Furniture scuffs, dents, and even broken parts are common when moving if the right precautions aren’t taken. Not only can this ruin an investment, but it can cost you more to replace it or cause extensive damage to something irreplaceable. To help ensure your furniture gets through your move safely, the moving experts at UF Mover Guys offer these furniture protection tips.
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Disassemble In Advance
When considering everything you must pack, factor in dissembling furniture and safely boxing up the small parts. For larger pieces that won’t fit in boxes, wrap them appropriately. Remove pieces, such as legs from chairs and tables, shelves from bookcases, feet from couches and futons, and break down bed frames. This will make each piece more manageable to move and will prevent damage from screws and nails during transportation. Just make sure to properly store and label all the parts and hardware!
Get Specialty Boxes
Moving today isn’t what it was 10 years ago. Today, custom boxes are available for a number of items, complete with padding and foam options, useful for awkward and fragile pieces, such as televisions, computer monitors and towers, game consoles, and other electronics. These boxes may be bulkier, but they’ll ensure everything arrives in proper working order and are worth the investment.
For larger furniture pieces that can’t be packed or further disassembled, you will need to pad them with the correct wrapping. Use blankets or towels or purchase foam wrappings for tables and other wood-type pieces. Be sure to wrap them multiple times to create an adequate buffer. Secure the padding with cords, roping, or tape. For chairs and couches, you can purchase covers that prevent stains and tears.
Use The Right Moving Truck
While you may assume moving trucks are all the same, different options are available with features to help protect your furniture. For maximum protection, get a truck with rubber railings on the interior to keep pieces from knocking into the metal walls. Tie-downs are also essential to ensure nothing shifts during transportation. A truck with a ramp can help to make sure nothing is accidentally dropped during packing and unpacking. This feature is also important for your safety.
Have A Plan For Moving Items
Speaking of safety, it’s imperative to have a plan for moving everything, especially bigger items. This will protect your furniture and you. You should never attempt to move large furniture by yourself. Instead, ask a friend or family member, or if you’re in a new city, contact a professional moving company. Furniture gliders can also help make moving medium-sized furniture easier. No matter what you do, remember to take it slow and not put excessive stress on yourself.