By Marina Chernyak, Guest Writer (For guest post Read Terms ) The stress of moving is enough to have anyone searching for ways to make the...
By Marina Chernyak, Guest Writer (For guest post Read Terms)
The stress of moving is enough to have anyone searching for ways to make the process easier. From getting the utilities set up at the new place transporting all of your belongings to that location, moving can be a headache. Boxing up your stuff will take time, energy, and effort. The following are a few suggestions on how to pack your furniture to ensure that is arrives safely to its new location.
1. Keep everything organized. Organization is the key to a successful move. You don’t want to arrive at your new house, only to have things scattered and thrown about. Before you begin, make a pact with yourself that you will not let the process get unorganized. This will make unpacking so much easier for you. Large furniture and appliances need to be moved to their proper areas upon arriving. This means you need to have the designated places picked out beforehand.
2. Clean it before it goes into the box. Don’t put dusty, dirty items into the box. Clean it before you pack it and you will have less to do when it arrives at the new home. Appliances and large furniture should also be dusted. Clean everything BEFORE you pack and move it to the new location.
3. Be sure to protect your valuables. Anything that is of value to you needs to be protected during the moving process. This is true for small valuable and large pieces of furniture. Protect your valuables with bubble wrap, news paper, of other packing materials. Think outside of the box when it comes to packing. Utilize blankets and other fabrics that you will use in your new home. This can save you money.
4. Labeling is important. Everything that you pack should be labeled. Items that belong in the bedroom need to have that label adhered to it somewhere. Be sure that when you label things, you do not mark on or ruin your furniture in anyway. Small pieces of tape often make great labels. If items are fragile or can easily be broken, be sure to mark it where it can be seen. Glass items need to be marked “GLASS” so that movers can take extra precaution when moving the furniture.
5. Beds. When packing beds, fully disassemble them. Don’t forget to label where the pieces belong so that you will be able to get the bed back together when it comes time. Protect head and foot boards with bubble wrap or old sheets so that they do not get scratched during the move.
6. Chairs and tables. Disassemble chairs and tables if you can. If not, wrap the arms and legs with newspaper. It can be especially difficult to move large tables without scratching. Extra precaution needs to be taken when tables have to be maneuvered through doorways.
7. Dressers. Dressers can actually serve as a place to store other packed items. Wrap breakables in cloth and place them in the dresser drawers. This will ensure that the dresser drawers stay intact during the move.
8. Large appliances. Large appliances are often too big to fit through doorways. You may have to remove doors and hinges that can keep the appliances from fitting. If you do this, be sure to store screws and hinges in a safe place. You don’t want to lose the screws that keep your refrigerator or stove together.
9. Televisions. It is extremely important that you go the extra mile to protect your television screen. Cover these with lose blankets and make a special trip to your new home with just them. This will help you avoid costly repairs to damage television screens or having to buy a brand new one all together.
10. Artwork. Expensive artwork can be packed together. Be sure, however, that each individual piece is fully protected with cloth, bubble wrap, or news paper. They can all fit in the same box as long they the surface of the art and the frames are protected.
The tips above will help you tackle the task of moving to a new location. Packing and moving is never any fun. Do what you can to protect your valuables and your furniture. Be sure to take your time so that your home furnishings survive the move.