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Loading furniture during a move may seem like an easy job, but wait until you try. Some pieces can be heavy forcing the ones carrying to keep putting them down to draw some air. Narrow and winding stairways can pose some challenges for long wooden frames and odd shapes. Of pressing concern is the likelihood of items getting scratches or tears like in the case of sofas. Mistakes arise due to poor handling, misjudging the size and inaccurate estimation of doorway and corridor sizes. Another mistake movers commit occurs where they carry loaded bookshelves.
Mishandling of furniture often results in damage that can be expensive to repair. Sometimes when you spoil the item, you cannot restore it. See below a brief review of some common oversights:
Before you load, take your furniture apart by removing legs from couches and tables for example. In the case of your beds, unfasten the frames. Otherwise, attempts to carry furniture from the house while intact will result in it brushing up against door frames, walls, and banisters.
There are sofa covers designed primarily for upholstered items. You can also use bubble wrap for the fragile articles. By putting unwrapped furniture into the truck, it may arrive in the new home with scrapes and torn upholstery. Glass table tops can shatter from being tossed up and down and from side to side.
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Owing to time constraints and at times fatigue, you could forget to remove belongings in cabinets, drawers, and wardrobes. You may also decide to proceed as a way of taking a shortcut. However, the folly of your decision is that the furniture becomes heavy. Also, the things left inside can yank the drawers open or fall over. Someone could get hurt, and the item might break.
Always wrap wooden furniture with bedspreads. These are not the ordinary sleeping covers that keep you warm at night but the ones specially made for moving purposes. Have them bound securely with a stretch film. That way, once you load the item inside a container, you minimize chances of it getting scratched.
If you arrange furniture in a moving van haphazardly, it will get damaged while in transit. Take care not to stack bulky items on top of pieces such as desks or tables. As the truck moves, pressure from the objects could cause the table to break or sag. Also, forgetting to fasten the equipment to the sides of the truck exposes the furniture to scratches and cracks.
You cannot always blame the hired moving crew when your furniture gets damaged during loading. Instead, look at the omissions you made: You did not dismantle the pieces, there were no covers on the sofas, you let them carry wardrobes with clothes inside, you failed to use moving blankets and made a mess in arranging the items inside the moving truck. Always protect your furniture by prepping it for a move.
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.
Due to the nature of my work, I must relocate every couple of years to where my company needs me. Because of this, I’ve tested several moving and auto transport companies over the years.
And my choice in terms of auto transport has to be A1 Auto Transport. It’s in the name, but also in the quality with which they do their jobs. I’ve never had a problem with this company.
The only time my shipment was delayed was during winter when a snowstorm closed down all the major roads. And they still found an alternative and got my car delivered before roads got unstuck.
When I moved to West Virginia, they picked up my car the very day I called them. I like to think they take special care of me considering all the business I’ve sent them. I’ll continue to support A1 Auto Transport. It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.
I considered selling my car when I moved to Washington. It was old and rusty, but I grew attached to it. So, I called a couple companies to transport it to my new home, but they both fell through.
The first one couldn’t decide on a schedule. He would constantly change the pickup date till I got frustrated and canceled. The second was insufferable, very rude on the phone, even worse in person.
They started picking a part my car asking me why I still have it. If that’s their opinion of my vehicle, how can I trust they’ll take care of it? If something happened midway, why wouldn’t they just blame it on the car instead of paying up?
So, I cancelled this company as well and turned to A1 Auto Transport. From the get go, they were very different from my past options. Their website was very professional and up to date, full of useful information. I requested a quote using their online form, and I got an email response within an hour. Surprisingly fast!
If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought they were lacking customers, but the email spoke for itself. In just one email, everything I needed to know was there, including a contact number I could use to get more information or confirm the transport.
I called and got things rolling. I was very pleased with the driver. He followed standard procedure and represented his company well. Can’t remember his name, but props to him!
The car arrived in Washington 6 days later in excellent condition. From what I understand, the transport was delayed a bit by a storm, but since the time window was 4-6 days from the beginning, I don’t really care. You have my full support and recommendation!
There are a lot of options for auto transport these days, which surprisingly makes it harder to find a good company. I received more than 10 offers to ship my car, but I couldn’t decide on any of them.
After doing some research, I got even more worried reading about all the scams and accidents that can happen. But, I have work to do and couldn’t afford to drive my newly purchased Mini Cooper all the way to Virginia.
Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport. They are very good at their jobs. I spent more than an hour drilling Joe with various questions, and he never once lost his patience. He saw I was interested, so he bore with me until I was satisfied. The driver was also very courteous and my car was intact on arrival. I couldn’t have asked for more.
By the way, the price we first agreed on stayed the same. There were no delays or unexpected “surprises.” I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.
We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10! We chose them to move our car from California to Vermont, since we needed professionals.
We were abroad during the transport, so the transport was a bit tricky. The driver had to pick it up from storage on short notice and get it to its destination within at most 10 days. I was happy to note it arrived sooner. We got it 3 days early, right when we got home to pick it up. It made getting around way easier. Awesome service!
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