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Moving day can mean long hours spent loading and unloading, packing and unpacking. Therefore, when you get to your new home the first thing you are going to want to do is have a sit-down and a rest. Your sofa is probably among the first things you will move into your new home and definitely one of the first things you’ll want use once you get there.

Transporting your sofa is no mean feat, however. It will take some prep work, manoeuvring and plenty of heavy lifting. You’ll probably need to get some help involved but before the heavy work starts, why not have a quick read of some handy hints to make moving your sofa easier.

Preparing your sofa for the move

Luckily there aren’t many parts to a sofa so there isn’t too much prep work to be done, but there are steps you can take to make moving your sofa an easier task.

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Remove the cushions – If you have loose cushions or seat cushions then you should remove these first so they are not sent flying when you are moving the sofa.

Give it a clean – Once you’ve removed your cushions it is a great time to give your sofa a bit of a clean. If you have the time you can wash upholstery cushion covers at a laundrette so that you have a lovely fresh smelling sofa to bring in to your new home. Vacuum down the sides and clean off any legs or feet on your sofa. If you have a leather sofa then you may want to wipe it down with a damp cloth and let it dry.

Take it apart if you can – Some sofas, such as recliner sofas, come in parts which can be separated, making removal a much easier process. The individual seats slot together and can be unhinged for easy removal. Check whether you can remove the feet of your sofa as even if they are only small, it can make a huge difference when trying to manoeuvre around tight spaces.

Find a dust sheet – Covering your sofa with a large dust or painting sheet can protect the upholstery from scratches during the removal and transportation. It also protects your sofa from getting covered in dust or debris from other objects it will be transported with.

Plan ahead

Before you begin to move your sofa, you should plan exactly how you are going to get it out. You don’t want to end up with your sofa wedged in a doorway before finding out that actually, it won’t fit around that corner.

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Measure up – Measure your sofa from all angles; width, height, length and any other way so that you know what you are dealing with. Next, measure your doorways, halls, and corners to ensure that your sofa will actually fit.

How did you get it in? – If you can remember how you got your sofa in the first time it’s probably a good idea to have it go back that way. For example, did it come in the front door or the back? It is possible to remove a window frame to get your sofa out easily but you will need to find someone to do this for you, which will take pre-arranging.

The heavy lifting

Once you’ve prepared the sofa for moving and know how you are going to get it out; it’s time to put your back into it and get lifting.

Don’t go it alone – There is no way you are going to be able to move that sofa alone and you will probably injure yourself trying. Get some strong friends or family members to help you out. Alternatively, a few strong removal men will be able to do the heavy lifting for you.

Communicate – You can’t always see where the other person carrying the sofa is heading so it is important to keep talking so that the removal goes smoothly and no one gets a sofa dropped on their toe.

Easy does it – Don’t try to go too fast as you may risk injury to yourself or you may cause damage to the property you are leaving. You don’t want to scratch the walls or flooring as you leave.

Transportation

You are going to need a fair sized removal van to transport your sofa to your new house as anything smaller simply won’t fit a sofa in. you should position the sofa with the back against the side of the van in order to save space and also to prevent your sofa from shifting around. Such a large item can cause damage to your other belongings if it tips or slides. You may put other items on top of your sofa whilst in the removal van but be careful not to put anything with sharp edges which may damage the upholstery on top. Be wary of resting anything on the back of the sofa during the move also so prevent any damage to the wooden back.

Let us lend a hand

If the thought of moving your sofa from one house to another is concerning you then call us at AnyVan on 020 3872 3050. We have a wealth of experience moving large and bulky items of furniture safely and securely. Not only will our team of professional removers take care of the heavy lifting but we can also help and advise you on the removal of all your other belongings too. Call us today to see how we can help make your move to your new home a smooth and successful one.

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