Buying a new apartment

Protect Your Wood Furniture from Moving Damage with These 5 Tips

by Same Patterson

Wood furniture looks great and in most cases holds its value well, but it can be fragile, especially during a move. Want to ensure your wood furniture gets to your new home safely and without injury? Check out these tips.

1. Secure loose bits

Unfortunately, if drawers fall out of your furniture as you are moving it, they can get damaged. In other cases, protruding bits such as legs and handles can get hit the sides of doorways or walls. Take care to secure drawers and cabinet doors. For example, use twine rather than tape as tape can leave marks.If possible, remove attached mirrors, protruding legs and other elements that stick out.

2. Lift carefully

Dragging your furniture may damage it. Similarly, if you lift it and cannot hold onto it, it may fall and get damaged. Use an ample number of people to lift your furniture, rent a furniture dolly or hire professional furniture removalists who are experienced at moving furniture without damaging it.

3. Cushion your furniture

After you get your furniture on the removal van, cushion it with a moving blanket or some of your own duvets. Do not use plastic bubble wrap or other non-breathable, synthetic materials. Wood is an organic material, and it can get damaged or warped if it cannot breathe.

4. Pack it tightly

You don't want your furniture slipping and sliding all over the truck, potentially getting scratched or hitting other items. To prevent that from happening, wedge your furniture in tightly. Use straps to hold it in place as needed, or pack it so tightly that moving is very unlikely or impossible.

If you decide to stack items on top of your wood furniture, do not overstress your furniture. Only put items on it that it is truly strong enough to hold.

5. Map out your route

This doesn't refer to the route to your new home. Rather it refers to the route your furniture will take into your home. Look carefully at the route you want to use and make sure your furniture will fit.

You don't want to get to a doorway or a hallway, only to realise you are stuck and the only way forward is likely to scratch or damage your furniture.

6. Insure your belongings through the move

Unfortunately, no matter how careful you are, sometimes your furniture may get damaged anyway. If possible, make sure your homeowner's or renter's insurance policy covers your furniture through a move. If your policy doesn't cover your furniture or if your excess is higher than the cost of most of your pieces, consider hiring professional furniture removalists like Klose's Removals Pty Ltd who might offer built-in coverage in the event anything gets damaged.  

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