Moving the furniture in your home takes a bit of time and effort to work out. It’s large, it’s bulky, and it can be difficult to try and determine what is best in your situation. How are you going to ensure that you take care of things the right way? Are there options that make it safer for you and your furniture?
Most people don’t realize how affordable it can be to get furniture moved from one place to another. Furniture movers are relatively affordable, and they will take care of a variety of things for you that can make the process even easier in the long run.
Before you’re able to use something like a moving cost calculator in order to figure out the cost of your furniture movers, you need to be sure that you go ahead and figure out a few details about the furniture you’re moving and where it’s headed. Here’s a quick look at some of the things that you’re going to want to consider.
How much furniture do you own?
When you start trying to figure out how much you’re spending on your furniture moving, you will notice that there are a lot of questions regarding how much stuff that you’re going to be taking with you. In many cases, you will need to know exactly how much furniture that you have and what pieces are going to need to be moved by the company.
Taking an inventory of your furniture before you do anything else is going to give you a variety of benefits. For example, it is going to help you to see what in your home is being utilized and what may be able to be donated or sold before you move. On top of that, it also allows you to have a better idea as to how much space that you’re going to need in your new home when you get to that point.
You can also utilize that list as a starting point when it comes to putting together your list for moving insurance purposes. It means that you’ll have a better idea of what it is that you own and your insurance company will be able to have an easier time sorting out just how much coverage that you’re going to need in order to cover everything in case of an accident or other issue.
Does any furniture need to be disassembled and reassembled?
If you have larger furniture, or you’re looking at something like a bed frame, you are likely going to need a little bit of help in order to get it loaded up and taken care of. You could disassemble it yourself and ensure that the pieces are together and ready to go for your movers, but that takes time and you may not have the right tools for the job.
Assembly and disassembly of furniture is sometimes included as part of the cost of your move, so it can end up being more cost effective to go ahead and just let your movers deal with it. In other cases, they may charge a nominal fee in order to deal with issues of assembly around your furniture.
If there’s an especially large piece of furniture that has a lot of pieces to deal with, you may also have to pay a little bit of a fee – it deals with complexity in the long run.
Your best way to determine how to go forward with this is to go ahead and talk to your movers about it when you start the quotes process. During that time, they should be able to give you a pretty good idea as to what you need to know and whether or not you’ll be paying extra for them to deal with disassembly and reassembly of your furniture.
Do you have any antique furniture?
Antique furniture creates a unique challenge for your movers. Since there is so much that can go wrong with antique furniture, you want to be sure that it’s being moved as carefully as possible and that there is very little chance that it’s going to be damaged during the moving process.
Moving blankets are especially important when it comes to moving antique furniture. They’re used in a lot of different furniture contexts, but they’re most important when you’re dealing with antiques. Some movers are going to have them as part of what’s included in your move; others may charge a small rental fee.
In this case, and in the case of instruments (which we’ll talk about next), it’s not a bad idea to take a little bit of extra insurance out for them. Not only will it allow you to have peace of mind about what’s going on with your move, but it will also be able to cover any repairs or restoration you may need, just in case there is damage involved.
What about moving instruments?
So, you’ve got that really nice piano that has been in your family for years. Or, maybe you have another large instrument, like a harp, timpani, or something else that is just unwieldy to try and move from place to place. Instruments have another level of care that isn’t even close to what you may seek in relation to your antique items.
In that case, you may want to put some extra time into finding someone that is going to be able to move your instruments with the utmost care. There are companies that focus on only moving instruments, and if that’s what you’re worried about, you may want to pay a little extra in order to get them to take care of such things. Instruments are pricey, and some have emotional connections to us, so we want to keep them safe.
You also want to be sure that you consider the cost of re-tuning your instrument when it gets to your new home, as well. No matter how short of a distance that it went, any sort of move can make things get moved around and unsettled. So, you’ll want to be sure that you call a tuner when you get to your new place so that they can make the necessary corrections.
Will you need to store any furniture?
Lastly, you need to figure out storage. Are you going to be able to fit all of your furniture in your new home? Or are you in a situation where some of it is going to need to be stored away for one reason or another? Then you want to be sure that you include storage costs in what you’re calculating, as well.
There are lots of different sizes of storage units, from 5 feet by 5 feet all of the way up to 25 feet by 10 feet (and sometimes larger). Typically, the smallest ones are about the size of a closet, and the largest ones are the size of a small one car garage. In some instances, your moving company may also rent storage units as part of their business.
Storage units can cost anywhere from $10-$50 per week, and $25-$250 per month, depending on the size of the unit and where it’s located. It may also vary in price based on whether or not you need a climate-controlled unit to be able to store your furniture as safely as possible.
Frequently Asked Questions
Would it be cheaper to sell my furniture and buy new stuff when I arrive?
It completely depends on what you’re looking at and what furniture you currently have. If you have a lot of older furniture that you’re dealing with, then it may be in your best interest to get rid of it and then get some upgrades. If you’ve recently bought some new stuff, then it may be better to go ahead and keep it and figure out how to move it.
Should I hire a separate furniture mover?
It depends on your situation. In some cases, hiring a separate furniture mover to get things into your new place the day before can save you a lot of time and headache on an actual moving day. If you’re long-distance moving, however, it may be better (and less stressful) to just put it all together.
How long does it take to load up furniture?
Furniture is, likely, going to take longer than any other task that you’re looking at when you’re working out the details of moving day. The furniture is going to be the first thing out the door and it will take some coordination and work to be able to do it all. It could take an hour or two to get every bit of furniture loaded up properly.
Moving Day is On Its Way
Now that you know what you need to look for, you can have a much easier time sorting out what is most essential in regards to moving your furniture. Learn about the options that you have available and be ready to determine what is best for your needs and situation.