While expert removalists such as us have the equipment such as blankets and wrap to move furniture safely, it doesn’t mean DIY moves can’t learn a thing or two about how to protect your things and homes. Here are a few top tips:
1. Use the original boxes and padding if you’ve kept them
The boxes your TV, computers, etc. came in have the best padding for the specific components of your goods. Not only will your items be protected, but you can check that you have packed all the components.
2. Disassemble your furniture
Some furniture will move better disassembled especially beds and tables. Moving large items of furniture as a whole is more difficult and your are more likely to scratch walls and doorways. Disassemble slats, legs, frames and carry them individually. Pack them carefully but tightly making sure there is padding between them.
3. Empty drawers, shelves and cabinets
As tempting it is to tape wardrobe, cabinet and dresser doors shut to carry their contents as is, it is also very likely that those contents will scratch the furniture. Not only that, the items will make the furniture heavy, usually on one side so they are tricky to carry and more likely to tip out of balance and scratch your floor.
4. Wrap your furniture
Use linen to wrap furniture. Pad the corners with tape and old socks or rags that you are thinking of throwing away.
5. Check instructions on your whitegoods.
Sometimes after a move, a fridge or machine stops working. This is because you may not have read the manufacturer’s instructions on moving the appliance safely. Washing machines often have to be screwed tightly to ensure the parts don’t move around when moved. A fridge or freezer may have to be defrosted and unplugged for a minimum time.