Preparing furniture for removal

Posted on: 30 August 2019

A successful house move, especially a long-distance one, is the product of careful advance preparation. One important part of getting ready is preparing your furniture for removal. By preparing for your furniture removals firm to arrive, you'll save time, keep your belongings safer and help your move go much more smoothly. This list of tips will help you get through the preparation process. 

Decide what you're keeping 

There's no point in handing a bookcase over to interstate removalists, transporting it to another state, and then deciding to get rid of it once you arrive.  If you have items of furniture that you're thinking of replacing, this is an ideal time to get rid of the old ones by selling them, giving them away or donating them to charity. 

Clear it out

Once you've made your selection, it's time to empty out your furniture. Remove the contents of drawers, take books off bookshelves and pack them all. If you intend to replace the contents when you arrive in your new home, be sure you clearly label the boxes, identifying which piece of furniture they go with. You may think it'll be easy to remember, but a large house move involves a lot of information to keep track of; you're better off writing everything you can down. 

Take it apart

Some items of furniture will be easier to transport and protect once they're disassembled. This will include taking removable shelves out of bookcases, and it could also include removing glass cabinet doors or detaching the legs from desks and tables. Keep all small pieces, such as screws or pegs, in sealable plastic bags, being sure to label them clearly; you don't want to arrive and discover that you don't know which screws go with which piece of furniture. You can even attach the bags to their original pieces of furniture using tape or plastic wrap to make doubly sure you don't forget. 

Pad and protect

Fragile items, such as glass panels, should be protected by a layer of soft packing material like bubble wrap. Other items, such as wooden tables or desks, can be very vulnerable to scratching. To protect them, wrap them in furniture pads or blankets. Your removals firm should be able to provide you with the packing supplies you need or let you know where you can find them. 

Once you've accomplished these steps, your furniture is ready to move. Getting ready for your move may seem like a lot of work, but it will pay off in a smooth, quick and worry-free moving experience.