Things like broken chair legs to nicks in new paint can happen easily during a move, especially if you are not taking extra precautions to protect the furniture. Taking small preventative measures before the move will ensure that your furniture arrives at the destination looking like it did before it was packed.
Consider these tips on how to keep your furniture damage free during a move;
Moving Pads and Blankets
Depending on how much furniture you have to move, make sure you have more than enough pads and blankets. Blankets and pads offer added protection in the moving truck so they are not scuffed, scratched, or torn, when they come in contact with other pieces being squeezed into the moving truck. If covered properly, even if something shifts during transit, the furniture will be protected.
Detaching Removable Parts
It might seem like extra work now, but by removing table legs or taking the shelves out of those cabinets, it will go a long way to keep your furniture damage free during the move. If the legs can be removed, take them off and wrap them with the item so they can be found when they are moved.
One rule of thumb if you are placing furniture in boxes is the heavier the piece of furniture, the smaller the moving box should be. The smaller the box, the less room for the piece to shift around and get damaged. Packing a heavy item in a box that is too big will result in the box falling apart and the piece being exposed and damaged while it is being transported to the new house.
Measuring Furniture and Openings
Perhaps that large piece of furniture fit into your home with no issues, that may not be the case when it comes to your new home. If the front door is too narrow, you could scratch the furniture or damage it when assuming it will fit. Measure the furniture and find openings that will allow it to be moved with no issues.
Protecting Art and Mirrors
Keeping fragile mirrors and pieces of wall art protected during a move means wrapping them with extra care. Once the frames are covered, use foam corner protectors to ensure they do not get damaged when they come in contact with other pieces inside the moving truck.
The old adage about measuring twice and cutting once even applies to preparing your furniture for a move. Not only does it need to be protected as it leaves the house, it has to be safe in transit, and then when it is being unloaded into the new residence too.