How To Properly Protect Your Furniture When Moving and Storing It

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When moving into a new house, you will likely need to move your furniture out of your current apartment or rental home. In some cases, a new home isn’t ready when you need to move, so you must have an appropriate place to store furniture while you stay in a hotel or at a relative’s home. If you want to ensure that your furniture isn’t damaged when moving and while in storage, there are a few precautions you should take.

Tip 1: Use Padded and Waterproof Furniture Covers

To prevent moisture damage, rips, or scratches on your upholstered or wooden furniture, you should have an assortment of waterproof and padded furniture covers.Life Storage explains that “Bubble Wrap and plastic sheeting are two of the best tools at your disposal when it comes to safely moving your furniture. Use Bubble Wrap to protect delicate wood pieces. Plastic wrap or specially designed plastic sofa covers should be used to protect your upholstered items. In a pinch, old blankets or packing blankets will work.” These items should be wrapped and fastened securely around your furniture on all of its sides to avoid any damage. Not only can you prevent extensive damage from rain or dirt, but also, you are less likely to have an insect infestation in your furniture when you cover the items with fabric or plastic sheets.

Tip 2: Lift and Move Furniture In the Correct Way

When furniture is lifted and moved, it is essential for the movers to use the correct methods. Tall furniture such as cabinets must be tilted to avoid hitting the tops of the doorframes on a building. Long furniture such as a couch will require support in the middle to keep it from breaking. You may need to take a large dining room table apart to transport the tabletop and legs. This means that you will need strong movers to lift and carry items along with having special carts. Also, be careful when moving and lifting heavy objects; many injuries can happen when objects are improperly lifted, but it is easy tolift objects in a safe way.

Tip 3: Have Climate-controlled Storage Available

Carole Brownell a manager fromStor-N-Lock instructs, “If you plan to store items that are susceptible to fluctuating temperatures, such as family heirlooms, electronics, wood or leather furniture or important paper documents, you will want to search for storage units with climate control.” You should find a storage facility that has climate-controlled units so that you can protect your furniture from the damages of changing temperatures and humidity levels. If you are going to unload a lot of furniture, then choose a climate-controlled storage unit that is next to the road so that you won’t need to carry large pieces of furniture through a long hallway. Maximize your storage space by arranging furniture carefully. Avoid stacking furniture on top of other items because it can break the items. Make sure to visit your storage unit every few weeks to make sure that your furniture is in good condition. If you notice a problem, then notify the storage facility’s management right away.

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