2. Examine Furniture for Possible Weak Spots:
Whether you want to move something yourself or have a company do it, you should still inspect each piece of furniture for any possible damage or weak spots. This is one of the Smithsonian Institute’s suggestions, as you want to make sure the piece is structurally solid before trying to lift it and move it. You can account for weak spots when packing, and also will know not to lift by weaker areas as well.
3. Dust But Don’t Use Oil or Wax:
Lots of resources, including My Moving Reviews, recommend cleaning furniture before moving it but they also caution that oils and waxes should be avoided. Oils and waxes can be slippery, which you don’t want when people need to have good grips on the furniture. They can also allow packaging material (e.g. bubble wrap, blanket pads) to leave imprints on the furniture.
4. Create a Game Plan:
Because moving antique furniture is a delicate process, you don’t want to move items again and again and again. Create a plan ahead of time so you know exactly where you want the item in your house, and make sure space is cleared so furniture can be moved right to that exact spot.Also, make sure there is a clear path to the spot so movers won’t have a tough time getting the furniture there. This means measuring doorways and making sure furniture will fit where you want it to go, and also clearing space if walkways are cluttered. Planning everything out ahead of time will lead to a smooth furniture move.