Relocation is a herculean task where you have to spend hours, days, and weeks planning your move. On top of that, heavy equipment needs more care to be moved around as there is always a chance of damage or breakage. For example, wardrobes, bookshelves, grand pianos, that vintage sofa you inherited from your grandmother, or even a four-poster bed. They are bulky, difficult to move, and could cause danger to the suppliers, the old property, and yourself.
Moving several times is an expensive investment while adding to the shipment cost for both, local and long-distance relocation. Now, it is unthinkable to leave behind all the furniture back in your property and buy a new set. So, how do you pack and transport them to your new property safely?
A few secret ways have been discussed as follows:
- Measure and plan the route
Before calling in the office furniture relocation services, visit the new location with paper and pencil in hand. Note down any long hallways, doorways, and stairs. Mentally visualize where you will keep your furniture pieces in the room, and clear off pathways to avoid disturbances at the last moment. Check if you may need a larger door or corridor to fit all your furniture comfortably inside.
- Use the right packaging material
While moving heavy furniture, use sturdy packaging material that protects the items, prevents injuries and accidents, and keeps the transition smooth. Durable shipping boxes made from double-ply cardboard are strong enough for handling heavy furniture. Wooden or plastic crates are equally great options for carrying oddly-shaped, heavy, and fragile items.
Thick wrapping further protects objects from breakage should they bump against the other, so think of bubble wrapper, woolen blankets, corrugated cardboard, and foam padding. Do not use boxes not designed for heavy furniture or replace adequate wrapping for paper, old clothes, towels, and bedsheets as they will not protect your heavy furniture from potential damage.
- Prepare the heavy items
Clean, empty, and detach any parts from the heavy items, and pack them separately. Dissemble equipment and furniture pieces, and wrap them up for further protection. Fragile heavy items must be taken special care of, by individually wrapping them in protective material.
- Dismantle furniture
Disassemble the furniture completely i.e. beds, tables, couches, wardrobes, vanity pieces, and drawers, and use sealable plastic bags to store the nuts, bolts, and other hardware. Reassemble the pieces when you are at the new property.
- Use packing boxes of the right size
Smaller moving boxes are great for packing fragile items, as they only fit the right number of furniture and other objects. Pad them with packing peanuts, corrugated cardboard, and bubble wrap and seal them with duct tape for extra security.
- Make smaller compartments in each box
If you have detachable parts for your heavy furniture, divide the box with smaller cardboard pieces to create compartments. Place the detachable articles in them and seal them up, so that they do not move in the box.
- Pack heavy items carefully
Leave adequate space between the item and the box and carefully pad the area with bubble wrap, packing peanuts, foam sheets, and cardboard to absorb any shock. Immobilize the articles within the padding, so that they do not move around in the box. Fill extra spaces with cushioning, and ensure that the top of the box stays firm.
Place the sealed box in a second, larger, packing box, and cushion the extra space with padding material. Finally, seal it up with packing tape. Write out ‘Handle With Care’ and ‘This Side Up’ with a permanent marker pen to inform the suppliers that there are fragile items inside.
- Ask for professional help
It is always a better idea to hire professional moving truck delivery suppliers for relocating your heavy furniture to a new location. Though there are tools available for doing this on your own, it is not recommended. In the end, weigh the boxes as they should weigh under 50 pounds.
- Move the heavy furniture first
Now that heavy furniture is packed and sealed, that should be the first item to load into the truck. You also need to take care while unloading them and setting them around the house. Professional packers and movers have specialized tools for the procedure, and they ensure that all your belongings will be safely delivered to your doorstep on time.
Though moving heavy furniture to a new location is a challenge, working with professional help makes it a simple task. If you are looking out for well-established and reliable home movers and packers, contact us at Trukker.