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It’s exhilarating when you are moving into a new house. It means a new neighborhood, a new environment and maybe new friends. However,  packing can be stressful. We typically want every piece of our belongings to go with us to our new home — especially our furniture. Furniture can be the hardest to move. The pieces are big, heavy, bulky and fragile. You wouldn’t want a single scratch on that antique china cabinet given to you by your grandmother as a wedding present, or that lovely sofa you saved to buy for many months. You wouldn’t want a crack on your side table or your vanity dresser. Some of this furniture has not only financial value, but also, sentimental value. We need to take all precautionary measures to keep it in top shape when moving.

How do you protect your beloved furniture? Here’s how.

Measure the size of your furniture and the doorways

Make sure to measure the furniture, the hallways, and any door that it will come out from. Make sure it will fit. There are some techniques in getting large furniture out of doors, especially tables. Though they are bigger and broader than your door, you may maneuver it by getting one corner out first with the two feet and inch your way out of the door sideways. You’ll get the idea when you are doing it. There is some furniture that can be disassembled. If you think that it cannot go through the door in one piece, you have no choice but to dismantle it. Make sure to keep all screws and bolts in one plastic, then tape it nicely on one part of that furniture so that you won’t have to look for them when you need to assemble it again.

Use bubble wrap and cardboard

We all know that bubble wrap is a great way to keep our delicate valuables safe. Use it for smaller breakable things like your kitchenware, vases, appliances, picture frames, etc. Cover them separately with bubble wrap before putting them in boxes. Then for bigger items like furniture, wrap them with cardboard to protect their paint or corners. It’s very common that corners of furniture get chipped off when they are hit on edges of doors or hallways. You may also use bubble wrap for chairs, table feet, and drawer handles. Wrap them with bubble wrap and tape it securely in place. For your sofa and other furniture, you may use blankets as protection. If you are hiring a moving service, they may be able to provide you with those blankets. Dirt and stains are usually collected on the fabric of your sofa when people start to carry it around with dirty hands due to all the moving and carrying. You will save more time and energy by wrapping them than cleaning those stains on the fabric of your furniture.

Load heavy furniture first and unload it last

This is an excellent tip if you’ve rented a truck and you will be moving the stuff on your own. Make sure to load the biggest and heaviest first then move your way into the bigger boxes down to the smallest. Then when you unload, of course, you will have to take out all small stuff first. Take it into your new place and stack it in the corners to save a lot of space for the large incoming furniture. Make sure that they will not be in the way to prevent tripping. If you’re hiring movers like North American Van Lines, they will know this already, and you don’t have to worry about this part.

Plan where you want to put your things

Before you move in, it is best to plan where your boxes and furniture will go when they are taken out of the moving truck. Let the movers know which room they need to go to so that you won’t have to do the heavy lifting later and things will be in their right place for easy unpacking. The less you have to move things, the less likely you are to scratch or break any furniture. If you’re considering renovations in your new home, it is better not to put your furniture in that area as it lessens the risk of damage.

Moving is fun if it is done right. If you are not going to be able to do all of these yourself, you may hire movers that can give you the full service — packing, loading, and unloading. They will know how to protect your furniture and other belongings. They better, because if they damage your belongings, they will have to face unwanted delays in their payment and may be forced to pay for damages. Know their company policy for damaged or lost items.