How to Move Furniture

Of all the difficulties involved in moving to a new home, perhaps none is more taxing than moving furniture. Tables, beds, wardrobes, and dressers tend to be bulky and heavy. Lifting them, even with help, can be difficult. Even once they’re off the ground they can be difficult to move around tight corners and up stairs. There are a number of considerations you need to make before you move your furniture. You need to ensure that each piece is protected from damage during the move, and that there is space in your new home for every of them. This simple guide will help you with your move by giving you some easy tips that will make moving furniture considerably less stressful.

Begin by examining a floorplan of your new home. Measure every piece of large furniture and position them as you want them in this new space. This will solve a number of problems before move-in day arrives, as you will already have a sense of where you would like your furniture placed. There are a variety of computer programs available which have been designed for this very purpose.

The next step is to disassemble what you can. Remove legs, arms, and tabletops. Keep like pieces together and store the hardware and small screws in labeled sandwich bags. This step is one of the most time-consuming, so get it done early to save yourself the hassle later. Remove all cushions from chairs and sofas and place them in large plastic bags. Garbage bags work well for this application. If you have any fine wood antiques, you should apply a surface coating of wax to protect them from scratching during the move. Don’t worry about cleaning anything at this point, as most of it will accumulate some dust and grime during the move. You can clean everything once it is where you would like it in your new home.

Be sure to enlist help when you are unpacking and moving your furniture. It is dangerous to attempt to lift heavy pieces of furniture by yourself, and it would take considerably more time to do it alone. When moving large pieces of furniture, like sofas or boxsprings, it is often helpful to tilt the piece vertically. This will make its effective horizontal length shorter, allowing you to maneuver it around corners and through doorways more easily. Move larger items first, as smaller items will take up valuable space and make navigating with items like dressers and mattresses more difficult. Take each piece to its respective room and position it as you had earlier planned. Reassemble tables, desks, and chairs. Replace all of the cushions you removed before packing. Now you can begin cleaning any dust or grime that may have been transferred to the furniture during the move.

What’s Bugging You? Bed Bugs – What You Should Know

Bedbugs are a very old problem. It was first mentioned in Medieval European texts dating back to the time of Aristotle. Subsequent the improvement in hygiene and use of DDT, it was essentially eliminated in the US after WWII. However, it persisted in many other regions of the world and over the last couple years, it is making a strong comeback. It has been found all over the US and recently in areas of New Jersey and New York. Proposed reasons for the resurgence is increased international travel, immigration, use of used furniture and changes in pest control measures. In most cases, bed bugs are transported from infested areas to non-infested areas. They can cling onto someone’s clothing, or crawl into luggage, furniture or bedding that is then brought into homes.

What are they? Bedbugs are red-brown wingless insects that can grow to 1/4 inch long. They are visible to the naked eye and can be size of a small lentil or apple seed. Bedbugs are parasites which feed on the blood of humans or animals. They are nocturnal and are most active 1 hour prior to dawn. They are attracted by warmth and carbon dioxide, but not to dirt. Usually they seek food every 5-10 days, but can live up to 18 months without feeding. Bites are usually on any exposed area of skin and usually are multiple in a certain area. As a result, the bites are usually in clusters.

In general, bedbug bites do not transmit blood borne disease, and don’t carry any diseases. As a result of the allergic reaction to the bedbugs’ saliva, people bitten by bedbugs will have redness, swelling and itching. The swelling and redness usually lasts 4 days. Not all people are allergic. Sometimes, the bites may lead to secondary skin infections, most often from scratching. Usually topical ointments such as calamine, aloe, benadryl creams or hydrocortisone (only if bite not infected) will relieve the itching and help with the swelling. If the possibility of infection is present, please consult your doctor.

Like mentioned previously, bedbugs are not attracted to dirt. However, any cluttered and dirty areas allow bedbugs to hide. If one suspects a bedbug infestation, it is best to check in every nook and cranny. They tend to hide in dark places such as any tiny crevice, mattress seams/interiors, bed frame, box spring, carpeting, baseboards and any nearby furniture. They care travel up to 100 feet to feed. So, make sure you check every room aside from the bedroom. A clue to where they may reside is finding black or reddish stains from the bedbugs’ fecal matter on a surface.

Getting rid of bedbugs is an enormous undertaking. It is essential to first find out where they hide. It is important to remove all clutter. All surfaces should be scrubbed to remove eggs and a powerful vacuum should be used to remove bugs from cracks and crevices. Bed frames should be dismantled and drawers removed and cleaned. All holes around wires and pipes should be caulked and sealed. Anything that can’t be cleansed such as box spring, mattress, etc should be sealed in a vacuum bag. Remember, these insects can survive up to 18 months without feeding, so these insects have to be sealed for a long time. Furniture that is to be thrown out (because it cannot be cleaned or not wanted) should be sealed it in a plastic bag, so any possible bedbugs residing there won’t find their way to someone else’s home. All clothes and bed sheets should be laundered in hot water. After all is said and done, as a precaution, be very careful inspecting any old items you are bringing to your house. Bedbugs are not a neighbor anyone would like to have.

The following are suggestions from the New Jersey Department of Health and Human Services regarding insecticides:

“The NJDHSS recommends that homeowners hire a pest control professional licensed by the NJDEP to evaluate what type of pest is present, and to exterminate them. Pesticide products labeled for bed bugs may be available at drug, hardware or home improvement stores that adults can apply themselves. If you choose to use a pesticide, or if a licensed exterminator suggests you use one, follow these precautions:
• Only use pesticides clearly labeled as intended for bed bug extermination. Never use a cockroach spray, ant spray, or any other pesticide that does not list bed bugs on the label for bed bug extermination.
• Make sure you read, understand and follow the instructions on the pesticide’s label.
• Never spray pesticides on mattresses or sofas, or in areas where children are present.
• Never purchase or use a product without a manufacturer’s label and never buy pesticides from street vendors. Use insecticides to get rid of bed bugs that are hiding in walls and other large objects. (Choose insecticides with “pyrethrins” as an active ingredient on the label. Only use insecticides labeled for household use because some insecticides can damage or stain your furniture, wallpaper, etc. Use care when applying insecticides, especially around children, the elderly, immuno-compromised people, and anyone else who may be sensitive to insecticides. Always follow label directions carefully.)”