How to Move Furniture the Right Way
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“She took a step and didn’t want to take any more, but she did.” – Markus Zusak, The Book Thief
Are you considering moving to a new home or office? If so, it is important to be cognisant of the information contained within this article. And, even though this quotation is taken slightly out of context, it is still a clear indication of the challenge of physically packing up your home or office and moving to a new location. As mentioned many times before, moving is ranked with top stress-inducing life events.
Additionally, protecting and moving heavy pieces of furniture quickly, easily, and without damage forms a major part of the move, and by inference, it forms the foundation of moving stress.
Therefore, it stands to reason that it is important to simplify your life as much as possible during this stressful time. Here are several stress-free moving tips to make the move easier:
Clean and repair furniture before the move
It’s vital to make sure that your furniture, especially your delicate and antique pieces, is thoroughly cleaned. And, if there are any damaged parts, they need to be repaired before the move.
Succinctly stated, it is normal for dust and dirt to collect on the furniture, notably in the hard-to-clean areas, and this dirt will become an abrasive agent when the furniture is wrapped in protective claddings before being moved. Also, broken parts can contribute to further damage by being dropped, particularly if the item is picked up inadvertently on the broken part.
Employ a professional removalist
Removal companies employ trained staff to pack, load, transport, and unload your possessions. Therefore, it is worth paying for a removalist to action your move. Otherwise, you run the risk of broken, damaged furniture and possessions, especially if you try and move your household or office goods yourself.
It is actually more cost-effective to pay for a professional, experienced removalist to move your furniture than to do it yourself.
Use blankets, wrappings, and claddings
Before you move your furniture, and after it has been cleaned and repaired, it is vital to wrap each piece with enough blankets, wrappings, and claddings to ensure that it is protected during the move. No matter how well the removals truck is packed, there will be a certain amount of movement while your possessions are being transported to their new destination.
Therefore, if your furniture isn’t wrapped properly, each piece will rub against the other pieces resulting in scratches and damage.
This point applies not only to the move, but also to the short-, medium-, or long-term storage of your furniture. Therefore, it is a good idea to take these furniture storage tips into account when planning your move.
As mentioned above, relocating your home or office can be a stressful experience, particularly if you attempt to move your possessions yourself. Juxtapositionally, an experienced removalist will help you plan and execute your move with the least amount of stress and anxiety. Thus, as mentioned above, in order to reduce short-term anxiety and panic it is a good idea to hire a professional removalist to manage your move.