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Whether you are moving across the street or across the entire country, packing up your belongings and getting furniture ready for a move, or completely removing it, can be stressful and difficult. Although it’s always nice to employ the services of good friends and family to assist in the process of moving, it’s always best to work with a professional moving company to ensure that everything is packed well and that no one gets hurt in the process. Moving boxes of belongings, clothes and appliances is pretty straightforward, but it’s important to consider the condition of your furniture before your more. Is your furniture fairly new and something that you absolutely want to bring with you to your new home, or is it something that either won’t fit in your new home or will be too small? 

Moving isn’t easy, and it requires strong organizational skills and some prep work in advance to help make it hassle free. Whether you choose to bring your existing furniture with you, or you need to remove it in advance of your move, here are our top six furniture removal tips for a hassle-free move.

  1. Take Inventory

The first step in the process is to take stock of all the furniture that you currently have. This is when you will decide what is going with you to your new home and what you will need to sell or give away. If you are moving into a bigger home, then you may want to keep your existing furniture until you are able to replace it with bigger and nicer pieces. If you are downsizing, then you may need to sell or give away your dining room, living room and bedroom sets so you can purchase new furniture to fit into your new home. 

  1. Measure Hallways & Doorways

Once you have decided on what furniture you are going to remove from your old home and move into your new home, you will need to make sure that everything will fit through your doorways, hallways, stairwells and elevators in your current home as well as the new one. Sometimes you can disassemble certain pieces of furniture, but for larger items like sofas, couches or mattresses, you may need to remove doors from the hinges before you move them. If furniture fits through all obstacles without being disassembled, then there is no need to go through the trouble if taking it apart. Once you know what pieces of furniture will need to be disassembled, make sure that you have the right tools and equipment to remove any legs, table tops, doors or frames.

  1. Disassemble First

As we mentioned above, if there are any items that won’t fit through the door or down the hallway, you will want to disassemble them before loading them into a moving truck. This will be the most time-consuming step so make sure to start early while you have energy. Make sure to disassemble one piece at a time and save any small bits like nuts and bolts so you can easily reassemble your furniture later. 

  1. Warp & Protect

In order to keep your belongings in good shape during a move, you will want to work with your moving company to make sure everything is perfectly wrapped and protected so it doesn’t get damaged. Use moving blankets, packing paper or bubble wrap to wrap around furniture pieces so they stay protected. Pay special attention to edges and use packing tape to keep everything in place. 

  1. Pack Everything

Things like couch cushions, decorative pillows and throws can easily get lost in a move, so make sure to not leave anything behind. Any small bits can be packed away in Ziploc bags and taped to the item they belong to so they don’t get lost and can be easily put back together at the final destination. 

  1. Load Heavy Items First

If you are moving on your own, make sure you know how to pack a rented moving truck. Sofas, couches, appliances, dining room tables, dressers and other big and heavy items should be loaded first and moved to the back of the truck. If you have hired movers, they will take care of the loading for you and ensure all your belongings arrive in one piece. 

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