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You can find various bins and cabinets at hardware stores. Schaefer Systems International bins and filing cabinets are reliable and high quality.


 

Safety of Articles being Moved

 

Remember that when DIY moving safety of the people moving you is the first consideration, not the safety of items being moved. But right after that is the second consideration of minimizing moving damages to furnishings and to the surfaces being traversed. So, generally speaking, as many household goods as possible should be blanket wrapped or boxed up prior to being carried or dollied out of your residence in order to help to prevent damages to them and to make them easier to be carried and transported.

All goods that can be packed in boxes should each be thoroughly bubble wrapped or paper wrapped in such a manner that they won't clank or roll around loose inside the box. Below is a picture of some smaller delicate items, each individually shrouded in bubble wrap to protect them within the box. If bubble wrap is unavailable wrap items in paper and use bunched up paper all around the box and in between each item for further protection.

As the box is being filled, the things inside should be further protected with additional bubble wrap or crushed paper and cardboard pieces on the bottom, on the sides and on the top of the box.

box packing

 

Then close and seal the box with tape. Don't just slide the four flaps on the top and bottom together because they can come loose as the box is being handled and breakables can fall out. Instead, without sliding the flaps together but just closing them two at a time, always use at least 3 runs of tape to seal each end of the box.

box sealing

Run the tape from the middle of the side of the box up and over or down and under it and down / up the other side finishing by overlapping the top and bottom tape ends in the middle of the side of the box so that they won't come loose. Run your hand over all of this taping from one end to the other to make sure that it is stuck tightly to the box, thus sealing it well.

All furniture should be completely blanket wrapped top and bottom as has been nicely done to the armoire in the picture below. This protects the furnishing from scuffing, scratching or scraping so that you may accomplish your DIY moving without damages. Moving pads can be rented with your truck from the truck rental facility. We will show you just how to fully diaper your furniture in mover's blankets like this when you subscribe.

By the way, the tape wrapping the pads should never be allowed to have its stickum touch the surface of the piece so that hard to remove tape residue is not left on its finish. Tape can be wrapped all around the pads as has been done on the armoire in the picture above because it peels off easily and leaves no residue on the pad.

The sofabed below is another example of a completely padded piece of furniture. There's a blue pad underneath the bottom of it covering the bottom and the legs. It has a special sofa cover over its sides and top, overlapping the bottom pad so that the sofa is completely shrouded and safe to move. With the couch cover completely padding it like this it will not scratch possibly this beautiful hardwood floor even when it's being dragged across it.

In the picture sequence below is an extremely expensive, brand new super-sized dining room china cabinet. .

This beautifully crafted china cabinet is so huge that you might notice it needs 2 dollies under it just to roll it! Obviously no amateur should ever attempt to move anything so expensive and so monstrous. The only reason this picture sequence is being shown to you here is to illustrate the degree to which these protective techniques always apply.

It is not only going to be completely blanket wrapped but, because of all its glass, the additional protection of cardboard will be applied to its whole front

Notice in the picture above that first the bottom's pads are secured with tape to hold them up. The tape is only snugged to the blankets, it does not touch the piece's finish at all.

Then, after the top pads are in place and secured with tape to the bottom pads, cardboard is fitted over them on the front of the cabinet in order to further protect its glass and to remind the whole crew of the presence of the glass underneath.

Then the piece was dollied onto the truck, driven to the customer's house and ramp dollied from the truck right onto their front porch. This particular residence had very large double front doors, both of which needed to be opened in order get the piece in.

Then it had to be removed from the dollies at the residence's threshold and placed down onto doubled up pads on the floor just inside the residence in order to get the china cabinets height down low enough to get through the residence's doorway. Fortunately the front door's threshold was dolly height so it was fairly easy to just pull it over the threshold and into the residence right on the pads. It was then slid on the pads over the residence's marble and hardwood floors without damaging the floors. We slid it all the way across those beautiful floors on the pads without a scratch and put the piece into place against a dining room wall. Then we removed the pads out from under it.

This cabinet is so big and so cumbersome it will probably never be moved again. And it will never go up or down any stairs, that's for sure. What a superb piece of furniture and what a great job the Burrows movers did to relocate it!

Any thing that cannot be padded for protection like bicycles, long floor lamps, rolled up big rugs, etc. should be very carefully carried and loaded somewhere in the truck where nothing will damage it or else put it into someone's car for careful transport. The key consideration when moving furniture, right after the mover's safety is to do the move with no damages to the furnishings or the surfaces.

 

 

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1. Safety when moving

2. Safety of the article being moved and the surfaces involved

3. Minimizing moving time spent on each moving task

4. Meeting moving time deadlines

5. Minimizing your aggravation

6. Minimizing moving costs

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