Furniture Removals: 5 Tips To Win At Moving
If you are about to embark on your first ever big move with a home full of furniture, then it’s important that you give yourself plenty of time to take stock of your belongings and really plan out your furniture removals process.
You need to understand that although your furniture may appear easy to move around, it’s probably much heavier than it looks. You will need to be able to identify which pieces need special attention, care, and planning.
It is also possible that you own much more furniture than you realise. A bed here, a bed there, a couple of sofas, a television unit… the list goes on, and on. What may seem like a ‘simple’ move, or furniture removals process, could be in reality, a huge task with implications that you are yet to consider.
With this in mind, it quickly becomes clear that there is more to furniture removals than meets the eye, especially when it comes to heavy furniture. If your plan is to gather some friends and attempt to move without the help of trained professional movers, you could run the risk of damaging your furniture, your floors, your walls and your back!
When you consider all these potential problems, the hidden costs of hiring your own moving truck make the idea of hiring a professional furniture removals team much more appealing.
Although our professional movers at Wridgways make it look easy, moving heavy furniture requires a high level of expertise and a methodical approach that can’t be learned overnight.
To help you through your furniture removals planning process, our team at Wridgways has collated a list of the top things to consider, as well as some handy tips, to help make your furniture removals process as easy as possible.
Furniture Removals: 5 Tips To Win At Moving
Identify Your Furniture
Before undertaking any project, you need to know what you’re working with. Moving furniture is no different, and needs to be approached in a clear and systematic manner.
When taking note of your belongings, it’s important to highlight heavy furniture items, their size and any unusual features that may make them more challenging to relocate.
To avoid running the risk of breaking your back, it is a good idea to identify particularly heavy, awkwardly shaped, and high-risk furniture pieces well in advance.
The below list outlines different styles of furniture and materials that are generally more heavy than usual.
- Chaise longues
- Vintage armchairs and sofas
- Victorian or other antique armchairs and sofas
- Old spring armchairs and sofas
- Horsehair-stuffed sofas and chairs
- Stone or marble table tops
- Wrought iron table bases
- Hardwood units
- Glass top tables
- Glass door cabinets
- Four-poster beds
- Hardwoods beds
Get Furniture Cleaned
Whether you’re moving your furniture into storage, straight into a new home, or into someone else’s home, it is a good idea to inject new life into your pieces.
By investing in professional cleaners to service your furniture before your move date, you will be ensuring that your furniture is clean for your fresh start in your new home.
If you’re taking the extra step of protecting your furniture with plastic covering, be sure to add silicon sachets inside the plastic to ensure your furniture does not suffer humidity or mildew damage.
Locate Your Exit And Entry Points
If you have been living in your current home for what feels like forever, it may be difficult to recall exactly how your furniture pieces came to be in their current place.
Over the years, you may have brought home flat-pack furniture, then assembled this within your home, without any thought of removing these pieces from your home at a later date.
To ensure you are prepared for move day you should get the measurements of any larger items and map the ideal exit and entry points. During this process, you may find that some pieces need a sophisticated removal approach and in some cases, you will possibly need to dismantle pieces to make them more transportable.
Your furniture removals company should be more than happy to help you with this process by coming out to your location or providing over-the-phone advice.
Book in a reputable furniture removals company
Finding the right removalists is a little like finding the right school for your kids. There is a whole list of criteria you need to go through before making the decision, and settling for anything less than the best just won’t do.
You will want to entrust a moving company that offers a wide range of services, rather than a company or truck driver who will just move you from A to B.
To start with, you will want to check that the removalist companies you shortlist feature all of the key services you may need, including:
- Packing and Unpacking
- Interstate Moving Services
- Cleaning Services
- Pet Transport
- Vehicle Support
- Consultation Services
As with most service offerings, you want to be able to trust that the company you decide on is experienced and reputable. At Wridgways, our team has been dedicated to moving Australians around the country and across the globe for well over a century. We pride ourselves on our professionalism and experience.
Communicate with your furniture removals company
From the moment you request a quote from a furniture removals company, it is important that you provide as much detail as possible.
Information and specifications you collect from your initial planning and measurement efforts should then be clearly communicated so that nothing is left to chance. This transparency is especially important if you have identified that you own several heavy, antique, or unique furniture pieces.
While two removalists may be sufficient with regular furniture, additional assistance is often required for antique, heavy, or awkwardly shaped furniture pieces.
We recommend that you discuss any peculiarities about your belongings with your removals consultant to ensure an easy, stress-free move, with limited unforeseen challenges.
The more accurate the information you provide to your furniture removals company, the more accurate your quote and other estimations will be.
The team at Wridgways is committed to providing Five Star Service, and making your move a great experience. Our furniture removals team are highly trained and equipped to facilitate your move and individual needs.
To discuss your upcoming move with on of your consultants, please request a callback here.