With the warm summer weather comes patio season. Do you wake up with the sun, put on a pot of tea and sit outside to take in the sunrise? If you can, it’s probably one of the best ways to start your morning.
For many of us, patio furniture during the summer can be as essential as the family couch. It’s where we spend our lazy days and entertain family and friends.
Patio furniture can be overlooked though as key furniture when moving, as we can forget about it in the rush to pack everything else. Trust us, don’t leave it until the last minute!
Our professional movers have put together an essential packing list for the moving supplies you’ll need to pack patio furniture for a move. We’ve also included a few extra steps to help you out along the way.
Moving supplies you will need:
Cleaning supplies: If it’s been warm and sunny outside, no doubt you’ve been using your patio furniture daily. The first step is to wash it all down. You don’t want to track in any dirt or grass to the new house.
Packing tape. Clear or brown packing tape works best on corrugated cardboard boxes. Duct tape doesn’t stick as well and scotch tape is much too weak.
Bubble wrap. If your patio table has a glass top, you’ll want protect it for the move. Remove the glass portion of the table top carefully and place it down gently on several layers of bubble wrap. Then fold over another few layers and securely tape it all down.
Picture boxes. Glass tops are very fragile, especially when loaded onto the back of a moving truck. Picture boxes are traditionally used for storing and moving pictures in frames or mirrors, but it’s the perfect fit for a glass table top. If you get the right size picture box, it should slide right in, bubble wrap and all. Be sure to label it FRAGILE, preferably in a bright red marker.
Toolkit with screwdriver. If your chairs and table can be taken apart, try doing so. Make sure to keep all the smaller pieces together. Keep screws, nuts and bolts in a plastic bag, then tape it to the base of the chair or table.
Moving blankets. If your chairs and table don’t come apart into separate pieces, your movers will just load them into the truck at the very end, all in one piece. Make sure the company you hire supplies moving blankets to protect from scratches.