Should I empty drawers when moving?

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In most cases, yes; Zip Moving & Storage will require drawers to be emptied before moving. Emptying the drawers during the packing process will be to your benefit for a number of reasons:

  1. The furniture will be lighter and easier to move
  2. It will avoid breaking or losing items inside drawers 
  3. Drawers will move less during transport. Moving drawers are hazardous to other items and people handling the furniture.
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Some furniture is simply not strong enough to withstand moving

Some furniture is simply not strong enough to withstand moving while full of belongings. Keeping items inside drawers can damage the furniture. Transfer your belongings from drawers into suitable moving boxes to make the furniture easier for the movers to safely pick up and load onto the trucks.

Drawers that are empty will move less and thus avoid sudden changes in weight distribution when loading or unloading that piece of furniture.

Moreover, drawers may accidentally open during transport and any items left inside are likely to fall out. Fragile and small items can easily be lost or damaged during the moving process if left inside drawers.

Pack delicate items separately in a well padded box and label with “fragile” stickers. Full drawers are harder to keep closed and could therefore slide during transportation.

Should I empty THE DRESSER BEFORE MOVING?

PROS AND CONS

Empty Drawers

  • Easier to Lift
  • Easy Maneuvering
  • Fewer Chances of Damages
  • Losing items Minimalized

Full Drawers

  • Property Damages
  • Furniture Damages
  • Losing items
  • Injuries

WHAT ITEMS NOT TO KEEP IN DRAWERS WHEN MOVING

Pay close attention to remove the following items from drawers and secure in another location.

  • Glass or ceramic items 
  • Jewelry 
  • Money
  • Books, CDs, DVDs
  • Valuable Papers

How do I keep my emptied dresser drawers from falling out while moving?

Once the drawers are empty, use paper padding or moving blankets to prevent drawers from sliding out. Secure the drawers before moving the furniture by adhering the paper padding/blankets with tape or plastic wrap.

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What furniture should be empty before moving?

There are many different types of furniture that contain drawers. Bedroom dressers are among the most common pieces of furniture with drawers. Also, make sure to empty the drawers from other pieces of furniture, such as:

  • Armoires
  • Writing Desks
  • Nightstands 
  • Cabinets 
  • Coffee tables

Do packers and movers pack everything?

Zip Moving & Storage movers insist that the drawers be emptied, not only because of the weight of the furniture but because it will be much more practical to carry the item down and up the stairs and through tight passages.

The possibility of delicate items being broken during the loading phase is minimalized if the drawers are empty. The only exception to the rule would be a sturdy dresser with very light contents.

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