Guest Blogger #753, Entry #1765, October 29, 2012
Among the many difficulties of moving homes is the challenge of keeping your home furnishings safe during the process. This has never been easy; for years and years, individuals and families have been packing up their belongings to move to new dwellings, only to find at the end of the process that their beloved armoire or priceless desk has been busted along the way. After all that trouble and hard work, something always manages to get ruined. Spare yourself this stress by taking the right precautions to keep your home furnishings safe during your next move. It won’t be much trouble at all, and you’ll find yourself much happier at the end.
Put together a list
Before you even start loading, it’s important to plan everything out down to the finest detail. Put together a list of all the items you’re going to be moving, starting from the largest, and visualize how these things will fit together so that you can get an idea of what size truck you’ll be needing. This will help you develop a plan for loading your furniture before you even start, making things much easier on the moving day. If you already have a plan for your cargo, you won’t have to take risks with any split second decisions as you load everything into the truck.
Don’t get careless when you start carrying your furniture from the house. About half of all furniture damage during moves happens in this early stage. Take your time and be patient. Figure out the best ways to carry your larger items to avoid any accidental drops or scrapes against walls and doorways. Using dollies and hand trucks can help you carry a lot of items safely. Always remove drawers and tape doors shut on your furniture–these things will try to swing open or fall out while you’re carrying them.
Think about transporting your belongings
As you start to get everything loaded up, think about how your furniture will fare on the drive to your new dwelling. The roads, somehow, are always three times as bumpy when you’re in a moving truck. To protect your home furnishings from jostling and banging together on the road, use blankets or furniture pads. Be sure to put some kind of padding anywhere that two hard pieces of furniture might touch one another, and on top of pieces with vulnerable surfaces. Be sure to die down your furniture with straps or bungee cords to keep them from moving and falling over. Most moving trucks have utility handles lining the walls for just this purpose.
Moving your home furnishings safely is a simple matter of planning and precautions. If you’re facing a particularly large and intensive move, you might consider calling in professionals like the Westborough moving company to handle the task for you. For most local and small-home moves, however, you can get the job done yourself if you’re prepared to put in the work. Pack carefully, and you’ll be able to move happily.
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