Booking the right service
Moving furniture can pose a huge challenge to anyone, whether you're making a sale or a purchase, or moving a home. Awkward sizes, shapes and weights, fragile items, and the expense of shipping and long-haul freight can turn what should be a simple task into a logistical nightmare. Fortunately, there are a few tips that can help you get your goods to where they're needed smoothly and efficiently, keeping costs down in the process.
Make sure you book the right service
Your furniture movers may offer a range of services, so make sure you know exactly what you're getting. Depending on the particular furniture transport company and service you choose, you may only be getting a curb-to-curb service rather than the 'white glove' treatment of having your goods moved and installed into your home or business. In general, most people will opt for the former unless the item is particularly fragile or personal, where the item needs to be handled with the utmost care. Make sure you're aware of exactly what you're getting, and how much help you might need when the furniture arrives.
Packing and unpacking
Pack your furniture correctly
Taking up as little space as possible with your furniture helps your delivery go as smoothly as possible and keeps costs low. Unless your trip is taking up an entire container, it'll usually take several trips and changes to get your goods from point A to B. For this reason, you'll need to make sure your furniture is all packed up on pallets. If any items can be disassembled, do so, before packing them as tightly as possible, making sure to use bubble or plastic wrap to prevent damage from items rubbing or knocking together. Styrofoam peanuts can also be great to fill in any gaps that could cause problems. After this, you'll need to enclose the items in a wooden crate, and place them on a pallet before finally adding straps to keep everything in place.
Keep track of small pieces
When you disassemble any furniture, or remove legs or doors from items, you'll have to keep track of fixings and small pieces such as hinges, screws and brackets. To make sure you know what goes where, put them into plastic bags and tape them to the item of furniture they came from. For any separate detached parts such as legs or doors, you should also use stickers to number and organize all the components, and include any instruction manuals for assembly if you still have them.
Never forget the insurance
No matter how much care you take over packing your items and choosing your furniture removal service , not everything can be under your control - accidents can happen at any time. It's impossible to completely guarantee the safety of any item travelling, but you can at least guarantee you'll have the cost of it by making sure you're fully insured for both the furniture and the cost of delivery; however much it costs, it's always a lot less than the result of the item getting damaged or going missing.
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Does Shiply Have Different Sized Vehicles?
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Who Will Carry Out My Delivery?
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When Will I Receive A Quote?
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How Many Quotes Will I Receive?
Whilst there is no guarantee of quotes, 98% of our listings receive at least 3 quotes, so you are likely to find someone who can undertake the delivery of your items.
Does Shiply Provide Packing Materials?
If your item requires packing materials or extra care then you should make sure this is highlighted in your listing and discussed with any transport provider whose quote you are considering. Couriers on Shiply are able to provide all levels of service and can help pack your items, just ensure you inform them of your needs.
Will My Goods Be Tied Up Securely?
Transport providers will almost always tie up an item in the transport vehicle, as the risk of damage from moving around during transit is high. You should always confirm safety precautions and packing needs with transport providers before accepting a quote.
Can Items Be Taken Upstairs?
Yes, items can be taken upstairs if needed, and can also be assembled. Transport providers on Shiply are happy to provide these services, but you should ensure that you are mentioning these requirements in your listings as it may mean a second person is required for the move.
Can I Travel With My Goods?
The majority of transport providers on Shiply are only insured for the transportation of goods, however, some are also able to take people. If you need to travel with your goods, make sure to mention this in your listing and to highlight this to any courier who quotes on your listing.
What If I Need To Cancel My Booking?
If you have accepted a quote and paid the deposit but wish to cancel the delivery, then you should first inform your chosen transport provider that you no longer require the delivery. You should then contact us at to have your deposit refunded.
Can I Change The Address Of The Delivery?
If you have not yet accepted a quote then you are able to change the address of your listing. Note that editing details of your listing after publishing will result in active quotes being voided, so you will have to wait for new quotes to come in. If you have already accepted a quote and need to change the address, please let your transport provider know and contact us at .
Do I Need To Dissasemble My Furniture?
Disassembling furniture can often help with reducing the size of the items that need to be moved, as well as reducing the risk of damage to the piece of furniture. However, there will be transport providers available to move any size of furniture, so don't worry if disassembly is not possible.
Will I Have Help Moving My Furniture?
Transport providers on Shiply are able to help with the moving of furniture out of or into a new home, but you should make sure they are informed of this requirement as they may need to plan for this.
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