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!

Protecting Your Goods While Moving During The Winter

6159827210_e0e169abd6_oMoving during the winter can be tough for a lot of reasons. We have touched in on some of those. For today, we’d like to explore the best methods for protecting your belongings. Snow, rain, salt, sand, and other winter-related debris can damage some of your belongings. There are a few things that you can do to really protect your stuff and make sure that everything gets to the new home in one piece.

Stretch Wrap & Plastic Covers

Stretch wrap as well as plastic covers are essential moving supplies. Giving your goods a plastic seal will help keep moisture and other debris off of your stuff. Mattresses can be sealed in mattress bags, which are a good idea even if it’s not precipitating. Stretch wrap can cover pretty much anything, from couches to dressers to mattresses and even televisions and other electronics. If you don’t want water to touch your stuff, take the time to properly wrap it with some decent stretch wrap.

Wait Out The Heavy Stuff

No matter how well you have wrapped your belongings, it is still a good idea to wait out the heavy precipitation. A bit of light rain and snow shouldn’t be much of a problem, but if you are experiencing heavy downfalls, your best bet is to wait it out. Hopefully it will pass quickly and you can resume your moving on the same day. When there is a massive storm rolling through, it can be best to just postpone until things have cleared up.

Pad Protection

Moving pads provide another layer of protection. While they are primarily seen as objects that prevent dents and scratches, we still think that they have a place in protecting against the elements. We almost always secure pads to the furniture before we wrap it in the stretch wrap, as another layer of protection. If you simply have to move during precipitation, you can layer in the stretch wrap for the best possible covering. Try doing a layer of stretch wrap, a layer of pads, and then another layer of stretch wrap. Try getting through THAT, snow!

Choose The Path Of Least Resistance

Make things easier on yourself by using the closest possible door to the moving truck. This isn’t always going to be your front door. A lot of times, it can be more direct (or allow more of a staging area) to go through a garage, bulkhead, sliding deck door, or some other access point. Choosing a path that allows for less exposure to the elements can only be good for your things.

Use Staging Areas as Needed

If available, it can be great to use a space like a garage or a basement for staging. It allows a space for your things to be wrapped (or unwrapped) without getting rain and debris inside your living spaces. Of course, the option isn’t always available – but if you have a cut-through space, make use of it!

Before You Pack Up And Move Home You Should Consider These 5 Things

Can you think of anything more stressful than taking everything you own and moving into a new home? The only thing I can think of is moving home twice. You can’t close your eyes and wish for it to be over because nothing will happen, but eventually you will be relaxing with your feet up in your new home. In the mean time it’s probably a good idea to get ready for the move and we can look at a few little tasks you should do in plenty of time.

It’s time to let go

I know you love wearing your favorite cardigan, but you’ve had it for years now and it’s nearly falling apart. The same with all those tees that have finally lost their color after hundreds of washes. When you’re moving home you don’t need to take everything with you so just say goodbye. That applies to more than clothes which means all your furniture, kitchenware, and children’s toys are competing for the privilege of going with you to your new home.

The last minute rush

They call it the last minute rush because you’ll be moving so fast you don’t know what is happening. The reason you have to rush at the last minute is because you didn’t start packing things months ago. Once you start rushing around you can be sure mistakes will be made, so if you don’t want to forget anything important you shouldn’t leave everything until the very last minute. Just remember to label the boxes in case you need to get to something quickly.

Start saving materials

You can go out and spend money on boxes, but try to be sensible because they’re certainly not cheap. A better idea is to start saving boxes and newspapers months in advance and you won’t need to spend as much money. Don’t forget to let your family, friends, and neighbors know about the move because they can save materials for you too. You will probably still need a few big boxes, but a penny saved is the same as a penny earned.

Go easy on the food

Have you ever heard anyone telling you they can’t take their money to heaven? Anyone who has moved house will tell you it’s impossible to take perishable food with you and you better believe them. That means you need to think hard before you start buying food close to your move. If you don’t manage to finish it you’ll need to throw it out, but you can avoid having to waste valuable food in the first place by not buying it unless you’ll get to eat it.

