But if you are moving long distance, you might want to put a little extra thought and planning into the process, to make sure your belongings stay safe and protected throughout their lengthy journey.
Long distance moving often has more potential for complications, or unpredictability. This is why it’s extra important to book a good furniture removals team. An experienced company will have done this type of move plenty of times before, meaning they’ll know the pitfalls that could occur and have a plan in place to avoid them.
By choosing a removal company like Spire Removals, you can be confident that they will be the only people in possession of your items throughout the moving process, and that once safely packed, your furniture won’t be disturbed until it arrives at its destination.
A good removals company will also ensure that all the necessary insurances are in place, and valid for the entirety of the move. They’ll be able to supply and advise on documentation and paperwork required for border crossings too, helping make sure your furniture arrives at its new home at the right time and without a hitch.
When it comes to packing, there are also some key practical recommendations that will help keep your furniture in pristine condition, whether you’re doing the packing yourself or you’ve booked professional packing services.
1. Disassemble furniture
Furniture can be fragile and to keep it safe during packing, transit and unloading, it’s a good idea to disassemble it as far as possible. This means you can pack individual parts separately. For example, take drawers out of a chest and wrap each one, take modular sofas apart, remove legs from tables and disassemble bed frames.
Don’t forget to keep hold of the screws, nuts and bolts too – pop them in labelled plastic bags so you can easily find them again.
2. Invest in good packing materials
Having the right packing materials makes all the difference when it comes to keeping furniture safe. Stretchy plastic wrap, bubble wrap, specialist moving blankets and cardboard can all be used to protect furniture, and are even more important during long distance moves when items may spend longer in transit.
Wooden furniture is best wrapped carefully in blankets to protect against knocks, before being sealed with plastic wrap. And you can attach cardboard to the corners of things like drawers and tables to give them extra protection.
3. Pay attention to fragile items
Always make sure your packing boxes are strong enough to hold the items you are putting in them. Use extra tape at the seams if in doubt and never over-pack a single box. Place heavier items at the bottom, with smaller items arranged towards the top – individually wrapped if possible.
And don’t forget to clearly label any boxes containing fragile items, so make sure they can be identified and handled appropriately by your furniture removers.
Are you about to make a long-distance move?