How to Prepare Your Home Furniture Before the Movers Arrive

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  • 10 Nov, 2015
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How to Prepare Your Home Furniture Before the Movers Arrive

As soon as you began planning your move, you knew you would hire professional removalists to handle your
heavy and unwieldy furniture. But as your moving date approaches, you may wonder what you can do to simplify
the process and protect your furnishings.

In this blog, we walk you through the basic steps of preparing home furniture for a move. You should
complete these steps in addition to any specific instructions you receive from your mover.


Before you even move an item of furniture out of a room, remove all of its contents. Some furniture, like
entertainment centres and bookcases, can accommodate boxes and packages once in the moving truck. However,
your removalist will fill the shelves once he or she places the furniture securely in the moving van.

In addition to disassembling furniture with drawers and shelves, take the cushions off your sofa and the
mattresses off bed frames. Remove anything trapped in the upholstery, interior crevices or linens.


Once you empty each piece of furniture of its contents, clean its surfaces. Some furnishings require
specific cleaning routines, including the following:

  • Refrigerator and freezer:  Defrost the fridge 48 hours before your move. Wait for the
    refrigerator to defrost fully before you clean the interior.
  • Sofas and couches:  The lining under a sofa’s cushions often conceals small debris. Vacuum
    this space thoroughly.
  • Wood furnishings:  Wipe any dust from the furniture’s surface, but do not apply any
    furniture polish before the move.

Complete these small cleaning tasks before you move so your furniture will look tidy and polished when
it arrives at your new home.


After you clean your furniture of any dust and debris, separate any components you can disassemble easily.
For sofas, pack the cushions separate from the base. For wood or faux wood shelving, remove any non-permanent

If you take out any fasteners, like screws or nails, put this hardware in an individual plastic bag. Label
each bag with the piece of furniture its contents came from. For example, ‘small brown bookcase’ or
‘downstairs coffee table’.

If a piece of furniture came with an assembly manual, place the manual with the hardware. If the
instructions won’t fit in a plastic bag, tape them to the furniture item or place them in a clearly labelled
manilla envelope. To keep all components together, also place the hardware bag in this larger envelope.


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