The average person swaps living quarters a minimum of three times in their lives, so it’s safe to suggest that moving is something just about everyone is familiar with on some level.
There is a whole lot more to transporting furniture safely from one place to another; simply looking at packing and truck rentals would be painting in colours too primary to provide any value.
Let’s take a deep-dive into some key factors you should consider when moving using national removal companies! People in the UK should take note of these tips. Those in Peterborough and nearby cities, in particular.
- How Old is Your Furniture?
While much heavier and more awkward around doorways and corners, older furniture was designed and built to be easily disassembled, serviced, or moved.
Unlike today’s furniture composed of plastic pegs and particle board with a vinyl finish, older furniture can typically hold its own during a move. Give everything you’ve got a keen look to see if it can be easily taken apart and packed in pieces.
In some cases, newer furniture might be best kept together as some items aren’t designed to be easily disassembled. Wood pegs and holes inside thin pieces of particle board almost feel like they’re designed to break upon disassembly.
- Boxes or Crates?
For other valuable decor items and antiquities, a simple cardboard box or blanket wrapping will not do.
In the case of statues, large vintage clocks, and so on, we suggest transporting these items in custom built wood crates. The longer the distance, the more we insist.
Wood crates are much more durable and will provide unparalleled protection of your valuable assets during relocation.
- Storage Considerations
Avoid using storage as much as possible. Most of the damage that happens from a move is the slow death which is happening in your storage unit over time, well after you’ve settled into your cosy new home.
Whether its self-storage or your moving company handles it all for you – ask to take a peek at where your items will be stored.
Key factor to consider: Temperature control
Does your storage unit have temperature control? How is your storage unit insulated? Is it water-tight? How much moisture is in the air?
Moisture will destroy anything over time, but in terms of furniture it will make wood expand and contract with the seasons. Particle board tends to expand and never retract, it is important to understand how your furniture was manufactured in order to be able to figure out its storage requirements.
If you do opt to store your furniture in some form of storage facility, take it apart and don’t cover it with cardboard or plastic. Covering it can seal in harmful moisture and the chemicals used in cardboard can eat away at the finishes.
Try to keep all items on cement blocks, off the ground, and keep most of it vertical. In some cases where your items have the potential to warp, lay them flat on their back on the floor.
We strongly suggest going with 24/7/365 temperature control, but it’s your funeral.
- Insurance and Planning
If you’re going to insure your assets for the journey, for storage, or both, you’re going to need to do a little planning in advance.
READ THE DEPRECIATION SCHEDULE. Perhaps this is the most common mistake when people purchase additional insurance or trust in the guarantee provided by the moving company.
The depreciation schedule defines how the insurable value of your items drops over time. That 25 year old oak desk may be considered worthless under your agreement, and if anything happens to it – you’re out of luck.
They also tend to honour the manufacturer’s warranty, which on wood furniture, is no longer than a year. So ask to see if the MFR warranty has anything to do with your coverage.
If you’re buying insurance, only purchase insurance from companies that have a pre-inspection and a post-inspection. This is the only way you won’t get a raw deal come moving day.
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