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 Navigate Last Minute Changes to Your Move

It’s the last night before your move. You’re trying to make sure you have all your i’s dotted and t’s crossed. But it’s hard – how can you possibly predict all the things that might go wrong? Moving isn’t really a fun process, and last-minute issues can make it even worse. But Elite Moving can help! Here are some ways to mitigate the effects of unexpected changes.

Get as organized as you can prior to the move

Having a piece of paper (or a digital file) that shows 1) what needs to be done 2) what’s already been done and 3) what steps you need to take is helpful even when everything goes awry. You can use it as a checklist to mark off items, and you can add and subtract tasks during the process. So, if something happens, you can add it and all the various steps it affects. This helps make sure everything gets done, and allows you to look at all the progress you’ve made in one place.

Things to consider as you plan: hiring movers, placing furniture, making sure you have plenty of boxes and packaging materials, obtaining special packaging for fragile and valuable items, and taking into account any logistics for moving into a new building and getting out of the old. Don’t forget to look at parking rules in front of your new home, and take care of those change of address cards!

Utilize all the tools at your disposal

For example, don’t forget that your moving company may have options for storage! In some cases, moving boxes to a storage unit, then taking them out and unpacking them at your leisure, may reduce the chaos on moving day. If you were forced to move in a hurry, this might be a helpful way to go.

Solicit help from friends, and definitely hire movers. You may need all the assistance you can get! Having trouble getting everything boxed before the move? Movers can pack items for you. They’ll certainly make moving bulky items much easier! If you hire a dependable service that takes schedule changes and mishaps in stride, you’ll definitely feel better about any last-minute hiccups. Also, know who can help you at your new home or building – superintendents, key holders, neighbors. Keep those numbers on your phone or someplace handy.

Be flexible, and know that things will happen

Moving is one of those stressful endeavors that may not turn out as you hope, no matter how well you plan. Unforeseeable events may take place – the cargo elevator in your new building isn’t open. Your furniture doesn’t fit into the stairwell or your new living room. Your time frame is way shorter than you thought it was going to be. No one in your family shows up to help you move.

Get as ready as you can, but then remember that you will probably have to adjust based on real-time events. It’s okay – take a deep breath, and change that list again. If you’re as prepared as you can be prior to the move, making a few changes won’t be as big a deal.

Move with Elite Moving & Storage

The nice thing about hiring dependable professional movers is that they show up when they’re supposed to, do most of the work, and leave you free to handle the other stuff. Elite Moving & Storage prides itself on being able to roll with the punches, overcoming any obstacles that may come your way. If you’re worried about last-minute issues, contact us so we can help you feel better about all the moving parts you’re dealing with.

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Moving Large Furniture Safely During a Move

Moving is usually an exciting time! One thing that most people don’t get excited about, though, is moving those large pieces of furniture down and up multiple flights of stairs. Getting them out of moving vans, trucks or trailers is hard enough, but trying to move them through doors and narrow corridors with turns is the worst.

Have valuable antiques you’re worried about? Want to make sure those sofas and chairs with the expensive upholstery make it without a scratch? Getting your friends and family to help certainly makes it easier. Still, you’ll need to make sure that everyone who is helping is safe. Here are some tips for a smooth, accident-free move.

Know your new home’s floor plan

Before the day of your move, take measurements of your large furniture and place them in an app (such as Home Design 3D or House Design) that lets you create a digital layout of your new floor space. This way, you can position them around the “floor” to get a visual idea of where you need to place furniture ahead of your moving day. Even if you don’t use an app, draw a basic layout on a piece of paper to help you get a better idea of where you’ll be placing these items.

Another good idea is to take measurements of doorways, windows, halls and corridors in your new home as well as your current home to determine if furniture will be easy to move out and into the new place. Remember, you can remove doors and sometimes even moldings to grab an extra inch or two of space!

Disassemble and wrap large items if possible

Before you move heavy furnishings out of your current home, remove as many potential obstructions as possible, such as legs, arms, and tabletops. Keep the removed items all together and small items like screws in labeled storage bags. Take clothes out of drawers, and take drawers out of dressers. (If you decide not to do this, fasten them into place somehow so they don’t slide out.) Wrap your items, or otherwise contain them so that they are properly protected.

