Moving is a part of all of our lives. No matter if you move often, or you just do it once, this process is notoriously stressful. Without proper precautions, glass can break, wooden items can get gouged, and upholstery can be ripped easily. If many accidents happen, moving into a new home can be less exciting than we want it to be.
Fortunately, there are many things you can do to reduce the chances of damaging your furniture, as well as reducing stress. Everyone has different techniques, but the final goal is the same – to pack well and to pack your furniture safely. In this article, we will discuss a few tips that will help you have a smoother moving process.
Find a moving company with a guarantee
Hiring professional movers is always a good option. You will have trained people, who have all the tools and the skills for the smoothest moving process. But, just like in anything else, accidents can happen. Even though most professional movers use caution when they move household items, not all of them are so careful. This is why you should hire a company with the guarantee that moving and storage of your stuff will be handled with attention. So it is important to hire somebody who you can trust.
The good old stretch wrap and blankets
We know that when you start moving, you just want to get it over with and come to your new home. But, try not to rush too much. To move all furniture items safely, you first have to prep everything. One of the most effective things is still plastic wrap. This material is quite tear-resistant, so you won’t have to worry about your furniture being damaged by the moving truck, nor other pieces of furniture.
Another great wrapping item you can use is moving blankets. Since they are quite thick, you will protect your furniture well and amortize any accidents that might happen. If you don’t have any moving blankets, you can always use towels, large sheets, and flattened cardboard.
Disassemble furniture items
Not all furniture items can be disassembled. This can be very annoying when you are moving since things take more space if they cannot be moved into pieces. This is why we highly recommend that you disassemble everything you can. This way, you will be able to have more space for other things, and carrying will definitely be easier when you do it in pieces.
The best option would be to use the original assembly instructions. Things that usually need to be taken apart are modular sofas, bed frames, and tables. If you happen to have lost these or have thrown them away, don’t worry. You can still write down how it should be done. We recommend you take pictures as well. It might be a bit more time-consuming, but you won’t have to worry about messing up your furniture.
Use plastic bags for small items
During your moving process, it can easily happen that you can’t find some larger items, let alone screws, bolts, and nuts. Place items like this in plastic baggies, label what they belong to, and put them all in the same box. This way, you will know where all of them are while organizing them according to where they come from.
It is especially important to do this if you disassemble a lot of your furniture pieces. When you finally arrive at your new home, you won’t have to search for every important part. Instead, you will have them all ready to go back where they came from.
Secure it in the truck
Most furniture damages happen while it is traveling. So, before you start loading your truck, make a plan for how you will fit everything. You should always put the largest pieces first. But, to use the space wisely, make sure they all fit together and that there is no empty space in between. Besides the maximum utilization of space, this way of loading can guarantee you that nothing will shift around when the truck is in motion.
We know that moving is stressful, but luckily you are not alone. Most people face high levels of stress during the whole moving process. But it shouldn’t be that way. Moving to a new home is a cheerful occasion. You shouldn’t be worrying whether you will lose or break something.
Following all the things we have talked about will take your mind off of those things, and you will be able to look forward to the wonderful event that is moving into a new home. So remember – plan, wrap and secure! And good luck moving into your new house!