Preparing furniture for a move

Posted on: 22 January 2020

Packing for a move, especially when packing furniture, can be one of the most time-consuming parts of the whole moving process. Hiring professional removalists takes a lot of the worry out of it, but there are still a few things you'll need to do to get your furniture ready for moving day. This guide will help you get ready quickly and efficiently. 

Take inventory

The first step in any move is determining what you have to move. This includes deciding which pieces you're going to keep and which you plan to get rid of as well as taking photographs of the pieces you plan to move. Once you know what you're taking, you can get an accurate quote from your furniture removals firm. During this stage, it's also worth measuring all your items of furniture. Knowing the exact measurements of your items will also help you complete a floor plan of your new home. 

Empty and clean

Once you've decided what you're taking, it's time to remove everything from shelves, drawers, and cabinets. Pack your items, labelling them clearly so that it'll be easy to put them back in place once your move is over. Clean your furniture thoroughly while you're doing this; it's a great opportunity to do so, and you won't want to spend the time on it while you're moving in. 

Take it apart

In order to make items of furniture easier to move, you may want to disassemble them. This could mean anything from simply removing shelves from bookcases to removing legs from tables or desks or feet from couches or chairs. Talk to your removalists before taking this step to find out how much they want you to do themselves and how much they'll do for you. 

Pack it securely

In order to protect your furniture from accidental damage during the move, you'll need to pack it securely. You may be able to get packing materials such as bubble wrap, tape, sheet cardboard and furniture blankets from your furniture removals firm. Use these to surround each item with its own layer of padding, paying special attention to corners, ornaments and other projecting areas. Wrap picture frames, mirrors and other glass items in bubble wrap, then place sheets of cardboard around them and wrap them tightly with tape or plastic wrap. 

Once your furniture is inventoried, emptied, and safely packed, it's time to hand the job of moving over to your removalists. They'll take over the task of making sure that your items are waiting for you in your new home. 

To learn more, contact removalists near you.