Tips for Moving Furniture
As our commitment to you, our client, we aim to prevent any mishaps that may disrupt the smooth progress of your removal. The following helpful moving tips have been designed to assist you every step of the way:
When You Make Removal Booking
- Provide us with ALL your contact numbers: Home, Work and Mobile. We will need at least one contact number for the pickup address and one for the delivery address.
- Advise us of any access issues, such as clearways, long walks, lifts or above ground floor pickups: Our price may need adjusting, but it is better to resolve this now than on the day of pickup.
Packing Your Cartons
- Start early: Packing may take longer than you think.
- Use thick cartons that can’t be crushed and that have lids; not supermarket boxes: If you can crush the carton by pushing down on it, it will be too thin to protect its contents. Stripy bags and suitcases are OK for clothing. If you decide to use garbage bags, put each bag inside another one for added strength.
- Pack everything that can be boxed into a carton: Loose items are more exposed to loss or damage. Use cartons for lampshades, water-bed bladders, small plants, trampoline mats and gym weights.
- Use butcher’s paper if affordable. Newspaper may leave dark rub-marks on your goods.
- Line the bottom and sides of cartons containing breakables with ample screwed up crushed paper.
- Plates: Pack into bundles of 5, each plate being separated by a sheet of paper. Wrap the overhanging paper around the plates and place each bundle on its edge in the carton.
- Crockery/Glasses: Wrap each piece individually and place upside down in the carton.
- Tape the top and bottom of the cartons in a crossover pattern using packing tape. Do not use masking tape, as it stretches.
- Use book/wine size (30cm x 40cm X 40 cm) cartons for heavy items such as books and gym set weights. The maximum recommended weight is 15 kg.
- Label cartons with your name, destination suburb and designated room eg: Fragile – Kitchen.
- Remember: At the removalists’ school, the test for a properly packed carton can be dropped from a 2 metres height, without causing any breakage. Try to pack yours like this.
- We can pack the cartons for you, if this is arranged in advance. Prepacking Services can be priced for you as part of the ‘Booking’ option this web site, after you have obtained a removal quote.
Preparing other items
- Dispose of unwanted items.
- Paints and other liquids: We will not carry such items, due to the disastrous consequences for the other goods in the load if they break open whilst in transit.
- Garden tools: Tape them into bundles.
- Motor Bikes: Don’t lock the handles. Drain the fuel.
- Cupboards, Wardrobes, Dressers and heavy Chests of Drawers: Leave empty.
- Stereos and Videos: Disconnect and pack cables.
- Fridge and Freezer: Defrost and wipe all compartments.
- TVs and Computer monitors: Do not need to be boxed. We will wrap them.
- Washing machines: Disconnect them from taps and follow any manufacturer’s shipping instructions to prevent the bowl from moving whilst in transit.
- Filing Cabinets: Leave with no more than 2 full drawers, and tape them up or lock them.
- Photocopiers: Follow manufacturers’ shipping instructions.
- Bikes: loosen handlebars, and twist into the same direction as the frame.
- Pictures: Slip large pictures and prints into an envelope formed by a flattened carton. The most breakable item in a removal is glass!
- Microwaves: Pack the plate.
- Dismantle swings, trampolines, garden sheds, TV aerials, bed-ends and other items that can be broken down or that will not otherwise fit through doorways.
- Empty fuel from mowers, whipper snippers and other motorised machinery. Arrange for your gas bottles to be emptied. Empty waterbeds and pack the bladder into a carton.
- Clean BBQ surfaces of grease and clean lawn mowers of grass clippings.
- Take the knobs off Cupboards and Chests of Drawers. You may find it handy to screw them back on, on the inside, so they won’t get lost.
Some very Important Hints
- Don’t disconnect the Phone until the day after pickup, and leave your mobile on all the time.
- Don’t move your goods outside to help the driver if the truck is not there yet. If an unforseen delay occurs (eg: Accident), you may have an additional unwelcome problem to deal with.
- Take anything you need for your own trip – such as airline tickets – before the removalists arrive so that they are not accidentally loaded onto the truck.
- Park two well spaced cars out the front to reserve a spot for the removal truck.
- Advise us of a contact address if your goods are to be stored.
- Water plants a few days before the move and not on the removal day, as the water may leak onto your belongings.
- Be contactable all the time from 7.00 am on pickup day, until all goods have been delivered.
If you need further advice, please call our friendly staff.