14 Jan Moving Basics: Safety Packing Tips For Your Furniture
Moving to a new home, can be quite an exciting adventure. However, packing the furniture that you will be taking does take a lot of time and hard work — it can feel like a daunting task.
To make sure that the furniture arrives in your new location without any damages, here are some of the safety packing tips that you should consider:
1. Hire a moving company.
Hiring a moving company will always be an advantage, especially if you don’t have time to do it yourself, even if it means that you will be incurring additional costs.
Remember, they have been packing and lifting all these large types of furniture for a living; hence, they have more experience for office and residential relocation than you do.
When you hire one to help you out with the moving process, you minimize accidents from happening such as dropping your furniture while lifting and make scratches in it when you move it in the container lorry.
2. Have all your packing supplies ready.
Part of ensuring that you preserve the quality of your furniture as you travel lies with the packing supplies that you use.
It is best if you have them ready before you start packing to save time. Having them ready on-hand also ensures that you use these supplies, and not skimp on them, so you don’t have to drive back to the hardware store.
Some of the packing supplies that you have to prepare include the following:
- Packing tape
- Fillings such as bubble wrap, old newspapers or shredded paper
- Bubble wrap
- Markers or labels
3. Wrap it with stretch wrap before putting in boxes or in the removal lorry.
Before you put your furniture in boxes or directly in the container van, do remember to wrap them all up with stretch wrap first.
This will help preserve the quality of your furniture and protect it from dust, spills, and scratches that might be coming out of the moving truck. You’ll never know the condition of the roads that you will be passing through during the move; hence, you have to be very safe and sure.
4. Choose the proper storage facility.
If you’re moving to a far distance, some movers might require you to keep your furniture at a storage facility first. When you have to do this, consider the storage conditions of the facility, and the storage requirements of your furniture.
Some pieces of furniture can get damaged in extremely cold or warm temperature, so do your research first as to the specific storage instructions of the particular furniture pieces that you have.
If it becomes close to impossible, or too costly for you to transport your furniture, then it could be best for you to just leave them or sell them first and use the money to buy new ones when you arrive at your new place instead.
5. Follow this cheat list for packing.
Expert movers recommend on packing furniture this way:
- Couch, sofas, and armrests:
- Dust and clean the entire piece of furniture first according to its care instructions.
- After cleaning it all up, wrap the whole item with stretch wrap or any protective plastic covering. Doing this will protect your furniture from spills, dirt, and scratches during the move.
- Tables and chairs:
- Disassemble all that you can.
- Group the screws according to the table or chair that they belong to, and place these screws in a clear plastic bag.
- Seal the bag and tape it to the furniture piece where it belongs so that when the time comes for you to assemble the pieces again, you will save yourself of the hassle of trying to remember where each piece belongs.
- Before you start packing up your bed, remove the mattress first, clean and dust it up and wrap it with a stretch wrapper or any protective plastic covering.
- As for the bed frame, disassemble any parts that you can, following the same instructions for tables and chairs. Do remember to wrap your disassembled items with plastic wrapper as well to protect it from scratches.
These tips will help you go through your moving process in a breeze. The more prepared you are, the better your packing and moving process will be. It shouldn’t be a dreadful experience.
Even more importantly, you can save costs in the long run when you can preserve your furniture and take them with you, especially if they are expensive or sentimental; you will no longer have to go through the expense and the hassle of shopping for new ones.