Furniture moving tips by Carol Carter
The worst part of moving from one residence to another has to be the actual move.
Wouldn’t it be nice if we could just pull an “I Dream of Genie” moment and just *blink* our belongings into our new home?
Of course we can’t, so we have to follow some practical instructions on how to move our precious items as safely and securely as possible.
Hiring professional movers to do the job is the wisest choice, but even if you do this, you will still need to supervise and these handy tips will ensure your movers take care of your belongings as if they were their own.
You can purchase little items called sliders that will go underneath your heavy furniture.
They work very well under major appliances and under heavy items such as couches and lazy-boys.
The sliders will go under the feet of the furniture, and the movers can literally slide the furniture out of the house until it needs to be lifted.
These are available at any major or local hardware store.
You can also use broom handles on the larger more unwieldy objects.
Place two broom handles under the object and roll the piece of furniture across the floor with the rolling broom handles.
For wooden floors, use rags or carpets under each leg of the furniture before you move it.
This will allow it to slide easier, and the floor will escape getting scratched.
When you are moving bookshelves make sure all books are taken out of the bookshelves as well as any odds or ends you may have in there.
If you can, it would be a good idea to take the shelves out as well.
This will make the bookshelves much lighter for the movers to move.
The unit can just get tilted on one end, and one person carries one end and a second the other end, and the bookshelves can get moved out very easily.
Whatever furniture that you have with drawers, ensure all drawers are emptied out and the drawers are removed from the piece of furniture.
Again, this makes the furniture that much easier to move, and you also do not have the concern of losing valuable items.
If you have armoires with clothing that needs to be moved, these need to be emptied as well. You can use garment bags and suitcases for your clothing, or, if you have quiet a bit, you can keep the clothes on hangers and wrap them with plastic or garbage bags.
Twist tie the hangers so it is easier to carry many items of clothing at once.
Again, empty your armoires of drawers and unnecessary items, ensure it is completely empty before moved.
It is not a bad idea to wrap your furniture in plastic before the move.
For couches or love seats, or anything with a cushion, remove the cushions and wrap them in large clear garbage bags and secure tightly.
You can get some rolls of industrial strength plastic at the hardware store to wrap your couches, chairs, love seats, lazy boys, etc.
This will ensure they won’t get snagged and the fabric won’t be damaged.
Secure the plastic with duct tape and ensure a tight seal.
These tips should maximize the safety and security of your valuables and are very easy and cost effective to do.