Sadly, organisation is the key to a smooth Removal!
Declutter before you start any removals ♦ secure the services of lots of friends to help with the lifting and shifting ♦ Strip down all large furniture in advance - take feet off of sofas / chairs - remove cushions - if sofa has a zip underneath and bolted armrests, unbolt them (video to follow) - if the chair is a recliner, lift flap at back and pull up from velcro, using flat screwdriver push retaining clips upwards and rock the back side to side until it comes loose and can be removed (video to follow) ♦ empty fridge/freezer, remove any glass trays ♦ if a built in bed, get some allen keys and dismantle the bed ♦ if a divan bed, remove any drawers and separate any joined divans ♦ disconnect washing machine and dishwasher ♦ when moving washing machine put down blanket down/cardboard to protect floor or cardboard (video to follow)- ensure that when moving washing machines, transit bolts are in situ. ♦ ensure in advance that any gas / electric connections to the cooker are disconnected before removal ♦ check the loft is clear and everything is down ♦ wrap mattresses in a blanket top and bottom and then shrink wrap the mattress to keep it clean (video to follow) ♦ use sturdy removal boxes ♦ use high quality bin bags for your removal ♦ remove doors from wardrobes / cellophane them if necessary ♦ remove legs from tables, protect corners with cardboard ♦ blanket / cellophane fridge freezers ♦ wrap televison / flat screens and remove all leads ♦ flatpack everything that can be flatpacked ♦ for ease of removal group all square/rectangular/uniform shaped objects in one place ♦ group all non-uniform objects in another place ♦ tape removal boxes correctly (video to follow) ♦ remove where possible any internal hallway doors that might cause an obstruction when removing larger items of furniture ♦ if you have double glazed front doors, check to see if they can be lifted off their hinges ♦ separate any high value / fragile objects and ensure they are labelled as such and the removal company are informed ♦ remove any loose shelving from wardrobes / display cabinets / cupboards ♦ where possible remove wardrobe doors for removal. If they can't be removed, ensure that they are secure / locked. If you can't do this, consider wrapping the unit in cellophane to aid lifting and shifting ♦ dismantle all constructed wooden units, removing feet from tables, flatpacking everything where possible ♦ dismantle large black glass tv stands ♦ ensure that you have covered / protected all mirrors, pictures and paintings ♦ don't use any boxes over 18 inch cubed, they will simply be too big for the removal men to carry