When it is time to move into your new house, you’ll need to take special care of your biggest furniture pieces. While most small items are boxed into like-sized, stackable units, large furniture requires extra planning and equipment.

Professional movers are worth the investment because your largest furniture is most likely the costliest that you own. Movers have the equipment and expertise to keep your expensive investment pieces clean and intact during transport. Keep your cherished furniture free from damage by preparing your items before the big move.

Clean and vacuum furniture

Wipe down and vacuum in and around the nooks and crannies of your furniture. Movers often wrap big items in plastic wrap to protect them, so you’ll want to eliminate any food crumbs or debris that might stain, soil, or scratch the upholstery or wood of your objects once wrapped.

Eliminating food crumbs may limit the chances of attracting pests if you’re moving cross-country or putting items in storage briefly. You’ll also avoid transferring dirt into your brand new home.

Remove knobs, pulls, and feet

Gently remove and store knobs, pulls, and sofa feet if at all possible. Removing the protruding parts will keep them from damaging nearby pieces and gouging walls in your new home as movers turn corners or go upstairs.

Safely dismantle any pieces of furniture to make it easier to transport - furniture removalists can help with this. Put pieces together in like-sized bundles. Secure all of the loose hardware like nuts and bolts in sealed plastic bags. Label them clearly with the name of the piece and the intended room destination and tape the bag to the corresponding furniture. If you happen to have the original assembly instructions or warranty information, pack it along with the furniture in case you need to reference it when reassembling.

Measure your new house

Using the builder floorplan for your new home, assign each piece of large furniture to a destination. Measure the doorways and stairwell landings to make sure any oversized pieces can make it through the passages and will fit in their assigned spot.

Label each room with an easy-to-read sign. The movers will be more efficient if things are labeled accurately. Placing it correctly the first time limits the damage to your walls and doorways that might occur if you have to move it again later.

Clear the pathways

It can be challenging to find appropriate parking for the moving truck in a new home construction area. Be sure to visit your house while it’s under construction to scope out a place for the moving truck to unload safely. Professional movers will lay down moving blankets and cardboard to protect delicate floors and keep them from getting dirty, but it’s hard to avoid dirt and mud in a construction area.

Enjoy your new home

Moving is on the list of the most stressful activities for people. Large furniture is unwieldy and particularly hard to move without professional help. Limit the damage to your brand new home by preparing and dismantling parts of your larger furniture, and planning carefully where each piece will go. It’s worth investing in professional movers that have the experience and equipment necessary to make your move go smoothly.

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