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Hi Harry, I presently have a fully enclosed trailer with couches, bedroom furniture and miscellaneous household items parked in a friends driveway.  Will the furniture be okay if left over the winter and will the changing temperatures damage the furniture.  It was loaded and packed for a one day haul but ran into a few problems which has led to the trailer in a driveway indefinitely.  Any information would be appreciated.  Thanks

Hello Karen,

There are so many variables that can determine an outcome. It depends on the type of woods and fabric that is in there. The items should be wrapped in blankets and NOT plastic..........especially leather. There should be no food items or liquids that could freeze and break. Soft furniture should not have anything stacked in it or on it because it will leave deep indentations in the fabric. The trailer MUST BE moisture proof. The slightest bit of dampness will cause headaches. You could tarp the trailer if you are not sure. Sometimes mattresses will tend to have an odor after a few months depending if the trailer is old or fairly new. They should be in "mattress bags". If the wood furniture doesn't have blankets on them it can cause condensation on the furniture and sometimes drawers can swell. The moisture barrier is the big thing and it should be kept dry as possible. A product you can get from Home Depot or Lowes is:  There are other brands but something like this can be placed throughout the trailer and will help pretty well.

Let me know if I can help you further.



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Moving your furniture. I would like to answer all questions dealing with the proper techniques of how to move ANY type of furniture, including difficult doorways and stairways. Also, all questions dealing with the proper packing of breakables including antiques. All general questions concerning the moving and storage industry will be answered. I cannot recommend a particular mover in a person`s neighborhood but i can explain how to obtain a company in good standing with the community. I have been in the moving and storage industry for almost four decades! I am located in Massachusetts.


I have almost four decades of experience in the moving & storage industry. When I was a small boy my father introduced me into the moving business and I have been hooked ever since. At first I started out as a young laborer untill I was old enough to drive a furniture van. As time went on I drove 18-wheelers around the country moving small shipments as well as large corporate relocations. I was taught the old school methods by men that were craftsman in their field. I learned how to pack the most delicate of breakables as well as museum pieces. It was common practice to do estimates and even the actual ratings on interstate jobs. Doing commercial moves were a big part of my moving career over the years. Some of the big names that I delt with were "GE","MICROSOFT","FIDELITY INVESTMENTS" AND "AMERICAN EXPRESS". As the years went by my family retired and sold the business (not my choice). I went on to establish my own moving company which ran for 12 years before I phased out the physical moving itself. Today I have developed a consulting service where I advise future furniture buyers as well as people moving for the first time on what to expect from their upcoming adventure. Furniture buyers are advised on what size furniture will fit through their narrow doorways and tight hallways. By choosing furniture with the right dimensions will narrow down the probability of the furniture being returned back to the store. That is not a scenario people want after waiting 8-12 weeks for their new furniture. I can also help people to understand the proper procedures of a first time move in their lives. I tell them what is to be expected,how they can save money,how to choose a good mover and what is involved with getting the packing done.

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I have a high school diploma from Swampscott High School............Swampscott, MA. Immediately after high school I entered the family business where I stayed for 20 years before moving on to my own business endeavors.

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