A: Never leave your stuff in the drawers when you move
- Weight estimators want you to leave stuff in furniture so they save money.
- You can damage your furniture if you move your stuff inside of it.
- Don't take the drawers out and transport them separately.
- Don't leave your jewelry inside of any furniture.
- Books are heavy and could damage your furniture if you leave them inside of it.
Do I need to leave my stuff in the drawers when I move? You would be surprised of how many people ask this question. Many companies encourage customers to leave things in the drawers especially when they have a weight estimate.
Why do weight estimates do this? Some Moving companies encourage their customers to leave the belongings inside of furniture so that they can save space in the trailer or truck which equals to more stuff fitting and more money in their pocket. Also it saves labor time when loading. You want the furniture to be empty of any small items such as, clothes, CD’s, personal effects, etc. Why? Because if you need to navigate the furniture down a stairwell or down an elevator the movers will need to move the piece in different angels this will put different stress on the furniture. Having the piece empty will allow the movers to treat the piece gently and be able to control it comfortably. The strongest men can only manage a certain amount of weight and if you have a triple dresser completely full, they’re going to treat it roughly. Most movers want to do a good job for you, so prepare the furniture by packing it into cardboard boxes or e-crates.
The down fall with moving furniture with stuff in it. There are a couple of different things they should take in consideration if you want to leave the belongings inside of your furniture. Drawers have a space on the back when you close them, there is an open space within the piece of furniture. Small things could fall out all behind the drawers when you move the furniture with your belongings in it. This problem can happen when you move furniture with the belongings inside of it for example, clothes CDs for any other way it will twist the furniture when you move it. It’s not designed to be moved with the weight in it, it’s only designed to sit in one place. The life of the furniture decreases or even could break. Decrease your liability with your furniture, I mean you're paying for them to move your furniture to get it in the same way it was picked up.
Should I take the drawers out and move them separately? Absolutely not! Drawers are designed to be left inside of the dresser.
Don’t ever move the drawers by themselves, you’ll end up with one drawer being lost or damaged and then the whole dresser will be useless.
Spend a little bit of extra time before the movers get there and pack the belongings into boxes. If you’re moving with a professional moving company they should have moving quilts and they should be incased with tape or rubber bands with the protective moving blankets to protect your items.
What if I leave my jewelry inside my jewelry case? Never leave your personal belongings such as jewelry, guns or medication or anything of value such as high value watches to the responsibility of the moving company. They are simply there to move your furniture. Prior to the moving company or help/labor getting to your property, gather these items carefully and place them in a safe place, either inside your vehicle or keep them on you. I mean would you let your gardener cut the grass around your jewelry, no? Therefore, do not think it would be okay to let any type of labor man around your prized items, don’t do it!
Can I leave books inside my drawers or furniture to save time? Books, CD’s, etc. need to be placed into a small box. They’re the heaviest items you have and normally way 25-35 pounds per cubic feet. This is 3 times the amount of a normal house goods item, which is usually calculated at 7lbs per cubic feet. This added weight would definitely twist and put a lot of stress on your furniture if you keep in in your drawers or furniture while moving. When you move furniture and you place it inside a vehicle you’re going to move the items at different angles and positions at which it stands at therefore it needs to be empty so that it doesn’t stress the furniture. Anybody that tells you otherwise has their own objectives and is not keeping your furniture’s well being at heart.
Make sure that you choose a moving company that has high grade blankets if you’re moving antiques or fine furniture. If you have any cabinets with glass on them, the moving company may encourage you to protect this with a crate. A crate can either be a wooden crate which is custom built prior to the movers arrival or could be a cardboard and casing crate where they build up layers of protection such a bubble, blankets and a large cardboard box and custom build it around the unit. This can protect the item and a moving company normally will explain this to you before performing it. I would advise that if you want something like this done or you do have furniture with glass on it, explain this to the moving company before so they can come prepared, bring the correct material or custom build a wooden crate for you. Remember there is a cost involved in this so negotiating this with your moving company before is your best bet in saving.