Usually people get so distracted and worried during home relocations that they think of dozens of things to do yet only achieve a handful of their intended goals. Whether you decide to hire a professional mover or you plan to do it on your own, there are some tasks that you should not compromise on.
Furniture usually constitutes the heaviest and most cumbersome part of any moving process. Most furniture is large, heavy, bulky and difficult to manoeuvre. It goes without saying that you will need the help of at least one other person when it comes to lifting, carrying and storing furniture to be moved. However, did you know that there are some preparatory steps that you should take before the actual move to protect your furniture from damage? Some of steps will also help keep the furniture clean.
To begin with, determine what pieces of furniture are most likely to get dirty or damaged during the move, and which ones are more resistant. Ultimately, almost all kinds of furniture can get scratched and chipped, so you want to make an effort with all of it, but there are some items, such as sofas, that will tear easily or light-coloured wood pieces that might stain quickly. These will require your attention first.
If you are working with a professional team call them and ask for a list of materials you need to be able to pack up furniture properly. You can't really wrap furniture up but what you can do is get nylon covers and sheets to drape over the furniture to keep it from getting spoiled.
Furniture is generally fitted towards the back of the moving truck. Lay some tarp sheets on the floor of the truck to make sure that no dirt gets onto the underside of your furniture. After the furniture has been placed in the truck, secure it in place by using ropes.
Now, begin covering the furniture with nylon sheets. You can even use tarp sheets or big synthetic sheet covers, the kinds that are drawn over cars to keep them clean. This way, should the truck be dirty or if there's any dust from your cartons, it won't affect the furniture.
Furniture that has glass portions needs to be handled with a lot of care. If they are small pieces, such as miniature tables, you can pack them safely inside cartons after cushioning them with paper and towels. However, even larger pieces that cannot be individually boxed away require some layering. Use bubble wrap or lots of sheet of old newspapers to cover the glass portions. Make at least 5-6 layers, more if possible. Secure these layers in place using twine.
When you are moving furniture that has drawers and compartments, make sure that all the drawers are empty. Not only can things rattling around inside cause chips and damages, they also contribute significantly to the weight of the item. Emptying all the drawers will make the item much lighter, and thus will make it easier to lift and carry.
If you have furniture with detachable pieces, make sure you remove all the pieces and pack them neatly in a box. For instance, really large entertainment units and bookshelves often come as a number of individual shelves and assorted fixtures that are attached together to create a whole. These kinds of furniture should be taken apart and packed, preferably in the original boxes that they came in. This makes it easier to keep them safe, and also uses much less space, and not to forget, it is much easier to carry as well.