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Dos and Don’ts of Furniture Removals for a Successful Move

Dos and Don’ts of Furniture Removals for a Successful Move

When you're planning a move—whether in the UK or Europe—there are a lot of things to think about. One of the most important things is how you're going to move your furniture. You want to ensure that your furniture makes it to your new home safely and without damage. To help you, we've put together a list of dos and don'ts for furniture removal.

Time for Efficient furntiture Removals

Take note of these tips for successful furniture removal and disposal.

1. DO set aside time to move

Setting aside time to move your furniture is an important part of preparing for a big move. Avoid trying to accomplish it all in one day.If you have the time, moving should begin a few months or weeks before moving day. The sooner you get this done, the less likely you are to be stressed at the last minute, and the more time you will have to pack everything properly. If you’re hiring furniture removal companies, book them in advance. Having no means to move your furniture on your move day is the last thing you want. Professional movers can come in handy, provided you prepare ahead of time.

2. DO be prepared with the right tools

When you use the right equipment for furniture removal, it's much more efficient. This includes the right tools to dismantle the items. For successful packing, you'll need packing paper, bubble wrap, stretch wrap and blankets for your furniture.

3. DO make a furniture inventory

Making an inventory of your furniture is important when preparing for a move. In this way, you will be able to determine what needs packing and moving and what can be left behind. A furniture inventory is easy to create: list all the pieces of furniture you have in your home, describing them briefly. Take note of each piece's dimensions and weight. Having this information will help you determine what moving supplies and equipment you'll need.

4. DO secure any items that could swing out when moving

Secure any items that could swing out while moving, such as drawers, panels and doors. By doing so, you will be able to ensure a successful move and prevent furniture and belongings from being damaged.Packing tape or rope can be used to secure the drawer unit itself. When it is being transported, this will prevent it from opening and keep it scratch-free.

5. DO hire reliable movers

Hiring reliable movers is essential when it comes to furniture removals. Ask family or friends who have recently moved to find reliable movers for recommendations. Having your belongings in good hands will ensure their safety and ease transport to your new home. You can also search online for information. Look up ‘furniture removals near me’ or ‘furniture removals and storage near me’ to find companies servicing your area. To assess a company's level of service, read customer reviews. Additionally, make sure they are licensed and insured. Confirming this will protect you in case things go wrong during the move. Last but not least, request a written estimate prior to hiring the company. This will prevent you from incurring any unexpected costs in the future.

6. DON’T move old furniture if you don’t have to

Don't transport old furniture when you can replace it after moving. Consider whether the furniture pieces you want in your new home are necessary. You may sometimes have to pay a high amount for transporting furniture items due to their weight and size. Ask yourself: Is it worth the effort? If so, put it in the yes pile. If the answer is no, don't keep or dispose of it. When you move to a new house, there's no reason to take damaged furniture and store it in the garage, taking up space and cluttering the area. Leave the damaged items behind or safely dispose of them.

7. DON’T pack dusty and dirty furniture items during packing

Packing up your furniture for a move means making sure it's clean and dust-free. During the move, dirt and dust on your furniture could scratch it.That’s why packing up your furniture should begin with a thorough cleaning. A vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment can be used to remove dust and dirt. Try using mild soap and water to remove stubborn stains. Afterwards, you can begin packing up everything for the move.Protect your furniture by wrapping it in blankets or bubble wrap. Then you are done, label each box according to the room it's going to in your new home.

8. DON'T lose track of your hardware

Keep your hardware in mind when it comes to furniture removals. The screws, nails and other small pieces can easily get lost when you're disassembling pieces for transport, and trying to find them all later can be frustrating.You can avoid this by labeling everything before disassembling it. Writing a number or letter on a piece of tape makes life much easier later. The hardware can also be placed in separate bags for easy access.Staying organised will pay off in the long run and simplify furniture removal.

9. DON’T neglect to protect your furniture

Protecting your furniture is essential when moving across the country or neighbourhood. Make sure any sentimental or valuable pieces of furniture you wish to bring to your new house arrive in perfect condition.You can protect your furniture during a move in a number of ways. For larger pieces of furniture, you can purchase covers or wraps so they won't get scratched while in transit. Certain furniture pieces can also be disassembled before the move, making them easier to transport and reducing damage risk.

10. DON’T apply packing tape directly to furniture surfaces

Packing tape should not be applied directly to furniture surfaces. It may damage the finish and leave a sticky residue. It’s best to use bubble wrap or packing paper first to protect the furniture.Packing furniture properly is crucial to the success of your move. If you need the UK or European furniture removals and storage, you can rely on Cotswold Carriers to take care of your furniture. Make the moving process easier by partnering with professionals.As an all inclusive removals company we offer to assist with the packing and transportation of your precious furniture. We have years of experience so you can count on us to ensure your goods are wrapped and carried correctly to preserve them and mitigate any damage that may occur. Contact us today for a quick quote.

Cotswold Carriers is a family run business, based in Oxfordshire, with over 40 years’ experience in domestic and commercial removals – both in the UK and Europe. As a member of the British Association of Removers (BAR) you can feel confident that when you employ any of our removal services, you are using a reputable, professional and financially protected company. All BAR Members are also monitored by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute. Contact us today for a free, no obligation quote.

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