By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
Are you getting ready to move? If so, no doubt you are excited for a change, and ready to start fresh in a new area! Of course, there's a lot that you have to coordinate in the meantime — and a lot of work that needs to be done. One of the biggest relocation tasks you'll face is moving furniture. This can be a heavy, tedious, and time-consuming job, especially if you must do all the heavy lifting yourself.
Fortunately, you always have the option of reaching out to a reputable moving company and enlisting their help. Regardless of the path you take, here are some basic furniture moving tips that can help take the stress out of your efforts:
Tip #1: Disassemble What You Can
Many pieces of furniture allow you to disassemble them, fold them, or otherwise "break them down" for moving. For example, a wooden table may have legs that are connected to the top by removable brackets; a couch may have feet that you can take off for the journey; and almost all bed frames can be disassembled for easier moving.
The point is, don't make your move harder on yourself by trying to lift heavy pieces of furniture in their entirety. If you can disassemble them, do so. It will be better for everyone.
Tip #2: Keep Track of Your Hardware
Once you have disassembled your furniture, make sure that you keep track of all the hardware needed to reassemble it! If you have screws, bolts, washers, and other pieces of hardware, store them in a safe place and/or container — for example, a clear, sealable plastic bag. Label the pieces you've removed so that it will be easier to put them back in their proper place during re-assembly.
Tip #3: Use the Right Moving Equipment
You want to move your furniture, but you don't want to break your back in the process. If you're moving the furniture on your own, make sure that you use the right equipment to protect yourself, and whoever is helping you. A hand truck can be a huge asset when dealing with tall and bulky pieces of furniture. Of course, when you enlist the help of professional movers you won't have to worry about using the right equipment — you'll be able to sit back and watch, instead!
Tip #4: Wrap Furniture in Blankets for Protection
Without enough protection, your furniture can easily get damaged during the move... or cause damage to other things! For that reason, it's always a good idea to wrap your furniture in some kind of protective layer, such as a thick blanket, or even bubble wrap for smaller pieces. Make sure that your protective covering is secured by rope, tape, or something else so that it doesn't cause a tripping hazard as it's loaded or unloaded.
Tip #5: Move Furniture Slowly and Carefully
Ideally, each piece of furniture should make it to your new residence without a bunch of dings, dents, and scratches. At the same time, you want to make sure that your furniture does not damage the walls, doorways, or floors of either your old home or your new one. Make sure that you move your furniture slowly and carefully and be especially cautious when you must maneuver bulky pieces of furniture through narrow doorways, or over a flight of stairs.
Moving furniture can be a tricky, labor-intensive job. However, with the assistance of professional movers it can be done safely, quickly, and smoothly. If you'd like to enlist the help of a first-rate moving company to move your furniture, reach out to our friendly team at the A-1 Freeman Moving Group today. We would be glad to assist!
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