Moving is very time consuming and stressful, but some people decide to do it all on their own in an effort to save some money. Not having professional help may not work out in the end, because one problem DIY movers face is furniture that gets damaged by the time it reaches their new home. It is very easy for upholstered or wooden furniture to become punctured, scratched, stained or destroyed during the moving process. Try following these tips that professional movers use for keeping your furniture safe during a move.
Wrap Furniture With Moving Pads
Moving pads are a great way to protect upholstered and wooden furniture. They are essentially large padded blankets that will prevent furniture from getting punctured with a very sharp object. Moving pads can be purchased or rented from a moving supply company, such as Security Self Storage, and are well worth the cost.
You should place these pads over all furniture items so that they are completely covered. You can then wrap the furniture with plastic wrap, which will secure the moving pads in place. If you purchased your pads, feel free to cut them to the sizes you need to ensure that the arms of sofas or chairs are covered well.
Avoid Placing Tape On Upholstery
While plastic wrap is ideal for securing the moving pads, you may only have tape to get the job done. Never attach tape directly to a wooden or upholstered furniture item. If you must use an anchor point, use a piece of cardboard to stick the initial strip of tape to, then wrap the tape around the item once.
Secure Legs With Bubble Wrap
Any furniture items with wooden legs is susceptible to becoming scratched or scuffed during your move. They run the risk of rubbing up against walls, bannisters, and other pieces of furniture during the moving process.
Since wooden legs can be difficult to wrap with furniture pads, use bubble wrap instead. It will be a crucial buffer between your furniture and the possible things it can bump into.
Protect Corners With Cardboard
Tables, dressers, and other wooden furniture items have sharp corners that can become banged up during a move. Purchase cardboard corner protectors from your moving supply store, and place them on any item with a sharp corner. It not only will help protect the item you are moving, but prevent damaging walls and other objects the corner can rub against during a move.
Don't feel confident that you can move your furniture safely? Consider hiring a professional moving company that can handle the move for you.