Moving furniture requires a little extra care, simply because most furniture pieces are large and can't be packed in a box.
- Take inventory of the items you have, how much time they will take to disassemble and prepare and which can be prepared in advance of your move.
- Select tools you will need to disassemble any legs, table tops, doors or frames. Have plastic sandwich bags (or larger) on hand, along with a permanent marker.
- Prepare the furniture pieces that require disassembly first. These will be the most time-consuming, so it's best to do them while you're still feeling energetic.
- Remove any parts that can be removed. In particular, table legs, glass tops, shelves or bed frames. Do one piece at a time and save the nuts, bolts and washers in the plastic bag. Mark on the outside which piece it belongs to and which tools are required for reassembly.
- Tape the bags to the underside of pieces. Make sure you don't secure them to areas that could be damaged when the tape is removed.
- If the piece of furniture has lots of parts, number the parts "1 of 5", "2 of 5", etc... Use a small sticker and apply to the underside.
- If possible, also secure assembly instruction books that came with the furniture to the underside. If they are too large, pack them in a separate box and mark the box "instruction manuals for furniture".
- Apply wax to fine wood furnishings to protect against scratches.
- Remove cushions and pillow and place in clear, plastic garbage bags. Fasten the bags well. Make sure there are no holes. These bags can be used to protect fragile pieces or to fill holes or crevices on the truck.
- Wrap the pieces with blankets or bubble wrap and secure with tape or rope. Do not use tape directly on painted or finished surfaces.
- Do not clean upholstery or furniture before you move. You'll want to have everything cleaned thoroughly after it's been moved into your new home. Save yourself some extra cleaning costs.