Tips For Moving Furniture – How To Wrap Your Stuff

Properly wrapped furniture, fit to be moved
No matter the size or distance of the job – if you are moving furniture, you are going to want to properly pad and wrap your items. Furniture pads will help to protect the walls, floors, and doors, as well as the furniture itself. Taking a few extra minutes during your move to properly pad your items can go a long way in protecting your property during your move.

1. Empty out the drawers and cabinets. You don’t want to have loose items clanging around inside your furniture while it is being moved – it can damage the items and your furniture. The best method for moving furniture is to have it completely empty. Even having the weight of some towels or bedding in a dresser can cause warpage – the furniture simply was not meant to be moved with any extra weight in it.

2. Secure the doors, drawers, and any other moving/sliding parts. You can use tape or stretch wrap to help keep everything in place.

3. Cover your item with a furniture pad. Larger items may require multiple pads to completely cover. It is best to hold the pad in place with some tape. If you do need multiple pads to cover an item, it can be helpful to tape down the pads by section, until you have covered the piece of furniture entirely. It can be helpful to have a second person helping with this – one person to hold the pads in place, and another to apply the tape. Remember – the tape only needs to hold the pad in place.

4. Once your item has a pad taped in place, you can stretch wrap it for additional protection. This final layer will help to keep the pad in place, protecting your furniture. It can also give you something to grip at if you need it.

5. That’s it! You are ready to move your furniture!

Five Tips For Planning A Move During Winter

Some people love it, some people hate it. If you live in New England – it’s something that you have chosen to live with, one way or another. SNOW! Winter weather conditions will make it difficult for anyone planning a move, but there are some things that you can do to make everything go as smooth as a sheet of ice.

1. Always Have A Second Option

Winter weather can be extremely unpredictable here in New England. From one hour to the next, a forecast can have drastic changes. You really just never know exactly what you’re going to get when a storm is on the horizon. Keeping a backup moving date available can be essential. When there are roads closed, parking bans, or unplowed roads, there isn’t a safe way to try to move.

2. Make A Path

It is essential to have a safe, fully cleared pathway from your moving truck to the entranceway(s). You’ll need to have enough space for your moving truck (or storage pod, or van, etc) to park as well. Attempting to move furniture across ice or snow can be very dangerous, so be sure to melt the ice as well.

3. Protect Your Floors

Things tend to be particularly dirty when there is snow on the ground. The snow melts and gets all wet and dirty, plus all the salt in the roads and walkways can get everywhere. We recommend using some floor protection (Home Depot, Amazon, etc) to prevent the floors from scratching. As long as you make a clear path into each room, the movers should be able to set the furniture wherever you need it to go.

4. Drive Carefully! 

If you are transporting your belongings in a truck, make sure that you drive as carefully as possible! Leave as much space as possible for braking and adjusting to any unexpected conditions.

5. Be Flexible 

Winter weather is often going to slow things down. Traffic will move much slower. Carrying furniture – especially up or down stairs or ramps – can take longer. Trying to rush things in the snow can be very hazardous – so be flexible and don’t try to do too much at once.

4 Essential Pieces Of Moving Equipment To Help You On Moving Day

Moving Equipment

Pads, dollies, and straps are all used to protect your belongings within the truck

Moving can be a really tough job. However, utilizing the right gear and equipment can really help to make sure that your move isn’t any more difficult than it needs to be. Some equipment helps to protect you, some to protect your equipment, and some of it just makes the whole process easier. The following pieces of equipment can really help to make your move go as smoothly as possible.

1. Padded Moving Blankets

Padded moving blankets are essential for every move. We find it best to secure pads to your furniture items with tape, stretch wrap, and/or elastics. Padding your furniture also helps to protect your walls and other things that the furniture might rub into; it’s a lot less damaging to hit a quilted moving pad than it would be to snag a wooden corner.

Aside from padding your furniture, moving blankets are also useful if you need to slide anything. For example, if you were to slide a dresser across a hardwood floor, you may damage the dressers legs, and you will most likely scratch the floor. However, adding a furniture pad as a buffer will work wonders in keeping everything protected.

2. Moving Dollies (Four Wheelers) 

The easiest way to move most boxy furniture and appliances is to put it on a moving dolly. This is even more important if you are moving within an elevator building, or any building with long corridors. You can’t really dolly your furniture up and down stairs, so that is one limitation of moving dollies. However, if you get creative with some locking moving straps, bungees, or ropes, you can secure almost anything to a dolly. That can be useful if you have any pieces that don’t set flat on your moving dolly.

3. Hand Trucks (Two Wheelers) 

Hand trucks can be great for shuttling large numbers of boxes along. They are also very useful for some larger pieces that might be awkward to carry, such as refrigerators, washers, dryers, armoires, and even bureaus. Some hand trucks are even special made for these large items, and will have straps to secure the cargo to the hand truck, as well as “stair climbers” over the wheels, which make it possible to bring these items up or down stairs. Proper use of hand trucks can shave hours off of your moving time, and can help to save your energy as well.

