Furniture Removal – How To Move Your Furniture

Last updated: Oct 1, 2019

When moving home, one of the most daunting tasks is knowing how to move your furniture. This article will help explain the steps behind moving your furniture nationally and internationally. 

1. Identify Which Furniture to Take

First, determine how much space you have in your new home. Then, calculate the volume of your current furniture so you can see if your furniture will fit. Then determine what furniture you would actually like to take with you. You can always sell or donate furniture you decide not to keep. 

2. Dismantling and Packing

You can always try to follow the disassembly guide in your furniture manual yourself. However, you must be careful to safely dismantle the furniture without damaging it, and to make sure it can be reassembled upon arrival. You can also move the furniture yourself in a van, although you won’t have insurance or protection cover in place. 

A safer but more expensive option is to let the removal company dismantle and pack the furniture for you. Bear in mind that the labour costs incurred for furniture removal can be expensive, totaling on average up to R 1,700. However, you could end up saving time and stress as well as knowing that your furniture is protected by insurance policies. If you do decide to use the services of a removal company, check out our reviews to make sure you pick the best one.

Furniture removal with a truck

3. Transporting Your Furniture

Once you have chosen how to pack your furniture, the next step is to decide which mode of transport you will use to move your furniture.

Moving Your Furniture Nationally

If you are moving your furniture nationally, then the two most common options are by train and by truck. To decide upon on these two options, certain factors must be considered:

  • Space :  This factor can often determine the mode of transport you will use for a national move. As a rule of thumb, anything from over ten cubic metres and above will be transported in a truck. To identify how much space your furniture will require for transportation, you can use our furniture volume calculator.
  • Time Frame : For national moves, trains usually are the fastest for transporting freight, so if you need your furniture quickly, this could be the best option.
  • Costs : While trucks are slower than trains, this also means they are less expensive.

Moving Your Furniture Internationally

If you are moving furniture internationally, the mode of transport that will most likely be chosen will either be:

  • Shipping container or
  • Air cargo

Again, you will need to identify how much space, time and money you have for your move. There are a lot of options in regards to international shipping, but the best way to get a direct answer is to ask for a quote from a moving company. 

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4. Reassembling Your Furniture

The final step after you have moved your furniture is to reassemble it. You can either do this yourself or outsource the help of a handyman or removal company.

Whilst not cheap, having a third party reassemble your furniture will likely be quicker and done to a higher quality than if you install it yourself. If you do decide to rebuild the furniture yourself, make sure to follow the manual exactly and to have all the tools and screws ready beforehand. 

furniture removal with the movers

What Next?

We hope that you found this step by step guide on how to move your furniture helpful. If you are moving internationally, these pages may be of interest to you:

We hope that your move is a success!