How to pack and move fragile furniture

Moving to a new place can be exciting. You get to live in a new neighborhood, or even a new city, or maybe you are moving out on your own for the first time. Without a doubt, the most crucial task when packing for a move is to protect your belongings so that they arrive in the new home in the exact same condition in which they have left the old one.

In general, furniture pieces turn out to be tricky to protect for a move due to their size and weight. To make things even more complicated than they need to be during your house move, some of the furniture items you own will be rather fragile and delicate.

Hiring top-rated professional furniture movers like Elite Moving & Storage still remains your best option when it comes to packing your furniture safely and efficiently.

Pressed wood furniture – At Elite Moving, we understand that pressed wood furniture is inexpensive, convenient, looks great, and the packaging it comes in is easy to transport. It only takes an evening with a hex wrench to screw in weird little locking bolts but when you’re done, it feels really good. Pressed wood furniture is generally made from wood scraps, chips, shavings, or sawdust, and bound with heat or resin or another type of adhesive. On their own, layers of wood aren’t strong, but when pressed together they become stronger. The problem arises when it’s time to move.  Ready-to-assemble furniture isn’t built to disassemble or move. It’s built to be easy to assemble and to stay in one place. When moved it can be extremely easy to rip the screws out of the particle board. Another common problem is heavy boxes are put on furniture not designed to support the weight. If you decide to move your particle board furniture, consider reinforcing the connecting pieces with wooden dowels. Certain pieces of furniture with many flat individual pieces, like bookcases, may be disassembled with minimal difficulty. This will make the furniture take up less space as you move, and most important it will reduce the chance of the furniture being damaged by the pressures of a bumpy road. Just remember to pack the pieces with blankets to avoid scratches, and be sure to keep your assembly instructions handy, or know how to access them online. Label each piece and keep hardware together so you can find them after you move.

Solid wood furniture – Protecting solid wood furniture during a move is simple, yet takes time. Whether you have a new bedroom dresser in cherry, or a nineteenth-century oak chifforobe, there are steps you can take to ensure its protection during moving.

  • Use furniture pads, blankets, foam, or linens as padding. Do not use bubble wrap directly against wood. Instead, use a breathable natural fiber.
  • Remove all casters, knobs, and finials, place them inside of an envelope, and label the envelope with the name of the piece. Do not tape the envelope onto the furniture, as tape leaves residue and may strip the finish when you remove it.
  • Secure drawers with twine. Use a padding of folded towels underneath the twine when you tie it.
  • Remove shelves, wrap them in padding, and label them with the name of the piece.
  • Pad corners and handles before you move the piece.
  • Never drag or slide a piece of furniture. Always lift it. Furniture legs can be broken or loosened if you drag the piece.

During a move, resist the urge to place packed boxes on top of wood furniture. Simply because your wood dining room table affords a flat work space doesn’t mean you should use it as such. When moving valuable wood furniture, expert movers recommend three layers of protection; protective padding protects the surface against scratches, vibration protection shields wood from small impacts and bumps, and a protective shell provides a hard casing in the event that rough handling might damage the piece. Consider using professional movers. One benefit of this is that they have the right tools to disassemble and prepare large and fragile furnishings for moving, and they know how to wrap them safely for transport. They can get the job done efficiently so you don’t waste time.

Packing furniture can be overwhelming. At Elite Moving & Storage we offer packing services as well as supplies. Call us for your next move. Together we can get you packed and moved- around the corner or coast to coast.

 

 

 

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How to Save on Moving Costs

There’s no way around it – moving is expensive. But hopefully, at the end of the road is a better situation, a higher quality of living, and a new start. Moving is also stressful, but you can reduce both your expenses and your anxiety by following some tips from the experts here at Elite Moving & Storage. We’ve been doing this for a long time, and we’ve seen it all! We know how to help you reduce your expenses and get the most out of the process.

Hire reasonably-priced, dependable movers

Look, we know you’re thinking, “Ha, of course they’re going to say you should hire movers because they’re a moving company.” Okay, fine. If you feel comfortable doing that, do it. But think about it carefully, and weigh the pros and cons, and calculate the costs of renting your own trucks and getting supplies yourself. Using movers can prove cheaper in the end because of their expertise and speed. Don’t forget to factor in the potential relationship outcomes of using your family as free unskilled labor.

But, do your research – contact different companies, look at reviews, and get insurance. Try to move during slow times, such as the middle of the week or the month, or winter, to reduce costs. If you need storage, see if your moving company has a deal. Remember that the more you have the moving company do, the more it will cost. So, if you can pack things on your own, do that.

Stay organized

Create a timeline that will allow you to do the tasks you need to do on a schedule you set out. Set a budget that takes every element into account. Don’t forget to count costs of packing materials. You’ll need packing paper, bubble wrap, packing tape, and other items. This might be one of your biggest expenses, so try to get boxes free from grocery stores, big retailers, and wholesalers like Costco. Check freecycling sites, liquor stores, and mail offices. The boxes must be in good condition! Note, though, that you won’t want to pack fragile items in free boxes, since you won’t know how strong they still are. Instead, invest in double-walled china boxes or dish packs.

Know what tasks you’re going to relegate to the movers and set out what you’re going to take with you personally. Know what goes where in your new home, and whether or not everything’s going to fit. Are you going to need storage? Do you have specialty items, such as a rare and valuable piano? Keep track of your expenses; you may be able to deduct them come tax time.

Declutter

Moving is always a great time to unload those things you don’t need. It’s cheaper, and less work, to move fewer things. Your movers may actually charge you based on weight if you’re moving out of state, so this can be a significant savings. This might be a good opportunity to upgrade some of your belongings!

Measure your new place to find out if anything won’t fit – and then get rid of the items that don’t. Do you really need those old appliances or that treadmill you never use? Have a yard sale. Donate to charity and get the tax deduction. Ultimately, you need to be smart about what you put into your new home and how it gets there if you want to save yourself some dough.

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When creating your budget, don’t forget to set aside some funds for AFTER the move. You’ll need extra to get your home running at a minimum level. You’ll need to replenish your food supplies and send in deposits for utilities, at a minimum. And if your house needs repair, you’ll need to take care of that as well. You might consider selling your boxes after you’re done, at places like boxcycle.com or on Craigslist. It won’t be too much, but every little bit helps!

Want more information and advice? That’s what we’re here for! Elite Moving & Storage offers expert advice on every part of your move. Get an estimate today, and get the benefit of our years of experience moving people in and out of the Chicago area.

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Move a vehicle across the ocean?! No problem!

A few weeks ago, we received an unusual request from a customer. A family was moving to Europe and wanted to bring their recently purchased vehicle with them. Although we don’t move cars on a regular basis, we were excited for the opportunity and were happy to help. The packing job took about six hours in total. First we drove to clients house and loaded the vehicle onto a flatbed trailer.

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