At some point in our lives, we have to say farewell to our beloved furniture. Sometimes, the table hasn’t held up as well and just doesn’t survive the next move. In other cases, you might have seen enough of your current furniture and require a change. Of course, you will have to let go at some point if it’s just old. For some furniture pieces you can give a makeover. Most often than not, they’re past the end of any salvation. Before you’re planning a furniture removal, you should think about it first, where exactly it shall go.
Categorize your old furniture
First, you should take a good look at your furniture and determine which pieces have to go. Next, you categorize the furniture you mean to let go according to the following questions:
- Is it generally still in good shape?
- Can it potentially be repaired?
- Is it falling apart completely?
Before arranging a furniture removal by the professionals, it’s worth thinking about it if there are other uses for the pieces. As long as it’s still in good shape and you just need a change of scenery in your home, you can try selling it. It might not be worth as much to you anymore, but earning a penny on the side never hurts. Should it concern designer furniture, you are likely to make a good amount of cash for selling it in the classifieds.
Should the pieces not look as good anymore, you may want to consider giving them away. Quite a few people are crafty and creative who always are on the lookout for old pieces. If you’re not one of those persons, upcycles are the go-to people in this matter. They often browse the classifieds and are looking for furniture they can turn into something else. Others are happy to get such a great piece you mean to let go of and just give it a new finish. Alternatively, you can offer it to charities that take on furniture to sell it for their cause.
However, if your old furniture is falling apart completely, then the best way is to call a furniture removal service and let them have it. A pick-up is not as expensive as you might think. Just be glad it’s gone for a low fee and not having to bother about any further.
Select a date
Once you’ve finished the previous steps and determined what will happen to your old furniture, select a date for its removal. Once you know the date for the furniture removal for sure, you can prepare for it.
- Clean the furniture a few days before its removal. Even if you leave the worries about your table to someone else, it’s nice for them to get a clean piece. At least an amount that they clean superficially and which doesn’t have grime and dust.
- Measure the size of the furniture that you want to remove and the size of your doors. If some pieces are too large to fit through the doors, you’ll have to disassemble them. The disassembly can take place a day before they pick it up. Then you won’t have to hassle around on the day of its collection. Most people who buy or gladly take your old furniture for free probably have tools for disassembly. But it’s nice to have it ready for pick up. Should you be unable to disassemble large items, give the furniture removers or the buyers a shout upfront. They’ll bring the necessary tools for the disassembly.
- Create a clear pathway to ensure safe and effective furniture removal. Make sure there are no obstacles or valuable items in that path. It’d be a shame if that gorgeous antique mirror in your hallway can have damage in the process. If you’re wary about your floor, layout some rags on the path, you will lay out your furniture on.
Get some helpful tools
No matter where your furniture is going to end up, it will be nice if the removal can proceed at ease. For this purpose, you might want to consider having a dolly or furniture slider at hand. Those are especially practical for heavy and bulky furniture that you can’t simply dissemble. A simple utility dolly is going to be great for removing an old washing machine. A freezer that’s outlived its use might be better off to be removed with a furniture dolly. That’s a flat rectangle with some rolls underneath to move anything too large to fit onto a utility dolly.
Never take your tool for granted!
Furniture sliders are probably the best choice to have around. They are usually four pieces with either rubber or rolls underneath, and You’ll only have to lift the item you want to remove briefly in each corner to push the sliders underneath. Within no time, your furniture can be withdrawn at ease without breaking out in a sweat.
In case you’re able to sell some of your furniture, it’d be great if you had some rags or bubble wrap to avoid dents that may happen as the pieces are removed. Your furniture probably already has a scratch here and a dent there; you can upset your buyers. At the same time, it protects your existing furniture during the removal. You never know if one loses his grip and the piece bumps into the furniture you intend to keep intact.
Should you have asked for a professional furniture removal for its service, they probably have such tools. Although they surely will bring them along, it’s good to have a tool at hand on your own. You can help them remove each piece and be done quicker with the job. The same goes if you sold your furniture or chose to give it away. People will come around to pick it up with a friend, but will they have some tools to make it easier? You can at least make sure the job is done sooner rather than later with a dolly or a furniture slider.