Consider using professional movers. One benefit of this is that they have the right tools to disassemble and prepare large furnishings for moving, and they know how to wrap large items safely for transport. They can get the job done efficiently so you don’t waste time. If you decide against this, you can still take cues from the pros. For advice on protecting furniture for a move, see Elite’ Moving & Storage’s guides for packing dressers, pianos, glass tabletops, and couches.

Use tried-and-true techniques for moving large furniture during a relocation

There are certain techniques you can employ to ensure that your furniture—and you and your helpers—move safely.

For example, in moving pieces like dressers, use a “high-low” technique that involves keeping one end of the furniture held up high and the other end low. What this does is ensure that the weight is centered so the dresser is easier to control. This is especially true when moving up and down stairs. You’ll need two people, one at each end, for this technique.

Doorway hooking to help move a large sofa or couch is another technique that makes moving them a little less tricky. Stand couches on their ends and work them through the doorway, back edge first. Once it’s cleared the doorway, give it a 90-degree swivel to bring it all the way in.

You can also slide heavy furniture pieces by using a thick blanket to pull the object across the floor. You’ll eliminate the risk of scratching edges across the floor, causing unsightly marks.

Lifting straps can also be used to lift and move heavy furniture pieces, especially where carrying or sliding them isn’t an option. Lift straps help spread the weight of a piece over a large group of muscles and give you more control. And yes, you can purchase lifting straps on Amazon.com. Other tools, like wheeled dollies and ramps, can also help.

Don’t forget to wrap your furniture properly to protect pieces from moving damage. Bubble wrap, shrink wrap, and packing tape are staples of the moving process. Use blankets to cover and protect under the wrap/tape. Don’t skimp! Most professional moving companies will sell these supplies at their locations, so check them out for your needs.

Get Ready to Move

Whether you decide to move large furniture yourself, or take advantage of the service and expertise of professional movers, make sure you do your homework before you move. That way, you’ll keep your valued possessions (and yourself) safe and injury-free. As always, if you need help with your move in Chicago or across the United States, call your friends at Elite Moving and Storage!

Bad Moving Advice

5 Things NOT to Do While Moving or Packing

Everyone wants to give you advice on how to move better, cheaper, or quicker. While reading up on advice can simplify your move, be wary of the bad advice that’s out there. As a general rule, don’t cut corners when it comes to personal safety or protection of your home and items. Planning ahead and talking to professionals is always your best bet.

Below are some common pieces of bad advice we’ve heard over the years – avoid them at all costs! We’ve also provided some great tips on how to move the right way.

Bad Advice: Wrap Your Dishes and Glassware in Clothing to Save on Bubble Wrap

A commonly shared “life hack” for packing breakables is to wrap them in clothing to save on packing paper and bubble wrap. This ‘tip’ is wrong, isn’t cost efficient and certainly isn’t safe.

Packing breakables in clothing increases chance of injury and you likely won’t know something is broken until you unpack it. Your safety, clothing, and breakables are more valuable than a sheet of packing paper.

Good Advice: When packing dishes,

start with a DishPack box.  Put a double layer of crumpled moving paper in the bottom of the box.  Starting with the heaviest dishes on the bottom layer, wrap each plate and place it in the box vertically, like a record.  After the largest plates are packed, use more packing paper and place crumpled pieces between each plate to keep the plates stable and in place. Another layer of crumpled paper, and you can add the lighter plates in the same way until the box is full.

Bad Advice: Keep Drawers Intact by Wrapping them with Press’n Seal

Press’n Seal barely keeps your food safe – what is it going to do to protect your drawers? You will need a more substantial wrapping material to keep your drawers safe from chips and scratches.

Good Advice: Professional movers such as Elite use heavy moving blankets to move and pack heavy and expensive furniture such as dressers and couches. Not only do moving blankets protect against scratches – they provide some additional padding as well.

Bad Advice: Keep Belongings in Drawers to Save on Boxes and Save Time

It may be tempting to keep your belongings in their respective drawers, but moving can shift objects and can cause damage to both your drawers and belongings.

