It is rare to find a homeowner or tenant who leaves their home in a state of disarray. Most will try to leave their current residence in as close to the same state as when they moved in for the first time.
Hiring movers is recommended to ensure that your belongings and the property you are leaving remain in good condition. Movers have the knowledge, expertise, and tools needed for the job at hand.
When you forego hiring professional apartment movers, you run the risk of scratching floors, breaking glass furnishings, chipping furniture and more. The same is true whether you are packing or unpacking items.
A team of professional movers and packers in Dubai shares their opinions and tips on how to protect your belongings and the property during your move.
Use moving blankets
Moving blankets are useful when moving heavy items. When placed on the floor, the blankets make it easier to push, pull, or slide furniture without the risk of damaging the surface underneath.
Movers can also drape the material over banisters or temporarily affix them against the wall. Similar to the floor, the quilt protects the exposed banisters or anything on the wall from getting scratched or dented while moving large or bulky items.
Get large boxes
Boxes can function more than just as a means to transport goods. They can also be used to function as a makeshift pathway. When placed on the floor, the boxes can protect both the floor and the furniture pieces from getting damaged while they are being moved in or out of the apartment.
Look for the largest boxes you can find, flatten them and place them in areas where heavy foot traffic is expected. Tape them together to create pathways. Movers tend to use this technique on hardwood and tile floors, although you are free to set up the boxes on any other type of flooring surface.
Dismantle larger pieces
If possible, dismantle your larger furniture pieces. Remove knobs, casters, desk drawers, and other similar components that may jut out. By removing these components, you are reducing the risk of banging or scratching surfaces.
Refer to the owner’s manual to see how the pieces come together and which component should be removed or put together first. Reading the manual will also give you a clear idea of what components came with the furniture.
Place all the pieces in the original box that came with the furniture. If this is no longer available, find a box that is close in size to the original one.
Take pictures of the appliance before dismantling, so you have a point of reference when you reassemble. Put some masking tape on the larger components, and using a marker, put notes on the tape to indicate where each one goes. Smaller parts such as screws, nails, and dowels can be placed inside a ziplock bag to prevent them from rolling away during transport
Measure all entry points
Certain furniture pieces, such as sofas, cannot be dismantled and need to be moved as-is. Because of their size and bulk, these types of furniture have a higher risk of getting jammed. Before moving, ensure that you have openings with enough space to allow your furniture to pass through smoothly.
With a measuring tape, measure the dimensions of your larger furniture pieces and the openings. Note these down on a notepad or a piece of paper.
If no sufficient openings can be found, you will need to decide if the appliance needs to be moved or has to be left behind. By measuring and making preparations before moving time, you can make the moving process more efficient. Plus, you get to avoid making scuffs along the doors, walls, banisters, and other surfaces while moving large and awkwardly-shaped pieces.
Get the right packing materials
Packing materials come in a variety of materials and sizes to suit different situations.
Look for the right type of boxes and packing materials you need for the move. For instance, dish-pack boxes have extra double thick walls which provide more protection for fragile items such as glasses and mugs.
If you are packing a large mirror, use a flat box or a custom wood crate. Cover the mirror with bubble wrap and place packing peanuts around the crevices. These will prevent the mirror from breaking during the move.
Keep these tips in mind when packing and moving your belongings. When in doubt, ask for assistance from a reputable moving company in your area.
Hafiz Zafar is the owner of Professional Movers. The company offers reliable, cost-effective and stress-free packing, storage and relocation services across Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and other parts of the UAE region.