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The biggest obstacle when moving in and out of a home is physically moving heavy furniture. Beds, cabinets, and the like are not designed to be easily moved. Furniture can be expensive to repair and replace if damaged. Unwieldy pieces can also damage your home. To protect yourself from damage, properly prepare to move furniture and use appropriate materials.

Only move furniture that you really need to move

The best way to protect your furniture is to not move it at all. If your new home is already furnished, there is no reason to bring your old furniture with you to your new home. Even if your old furniture is perfectly good, leaving it in your home adds value to the house that you are selling.

Make a list of what furniture is going to be in your new destination, then take inventory of your furniture at home. Do you really need to bring everything? Would it be so bad to buy a new piece of furniture if the new home isn't furnished? These are the questions that you need to ask yourself before you even attempt to move furniture.

Once you know what you are going to move, then you can make an accurate moving inventory. This is important to know well before shipping because it will help you prepare the appropriate type and amount of moving and packing material.


The exact materials needed to protect your furniture will vary depending on what furniture you are moving. Here is a general list of things you may need:
  • Packing tape
  • Furniture dollies
  • Ramps
  • Moving blankets/regular heavy blankets
  • Packing paper
  • Bubble wrap
  • Plastic wrap
  • Moving pads
  • Boxes

Moving furniture

Heavy and fragile pieces of furniture present a few problems that can be solved with the right plan and equipment.
  • Disassemble what you can.  Legs and loose pieces make moving heavy furniture more difficult. Wrap them in bubble wrap and pack them separately.
  • Remove any loose items inside of drawers or compartments.
  • Always have enough people to move furniture. It doesn't hurt to have more people than needed-- but it will hurt if you have less.
  • Use moving pads to slide heavy furniture or protect corners from hitting walls or other furniture.
  • Wrap blankets or bubble around furniture to protect it from impacts and scratches.
  • Add ramps to any drops in the path from the home to the truck.
  • Use a furniture dolly to roll the furniture safely.
  • Clear a path to and from the truck before moving the furniture.
  • Cover items with plastic wrap to prevent water damage.
  • Seal all protective wrapping with packing tape.
  • Avoid putting tape directly on furniture since it can leave a sticky residue or damage paint and finishes.
  • Bubble wrap should not come in direct contact with glass surfaces since it can leave smudges.

On the truck

Protecting your furniture won't matter if it gets damaged in the moving truck. Make sure your belongings are loaded and secured correctly.
  • Use a dolly to help load the truck.
  • Load heaviest items first towards the cab and gradually get lighter as you move back towards the rear.
  • Pack mattresses vertically to save space.
  • Use braces, tight packing, and straps to keep everything secure during transit.
Of course, you could hire a moving company to provide all of the equipment and materials for moving, packing, and loading your furniture safely. If any object is too difficult, you should definitely hire pros to do the job. Just remember to purchase replacement value insurance to protect your furniture financially as well as physically.

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on October 10, 2014 - Moving Expert
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