Dismantle and Remove
Moving can be quite stressful, especially if you plan to do it without professional help.
One of the biggest challenges is moving furniture. Often times, the hallways and doorways aren’t big enough for you to carry the closets, beds, and tables. In this case, the only option you are left with is to dismantle the furniture.
If you want to find out more about how you can go through this process by yourself or hiring a specialist, keep reading.
Who Can Help You Dismantle the Furniture?
Most moving companies will ask you whether you want to disassemble your furniture yourself or have them do it for you for an extra charge.
The price of the disassembling process is determined by the complexity of the task. For example, older furniture made out of heavy, massive wood is harder to work with. If you aren’t moving outside the city, you will be charged hourly, but if you are moving far away, extra costs will appear along the way.
Another factor that influences the price of disassembly and reassembly is when you choose to move. It’s more expensive to move on a Sunday compared to weekdays.
You also have to keep in mind that old furniture may not be worth dissembling, especially if it’s too worn out. In this case, you may be better off with organizing a garage sale and selling it.
Another option is to temporarily store your furniture in a self-storage facility if you are in a rush, and then disassemble and transport it when you have the time to do so.
How Can You Do It Yourself?
The first step is to get the right tools. For example, a Phillips head screwdriver is a must have, along with a small hex wrench to apply some pressure when needed.
Before getting started, make sure the furniture pieces can be disassembled without any damages. Usually, desks and couches are the easiest to work with.
Larger furniture pieces such as closets and beds may require help from friends and family since they may fall down on the floor during the dismantling process.
After you finished disassembling everything, start taking measurements to figure out how much space the pieces will take up in the moving truck.
Also, make sure you’ve written down how many pieces you have, and then group together the pieces that form the same furniture.
How to Stay Organized
When moving furniture pieces, you will probably have to discuss the insurance options with your moving company.
But before you do so, make sure you take photos of how the belongings look.
This will serve as proof in case you receive damaged furniture.
Losing screws happens all the time. The problem occurs when the furniture is older and those type of screws are no longer produced. To avoid this, seal all of the small parts that can be easily lost in a plastic bag and write down which piece of furniture they belong to.
How to Protect Your Belongings During the Move
While it’s true that if you dismantle the furniture it’s going to be less fragile, you will still have to use bubble wrap, sofa covers, and other packing supplies. Skipping this step may lead to scratches on the furniture, dusty, or stained sofas, or small damages due to the wood.
Worse, if your items weren’t packaged properly, the insurance policy won’t apply because you haven’t taken all the steps to protect your furniture.
It’s best to leave the packaging to the moving company. In this case, if something happens to your belongings, they will have to pay you for it.