways that you can keep your furniture safe while moving.

Take your furniture apart if possible

If your furniture can be taken apart and put back together again, then do so, because that would make moving them from one place to another so much easier. Just make sure you know how to reassemble the whole thing. Fail to remember which piece goes where, and you are in for one major headache.

To prevent that from happening, you should study the manual of your furniture before you take them apart. It also pays to put smaller pieces of the furniture in sealable bags with very clear labels. For good measure, make a visual guide by taking pictures of your furniture before disassembling everything.

Wipe your furniture clean

For all the years you’ve been using your furniture, debris and coarse particles are likely to have accumulated, and all that dirt can damage your furniture to some degree. If you can wipe your furniture clean with a damp cloth, then that would be great. Vacuuming it would be even better. At least you won’t be bringing dirt from your old place to your new one in the process.

Buy and use the right packing supplies

When your furniture is covered in packing materials like bubble wrap, heavy-duty blankets, shrink wrap, mattress covers, and sealable plastic bags, they are given a certain amount of protection. Use lots of packing tape, and your furniture will be snug as a bug.

To protect wooden furniture from scratches and dents, be generous with the bubble wrap. If you don’t have bubble wrap, moving blankets should do well enough. Upholstered furniture, on the other hand, can be protected by shrink wrap, while mattresses can use special mattress covers as protection.

Pack them right inside the moving truck

Your things shift a lot while in transit, and that’s why you have to make sure everything is packed perfectly inside the truck to prevent that from happening. Ideally, you should load the biggest pieces first, then fill the empty spaces with the smaller ones. To avoid or at least minimize scratches and dents, place cardboard or blankets between each piece.

Get the services of a moving company

Professional movers are experts at protecting your furniture while moving, so why not hire them instead? The people who work for a moving company know every trick known to man to keep your furniture and other possessions safe when moving. While it’s true that sometimes, damage is unavoidable, you can rest easy knowing that most movers are also insured, and will compensate you for any damage that your furniture sustains while under their watch.

You can perform all the tips above to the letter, but getting the services of a professional moving company will always best way to keep your furniture safe when moving.

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Matt Heitmann

Realtor®, Real Estate Agent

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