Moving – How to Do It Right
There is no denying that moving to a new house or apartment is one of the more stressful jobs out there. Not only is the entire process a fairly complicated logistical problem involving several different vehicles and cargo in literally all shapes and sizes but organizing the whole thing does not mean the end of the stress. After that has been done, there is a period of fret and worry that your valuable possessions will be damaged in transit. In fact, you cannot really feel relieved until all the stuff is unloaded at the new location.
The sad fact of the matter is that even with the aid of the most cost effective and speedy moving companies out there, there are several points throughout the entire process where your property could potentially suffer damage. Consider the wardrobe, which is an item of furniture that pretty much everybody moving to a new house will have to shift.
First you must get it down the stairs and out onto the street, which is no easy task and involves the danger of damaging either the wardrobe or the walls of the home as you move it out. Then it needs to be secured into the moving van, alongside other awkwardly shaped items of furniture, and survive the journey (which, depending on where you are moving to, can be a long one across all different types of terrain). Finally, the first stage happens in reverse as the wardrobe is taken into your new home. It is really no wonder that moving can be such a stress.
Taking Care of the Big Things
To reduce the stress of moving, you need to find an efficient way to move heavy furniture as these objects are likely to be the ones which will present the most obstacles to overcome. It isn’t just that they’re large and heavy and therefore prone to damage in transit, but their size also means that you need to think pretty hard about how best to economize space when you move. Do this wrong, and you could end up making more trips than is necessary. If you are working with a moving company, then this is a sure way to see prices get out of hand.
The second thing you need to ensure is that this furniture is properly protected from the bumps it will inevitably receive as it is moved. Rollercam, a company specializing in tie-down straps, advises that securing heavy furniture is only one part of the solution – you also need to make sure that it is effectively insulated from bumps and physical damage. To account for this problem, you will most likely have to wrap your heavy furniture in some sort of shock-absorbing material. Given that many heavy furniture pieces come in awkward shapes, this can be a challenge.
Finally, after you have wrapped the furniture and found a way to securely tie it down, you need to consider the safety of all those involved in the move. The dangers of carrying heavy objects (and they will need to be carried some of the way – you cannot drive your car down the stairs) are obvious, and you need to be sure you are working with professionals and that all the safety checks are in place.
So, moving heavy furniture is a multifaceted task and precisely how you go about it will depend very much on what the properties the furniture is coming from and going to be are like. Aim to use protective wrapping, secure tie-down straps in the moving van, and make sure you account for safety.