Quick Tips on Preparing for Furniture Removalists


Using furniture removalists can help you to make quick work of any move, and they can be a safer option than trying to lift and move heavy, cumbersome items yourself. While you might be surprised at the work that furniture removalists do on their own to make your move simple and fast, you might also want to ensure you're doing everything you can to make their job easier and to help protect your belongings. Note a few quick tips on how to prepare for working with furniture removalists for your next move.

1. Dismantle as much as possible

Removing legs from chairs and coffee tables can make them easier to move and more secure when they're in the truck. The same is true for taking drawers out of dressers and cabinets. While a furniture removalist might handle these things on their own, note that if you're paying them by the hour, this can mean paying them for work that you can do yourself. It usually only takes a screwdriver and a few minutes to remove legs from dining room chairs and coffee tables, and you can certainly remove dresser drawers when you pull out the items from the drawers to pack them.

2. Empty appliances

Empty your refrigerator before the move, as the door to the fridge might need to come off; don't assume you can keep refrigerated items inside and they'll stay cool for the trip. You might need to plan ahead to ensure you put everything in the fridge on your menu for the days leading up to the move, so take a quick inventory well beforehand. If you're like most people, you might also use the bottom drawer on your oven for storing pots and pans, so be sure those are removed and packed as the oven drawer might also need to come off for the move as well.

3. Mark cords to electronics

Your electronics are usually dismantled and packed separately for a move, so they will need to be reassembled and plugged back in once you're set up in your new home. To ensure that you can easily find electrical and data cords for everything, mark them in advance. Get a few stickers and wrap them around one end of the cord and write on them the device to which they belong, such as the TV, printer, modem, router, DVD player, and the like. This can cut down on the time it takes to find these cords once you're set up in your new home and you won't need to worry about whether or not the furniture removalists are packing the cords with your electronic devices.


22 April 2016

Storing my stuff while I'm on exchange

I'm going on a year of foreign exchange, so I am moving all of my stuff into a storage unit until I get back so I can save money on rent. I don't have much money so I am trying to do this for as little money as possible as I want to make sure that I know the best way to pack things to save space and get the smallest possible unit. This blog has some of the tricks that I have picked up in packing my household in the most space-efficient way and should be useful for anyone else packing up a household for storage.