movingMany things can go wrong when moving to a new home, from broken chair legs to sofas that get stuck in the stairwells. With some preventive measures and lots of padding, it’s possible to move from the old house to the new one with your belongings intact, hopefully without any dents in your freshly painted walls.

Moving Tips To Minimize Damage

1. First, declutter.

You’ve heard it before, but the message is worth repeating. If you’re not going to keep something, don’t move it. Decluttering is a great way to prepare for a move. So, take advantage of this opportunity and eliminate things you don’t love or use. Moving less will make it easier to pack, unpack and reduce the cost of your move. When the amount of things to move is not so overwhelming, you will be less likely to resort to “just throw everything in a bag!” Mentality affects everyone just before the movers arrive.

2. Measure the size of large furniture, doorways, and stairwells.

It may be that your furniture fits into your home perfectly, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that you can move it easily into a new one. In the moves of just my family and friends, I’ve seen couches get stuck in stairwells twice and a beloved cabinet left behind simply because it wouldn’t fit the door. Do not let this happen to you.

3. Corner protectors are a good idea for mirrors and artwork.

Mirrors and picture frames that are fragile and should be handled with care. Use a kit for packing mirrors or pictures with foam corner protectors, and follow the instructions. After you’ve secured the corners, place the frame or mirror in the box. Fill any space left with the paper. Packaging your artwork, photographs, and other fragile items early is best. This will allow you to take your time and ensure that you do everything right.

moving4. Cover furniture completely with moving blankets or pads.

Although it may seem okay to cut corners, covering your furniture properly can mean the difference between receiving your prized items in perfect condition and having them arrive scuffed or damaged. Although you can buy rolls of plastic wrap material, pads and blankets are better for protecting extra-delicate or upholstered items.

5. Separate small pieces and store them all together.

Moving vans are hard on your possessions. The first thing to get damaged are the small pieces of furniture that hit each other. If you can safely remove a piece’s legs, handles, or other small parts, do it. Wrap the pieces and tape them to the furniture or inside the bag.

6. Use the correct box for the task.

The rule of thumb when packing is to use a smaller box for heavier items. If you pack heavy items in a large box, it is more likely that the box will fall apart and hurt the person who carries it. Boxes left too empty are also vulnerable to breaking. Fill in any empty space by using packing peanuts or paper.

7. Protect your floors and stairs by using non-slip runners.

On moving day, there will be lots of foot traffic. Roll out non-slip runners to protect your floors from slips and accidents. You can purchase self-adhesive nonslip plastic floor coverings or reusable nonslip runners from your moving company to protect key areas. Self-adhesive floor coverings are the best option if you want to protect a large flooring area (such as wall-to wall carpeting in a light color).

8. Door frames can be protected with padding.

Even the most careful of movers in Myrtle Beach can bump into a door frame while passing through it with a large item of furniture. A smart way to prevent damage is by covering the doorframe at the main entry. You can either rent or buy doorjamb guards in advance, or some movers are equipped with them. These covers have flexible spring clamps which attach easily to the door without damaging it.

9. Specialty items should be left to the expert local movers.

Are you planning to move a hot tub, a piano or other heavy, large items? You should discuss your specific needs with your moving company in advance. They may need special equipment or extra time. It should go without saying that you shouldn’t try to move a grand piano yourself.

10. Make sure the van can be parked in a clear and close place.

This will not only help you avoid long-carry charges, but a space that is free to park your moving van also means there’s less chance of damage on the way into and out. It is essential to have a sturdy ramp on a flat surface for both the movers’ safety and that of your possessions.

Our team will help you to have a stress-free and memorable move. Call Coastal Furniture Delivery & Moving now.

Like our Facebook page for more great info about moving services.

Coastal Furniture Delivery & Moving
Myrtle Beach, SC 29579

Coastal Furniture Delivery & Moving
4201 Carolina Exchange Drive Suite 202
Myrtle Beach, SC 29579

Local Areas Served: Local Movers, Long Distance Movers, Residential Movers, Movers Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach, Carolina Forest, Surfside Beach, Socastee, North Myrtle Beach, Little River, Longs/Loris, Conway/Aynor