Looking after your furniture when moving house

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Furniture protection when moving is home is vital if you want your pieces to arrive undamaged!

There are plenty of factors that affect your choice of removal boxes, bags and wrappings when moving house, and it’s best to begin preparing for your move at least a week in advance – you don’t want a last minute rush or panic when moving the contents of your house, especially the biggest and heaviest pieces.

Choosing the right removal boxes and bags is key for ensuring the safety of large pieces of furniture. It’s important to get a variety of box sizes for all the items you’ll be moving, and it’s worth considering buying in some special boxes for large, or heavy, high-value items such as a flat screen TV or large ornaments.

Getting the right size box is essential when packing up your belongings; too snug and the box won’t protect the item properly, too big and you risk damaging the item in transport.

A great tip is to use newspapers, clothes, curtains and other light textiles as fillers between the walls of the boxes and the piece of furniture – this will protect your furniture and also save space.

When you’re moving it is tempting to try to save a bit of money by using any old cardboard boxes, but that could prove costly in the long run. It’s important to ensure the boxes you use are up to the job – they should be rigid and well-constructed.

It’s also wise to reinforce the boxes with tape where they might be at their weakest. For particularly fragile or valuable items it may be a good idea to source some plastic boxes, as these will also protect items from the weather conditions.

Plastic boxes can then be reused for storage in your new property. Speaking of weather, it’s always a good idea to check the weather forecast in the lead-up to your move and if there is a chance of rainfall, protect your electronics using bags, plastic boxes or appropriate plastic wrapping.

Dismantling the biggest and heaviest furnishings is our next tip for ensuring the safety of your belongings (of course dismantling is only recommended when it is possible!).

Dismantled furniture will take up less room and also be easier for handling. If you have large items of furniture that can`t be dismantled, use special edge protectors to secure their edges and the most delicate parts.

The edges of wooden objects are more vulnerable to scratches and other damage, so edge protectors are the perfect solution for small and complex wooden details like decorations, hangers, paintings etc.

When it comes to moving your largest and heaviest pieces of furniture onto the removal van, a gliding blanket can be a great help – it will save on man-power and also reduce the risk of scratching the floor of the van and your items. The gliding blankets can also help with more precise positioning of your belongings.

Another great tip for more precise and easier moving of larger objects is to use handling straps. Handling straps are the easiest way to carry out heavy lifting and allow two people to carry large objects all the way from the front door to the removal van.

When moving and doing everything by yourself, try to centralise the weight of the van – this will make the drive more comfortable and also ensure the safety of your belongings.

This content was written by Quick Move Now
Published on 16th November 2015
Last updated on 7th August 2018

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