Don’t open anything

If you need to open a new account or apply for a loan you should wait until you’re settled into your new home. Failure to do so could result in a few problems and it will just make your life a little harder. You will already have enough phone calls to make when you inform people of your new address. If you’re stuck in the middle of a loan application when you move into a new house the bank will not be very happy with you.

The future is bright

I’m sure you’re looking forward to moving into a fantastic new home because it’s one of the best feelings in the world, but it’s just unfortunate you can’t click your fingers and move all your possessions automatically. Take note of what we’ve spoken about today and it will save you from running around with your head in between your legs a few months from now. Don’t worry because the future is bright and the move will eventually be over.

 

 

Shruti Vaghe, the author of this article, is a freelance blogger,who often writes for, Eric Bilston Removals, leaders in furniture removals. She takes keen interest in hockey and loves watching the games with her friends. You can also follow her on twitter @ShrutiVaghe.

Winter Moving In Boston – 3 Tips To Help You Deal With The Snow

It looks like the snow is finally here. We saw the first glimpses of Boston snow for 2012 when we looked out the windows this morning. While we didn’t get very much, we know that it will surely be a harbinger for what New England’s winter will offer us this season. Now, before we get snowed in – we’re going to offer you a few tips on how to deal with the snow when you’re planning your move.

There are two incredibly important things that everyone needs to do when you’re moving in the wintertime. One is to stay as flexible as possible. Try to pick a few days together that could work for your move. If there is a blizzard and the conditions just will not allow for moving, you’ll be glad that you have a plan to fall back on.

The other incredibly important thing to do is to prepare for the weather. How can you prepare for the weather? Just follow these tips!

1. Keep your shovels, rock-salt, snow blowers, and winter attire accessible

This is especially important before the first big snowfall. Usually, if it’s not snowing, we keep our snow gear in the basement, in the back of the garage, in a shed, or in some other place that it can be stored until it is needed. Make sure that you can easily get to these things that you need during a snow storm, if you have to. You don’t want to be caught off-guard when the snow falls, and taking these preliminary measures will save you a lot of stress and frustration when the white stuff starts piling up.

2. Use waterproof, non-slip boots 

If it is snowing on the day of your move, you definitely want to play it safe. It can be incredibly dangerous to walk down a slightly icy moving ramp, or onto stairs or a walkway that hasn’t been completely cleared (or has had fresh snow fallen on top of it once it had been cleared). Waterproof boots will keep your socks and feet dryer, warmer, and overall more comfortable, so that you will be prepared to move for as long as you need to. Try to ensure that your boots are non-slip and have great traction. Slipping can be bad enough when you’re just walking, but if you’re lifting a refrigerator or a heavy piece of furniture, you can really hurt yourself or the items being moved.

3. Protect your floors

Usually, those boots that are great for moving outside in the harsh weather can be not-so-great for moving inside the house. The thicker treads, while necessary for keeping your footing through snow and ice, tend to pack a lot of snow, dirt, and debris in them, and will easily track it throughout your house.

We recommend using Builder Board for the floors (great for carpets, hardwood floor, tiles, and more), and something a little more pliable for the stairs. (There are different products available depending on what the stairs are made of. If you would like to know the ideal protection, just send us a quick message and we’ll help you find it.) Make sure you get an appropriate tape for the board as well. Usually blue painter’s tape works well, as it does not leave an adhesive residue behind.

One thing to keep in mind with the floor protection is that it will be temporary. It can complicate the move a little bit, but you need to designate paths with the Builder Board. This means that you might want to have your movers bring everything into a frontal “landing area” before distributing your belongings throughout the house. That way, they can get all of the items into the house using the paths created, clean off their boots, and then proceed to move the items to their proper locations without tracking debris around your house.

What Moving Supplies Do You Really Need?

If you choose to hire a moving company for your move, you may be offered a number of moving supplies. Some of them could be useful for you, and some may not be necessary. Today’s blog will help you decide which moving supplies you will need for your move.