Good Advice: In order to move safely, you’ll need to empty all drawers, but be sure to put the drawers back before moving the overall piece of furniture. The empty drawers in the dresser help stabilize the overall structure during the move.

You’ll want to pack up your belongings into their own boxes to protect your drawers from damage. If there are fragile objects in your drawer, make sure you wrap them properly with packing paper and bubble wrap. See how Elite wraps breakables such as glassware and dishes. Drawers are not built to withstand being moved with items inside, so don’t use them as boxes while moving.

Bad Advice: Book Movers at the Last Minute to Get a Cheaper Price

Everyone wants to score a great deal, and sometimes deals do exist for those who wait – such as last minute hotels on Priceline or buying overproduced clothing from an outlet store for a discount. In the moving industry, these deals do not exist. If you wait too long, you might not even be able to get a mover!

Good Advice: Movers run on a tight schedule, often planned weeks in advance, so if you try to book after the schedules have been set, they might not have room in their schedule for you. Busy moving times such as weekends and the end of the month (25th-2nd) are often booked at least 4-6 weeks in advance. If you are moving out of or into a building with an elevator, those must be booked in advance as well, no matter the date of the move.

If you’re still convinced you’ll get a better price last minute, it’s best to make a reservation with a mover that will refund your deposit, like Elite. That way you can still shop around, but you’ll have a backup plan in place in case you don’t find a cheaper price, and avoid a last-minute scramble for help.  Elite offers refunds of deposits up until 3 business days before the move.

Bad Advice: Keep Large Furniture in One Piece to Move Quicker

While the thought of taking your furniture apart only to reassemble it at your new location may seem unnecessary, it can actually make your move easier, and helps to prevent injury and damage to your home and furniture.

Good Advice: How does disassembling furniture save time? Well, large furniture causes the most trouble during a move. It’s hard – and sometimes impossible – to carry through doors and up staircases. Large, assembled furniture also takes up more room in the moving truck. Taking the legs off of a piano, for example, not only saves space in the truck, but makes it less likely for the piano to be broken during the move. You’ll also want to pack glass table tops separately from the rest of the table, for example.

Most injuries are caused by improperly moving large furniture, so by breaking things down to a more manageable size, you also significantly reduce the chance for injury.

Any Other Bad Advice?

At Elite, we perform thousands of moves per year, and have heard and seen countless bad practices when it comes to moving. As a rule, don’t try to cut corners when it comes to the safety of your items or yourself, and plan as much in advance as possible to make your move less stressful and more efficient.

Now for some good advice!

At Elite, we perform thousands of moves per year, and have heard and seen countless bad practices when it comes to moving. As a rule, don’t try to cut corners when it comes to the safety of your items or yourself, and plan as much in advance as possible to make your move less stressful and more efficient. As always, if you need help with your move, you can call your friends at Elite!

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What Tools and Supplies Do You Need For a Move?

Now that you’ve decided to move, planning for the big day- getting everyone and everything ready- is a task that can feel like it’s on the scale of a moon launch! You’ve probably got a long list of things you need to do, but there are also tools and supplies you’ll need to get organized, get packed, and make your move as stress-free as possible.

Moving Isn’t Just Tape and Boxes, But You’ll Have a Hard Time Moving Without Them

When you think of moving, you think of boxes and tape. It is true, these are essential for every move, but there are many other tools and supplies to make your move go smoother. It is important to note that there are boxes for every purpose, and to use the right box for each job. Other than boxes in every size, Elite has special packing solutions for TVs, dishes and glassware, and even your wardrobe! You’ll also need packing paper, bubble wrap, shrink wrap, and packing tape for most of your items.

What Other Supplies Do You Need for a Move?

