Before you make a move across the country, you will want to take steps to protect what you love. Moving furniture across the country can be difficult. You have to travel a large number of miles to get your cargo there safely. Through the many challenges, weather, and other factors you encounter, it can be difficult to arrive safely at your final destination with your furniture in tact.
The last thing you want to happen when moving is to get to your location to discover that you have damaged furniture, some of which cannot be repaired.
By having a plan as to how you will handle it, you can minimize the stress and the issues that may occur from this task.
TIPS FOR MOVING FURNITURE ACROSS THE COUNTRY
Before you start packing up your furniture to make the move and transport your favorite divan, couch, and China cabinet, you will want to consider the following tips to get it there safely and securely.
4 Ideas for Moving Furniture Out of your House
- 1. Plan ahead of what you will need to help you get your furniture out of your house. Remember that very heavy items will require some additional assistance, such as dollies, furniture transport devices, and other tools. Having more people on hand is not always enough. Refrigerators and other heavy appliances must also be considered.
- 2. Start with the small things first. Moving the smaller items such as small end tables, coffee tables, or small chairs should be moved first. This way, you free up floor space and clear the floors of obstacles that may inhibit moving the larger furniture outside of your house. This keeps your furniture from being damaged when you are taking it out as well.
- 3. Check door frames and decide which door you will move tall or larger furniture out of. Some doorways are just too narrow to allow moving of large couches, kitchen appliances, or large items. Think ahead and measure the length and height of the door before you pick up the furniture and start lifting it outside. Door frames may be damaged, as well as your furniture if you get into a tight space that creates too much friction between the furniture and the doorway.
- 4. Use furniture slides like “moving men” or other tools to avoid damaging the floor. If you are selling your house in the move, you can devalue your home’s value by scratching floors or causing inadvertent damage that sometimes happens during the move.
Loading the Delivery Truck or Van
When loading the moving truck, you will need to think of how to arrange it in the truck. If you are doing this yourself, this may require intensive planning to ensure that you get everything packed away safely so that it will not fall over onto other items. If you hire a moving company, they can do much of this for you.
- 1. When loading a delivery or moving truck, put the tallest, largest items in the back first. This will create a “wall of furniture” in the back that will serve as a bit of a cushion for the less bulky furniture that could slide around during the move.
- 2. Have plenty of rope to tie down the largest items, especially ones with glass doors or encasing. You don’t want to risk breakage of glass while you are moving. Smaller, more delicate items may be broken or destroyed if you do not secure the larger items adequately before starting the trip.
- 3. If you are moving furniture across the country in an open truck, you will have to plan for bad weather. Even if the forecast calls for sunshine all the way across your tour (which is doubtful), one rainstorm could severely damage some of your best furniture. Have a plastic covered that is secured with rope or other materials or place some heavy water-resistant items on top to avoid having your wood and upholstery irrevocably damaged by weather and rain.
- 4. Stop and check the status of your furniture once in awhile to ensure that it is safe and secure and free from danger. You will also want to protect your cargo from theft by locking up your vehicle during the night, especially if you are staying in a hotel on the way to your destination.
- 5. Get insurance on your furniture before the move, so that you could be compensated for much of it if something tragic were to happen, such as theft, fire, or accident, that would damage or lower the value of your cargo before you got it to your destination.
SAVING MONEY WHEN MOVING
Everyone wants to save money when moving across the country. There is a lot of expense tied to moving. You have the expense of the move itself (renting a truck, extra moving people to help, and equipment to move with), as well as lodging, eating out daily, and shopping that must be done along the way. Here are a few tips to help save money and curb at least some of the expense you may incur from such a move.
- 1. If your move is initiated by your company, check to see if they could pay at least part of the expenses of the move. Some companies have set policies on paying for a lateral move when they need to locate you across the country. It pays to do your homework and check into this before hiring moving people or trying to do this yourself.
- 2. Plan lodging at less expensive locations. If you do some internet research on the locations you will be stopping at overnight, you can save a lot of money over the long haul. Compare rates for hotels and lodging at your short-term destinations using services such as Expedia.com or Hotels.com for starters.
- 3. Rent a truck and drive yourself. You can save some money on moving expenses if you drive the truck yourself. However, some people do not want the responsibility of doing this so they opt to hire professionals instead.
- 4. Have a yard sale prior to moving so that you are only taking your most important items with you. If you clear out some of the less valued furniture and other items, you will not have to worry about moving all of it. This can save you money and hassles when trying to move all of your stuff across the country.
MORE TIPS FOR MOVING FURNITURE AND VALUABLES
When moving valuables such as jewelry and other small but important items, you may want to carry these in a separate vehicle to your furniture and main household items. This way, if something were to happen to the moving truck, you would still have the most valuable and hard-to-replace items with you. Likewise, carrying the furniture in one main truck is the best for cross-country trips, so that you can unpack all of it at once in one location.
When insuring your furniture, estimate the amount you think the furniture is worth (street value today) and what it would cost to replace it. Don’t consider sentimental value as this will not hold water with insurance agents. Just think about the actual cost of repurchasing the items when calculating how much insurance you need.
Let kids and neighborhood friends help you pack up your moving truck if you are doing it yourself. They can save you a great deal of time and it makes it more fun when they pitch in to help. Who knows? They might even throw you a block party as a send-off!
Happy moving! And remember it just takes some organization, planning, and strategies in successfully getting your furniture across the country in one piece.