Wardrobe Boxes

Wardrobe boxes are designed to have clothes hanging on them, just like in a closet. If you have a good amount of clothes hanging on hangers, you should consider wardrobe boxes. Most companies allow you to rent them, so you don’t have to worry about what to do with the large boxes after the move. They are not good for clothes that is folded up in drawers.

Alternatives: Medium to Large boxes, plastic bags/trash bags (more likely to wrinkle your clothing).

Dish Barrels

Dish barrels are large boxes that are reinforced to be able to hold and protect a heavy assortment of dishware. Items are usually wrapped in newsprint/packing paper and sometimes cardboard dividers are used to separate glasses. If you have a good amount of ceramic or glass dishware, we think this is the best way to pack those items. Plastic and other durable materials can be packed into smaller boxes.

Alternatives: While some people do choose to put glasses and other dishware into small book boxes, we still recommend using dish barrels. They are reinforced to hold more weight and are more than twice as thick as a typical book box (or wine box, etc). 

Bubble Wrap

For packing delicate items, such as crystalware, framed art or photos, and other delicates, bubble wrap is usually the best method. Some less fragile items could be safely wrapped in towels and other linens, but for the most fragile and delicate (and valuable) pieces, we highly recommend using bubble wrap.

Book Boxes/Small Boxes

A standard book box is about 1.5 cubic feet. It is small enough that you can fill it with books, CDs, DVDs, or other items that can be packed together safely but can accumulate a significant amount of weight.

Alternatives: While larger boxes should be reserved for only lighter, bulkier items, we have found banker boxes as well as beer and wine boxes can be good replacements for book boxes.

Medium-XL Boxes

Larger boxes are used for lighter but larger items, which could include blankets/linens, pillows, lamp shades, board games, and more. Depending on what exactly is being moved, some people have found other methods of packing these items.

Alternatives: For linens/blankets – trash bags or other large plastic bags. Suitcases, laundry bags, hampers, crates, plastic bins/totes.

What Is Covered With Standard Movers Insurance?

One of the most frequently asked questions we get is “What is covered with standard movers insurance?” Today’s blog aims to let you know what is and what is not covered – and how much coverage you get. Standard movers insurance is what most moving companies offer if they include insurance in their rates.

Most Items Are Covered Up To $.60/Pound

Standard movers insurance will cover a majority of your items up to sixty cents per pound. It might not sound like much, but that is the standard, nation-wide coverage. That means that if the movers drop your new 3D TV, they would only be required to pay out .60/pound. That would mean only $30 for a 50lb television.

Items Not Covered

There is no legal requirement for movers insurance to cover many items. These include anything made of particle-board, lamps and lamp shades, any item that is not boxed by the moving company, and much more. The following excerpt is from a standard movers insurance policy, and would apply to any moving company offering standard movers insurance:

The following items are subject to exclusion from claims: (1) Items of extraordinary value over $1,000 that are not noted on our high value inventory. (2) Lamps, lamp shades, artwork, pictures, mirrors, statues which are not boxed by Carrier. (3) Any marble or glass, which is not crated or boxed by Carrier.(4) Items found broken in boxes that have not been packed and unpacked by Carrier. (5) Mechanical condition of audio/visual or electrical equipment, computers, and battery operated items in transit or storage. (6) Missing hardware for disassembled items, unless Carrier disassembles them. (7) Gold leaf plaster frames & chandeliers that are not crated by Carrier. (8) Pressboard or particleboard furniture. (9) Previously damaged and repaired items. (10) Previously damaged or loose veneer. (11) Furniture where original glue has dried out. (12) Any small, loose items such as keys, remote controls, etc., which are not in a box. (13) Plants (live, dried, or artificial). (14) If one item in a set is damaged, only that one item is covered by the insurance, not the entire set. 

How Can You Get More Coverage? 

For most people, there are at least a handful of items around the house that you’re going to value at significantly higher than sixty cents per pound. Some people even choose to have everything covered at actual value. To obtain this type of coverage, you would need to work directly with an insurance company. We recommend Baker International. Of course, any claims would need to be filed directly with the insurer at that point – but you would have the peace-of-mind knowing that your items are being covered for what they are actually worth.