Discovering that one of your favourite pieces of furniture has been damaged during the house-moving process can be incredibly frustrating. Here are three steps you can take to reduce the chances of this happening.
Add protective layers
One of the most effective ways to protect your furniture from damage is to wrap it in several layers of protective materials, such as bubble wrap and thick blankets.
These materials will act as a form of cushioning, which will prevent wooden furniture from being scratched or chipped and fabric items (such as sofas and armchairs) from being torn or soiled if the furniture is accidentally dropped onto the ground or knocked into a wall whilst it is being transported.
Make sure to use plenty of heavy-duty masking tape to secure the blankets or bubble wrap to the furniture; if you don't, these protective layers might slip off and leave your belongings exposed and vulnerable to damage during the potentially bumpy road journey to your new property.
Clear the pathways
If the pathways through which your furniture removals teams will be carrying your items are littered with half-packed boxes, cables, and clutter, there is a good chance that the removalists will trip over these things whilst lugging your tables, sofas, and chairs out of the house. This is because their line of sight will be obstructed by the items they are carrying.
If they trip and fall, this will not only put them at risk of an injury but could also result in the furniture they're carrying being damaged beyond repair.
Whilst it can be challenging to clear the pathways in your home when you're in the midst of packing up your belongings and are surrounded by an endless sea of boxes, a quick tidy up could save you a lot of stress and expense in the long run, by sparing you from having to replace ruined pieces of furniture.
Communicate with your removalists
If you own fragile or highly valuable items of furniture which need to be handled with extreme care, it is important to inform your removalists about this before they begin to put them into the moving van.
By making them aware that they need to take extra precautions with those particular items (such as, for example, using extra ties to secure the item tightly to the floor of the van, so that it doesn't fall over and get damaged during transit), you can reduce the chances of those furniture pieces being broken during the move.