4. Simple Tool Kit

You’re going to want to keep a basic tool kit handy for any move. Essential items would be a hammer, philips & flat-head screwdriver, alan key set, and adjustable wrench. It can be handy to have a socket set, pliers, and even some power tools as well, but they aren’t as essential. You’ll want to make sure that you have all the equipment you may need to assemble or disassemble any furniture, remove doors from hinges, and possibly to unmount things from your walls, like TVs or framed items.

3 Things Movers Can Do For You (Besides Moving)

With a warm, sunny weekend ahead of us, we are flying right into the heart of do-it-yourself season. But do-it-yourself doesn’t have to mean yourself. You just need to know who can help! And for these spring cleanup/renovation projects, hiring movers can make your life a lot easier.

1. Junk/old furniture removal

If you’re like most people, you’ve probably set a few things into your basement or garage, awaiting the time that they will once again be useful. And if you’re like most people, that time may never come. This grows truer the longer you live in a house; junk and old furniture will pile up. Taking it to a dump, or second-hand store, can be quite a task, if you have to do it on your own. However, many moving companies (ourselves included!) are more than happy to come and help you clear out your belongings. You can arrange for a donation, or just trash it altogether. The important thing is that you don’t have to do it yourself!

2. Clearing rooms for painting, flooring, or other renovations

A lot of people choose this time of year to tackle some home projects. If you plan on painting a room, refinishing the floors or carpeting, installing new windows, or anything else that might require you to clear out a room (or many rooms of furniture) – you can get help with all the heavy lifting. If you’ve got the room to store items at your own house, you can still hire movers to take everything and clear it out. You’ll have the floor open to do whatever it is you need to do.

3. Furniture delivery and assembly

If you plan on doing any furniture shopping, you may want to consider hiring movers to help you get things from point A to B. Even Craigslist (or other hand-me-down, person-to-person) pick-ups can be arranged by your local moving company. And if you do get some new furniture, there’s a good chance it’ll come in a box, and assembly could take hours of frustration. We suggest you save that aggravation, hire a moving company, and get outside and actually enjoy the beautiful spring weather!

Safe, Successful and Satisfying Furniture Moving

 

moving furniture safely

In your home and office, getting everything in its proper place is important. You will have to arrange all of your goods so that they are in places that complement and fit them, look good, don’t obstruct anything, allow you to access them easily, match with the rest of the room and so on. This cannot be achieved quickly and will occur over several trials and errors until you get the arrangement of the room to your liking. This can be a fun, frustrating, prolonged and rewarding experience, with the most difficult aspect being rearranging furniture. In a home or office there will be tables, desks, cupboards, sofas, cabinets and more and each can be difficult and dangerous to move from one place to another. When you are moving home you will not openly find yourself needing to rearrange your furniture within your new room but according it inside, from and on the transport vehicle and from your old address. This will include needing to get it through doors, up and owns stairs and because you are moving it so far and for so long, each item can be in danger of damage. If you are about to move home and want the removal and arrangement of your furniture to be successful and safe then read on.

 

The first step to make the entire process easier is to reduce the work you have to do. Moving into a new abode can be the opportunity to revaluate your style so you can take the opportunity to but new furniture and have it delivered straight to your home. You should dispose of, sell or donate your old furniture so you don’t have to transport any at all, cutting put all the work and living you new fixings to boot.

 

Before you begin shifting furniture, you should research it extensively. It can be a tough job so you should know all the precautions and techniques necessary to complete it. See what materials you will need, what things you have to do to keep you and your goods safe. You should look into the transport you use at this point, ensuring you have transport available tight can container everything securely. You may need several vehicles and or the help of professional moving firms so you should ask friends, relatives and look into different firms.

 

When all this is sorted, you should start to guarantee that your goods will be safe. This will involve using various materials to wrap up your goods, such as cloth, bubble and old sheets. These will keep everything clean and they can protect against dents and scratches. When considering all this you should take into account other items that might be necessary for moving your goods such as ropes and pullies.

 

With all of this done, you can finally begin to move things. Before lifting any item you should asses how many people will be needed to carry it, if any loose parts can be removed, that any contents are emptied, the route it will be taken through is clear and those involved know the course. This will cut down on problems, as will taking time to move it. Make sure the vehicle is waiting when you are taking it out and you keno where everything is going in your new home or office.

 

It’s important to remember that a removal firm can handle all of this for you and that storage can be useful, so bear all this in mind for a safe, successful and satisfying move.

What Should You Look For In A Furniture Delivery Service?

Getting new furniture into your house can be quite the challenge. Most people don’t have a large enough vehicle to fit a sofa, table, or dresser into it. Even picking up a few average dining or kitchen chairs is difficult in most cars, SUVs, or pickup trucks.

But aside from the physical door-to-door transportation, what else should you really be expecting from a furniture delivery service? Here are a few things that we think every customer should expect.

 

1. Furniture Removal. If you have old furniture that you don’t need anymore, you shouldn’t have to think about it after getting the new stuff. A good company will take your old unwanted furniture and recycle it for you.

2. Furniture Assembly. Assembling furniture can be a real headache! Not only can the assembly instructions be confusing, but you still need to lift and maneuver that heavy furniture while you’re building things.

3. Room Arrangement. Getting the furniture into the room isn’t enough. You’re going to want the room arranged in a way that is comfortable to you. You shouldn’t have to move things around on your own – that’s what you hire a company for anyway!