Moving is stressful enough without having to worry about whether your furniture will make it through the move unscathed and intact. And – be honest – how many dings and scrapes are on your furniture (or the stairwells of past apartments) from past moving trips? They are the furniture scars that tell the stories of our lives!
Even when you hire reputable movers, you can still do a few things yourself to keep your furniture safe and secure. To ease your mind when you move, here are 8 tips for keeping your furniture safe when you move in Boston.
1. Keep Packing Supplies on Hand
The first step in keeping your furniture safe when you move inBoston occurs before you do any packing or moving. Gather all the packing and moving supplies before you do anything else. When you have furniture pads, moving blankets, dollies, boxes, newspaper, tape, and anything at all you might possibly need all gathered up, everything else will go much more smoothly and safely. Preparation = Peace of Mind.
2. Prep for Packing
The next thing you can do to keep your furniture safe when you move in Boston is to prep your furniture for packing and moving. Typically, this will involve cleaning first to remove dust and debris that can cause scratches. Next, you should remove casters, knobs, feet, and pulls to avoid damage to these and to keep them from damaging other pieces of furniture (and to help maneuver large pieces through tight hallways and stairwells better).
3. Pack Well and Carefully
Now will be the time for the actual packing (and, of course, you already have all you packing supplies ready to go). Cover all pieces of furniture with the necessary protective coverings like blankets and pads. Also, to help keep your furniture safe when you move in Boston, tape drawers shut whenever feasible.
4. Take Photos
Taking photos won’t actually keep your furniture safe when you move, but it will provide a little insurance. Photos will give movers incentive to take extra care, and they will be proof of the original condition in the event something does happen. It is worthwhile to document the condition of your furniture before the move in order to compare that documentation with the condition of your furniture after the move.
5. Disassemble When Possible
Another way to keep your furniture safe when you move in Boston is to disassemble furniture whenever possible. Large pieces are much easier to pack, move, and keep safe when they have been disassembled and converted into several smaller pieces. Just make sure you keep any screws. knobs, latches, and legs together in a small plastic bag so you don’t drive yourself crazy looking for that missing rogue accessory after your move. It can also save you money on the mover’s bill with the tighter packing capabilities afforded.
6. Label Everything
And if you disassemble furniture, you should label it – because it all has to go back together at some point. This will save time and handling when you get to your destination, and less handling means less opportunity for damage to occur. Grab your P-Touch machine or use simple masking tape and a black Sharpie.
7. Measure First… and Measure Twice!
Another easy way to keep your furniture safe when you move is to measure first at your new home. And then, measure again, just to be sure that you have the right measurements. You need to know where to bring larger pieces in so that they won’t get damaged in trying to fit them through a doorway that is too narrow. Measure the furniture and all doorways and hallways before you bring the furniture in. And don’t forget to measure vertical space and headroom in case you will need to turn pieces vertically.
8. Hire Professional Movers
Professional movers aren’t cheap, but the cost is worth it. You will save time and energy during what will be a very stressful period. They have the experience, they know all the moving hacks, and they have all the necessary equipment and tools to keep your furniture safe during the move. And reputable movers are also insured in case the worst happens. Many of them carry full value protection insurance that includes coverage for repairing or replacing anything that might get damaged.
At NextHome Titletown Real Estate, we can put you in touch with professional movers. To find out more, contact us today! (617) 657-9811
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