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HOW TO PREPARE BEFORE MOVING FURNITURE

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO?!

If you’re moving into a new house and you’ve decided to keep your furniture instead of buying new, and the movers you hired are not full-service providers, then you need to be prepared before moving furniture.  Disassemble, organize, load, unload, and reassemble. 

KNOW WHAT YOU NEED TO MOVE

Take inventory of the items you have. Estimate how much time they take to disassemble and prepare. Decide what you need to prepare for your move.

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MEASURE DOORS AND CORRIDORS

Before you start moving furniture out of your old house, you need to make sure everything fits through all the doors, hallways, elevators or staircases. Sometimes you can move furniture without taking it apart, but for large pieces, such as sofas or sofas, you must remove the doors before attempting to move them.

My rule of thumb is always to keep furniture in one piece, if first, it will fit through passages and doors, secondly, if it is not too heavy to lift and move, and third, if it is in one piece it will not be damaged during Moving around, For example, I always pull off table legs before I drive our dining table because the legs are fragile and I’m worried they might break during the move.

Once you know the furniture that needs to be taken apart to move it, the next step is to get the right tools and equipment.

GET THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT

Choose the tools you need to disassemble legs, table tops, doors or frames. Have a plastic sandwich bag (or larger) on hand, along with a permanent marker. For tabletops and table legs, or any pieces that are valuable or fragile, make sure you have furniture covers and packing tape that can be used to package and protect these items.

If you’re on the move, I also recommend renting a dolly along with straps that help protect your back and make sure you can move the heavier pieces.

DISASSEMBLE FIRST

Prepare the pieces of furniture that first require disassembly. These will be the most time consuming, so it is best to do them while still feeling energetic.

Remove all parts that can be removed. In particular table legs, glass plates, shelves or bed frames. Make one piece at a time and store the nuts, screws, and washers in the plastic bag. Write on the outside which piece it belongs to and which tools are needed for reassembly.

ENSURE THAT PARTS ARE NOT LOST

Tape the bags to the bottom of the larger pieces. Make sure you do not secure them in areas that could be damaged when the tape is removed.

If the piece of furniture has many parts, number the parts “1 of 5”, “2 of 5”, etc … Use a small sticker and turn to the bottom.

If possible, also secure mounting instructions books that came with the furniture to the bottom. If they are too big, pack them in a separate box and mark the “User manuals for furniture” box.

 

PACK EVERYTHING THAT CAN BE PACKED

Remove pillows and pillows and place in clear, plastic trash bags.

Fix the bags well. Make sure there are no holes. These bags can be used to protect fragile pieces or to fill holes or gaps on the truck. Wrap the pieces with blankets or bubble wrap and secure with tape or rope. Do not use the tape directly on painted or finished surfaces. Do not clean upholstery or furniture before moving. You will have everything thoroughly cleaned after being moved to your new home. Save yourself extra cleaning costs.

Wrap and protect fragile and valuable pieces
Use the moving blankets that you can rent from a moving store or where you rent your moving truck and wrap it around pieces of furniture that you do not want to be damaged to make sure the piece is covered. Packing tape keeps the blanket secured.

FIRST, LOAD THE HEAVY FURNITURE

If you rent a moving truck for your move.

Make sure you know how to load the truck. Sofas or couches, appliances, tabletops, dressers and chests should be loaded first and moved to the back of the truck. If you have rented movers, they will take care to load the truck and make sure all your furniture arrives in one piece.

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