Professional packers make preparing furniture for shipping look easy. However, when you are packing to move it is actually a lot more tricky than it looks. Fortunately, Moving Guidance is here with packing services advice.
The first step for shipping your furniture is to decide if it is needed in your new home. It is worth taking measurements and making a floor plan. After all, there is no point in going to the expense of taking your massive couch if it won’t fit in your new family room. If your old furniture will not be used in your new home, don’t bother moving it in the first place. Sell, donate or recycle it and save the packing hassle.
The next step is to make a furniture inventory. Professional packing services usually work from a list for the most efficient packing. By listing all the large and small items of furniture, you can establish what moving supplies you will need and the size of load you need to ship. Many moving companies can help you with this stage before you even start packing to move.
Trying to move heavy and large items of furniture alone is just asking for an accident or injury. Whether you call in some favors from family and friends or hire professional packers, you will need some form of help. It is worth asking about the costs involved in packing services, as professionals have the skills and expertise to efficiently pack your entire home. It may be worth the additional moving cost when you consider trying to get your friends to do a good job.
Okay, so now you are getting ready to start packing your furniture, you will need to gather your supplies. For most items of furniture, you will need bubble wrap, plastic stretch wrap, cardboard sheets, packing tape, ziplock bags, and blankets.
To make packing and moving easier, it is also a good idea to have tools for disassembling, moving straps, hand tools, and furniture pads.
Before you start packing, ensure that all the items are emptied and clean. Leaving drawers and cupboards full will not only increase weight but create a hazard during transit. Just be sure that everything is completely dry before you pack.
Dismantle any pieces of furniture where possible. Remove legs from tables and remove any cushions and covers from your couches. Bed frames can usually be taken apart completely. Use ziplock bags to hold all the components and keep them with the main body of the furniture.
Finally, you can wrap your items. Use packing paper and blankets to protect the furniture, securing it with plastic cling wrap. Pay careful attention to corners and other potentially delicate areas, using bubble wrap and cardboard to provide additional protection. Don’t allow tape or plastic wrap to make direct contact with leather or wooden finishes as you could damage the surface.
If you are not relishing the prospect of packing to move, speak to Moving Guidance. We can provide access to packing services and professional packers.