One of the most difficult, and potentially frustrating, parts of any move is moving your larger furniture pieces. Especially if you have antiques that are made of heavier materials and do not disassemble, you can find yourself damaging your furniture, walls, or even your body. Check out our tips for your moving most difficult pieces.
- Appraise Your Furniture: Anytime you move, take the opportunity to evaluate your belongings and makes sure that your larger items fit the aesthetic of your new home before you take the time and money to move these difficult items. We all have that couch that made it through one move to many and is already ready to be replaced when you get it through the door of your new home. Make your move and your new start easier by only taking the furniture you should with you.
- Plot Out Your Trip: Just like you would use a maps application to find the route of least resistance for your local or long-distance move, make sure you do the same thing when moving your large furniture pieces. Even if you have lived in your current home for years, take the time to plan out the route you’re going to take with your most difficult pieces. Make sure that you get lamps, end tables and even area rugs out of your way. Measure doorframes and hallways to see if you path is viable for what you are moving. This will not only make your move easier, but it will also protect your furniture.
- Have Enough Help: Especially for specialty furniture, such as antiques or pianos, make sure that you have the help you need to do the, well, heavy lifting if you will. Considering that repairs could be expensive, think about hiring a moving company that has the expertise to get your most valuable possessions to your next stop safely. If money is tight, ask friends and family to assist you in moving your larger items. Your wallet and your back will thank you!
- Protect Your Doorways: Especially if you are renting, be sure to keep your doorways safe. Even if you are a professional mover, doorways and walls can be difficult to keep safe with heavy and more awkward furniture pieces. Consider using mattress pads or even taking crown molding off of doors to give yourself some extra inches to get your furniture to the truck. Taking these precautions will save you from having to re-paint and patch spots on your old home and ensure that you get your full security deposit back.
- Have The Right Equipment: Be prepared! Even if you are not using professional movers, most moving companies will allow you to rent their equipment. Whether your move is local or long distance, make sure that you rent a truck that is large enough to comfortably fit all of your valuables, rent dollies, furniture pads, and even sliders to make your move easier. Although it might be tempting to use what you have, trust us, you will save more money by renting the right equipment than having to fix or replace damage furniture.
- Take The Legs Off Chairs And Tables: Most of your heavy tables, chairs and even couches have legs that can be removed with relative ease. Take the time to disassemble what you can to give yourself extra margin in your hallways and doorways. This will protect your furniture and your home. Also, when loading the truck, having the legs off will make for a more efficient usage of truck space so that you can fit as much in your truck as comfortably as possible.