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Tips for Moving Your Outdoor Furniture and Plants

As a midwesterner, you enjoy your outdoor furniture when the sun is out and the humidity is low. Of course you’re going to take it all with you when you move, but how do you pack your outdoor pieces? As a professional moving company, we know all about moving the odds and ends of your home, which is why we’ve put together this list of tips for moving your outdoor furniture.

  • Clean ‘em up: Outdoor furniture can get dirty, but that doesn’t mean you should take the dirt with you. Make time to clean your outdoor furniture so you can enjoy it right away when you get to your new home.
  • Do an inspection: The last thing you want in your new home is unwanted pests, so make sure there are no bugs or other critters lurking in your furniture.
  • Disassemble them: Certain patio pieces can be tricky. Take the time to wrap your glass tabletop so it’s protected during transit.
  • Use proper packing methods: If your furniture comes with loose pieces, take time to pack and secure them properly. Put all hardware pieces in a storage baggie and label the bag so you know which piece it goes with. You can also tape the bag to the chair or table.
  • Tend to your plants: You’ve worked hard to grow your houseplants and keep them healthy and now it’s time to pack them up. Moving can really take a toll on your plants if you’re not careful. Make sure all of your delicate plants are packed in boxes with ventilation holes so they can breathe. Plants that already have branches should be tied up so the branches extend in the direction they’re already growing.
  • Watch state laws: If you’re moving to another state, make sure your plants can cross state lines. Many states require plant inspections – California, Arizona, and Florida are among the strictest.
  • Take some cuttings: If it’s too much of a hassle to move all of your plants, consider taking some of the cuttings instead. Wrap them in wet moss and newspaper and put them in unsealed bags. Put the bags in a carton and fill the space with light packing material. The cuttings should survive this way for a couple of days and can take root in your new garden.
  • Empty play equipment: If you have sandboxes or water toys for your kids, empty them so they’re much easier to pack. Disassemble all play structures for easy transportation.
  • Take care: No matter what you’re moving, make sure you’re following correct lifting methods. Lift from the knees to avoid throwing out or doing damage to your back. Avoid wearing sandals or flip flops during the moving process, otherwise your toes will be easy targets. Of course, if you have any existing injuries, get someone else to do the heavy lifting for you.

If you’re looking for a residential company that makes the moving process smooth, give White Glove Movers a call today. We’re a locally owned and operated company that’s happy to help you move to the other side of town, across the state, or to another region. We’ll also take care of the packing for you!

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