Are you moving to a new apartment soon?
Relocating to a new place comes with its share of challenges, and moving furniture is one of them. While packing and transporting the smaller pieces should be a breeze, the larger ones need some careful planning.
Moving bulky and heavy pieces of furniture have to be planned appropriately. Moreover, transporting them typically require the use of special tools and equipment – else, your furniture might end up getting damaged during the relocation process.
To ensure that even your most delicate piece of furniture arrives at your new place without the slightest scratch, you need to take proper precautions. Whether you decide to move on your own or entrust the job to a reputable local moving company, these tips will warrant your furniture’s safety as they travel from point A to point B.
Make an inventory of your belongings
First of all, avoid last-minute packing. While many people assume that this is the more convenient route, it can turn moving into a disaster. It’s when you’re rushing that you’re likely to lose and forget things — having most of your stuff properly stored and organized days before the move will save you a headache.
One the day of the move, tracking your belongings help ensure that nothing gets left behind. Keep a detailed inventory of all the items – furniture, moving boxes, crates, etc. – that goes into the truck. If you can, take the time to label the boxes, so you can quickly figure out what’s inside them once you unload.
Measure your furniture
Now, on to the tricky part.
How sure are you that your furniture will fit through the door of your new unit? If you’re moving into an apartment building or a condominium, you also have to consider elevators, hallways, staircases, and other tight spaces your stuff has to pass. Don’t leave anything to chance – measure.
Before you begin transporting your furniture, take their measurements along with those of the spaces in your old and new home. Unloading them in front of your current place, only to find out that there’s no way to get them in, can be such a bummer.
Disassemble whenever possible
Some large and bulky furniture can be taken apart – do so, if possible. Dismantling turns them into more manageable, easier-to-transport pieces. They will require less effort and clearance compared to when they were still intact.
Disassembling your furniture is also one good way to protect them from damage. Because they’re more convenient to carry and move around, there’s a lesser chance of bumping into doorways, walls, and other furniture.
Clean before you pack
Maybe you’re wondering why you have to clean your furniture before packing them. Well, think about it; you’re moving into a new home. Do you really want to carry the dirt and dust from your old one with you?
But aside from that, cleaning before you wrap removes any coarse particles that can potentially dent your furniture during the move. Anyway, it doesn’t take a lot of effort to wipe them.
Invest in packing materials
Some people think that cardboard boxes, packing tape, and some blankets are all you need to protect your belongings when moving. While these items are useful, it’s still wise to invest in proper packing supplies — bubble wraps, mattress covers, plastic stretch wraps, and corrugated cardboard, to name a few.
These items may seem like an added moving expense, but then you’re also assured that your furniture will get to your new home in the same shape you loaded them.
Ensure transport safety
A lot of things can happen while your furniture gets transported from your old to your new place. Securing them properly inside the moving truck minimizes any chance of damage.
When loading furniture into the vehicle, arrange the heavy boxes on the back end, and put heavy furniture against them for support and stability. Set fragile items in between upright mattresses and never put breakables on top. For added protection, you can line the truck’s floor with blankets or cardboard just in case something topples over in transit.
Your belongings made it to your new home without a dent! Congratulations!
Now, all you have to do is make sure they don’t get damaged while you’re unpacking them.
Unpacking with care begins as you unload the truck. Make sure to lift boxes carefully, as some items inside may have shifted while the vehicle was moving.
For heavy furniture, use proper lifting equipment such as dollies and lifting straps to prevent damage or injuring yourself. Also, plan the furniture placement beforehand to make things easier for you and the movers.
Hire professional movers for the job
You can always opt for the DIY route, but relocating is so much smoother and convenient when you hire a moving company to assist you. Professional movers know the best tricks in the book for moving objects of all shapes and sizes safely. They also have the tools and equipment for handling heavy items.
The most reliable moving companies out there offer full value insurance, which covers the repair or replacement of your belongings if they get lost or damaged during the move.
If you want to begin life in your new place on a positive note, this is the way to go.