Whether you’re moving across town or across the country, it’s important to pack your furniture carefully. This is important to protect your furniture from being damaged while in transit, and it can make getting set up in your new home easier. Here are some tips to keep in mind when packing furniture for shipping:
Inventory your furniture beforehand & note how sturdy items are. It’s common for home owners to not really realize how much furniture they have until it’s time to move. Doing an inventory accomplishes two things: the first is to help you determine what you want to move and what you’d like to sell, donate or otherwise dispose of now and replace, if needed, at your new address. If you are downsizing, you may not need all of the furniture you currently have. The second reason for the inventory is to assess how fragile items are. Glass-fronted cabinets, large mirrors, and other fragile furniture will need special care during the packing and moving process: it’s a very good idea to know what those items are and how many you have so you can secure adequate amounts of packing material ahead of time.
Minimize movement! This is especially relevant with antique and vintage furniture, which may have finials or other features that aren’t entirely secure. If a piece of your furniture is movable, you want to take steps to secure it before the move. This can include packing some portions of a piece separately as well as using stretch wrap (a type of strong plastic cling wrap, similar to what you use to wrap leftover food but much, much tougher) to secure cabinetry drawers and doors.
Call in the Pros when you’re short on time or skills If you’re in a hurry or have never moved an entire household before, it can make the entire process much easier to work with a professional Boston moving company. Eliminate breakage, cut your stress level way down, and accomplish the move faster without having to do any of the heavy lifting yourself!