Furniture and furnishings are one of the most valued possessions in your home today. Not only are they your sense of identity and expression when it comes to your home, but they are also one of your biggest investments.
When you need to move houses or offices from one point to another, your main concern is the handling of your possessions. Although most of us will hire this out to the professionals, it is important that you learn how to do it on your own. This way you can rearrange your furniture or you can be able to spot the differences between the professionals and the frauds.
Here are some important tips to consider
- Carry tall items at different angles and levels.
A tall piece of furniture is extremely difficult to handle because of its size and height. Two people should be put to the task on how to handle it. If one carries the bottom while the other one tips the item backwards and carries the top at an angle, it centers its weight and helps the movers have better control of it.
- Slide furniture items where possible.
If a piece of furniture is small enough, the best way to move it is to slide it across the room. Avoid lifting any item that can be moved by sliding. Most people do not know how to gently lift delicate furniture items and may end up causing damage to them.
- Use blankets, cardboard or plastic to protect the furniture.
Make use of readily available and affordable moving blankets and plastics. They ensure that your furniture items do not get scratched on polished surfaces. It also is invaluable in protecting glass items and fragile pieces. It is important to make sure that the item is completely wrapped up in the blankets and the ends secured with adhesive or stretch film. Most professional furniture removalists know the best places to access quality and affordable moving blankets.
- Make a floor plan beforehand
You should make a plan of where you intend to place your furniture before you begin to move it. Sketch a floor plan with precise measurements of every room of the new home and then measure your furniture to complete the floor plan. This prevents unnecessary re -moving of the furniture to different areas of the room. It also avoids wear and tear of the floor upholstery.
- Couches should be stood on end.
Couches usually stand horizontally in the living area, however when it comes to moving them it is almost impossible to do it in this position. It is easier and more practical to place the couch on its end and slide it through the door. If the couch goes higher than the arch of the doorway start the top away from the entrance, this way you will gain the inches required to get it through.
Whichever way you choose to go, be it professional or otherwise you must ensure that your furniture is kept in its original condition. Not only does it save on costs of repair and replacement, but it also gives your home a pleasant look.
David Speck works with professional furniture removalists in his home town of Brooklyn. He also trains new recruits for the Brooklyn Moving company during his spare time.