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

Using Professional Packers For a Stress Free Furniture Removal

Moving house or even a small furniture removal can be a huge hassle especially if you it has been a long time since your last move, because you will have most likely accumulated a lot of things. With a number of things to do before moving day, packing is most likely the most time consuming one.

Draw Out a Plan Beforehand

Most people dramatically underestimate the amount of time and work that goes into getting their things packed because they think that all they need to do is get everything into boxes. Even with help from friends and family, delegating tasks and getting everything in the right boxes is a huge hassle.

There’s also much more to packing than randomly sticking items into boxes. You have to figure what you should put in certain boxes to make unpacking easier. It can be hard to fit everything nicely to optimize space in the box, and you also have to pack breakable things carefully so that they don’t accidentally break during the move. There is also the problem of furniture removal.

Packaging large items and making sure that they don’t move around too much can be a very difficult job especially if it’s interstate furniture removal.

Hire a Packer or Do It Yourself?

All of this can be avoided with hiring packing professionals to take care of the packing. There are a number of benefits to a relatively low cost expense. By hiring a professional, you can be sure that your things will be properly packed, and you will have a lot more free time to deal with things that only you can do. Hiring removalists who will transport your things for you to is great for interstate removal.

Paying professionals to pack your things makes things go much faster than you would be able to, so this is ideal for those who have left things last minute. Doing the packing yourself can take several days or even weeks because people often stroll down memory lane when packing nostalgic and sentimental items while packers just wrap and pack items as efficiently as possible. Most professional packers are done in one to two days.

The time that you’ve gained makes things a whole lot less stressful, and you can deal with purchasing new furniture, switching utilities, and changing address cards instead of spending weeks packing.

Interstate Backloading is Always an Option for Longer Moves

If a furniture removalist is too expensive, you might want to consider backloading. Truck drivers that have to get to certain destinations regardless of whether or not anything is in the truck often make money on the side by bringing packages to where they need to go at a cheaper price.

This amount of backload is determined by the space available, and interstate backload is often much cheaper than a normal interstate removal. The only issue is flexibility. They can often only transport your things on certain days, but if that isn’t an issue, backloading is probably your best bet.

Professional packing comes at a small cost, but offers a lot of benefits in return. Moving will inevitably be a stressful ordeal, but remove the bulk of it by hiring professional packers to pack your things more quickly and more efficiently than you would be able to do yourself. Be sure to hire an experienced packager because dealing with inexperienced removalists can turn into a nightmare.