Whether you’re moving yourself or hiring professional movers, there’ll probably be a lot of things you’ll be doing in preparation for your move, and will have to do once you arrive at your new home and start unpacking. Here’s a list of some of the essentials:

Markers – You’ll need these to label your boxes and mark where each box belongs in your new home.
Utility Knife – Very handy for cutting tape, shrink-wrapped pieces, cardboard and other tough wrapping materials.
Basic Tools – You’ll need everyday tools like hammers, screwdrivers, and wrenches to dismantle furniture, electronics and appliances, as well as to put them back together at your new home. Also, be sure to have flashlights, batteries and chargers on hand.
Gloves –A few pairs of gloves will protect your hands from cuts, scrapes, and punctures while you’re moving furniture and heavy or bulky items around your new home.
Protective Moving Equipment – Whether it’s an edge protector for a dresser or a moving blanket for wrapping a couch or moving heavy furniture, protective materials are essential for a move.

Making Your Move Less Stressful

The physical aspects of moving can be tackled more confidently when you have the tools you need to get packed, unpacked, and up and running! We hope that you will find this basic list helpful for this, and future moves.

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How to Pack a Piano When You are Moving

Packing and moving a piano requires a lot of delicate handling, as well as tight, thorough packing to protect the intricate parts of the instrument. It needs to be professionally dismantled and then wrapped, padded and sealed completely to ensure safe transport to your new home. Our experienced packing and moving teams take extra measures to make sure your piano is treated with the utmost care.

First Step to Moving a Piano

One of the first things we do is remove the piano lid to wrap and pack it separately. The lid is placed on a thick, padded blanket and set aside while we concentrate on wrapping and sealing the piano casing.

Wrapping the Piano Casing

With the piano lid safely set to the side, we surround and cover the piano casing, soundboard, strings, and keyboard completely with thickly padded blankets that are then sealed around and around with strong, secure packing tape. Next, we cut and fit cardboard crating over and around the top of the piano, and make sure it’s tightly secured in place by wrapping it over and under the soundboard with packing tape. The cardboard crating acts as a shield to protect the delicate soundboard.

Securing the Underside of the Piano

To help completely pack your piano, we gently tilt the piano on the casing’s flat side and set in on a flat board for later moving. In this position, we can remove the legs and continue wrapping the soundboard and keyboard assembly so that it’s completely enclosed by the packing blankets and cardboard crating. After custom cutting and fitting crating around the bottom side of the soundboard and sealing it with packing tape, while the piano is still resting on its side, we shrink-wrap it from top to bottom so that it’s totally wrapped and sealed from all sides. Moving straps are then fastened in place on the flat board and around the piano body to enable our movers to easily transport it.


Wrapping the Legs and Lid of the Piano

With each leg detached from the piano, we can then wrap and secure the legs with padded blankets and packing tape to protect them. The piano lid is completely wrapped in a padded packing blanket and sealed on all sides with packing tape.

Your Piano is Ready to Move!

All tightly wrapped and secured, your prized piano is ready to make its move to your new home on a high note! As always, if you need help moving anywhere in the USA, call your friends at Elite Moving and Storage.

Others in This Series: How to Pack Your Dishes, How to Pack a Flat Screen TV, How to Crate a Glass Tabletop , How to Pack a Couch, and How to Pack Your Dresser

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GPS Trackers Installed in our Chicagoland Moving Trucks!

Moving can be exciting for some, but oftentimes it can also be stressful. The more peace of mind you get knowing that your household treasures and furnishings will arrive safe, secure, and on time at their final destination is a big relief. That’s why we are constantly improving the Elite experience. Our professional moving consultants will assist you every step of the way, and our fully-equipped trucks keep your belongings safe.

And now, we have made even more improvements to our Chicagoland fleet! Elite is excited to announce that our local trucks have been outfitted with GPS tracking systems! These new GPS trackers not only help our drivers get where they need to go, but to also keep our office up to date with real-time accuracy on travel and delivery times for your furnishings.

These GPS trackers keep us more organized and answerable for all of your important belongings, and while our GPS may be new; our Elite quality has always been here. The Elite Moving & Storage team is a group of highly trained moving professionals that can handle every step of the moving process with solutions tailored to any moving need. Our White Glove Service treats you and your belongings like royalty. From packing and unpacking, moving pianos and art, valuable antiques and storage, we take the responsibility of getting you moved from door-to-door quickly, safely and efficiently. Elite will be accountable for all of your moving needs, and we are excited to serve your needs every step of the way.

Elite Moving and Storage – Have Confidence Delivered in Every Move.