When moving home, the items of most value that you will be taking with you are likely to be your furniture, which is why the protection of that furniture is a subject often discussed between homeowners and removalists. Whether you are moving to the other side of the country or just a few streets away, you must take steps to ensure that your furniture is well protected as it is loaded, transported, and unloaded again at your new home.
Our first and most important recommendation is that you hire professional and experienced removalists to assist you with your home move. Apart from physically helping your move take place, they can also provide you with expert advice in protecting, not just your furniture, but other items too, such as your appliances and fragile items. That advice will include several tips, and to give you a heads up, here are seven of those tips to help you pack your furniture for a home move.
Furniture Packing Tip #1 – Designate A Packing ‘Station’
Our first tip is that you find a space or room in your current home that you can designate as the packing station for your furniture. There you can disassemble items and have all your packing materials at hand to make it more convenient to prepare furniture for your move.
Furniture Packing Tip #2 – Use Lots Of Bubble Wrap
Some in the removalist industry claim that bubble wrap is the greatest invention ever and we are sure many homeowners whose furniture was saved from damage because it was wrapped in bubble wrap would agree. Ensure you have lots of bubble wrap including some larger rolls which are more suited for wrapping the bulkier items of furniture that you wish to protect.
Furniture Packing Tip #3 – Utilise Shrink Wrap
Shrink wrap, or cling film as some might call it, can also be extremely useful in helping to protect furniture during a house move. Whilst it might not offer the same cushioning as bubble warp, what shrink wrap does offer is the means to keep all the bubble wrap in place, and it can also be used to keep doors and drawers in units and cabinets closed.
Furniture Packing Tip #4 – Add Cardboard Sheets For Further Protection
Sheets of corrugated cardboard of varying sizes are also excellent packing materials to have. They can be placed on the top, base, and sides of wardrobes, for example, to help prevent damage should something come into contact with them in transit. Cardboard sheets are also the recommended means of protecting glass panels by placing each panel between two sheets of cardboard.
Furniture Packing Tip #5 – Use Mattress Covers
Whilst your mattresses may not be at the same level of risk of damage as a glass panel, for example, you should still seek to protect them against rips, moisture, and staining. The ideal method of protection is to place each mattress into a mattress protector, which you can also wrap in shrink wrap for added protection.
Furniture Packing Tip #6 – Use Moving Blankets
The method of protecting furniture which has been used for decades, and is still the go-to protection today, is moving blankets. These are pieces of fibre ranging from small to large that are used to wrap furniture. Many are padded and give added protection for the likes of chair legs, and table edges.
Furniture Packing Tip #7 – Err On The Side Of Over Protecting Rather Than Under Protecting Your Furniture
This is not so much a specific means of protecting furniture during a home move, but more the mindset you should have. It is more desirable to spend extra on packing and protection materials than to skimp on them. Those few extra dollars on additional rolls of bubble wrap could mean the difference between furniture all arriving in original condition and you having to spend thousands of dollars in replacing something which gets damaged as it was not protected properly.