Furniture Removal Checklist – Don’t Leave Home Without It

As anyone who has ever moved before can tell you, things are easy to lose and forget when you are relocating. A myriad of treasured items can be left behind after a local furniture removal or interstate back load due to forgetfulness or by some fault of the homeowner; in order to protect your possessions for the future, use the following advice to make sure that nothing of value-be it monetary or sentimental-is forgotten. After all, moving is stressful enough without adding regret to the mix.

Check Rooms One by One

Try to tackle everything room by room; such a semblance of order will do wonders for your stress levels. In your living room, for instance, make sure to remove all wall hangings-such as mirrors or family portraits, as well as the nails or hooks that fasten them to the wall-before the furniture removal. Many precious heirlooms can be damaged during the local move or interstate backload process, so keep the walls bare. Also remember to take down any light fittings that did not come with the original house and which you hope to add to your new home, as well as window adornments like curtains and supporting rods, and replace with others. If the room has a gas fire place, arrange to have it disconnected until the new owners move in.

Checking Bedrooms

When you are clearing the bedrooms, take care with your mattresses through the local move or interstate removal. Place them in specialized durable bags that are also clearly labeled. As with the living room, take down all wall hangings and fixtures and window adornments that you hope to make use of in the future, and check any built-in shelves or drawers for leftover items.

In the Kitchen

A great many things are often forgotten in the kitchen during a local or interstate furniture removal process; one should always remember to clean out and defrost the refrigerator with care, as well as to dispose of all leftover food and drink items. Electronic appliances should be unplugged to prevent accidents while the home remains unoccupied, and the homeowner should remember to check all drawers and shelves for forgotten objects. Do not forget to clearly label all boxes of kitchen appliances; it can be a hassle to find things during the unpacking process when boxes end up in the wrong place.

Who Can Forget the Bathroom?

The bathrooms should not be forgotten, either; after all, many a person has left for his or her new home without remembering, the scales, or even a bunch of towels. Make sure to pack your needed toiletries or dispose of the unwanted ones. Some even suggest attempting to disconnect the shower to conserve water, if such a feat can be achieved. If you have any drugs you do not want then do not just leave them behind, irrespective of how minor they may be. Take them to your local drug store or pharmacist for safe disposal.

Finally, be sure that all of the miscellaneous parts of the house-the garden, the attic, the garage, etc.-are free of everything important. Do a once-through of your home, looking behind doors and under sinks. After all, you can never be too careful!

When you get to your new home as a result of your local or interstate furniture removal, try to enact the above advice in reverse. Pay attention to your unpacking room by room, and such organization will undoubtedly make everything just that much easier.

Top Tips for Managing Your Furniture Removals Company

So, you’re understandably a little nervous about your removal day and want to make sure that everything goes as smoothly as possible.

That’s sensible because we’ve all heard about and many have experienced a removal that went badly or significantly wrong.

One of the most important elements to get to grips with is that of managing your furniture removals company and here are some top tips to aid in going about that.

  1. Trying to manage an unprofessional and/or incompetent removals company can be difficult bordering impossible. So, the moral of the tale is to make sure you do whatever it takes to select a good one to begin with. Take references, use a long-established and highly professional furniture removals company and avoid jumping for simply the cheapest quotation.
  2. Insist that your potential providers come to look at your property and your contents as part of their quotation process. Don’t make a selection, even a preliminary one, based upon a ‘sight unseen’ estimate. That would leave you vulnerable to the “I didn’t know that” response when the removals company turn up to do the job – and that’s the first step towards escalating costs or a bodged job.
  3. Get confirmation of everything, including collection dates/times and the same for on-delivery, in writing. Don’t accept casual ‘matey’ promises over the phone – they’re useless if things subsequently go wrong and you’re seeking redress.
  4. If you have any larger, heavier or more challenging items to move, make sure that the removals company specifically confirm in writing that it is included. That should avoid the “you didn’t tell us you wanted that shifted” syndrome.
  5. On removals day itself, make sure that you circulate to keep an eye on packing. There’s a balance to be struck here between maintaining a watchful eye and getting in the way or even worse, trying to micro-manage the packers and removers. If you have selected a top-class professional company, this should be a relatively minor task but do it anyway. Don’t accept shoddy packing or a ‘chuck it all in” culture if you see it starting.
  6. Do likewise when your cartons and furniture items are being loaded onto the vehicle. Make sure that they’re using strapping to secure furniture items to the side of the vehicle and that they’ve thoroughly and comprehensively protected your furniture with blankets and other such protection.
  7. Be sure to watch also when heavier furniture items are being taken down stairs or out of doors. A second’s carelessness or simple error of judgement might leave gouges out of plasterwork or wood. If that happens, make sure you formally note it to the removers because you’ll probably be asked to pay for repairs by the property’s new owners when they move in. Your removal company’s insurance should be taking care of that rather than your bank balance.
  8. Do all of the above again – when you’re moving in and offloading!

Keep in mind though that if you select a quality household removals specialist then none of the above should be an issue – and don’t lose sleep over your forthcoming move.

Moving Tips – Preparing For Your Furniture Removal When Moving House

Moving house is complicated enough, without making things worse by being unprepared and disorganized. Whether it is a simple local furniture removal or a more complicated interstate furniture removal or interstate backloading, there are lots of easy things you can do to maker the whole process go smoothly.

Prior to Packing

This step is usually overlooked by many people. It is essential to have an area where you can launch your packing progress without interruption and definitely without interfering with the regular routines within your household. Another thing to consider is if you have children, elderly or disabled people in your home, this area has to be either secure enough so that entry can be obstructed or safe so that no objects can fall on a person, cannot be tripped over, or dangerous objects and items items cannot be interfered with.

Above all safety has to be the main priority, then security and convenience. Then follow the moving tips for preparation below:

Gather all needed materials
Choose a big work type area to deal with cartons of all sizes
Create a protected work surface, preferably an old table that is strong, covered with a plastic sheet or an old bed sheet
Use a large and old tin can to store scissors, packing tape, packing string and markers in
Use one corner near the table for neat stacks of packing paper, old newspaper and bags of Styrofoam nuggets/bubble wrap
Final Moving Tips Preparation List

Your workspace and materials are in place, but you are not quite ready yet. Use the following as your method or plan in preparing for your move:

Pack one room and then move onto another
Pack the least used rooms first
Leave bathrooms and bedrooms until last
Preferable pack rooms from the top of your home to the bottom – this makes it easier when moving your things into your new home
Start packing 3 months ahead if possible
Divide belongings into four sections in each room – to be moved by movers, to be moved by you, to be donated and to throw out
In the workspace, separate packed things to be moved by you from the ones for the movers
Dispose of all garbage each day
Take donated items to charity shops or hold a yard sale every weekend to sell worthwhile things
Pack a few or more boxes daily
Mark every box according to its room/box #

List each packed box room/box # on an inventory sheet with a brief description of the contents and if it is for the movers or you to handle
Make a secondary copy of your inventory list for the movers
Have a commentary or notes section on the inventory list for details about box conditions, if fragile or special instructions
Double check your have sufficient packing materials – do not throw out or recycle newspapers, but keep them back for packing even if you have too much
Check all boxes are properly secured with packing tape, especially that the bottoms can take the contents’ weight without breaking
Allow a maximum weight of only 50lbs/box
Pack heavy items at the bottom
Pack lighter items at the top
Small boxes = heavy contents
Large boxes = light contents