Most descent furniture removal companies will offer you a packing and dismantling service at an additional cost. Their employees will have the training and knowledge needed to pack your items to ensure that they arrive safely on the other side. If you do decide to do the packing yourself, here’s some tips to keep your more challenging valuables protected along the way:
Large Furniture Items
Most large furniture items can be cumbersome to move through doorways and up and down staircases. The best solution is to take these apart. A rule of thumb is to keep as many pieces of furniture intact as possible, but to dismantle those items that won’t easily fit through passages or doorways, or that are too heavy to lift in one piece.
Consider disassembling table legs, glass tops, shelves and bed frames. This is a relatively easy job and will prevent them from getting damaged in the furniture removal process. Make sure you keep loose items, such as table legs, together and protected by wrapping them in plastic and not just winding a bit of tape around them.
Once you’ve taken the furniture apart, keep all the little bits and pieces together by putting them into a bag which is then securely taped to the underside of a larger piece of the furniture. If you have the assembly manual for the item, then add that too. Alternatively keep all assembly manuals in a separate box labelled “Furniture Instruction Manuals”.
Dishes & Glassware
Fragile items need to be treated with diligent care during the packing and removal process to prevent any chips, cracks or breakages.
Dishes, glassware and ornaments need to be individually wrapped in packing paper or newspaper. Take note that newspaper will leave ink marks, but these are easily removed with warm soapy water. Plates are best packed into the box standing on their side because they can sustain more pressure this way than when they are laid flat. Line the tops and bottom of the box with balled up newspaper and fill any gaps to prevent movement.
Items such as vases and decanters can be further protected by encasing the bubble wrapped object in strong but pliable cardboard.
Remember to mark the top and all four sides of the box as “Fragile”. Your furniture removal company will want to stack these boxes at the bottom of the truck for maximum protection.
Framed artwork is best packed in a flat picture box. If the picture has a glass cover then place a large X with masking tape across the surface. This prevents the glass from moving too much if it does get broken. Wrap the entire surface with cling wrap or paper to prevent any scratches, followed by a generous layer of bubble wrap. Pad the bottom of the box before putting the picture in and then add additional padding to make sure nothing moves around.
Larger ornaments or sculptures will need to be carefully wrapped with cling wrap or paper and then thoroughly padded with bubble wrap before being boxed. Make sure the box you use is sturdy enough to carry the weight.
Don’t forget to clearly mark your packages as “Fragile” so that the furniture removal company knows to take extra care of these items.
Your television screen is usually your biggest electronic item to move. If you still have the original box then all you’ll need to do is repack it and make sure you add sufficient padding to prevent movement. If not, then you will need to wrap the screen up with plenty of blankets or padding. You will need to get some help for this: place the screen on-top of the blanket or padding, standing as it usually would, then wrap it like a present, using plenty of tape to keep everything in place. If you’re television screen is particularly large or valuable consider asking your removal company to crate it for maximum protection.
Other electronics such as your DSTV decoder, PlayStation, CD player, etc. can be carefully wrapped in bubble wrap and boxed with plenty of padding to prevent movement.
Take photos of the back of each appliance before unplugging all the cables, for easy reconnection when you get to your destination. Keep everything together by packing the cables in the same box with the appliance, just make sure you wrap them up, so they don’t scratch or dent anything if they move around.
Make sure you get the right size box to fit each lamp and make sure the bottom is reinforced with tape. Disassemble the lamp and protect everything by wrapping it up individually.
Wind the cord around the lamp stand then securely wrap the stand in a thick layer of bubble wrap. Wrap the lamp shade in plain paper or bubble wrap (newspaper will stain) and place it in the box making sure that you can close the box without crushing it.
The lamp stand should be placed in the box base down. Clearly mark the box “Fragile” and “This Side Up”.
- Disassemble bulky items
- Use plenty of padding and fill gaps to prevent movement
- Pack plates upright to decrease the risk of breakages
- Wrap each item individually
- Take photos of the back of appliance before unplugging the cables
- Clearly label boxes as “Fragile” and “This Side Up”
Keeping your items safe during furniture removal boils down to taking the time to wrap things up properly and not skimping on packaging material. Give yourself plenty of time to do a good job and don’t forget to ask for help.