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Divine Moving and Storage NYC is the second best way to move furniture in NYC. The best would be if Chuck Norris roundhouse kicked your stuff to your new location.

When it comes to moving, there are a lot of financial considerations.

There’s first and last months’ rent on the new place, unless you bought it—which comes with its own financial obligations. There’s the price of hiring professional movers (worth every penny), plus the cost of moving supplies, cleaning supplies, and more. You might even have to take time off of work, or wait two weeks until you get that first check with your new job.

The last thing you need to do is damage your NYC apartment rental because you don’t know how to move furniture, ensuring you don’t get your security deposit back.

Landlords can keep security deposits for a variety of reasons—perhaps one of the most indisputable of which is property damage. Scratching up their floors before you go is not the most ideal way to say your goodbyes.

In this guide, we offer the best tips and tricks to avoid scratching or damaging the floors of your places both old and new. Because while not getting your security deposit back sucks, so does ruining the floors of your brand-new living quarters!

a couch is among items you should put to storage
Heavy furniture should be in a storage room

Disassemble Your Large Furniture

Not only does dissembling bulky furniture make it easier to move, but you might have to take it apart to fit it through the tiny doorway.

(New Yorkers know a thing or two about navigating small spaces.)

Taking apart your furniture protects it, you, and the space. It makes heavier items lighter and awkward pieces more manageable.

If you decide to take your furniture apart, keep the situation organized. For example, combine all nails, screws, Allen wrenches, etc., in one bag and tape it to the underside of the piece it goes with. At the very least, label the bag something helpful like “living room couch” so you know exactly which pieces go with what furniture item upon arrival.

If you’re not confident tackling this project alone, a professional NYC mover can both disassemble and reassemble your pieces—something worth considering if you’re feeling wary.

Clear the Walking Path of Obstacles

This tip might seem like an obvious one, but trust us when we say there’s nothing worse than finally lifting that heavy couch with your friend, taking a few steps, and realizing there’s a full laundry basket blocking your path.

Clear the area first, removing rugs, boxes, and anything else that might get in your way or cause you to trip.

This rule applies to things on the wall, too. If there are shelves, picture frames, or other hanging items that could interfere with you sneaking around the corner with bulky furniture, take that down, too.

Pad Corners to Prevent Damage

Speaking of corners, it’s worth thinking about them, too. You might be so focused on the floors that you neglect to consider scratching or banging up the wall.

Using blankets, wrap your furniture to protect both it and the walls. While any blanket works, moving blankets are the best option because they’re thicker, offering more protection.

As far as tight corners and hallways go, place something between the furniture and them to prevent damage. For example, a big piece of thick cardboard can offer the little buffer you need to ensure you’re not scuffing the paint. It might even make sliding the item you’re holding through easier.

Use Furniture Gliders for Easy Sliding

Let’s say you don’t want to—or don’t have the option to—disassemble your heavy furniture.

You still need to get it from point A to point B without breaking your back.

To avoid ripping up the carpet, scratching your floors, or hurting yourself, furniture gliders are a fantastic solution.

Gliders are plastic disks you place under furniture legs to assist you in sliding them over surfaces. They come in several sizes to fit the size of the furniture legs. They also come in two forms—one for tile and hardwood floors, one for carpeted floors—allowing you to use them no matter your living situation.

They’re also reusable, meaning you can use them when you move out and move into a new place.

Never Move Furniture on Your Own

Moving is not the time or place to assert your independence. Moving bulky household items by yourself could lead to injury or property damage.

At the very least, enlist the help of a friend for your heavier items. Lifting with your legs—rather than your back—can stave off back injuries. Move slowly, don’t push yourself past your limits, and be realistic about what you can feasibly accomplish.

If you’re realizing the job is bigger than you imagined, you’ve still got the option to hire professional movers. They’re trained in moving things to avoid both physical injury and property damage.

Rent Moving Tools Such as Dollies

You can always rent a dolly or hand truck to help you move heavy furniture over flat floors.

Hand trucks are L-shaped moving tools with two large wheels. The bottom of the L slides under heavy items. By tipping the hand truck back, you can move heavy items like furniture around that you normally wouldn’t be able to.

Dollies are platforms with four wheels and two axles. They come in a variety of designs for your convenience. To use a dolly, you’ll have to lift the item yourself and place it on top; it can’t slide underneath an item like a hand truck can.

Keep in mind that if there are steps involved, a dolly or hand truck won’t work. And if the furniture is too big—such as a long couch—a hand truck won’t be able to support its shape. And if it’s too heavy, you won’t even be able to lift it on top of the dolly.

Plus, if you’re going to spend the money anyway, wouldn’t you rather put it towards a service that does it all?

Which leads us to our final and perhaps most useful tip below.

Hire Professional NYC Movers

Finally, the best advice we can offer you is to hire people that already know how to move furniture!

At Divine Moving and Storage, these moving tips are second nature. We have the tools and supplies needed to get your furniture in and out of both places without causing damage to the floors.

If you want to connect with one of the best moving companies in New York City, click here.

We provide free quotes on flat-rate, allinclusive services because we know that moving can be expensive. We’re just here to make your life easier.

Chuck Norris doesn’t need Divine Moving and Storage NYC. When he moves, his stuff arrives at the new location before he does.

 

About Author

Have been a NYC resident since 1997 I've lived in almost every single neighborhood in Manhattan. (east village, west village, upper west side - twice, upper east side, lower east side, midtown, two years in Brooklyn, Astoria and currently in downtown Manhattan. I have been working for Divine since 2005 and loving it!

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