Preparing your furniture for a move

Moving house can be a challenging and time-consuming process, especially if you're moving over a long distance. Moving your furniture can seem like one of the most daunting parts of the process. However, by bearing these principles in mind you can take much of the difficulty out of furniture removal

Decide what you want

Moving can be a great occasion to decide whether you really want to hold on to some of your home's furnishings. This is especially true for inexpensive items like flat-pack bookcases. In many cases, the cost of replacing these items when you arrive may not be much more than the cost of transporting them. Cutting down on clutter and focusing only on items you really want to keep can make the moving process simpler. 

Make a floor plan

As far in advance of your move as possible, get a copy of your new home's floor plan. Measure each item of furniture you'll be moving and assign it a place on the plan. Share your plan with your removalists to give them an idea of where each item will eventually need to go. Planning ahead will give you an idea of the future progress of your move. 

Take furniture apart

Wherever possible, disassemble your furniture. Remove drawers from desks, dressers and nightstands, remove table legs and take shelves out of bookcases and cabinets. If you have loose items like shelf supports or screws, keep them together in a small plastic bag. Label the bag clearly and either put it in a clearly-marked box or tape it to part of the furniture that it goes with. Keep shelves together by wrapping them together with stretchy plastic film, but be careful not to make the package too heavy. If you need stretchy film, your furniture removalists may be able to provide it; alternatively, pick it up at any office or mailing supply shop. 

Protect your items

A professional furniture removals firm will do everything they can to keep your items safe in transit, but there's still a risk that your furniture could be scuffed and scratched while you move it, especially large, flat surfaces like desks or table tops. To protect these items, wrap them in padded cloths and seal them with a layer of stretchy plastic film. Your removalists may be able to provide special furniture protection blankets; alternatively, you can wrap your vulnerable items in old bedding.