When you've found your new home...
Have a think about what furniture items you are taking to your new home.
Will it all fit in your new place, will you have to place some items into different rooms in your new home.
Check your furniture will fit into your new home, make sure it will fit through doorways, hallways and staircases.
Draw a plan of how your new furniture will be laid out in your new home.
If items won't fit are you going to place them into a different room to where it is now or is it just going to be surplus to requirements.
If its not needed at your new home its better to get rid of it now rather than take it to the new home and struggle to store it until later. Offer it to friends, sell it on auction sites like ebay or advertise it on a local site like Gumtree, ask a local charity like the British Heart Foundation if they can use it or if its coming to its end of life take it to the tip or arrange the local councils Bulk Waste Collection service to remove it for you.
Long Before Moving Day....
Start to prepare your furniture for the move well in advance as it can often take you some time to pack everything up. People generally have more than they realise to sort out and pack up.
Pack the Contents of sideboard, display units, kitchen cupboards, shelving units, book cases, dvd units, etc that are non-essential into boxes well in advance, don't wait until you get a confirmed moving date as sometimes that can be as little as 7 days notice, often not enough time to pack up your home properly as well as continue working and keeping appointments you need to attend.
Bedroom Drawers - left in / taken out ?
We often remove the drawers so we can lift and manoeuvre the drawer units around corners and down stairs and then replace the drawers back into the unit again in the van.
Bedroom and other Drawers are better emptied of clothing and other contents if possible but if the drawer itself can be removed from the drawer unit we can accommodate the drawers with items in if you prefer, saving you time packing and unpacking them. We've moved lots of drawers with clothing and underwear in over the years, it doesn't make any difference to us but items can spill out when we try carrying them down/upstairs etc so the choice is your.
Please do NOT take the drawers out and place other large items in them or wrap the drawers with bin liners or cling film as we always place them back in the unit they came out of saving room on the van when loading.
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Furniture That Originally Came Flat Packed....
When you buy flat pack furniture its usually very easy to get it into any room in the house.
You build it up in that room and leave it for a while, then comes moving day.
Getting it out again can be an issue sometime if you have built something large like a 3 door wardrobe in an upstairs bedroom. If you think its not going to come out in one piece it may be best if you dismantle it again ready for moving day.
We can often do dismantling for you on moving day and re-build it again at the new place but it will add time to your removal which could possibly result in extra removal costs.
Chests of drawers, sideboards, tv units and other smaller items are generally okay for us to take built up and they are usually at a size and weight we can carry.
There are various sizes and styles of dining tables that we come across in homes. Sometimes its possible to move these in one piece of we have good access or just good luck with the layout of rooms and doors.
But often dining tables need the legs removing so we can get them through doors and this also helps greatly when we load them onto the van, trying to pack around a large built up table means we either have try pack under and on top of the table or turn the table on one edge and pack around 4 sticking out legs.
Again with these, we can usually remove the table legs ourselves if required using the range of tools we carry on the van.
All we ask you to do with these is remove the food. Try use up any frozen foods the week before you move, any that's left place in strong carrier bags back inside your freezer. Any food from the fridge part is to be boxed up and marked accordingley.
The frozen food often adds quite a bit of additional weight to your appliance, on moving day we will remove the bags of frozen foods so we can load it onto the van. If needed, the frozen food can then be placed back into the freezer compartment and removed again at your new home so we can off load the appliance again.
Leave your appliance plugged in if you want to until we are ready to move it unless you want to defrost it prior to your move.
We can transport Fridge / Freezers stood upright in our van so you can turn it back on again and use straight away at your new home.
Please Note:- These appliances usually have a drip tray at the bottom around the back of the appliance. This sometimes has stagnant fluid in, best if you try empty this maybe by using a small sponge before we start lifting the appliance to avoid spillage.
Frame Type Beds usually need to be dismantled so we can move them out of the bedroom and down the staircase out to the van. Kids single metal bed bases will often go through the house (the ends need removing) but adult double beds frame based don't often go down staircases in one piece so may need totally dismantling.
Divan type beds can be easily split down by us to load them on to the van. Any divan bases that have drawers in need the items removing as we sometimes need to remove the drawers so we can get them downstairs and loaded on to the van safely.
Any Mattresses can moved by us as they are. We prefer you Don't use plastic mattress covers as they often split or rip whilst we try to get a grip of your mattress so are often a waste of your money. If you really want to cover your mattress try using 2 old fully fitted sheets, one on each side. Our van floor is carpeted and we usually load these first onto the van so they are placed on a floor area with very light use so chances of them getting dirty is reduced greatly.
Before we arrive please put these through a Spin Only cycle or an Empty/drain setting if it has one, which helps remove water from the washing machines system.
If you can, disconnect your machine before we arrive to save time, if you can't disconnect the machine we are happy to do this for you and re-connect at your new home (standard fitments only).
Free Standing Cookers / Ovens....
We are happy to move these for you to your new home, we require any loose items like fitments on a gas hob top or baking trays from the oven removing.
Please note:- We can NOT disconnect or reconnect gas or electric ovens.
There are laws requiring you to having a registered qualified trades person do this for you.
Mirror and Glass Items....
If you can, wrap mirrors and glass items, porcelain lamps etc, in bubble wrap, this is the best solution to keep them safe whilst moving them.
We do often have to carry these types of items without any protection provided by the customer that's why we do carry fleece type removal blankets to wrap around your fragile items although this doesn't give you the same protection and as bubble wrap.
***NEVER USE BROWN PARCEL TAPE ON FURNITURE***
Do not use brown parcel tape to secure cupboard doors or drawers or fridge doors closed.
When you try to remove the tape it will more than likely leave a sticky brown tape residue on your furniture.
An alternative if you really need to tape things shut is masking tape but we are aware of doors swinging open and can usually either carry the item accordingly or for things like wardrobes we use our straps to keep the doors closed. On the van we place covers over items which helps protect them and also stop drawers and doors opening.
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