Do I Need to Disassemble my furniture?
If you think that moving all your stuff (unscathed) into your new home can be overwhelming, think again. It is possible to make the leap without causing damage. If you ask a friend who has gone through the process, he will most probably advise you to do one thing: Hire the services of a professional removalist company that renders full service can save you the trouble. If you’re in the Newcastle or Lake Macquarie areas, contact us at Best Removalists Newcastle. Our details are at the bottom of this article. If this is not an option, read on to find out how to treat the furniture in a house move when doing it yourself.
Do I need to disassemble my furniture when moving home?
Not all furniture pieces need disassembling. A general rule of thumb is to keep furniture pieces intact as long as they:
- fit through doorways, hallways, elevators, or staircases.
- Are not too heavy to lift and move.
- won’t be damaged while in transit.
Why do I need to prepare my furniture for moving?
Moving heavy furniture can be strenuous if your moving company does not render full service. It is best to avoid injuries like strained back, cuts and scrapes, and knee injuries when moving furniture pieces. Furniture pieces are commonly damaged items, but a professional mover knows how to handle furniture pieces with utmost care.
Some of the most common causes of furniture damage are:
- Screws coming loose due to haphazard assemblage.
- Furniture dragged across an uneven flooring.
- Scratches on wooden furniture due to rough handling.
- Glass furniture breakages from mishandling.
- Stacked chairs and tables that are not designed to be stacked.
- Ripped upholstery.
10 practical ways to prepare your furniture before a house move
Having an efficient strategy for preparing and moving furniture pieces is the most logical thing to do – It saves you time, money, effort and injury. Here are 11 tips on how to prepare your furniture pieces to save time when moving.
1. Create an inventory of furniture
The first step is to create a checklist of items that you have. It will give you an idea about the number of furniture pieces to pack, which item needs disassembling, and how long it will take.
2. Clean furniture
The best way to start preparing is to clean and dust all furniture pieces. It takes accumulated dirt off if not used for a long time. You would want sparkling, clean, and germ-free furniture pieces in your new home.
3. Be ready with packing supplies
Aside from cardboard boxes, packing tape, and bubble wrap, you should have the following packing supplies on hand:
- Corrugated cardboard sheets
- Furniture pads
- Plastic stretch wrap
- Moving blankets or furniture cover
- Sofa and mattress coverings.
4. Disassemble the furniture
Based on your checklist of furniture pieces, you already have a clear idea of which furniture piece needs to disassemble. Although tedious and time-consuming, disassembling makes the furniture pieces easier to move and prevents damage while moving. Here are ways to disassemble some furniture pieces:
- Remove the cushions of couches and chairs.
- Remove drawers and knobs from cabinets, dressers, and desks.
- Remove the legs and tops from tables.
- Dismantle bed frames, including headboard and footboard.
- Remove the leg of bed mattresses.
5. Label small parts in a sealable container
After disassembling the pieces, loose screws and other small hardware items must be sealed in a plastic bag and properly labelled for easy identification.
6. Wrap furniture pieces for moving
The best way to prepare and protect furniture pieces is to wrap everything correctly.
- Bubble wrap is best for fragile pieces such as glass table-tops, ceramics, and glass sliding doors.
- Plastic wrap is perfect for upholstered items like couches, mattresses, and box springs.
- Moving blankets or furniture pads are suitable for wooden furniture pieces.
- Wrap fragile objects with newspaper, towels, or other soft items like sheets.
7. Decide on what furniture goes where
While packing your furniture pieces, decide what furniture piece goes to which room to save time and effort.
8. Measure the length and width of doorways and hallways
Furniture pieces like sofas, cabinets, and dressers are big and bulky. Measure doorways and hallways to see if they can pass through to save time and effort. You may need to remove door frames and any wall mouldings.
Also, remove all clutter in hallways so that furniture pieces can move smoothly. Use a door stopper to keep them open and protect furniture from hitting any items.
9. Protect furniture pieces with the right moving tools
Large furniture pieces like sofas, cabinets, heavy chairs, dressers may require special moving equipment like a dolly or hand truck for safe and easy movement. Place gliders under the furniture to prevent scratching hardwood or tile flooring.
10. Secure your furniture pieces in the truck
Choose a truck for moving containers with tie-downs and a ramp. Tie-downs will help hold down the furniture pieces while in transit to prevent them from falling. A ramp will make loading and unloading furniture easier. Fix your furniture to the walls using straps so that nothing will fall while in transit.
Prepare for the movers
How do you establish rapport with your movers? Here are a few suggestions from our former clients and us:
- Show your movers that you are a good hostess by treating them with respect and kindness.
- Prepare disposable hand towels and liquid soap in the bathroom.
- Provide drinks and snacks to keep them energised.
- Tip when you are able. They will appreciate the gesture.
Hire professional movers from Best Removalists Newcastle.
To help you prepare and move your furniture pieces with ease, let professional movers from Best Removalists Newcastle do the job – from packing and unpacking to disassemble and reassemble. With over a decade of experience in the moving industry, rest assured your furniture pieces are in good hands.
We specialise in moving services, including home and office removals, interstate removals, packing services, car transport, and pet transport. We take pride in servicing our clients in Newcastle, Maitland, Cessnock, Lake Macquarie, and Hunter Valley. Call us today on (02) 4058 5810 and request a free quote and onsite in-home assessment. You may also email your enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org. Book your moving trip with Best Removalists Newcastle now