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How to Successfully Move Large Furniture Into Your New Home

When it comes to moving home there is so much to consider, packing up, labelling, organizing, moving and unpacking, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. One of the biggest challenges that moving homes can present, is how to successfully move your large items of furniture from one home to the other, without breaking or damaging anything as you do so.

Whether it is a sofa, a fridge or even a baby grand piano that you’re moving, there is a right and a wrong way to do so. Let’s have a look at how you can do it best.

Hiring Professionals

Many of the mistakes that are made whilst moving heavy goods comes from a lack of experience of moving house, something which the majority of us have. One of the best ways to move these heavy items therefore, is to hire professional movers who can help and give you advice on moving your goods. You can find great furniture removal specialists on sites such as Shiply to help you get those big items across without issues.

Mapping It Out

The first thing to think about is where in the home you plan to put the furniture and whether or not it will fit between doorways and passages. The last time I moved home we had to take the front window out to get the sofa in, something we couldn’t have done had we not already planned, and started to move other stuff in. Having a clear idea of what goes where will really help you out.

First Thing’s First

As a general rule, you need to get those big items of furniture into your new house before you add anything else. The only time when you wouldn’t necessarily do this is if you still have to decorate your home, the last thing that you need is some gloss paint on that baby grand! The reason for moving things like beds and sofas in early, is that there is nothing in the house to block the path, giving you plenty of space to play with.

Protection

Even if you do end up hiring professionals, you must make sure that your item has been well wrapped up to give it maximum protection. Layer upon layer of plastic wrap and bubble tape should be enough to keep the piece protected in transit.

More Hands

When you are moving your heavy items into the home, try to enlist as much support as possible so that you can make the job go fast, and run smooth. Many people get injured every year trying to lift heavy furniture items and so asking for help certainly makes a lot of sense.

Transport

If you don’t hire professionals, make sure that you rent appropriate transport to ferry your goods. Don’t think that your sofa will be fine strapped on top of your RV, rent a large van or a truck and do things properly so as to avoid running into any problems.

Room to move: when size matters

Planning the type of home that you want to build or purchase can be a balancing act. Finding the funds to allow you to purchase enough living space can be tricky whether you have a growing family, run a business from home or simply want more space to yourself. Read below for some of the features that you should look out for when house buying whether it’s an established home or one that you are designing yourself.

Laundries

Even in tighter living environments, such as apartments, you’ll typically need your own washing machine, rather than the communal set ups common across America. The European laundry which is really a cupboard, is commonly provided. If this is the case, try to select a configuration that also provides a laundry sink. This can be used for soaking, disposal of water unsuitable for the kitchen sink, and can even provide storage when not in use. Some places pop the washing machine in the kitchen, which is commonplace in the UK. If you have a dedicated laundry room, consider adding in additional storage and a small bench along with the usual sinks, washers and dryers. This will convert the space into a mudroom where heavier coats and jackets can reside as well as shoes, especially the muddy ones! Racks and rails for cleaning product storage can free up space on shelves which can be used for linen, sports equipment or quick hideaway spot for miscellaneous items when guests come to visit.

Open plan living

Although the shift away from the kitchen as a smaller separate room is common across most newer builds, the open plan model is also being tweaked now to maximise liveability. Issues such as noise bleed and a high traffic demand in a concentrated area can make a wonderfully larger space a little less suitable for a contemporary lifestyle. Therefore, we are seeing a design shift towards the creation of zones or ‘quiet’ spaces that provide partial or full privacy such as a studies, small lounges or recreational rooms for children just off the main living area.

Bedrooms

A smaller block or square meterage will often result in a reduction of bedroom size to shrink a floor plan. Provided there is ample storage within them and throughout the rest of the residence, this isn’t as much of a problem as many people think. Having natural light, and a location that experiences the least amount of outdoor noise will make for a more comfortable space overall. Furthermore, if the home provides break out areas for studying or even a larger retreat at the top of a stairwell, items such as desks and related furniture and books may not need to be housed in a more petite bedroom.

So whether you’re looking at a house and land package in Geelong, a penthouse in Sydney or a freestanding house in Queensland, take some time to review some floorplans before you visit a residence in person so you can get a feel for room dimensions.