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What to Do When Moving Homes with Heavy Furniture

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Amanda Mathison
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Despite the global events of the past two years many people have still opted to move. Harvard reports that in 2021 alone, more than 2 million people have permanently relocated each month. While the year’s peak of over 2.5 million is lower than 2019’s 3 million, the numbers show that many people haven’t been dissuaded from making the life changing decision to move.

If you are one of those individuals and it is your first time moving you may be unaware of one of the biggest pitfalls of moving: heavy furniture. Large pieces of furniture can be a difficulty since they can often get broken in transit or are just generally difficult to transport. If you are moving heavy bits of furniture here are just a few of the things you can do to make the transition easier:

Decide which furniture is essential

It’s no secret that decorating a home is expensive so having furniture from your previous abode will help lessen the cost. But sometimes, taking pieces with you can cause more of an inconvenience so it is important to consider which of them are essential to your new dwelling. Our past article on ‘5 Tips and Advice to Organize Your New Home Before Moving’ explains that planning your move is important for a seamless relocation. Creating a checklist of essential furniture that will fit your new home will help you plan how your space will look and help you decide what you will be leaving behind. You don’t want to make all the effort to move the heavy furniture only to realize that it won’t fit or suit your new home.

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Hire professional movers

Once you have chosen which pieces of furniture you will be taking with you, it is important for you to choose a moving company that has the right tools and equipment to safely transport your possessions. In a guide on choosing movers by AskMoney, they suggest asking for additional services, like packing and unpacking, for these important pieces to ensure that they’re safe throughout the moving process. Some movers also specialize in moving large and fragile items, such as pianos, cabinets, and bookshelves so opting to work with these companies will ensure that nothing will break in transit. Hiring professional movers means you can be assured that your furniture will arrive safely at your new home. You will also be covered if anything does break.

If you are moving further away, for instance moving long distance in NYC to another state, you will also need to hire professional movers as it requires special permits and experience. You can check offers for long distance moving in NYC and get quotes online so you can compare prices and services. If you are moving heavy furniture on your own, it is important to invest in the proper packing materials to protect your items. This includes sturdy boxes, bubble wrap, packing tape, and furniture covers.

Measure entrances

It is also important for you to measure the entrances of your new home to ensure that the furniture you are taking with you will be able to fit through. In Forbes’s write-up on preparing to move, they explain that this will also help you determine whether or not you will have to remove the doorframe or base moldings to help pieces enter more efficiently. You should also make sure that the house is clear of obstructions so you or your movers won’t get into any accidents when bringing furniture in. If you have a wider back entrance, make use of that instead of forcing pieces through the front door. Paying attention to the architecture of your home will help save you from stress and headaches when moving large pieces of furniture.

See what you can dismantle

Forbes also recommends dismantling pieces that can be put back together. This way, you lessen the risk of them breaking during transit and make them easier to fit into your new home. While this can be a more tedious process, it makes moving safer and more convenient in the long run. A few pieces of furniture that can typically be disassembled are bed frames, closets, and tables. Before doing this, remember to organize each part and take a picture of the piece. This will ensure that you can easily put everything back together once you have moved in.

If you are moving in the near future and have heavy furniture we hope the above tips prove useful.

By Liliana Alvarez

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