How to protect your furniture while moving home

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Published: 04th June 2017
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The biggest and heaviest items are usually the biggest and heaviest furnishings, and you probably need to hire a company with a man and a bigger van for your move. Yet you can deal with dismantling some pieces to make the furnishings much easier for handling and arranging in the moving van. However, there are some tips and tricks, which are quite important if you want to protect your furniture throughout the entire relocation. Take a look at the following highlights:
1st Tip: Enwrap carefully and thoroughly all furniture with old newspapers, blankets or other soft fabric materials. Even a tiny little layer of a transparent nylon blanket ensures an extra layer of protection, which can turn into a very important protection if it suddenly starts to rain, for example.
2nd Tip: Make sure to sketch the floor plan of your new house and give it to your helpers. They will therefore know where is the best place to put a giant piece of furniture like a huge wooden dining table or a 4-wing wardrobe. Sketch the exact distance to the front door as well. Add all the little details such as the number of the stairways if any, the location and angle of the turns or the width of the walkway. All these yet small details can help a lot when handling giant heavy boxes.
3rd Tip: Apply protective edges to all the edges and delicate outer parts of your furnishings. They are usually stiff rubber or plastic edges and they truly protect the most vulnerable parts of the furniture while handling.
4th Tip: Use furniture slides to move the heaviest objects in the moving van instead of lifting. The gliding blankets let you to move a giant wardrobe or a bed by yourself, while in the meantime the gliding blanket is another layer of protection between the box or the furniture and the floor of the van. This reduces the risk of scratching or damaging the floor when rearranging the objects for better centering of the weight.
5th Tip: Fill empty void spaces in the furniture with soft and light objects, for example - light curtains or clothes inside the shelves of a kitchen cabinet. One, it will save you space and money instead of buying separate removal boxes only for the light objects, and two - it will protect the shelves from opening, vibrations, scratches, etc. during the trip.
6th Tip: Get a vast array of boxes for the move, especially when it comes to moving house with big heavy furnishings. This includes a variety of boxes with a different strength, materials or with different ways for opening and handling. The dismantled furniture truly requires much less space for storage and moving, but the beautiful wooden surfaces are still vulnerable to scratches and other damages. Because of that, it should be easier to find the perfect size of the box that matches your dismantles furnishings. It`s important that the removal box is not bigger, nor smaller than the dismantled furniture.
7th Tip: Use heavy duty furniture lifting straps in some cases when you yet want to move the big heavy furniture in one piece. The straps make the lifting and handling much easier for you and your helper, while meanwhile it ensures a smaller chance for hitting or damaging the furniture. It also makes the rearranging and the placing of the big furniture in the new house much easier. Read more at: manwithvanfulham.co.uk

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