Furniture Moving 101
By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
The first step is to not panic. That super large oversized chair had to get into your living room somehow, so it’s a safe bet there is a way to fit it through the door now. Your giant dresser may be ungainly, but there are steps you can take to get any furniture in your house packed and secured in the moving van. As a professional moving company in San Antonio, we've handled the big furniture for more than a few families. Let’s give a couple insights on how professional movers in San Antonio utilize disassembly and work as a team to load furniture safely into the truck - and then right back out again!
1) Remove Feet from Bulky Furniture
Have a couch or even oversized chair that won't squeeze through the doorway? Remove the feet! This not only removes a significant scraping hazard, but it also cuts important inches from huge furniture. A lot of furniture feet are screw-in, so you’ll be able to easily put them right back on whenever you get to your destination.
2) Disassemble What You Can
Furniture that is too big for the doorway is typically assembled. Not only that, but it is also meant to be taken apart when it comes time to move or relocate. Look for ways to take apart the bigger household furnishings or take off pieces that extend off the body of the furniture. Couch sectionals can be taken apart in sections (hence, the name). Vanities and dressers often can have the mirror taken down and wrapped for safety. Coffee tables may have removable legs and workout equipment normally breaks back down into poles and weights.
You could tackle furniture disassembly on your own or even find a professional moving company in San Antonio to provide expert-level furniture disassembly and also reassembly once you get to the new house.
3) Keep All Hardware Bagged and Labeled
Don't lose your furniture small pieces as well as hardware! Label a Ziploc bag for each piece of furniture and put all the hardware safely inside. Then tape the bag to the furniture or keep all (labeled!) hardware bags in one easy-access box. This ensures you can put your furniture back together correctly when it's time to reassemble in the new home.
4) Remember to Work with 2+ People
Don’t move bulky household furnishings by yourself. Always have a team of two or more people to carefully haul and maneuver bulky furniture, especially through doorways, corners, and slim hallways. Never put yourself, your belongings, or even the house in danger by attempting to move large pieces of furniture by yourself.
5) Use the Correct Furniture Moving Equipment
Do not forget your moving equipment. Furniture is heavy, heavy enough to injure someone or really scuff a wall unless everyone takes proper precautions. Using dollies and also hand-trucks is sometimes vital to moving large, heavy, and also bulky furniture.
6) Wrap Furniture in Blankets for Safety
There are two very decent justifications to use moving blankets (or even your own stock of spare blankets) to wrap furniture on the move. Moving blankets protect your things from being scratched or scuffed in the process of moving. Blankets also help lessen the chance of damage to the house as heavy furniture is moved through doors, corners, and also hallways.
Ready to move the heavy furniture in your household from one residence to another? If you do not have the energy or the team, a professional mover in San Antonio can help you take care of furniture disassembly, wrapping and transport, and reassembly once you arrive. Give us a call today to talk about your move!
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