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.

Furniture Removals Without The Need For Headache Pills

I think I speak for everyone if I say that no one really likes moving! Bubble-wrapping all of your personal belongings, then packing it into boxes and then on top of that trying to find a reputable moving company so that everything you own arrives at your new place in one piece.

A lot of people are worried about their furniture removals. I on the other hand, do not stress about my furniture too much – it’s the million and one other (smaller, fragile, breakable, expensive!) items that worry me!

The previous time we moved, we made use of a company that handled our furniture removals only – the rest of the content of our house and garage was transported in bits and pieces by ourselves. You can just imagine what a tedious and time-consuming process that was! I am not over exaggerating when I say that we must have made 20 trips up and down in two cars to get all our clothes, kitchen and other electrical appliances, bedding and curtains to our new place. Fair enough, it was only about a half an hour drive apart, but it was really an unnecessary mission!

Furniture removals companies are experts in their field! If you do a little bit of prior organizing you can be moved into your new house in less than a day! With a bit of prior organizing I mean trying to pack as many loose items as possible into boxes, bubble-wrapping valuable items and making sure that the removal company has easy access to everything that must be loaded onto their van.

If you have pieces of furniture that are too big to get out of your house (trust me, that happens!) it is your responsibility to take care of this in advance. Sometimes it would be necessary to remove a security gate so that your fridge can fit through the door – this is not the removal company’s responsibility – do not expect them to arrive armed with the necessary tools and equipment.

To make the moving process as painless as possible, make sure that the removal vans have easy access to both the old and new properties. If their vans can’t fit into the driveways they will have to carry all your belongings to the van parked outside – this is not only time consuming but might also result in additional charges. Make sure to clear this with the furniture removals company when first obtaining quotes for the big move.

Speaking about quotes, this is an important part of the moving process and requires some prior homework! Make sure that you supply the company with a detailed list of the items that need to be relocated. You do not want them to arrive with a van or truck too small to fit all your belongings! Remember that most companies quote by the size of their vans and the number of items that need to be moved, so don’t be upset if you’re slapped with a hefty bill afterwards if you were not honest about the size of the job in question!

Furniture Removal Tips to Save Money

Any furniture removal can be an intimidating process no matter what the location of your new home or office. If moving interstate, the need to figure out how interstate back loading works and whether or not you should backload is crucial for a successful interstate move. 

The most important thing to do is to plan everything ahead of time and to get the right information from qualified professionals. Time is money and making the time to map out how you’ll spend your money will mean bigger savings.
 
This list contains some money saving moving tips that you might consider when undertaking a furniture removal:
 
Make a Budget and Don’t Deviate 
 
It is absolutely essential to stick to a budget once you have itemized all your expenses. Write down a list of predictable expenditures such as packing supplies, professional movers, takeout food, hotel stays, fuel, etc. Include a buffer in your budget so that if unforeseen expenditures arise, you’ll be prepared. 

Employ Professional Furniture Removalists 

Interview several removalists and get quotes. Moving expenses are normally calculated depending on the volume or the number of rooms, the distance between the two start and end locations, efforts exerted in packing as well as access, and the time of year. Peak moving times include the summer, weekends, and holidays so they will cost you more than if you were to move on other days.
 
Remember that just because one company gave the lowest price estimate, it doesn’t necessarily mean that is the best arrangement. The quality of your moving service is important, so remember to look at the policies concerning damaged items (while in the process of moving). 

Use Affordable Packing Methods and Supplies – If You are on a Tight Budget  

Do the packing and unpacking yourself. You’ll save a lot more money this way. Hunt for good deals on packing supplies. Sometimes, friends and families have these items saved up from their own moves. Get free boxes from your workplace or a local supermarket. There are plenty of ways to get cheap moving supplies. Investigate – you’ll sure find something that’ll be useful for your move. 

Lessen Your Travel Weight 

The less goods you have, the less there is to move, and the less you pay your movers. In many cases, professional movers will charge based on the volume of your possessions. So try, whenever possible, to eradicate unnecessary items. You can get rid of them via a garage sale or donate them to charity. Many things can be sold quite easily on eBay now, so don’t rule that option out when you’re ready to sell. 

Switch Off the Utilities 

Call the utility companies (and cable company) ahead of time to ensure that your service has ended on your moving day.

Switch off the water heater and turn down the heating. Be certain that all lights are not on. Lock and seal any openings such as windows and doors so that the house’s contents are protected.
 
Moving can be intimidating, but if you plan everything and start early, you’re sure to have a successful move. And always remember to ask when in doubt – checking a professional furniture removalists background and feedback can make or break your move. Enjoy these budget-friendly tips so that your moving won’t cost you too much.

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