A Bit About Particle Board Furniture…
A helpful tip from your friendly Austin movers: Furniture manufactured from press board and particle board furniture is designed to go into a box when it is moved from the manufacturer to the retailer then to the customer unassembled. It is not built to withstand the normal stresses of a move as an assembled unit.
Most are not designed with the extra wood structural pieces to adequately brace the unit for movement out of or into a residence or office, nor the normal moving truck vibration, even in air-ride moving trailers. Usually chips or dents are not repairable. Surface impressions can be made on the furniture when writing on a single piece of paper – you can imagine how it must fare when stacked in a moving truck.
Assembly instructions frequently suggest that connecting hardware pieces be glued in place. This does not significantly improve the structural integrity of the furniture, but does make disassembly impossible without creating substantial, irreparable damage.
For these reasons, moving companies and third party insurers do not offer increased insurance coverage for these types of items. Elephant Moving’s movers will do their best to transport these items for you in a safe and careful manner, but because pressed wood furniture is so unstable we are unable to offer increased cargo valuation or increased insurance on these pieces. If damage does occur you will be able to submit a claim only for the basic cargo valuation coverage of $.60 per pound. Full replacement value insurance excludes these items. Pressed wood and particle board furniture is moved at your own risk!