What will my movers help disassemble and reassemble?
For various reasons some of your furniture items may need to be disassembled and then reassembled at your new home. This could be due to the size of the item, various turns required when moving it either onto the loading truck or into your new home, or due to the stability and fragility of the item itself. In this article we will discuss what items your movers should be able to disassemble, reassemble, as well as the tools they should be outfitted with.
Bed frames are one of the most common items that will need to be disassembled to safely transport. Bed frames often are long, hard to maneuver around turns, and not stable enough to be left together in a moving truck due to rather weak joints. Luckily, most beds are rather easy and straightforward to disassemble. Ranging from simple metal bed slates that easily slide apart to more complex beds that require either Allen wrenches, a Phillips or Flathead drill/screwdriver, or other tools your movers should be equipped on the day of your move.
If you are moving appliances such as a washer, dryer, or refrigerator than a small amount of disassembly and reassembly will be required. Dryers will need the vent disconnected from the wall vent it is connected to. Washers will need the water turned off and a wrench to unhook the hot and cold-water hoses. Refrigerators will require the water line to be turned off and disconnected with a simple wrench. In some cases, a refrigerator’s door may need to be removed in order to fit through a entryway or access point. Some moving companies’ liability will not allow their crew to remove the fridge door as there are electrical components involved that may not be covered under general household goods liability. Make sure to consult with your moving team beforehand to make sure they are aware of any appliances that will need to be moved.
Some tables will need to be disassembled for the same reasons as bed frames, they are often to wide to maneuver around turns and not stable enough to be transported left together. Usually, the legs of the table can be removed by either removing a set of screws or Allen bolts from underneath the table, requiring either a Phillips, Flathead screwdriver, or Allen keys.
Removing legs off couches, love seats, ottomans, etc.
It may also be necessary to remove the legs of certain couches, love seats, ottomans, and other furniture items with legs that support the item off the ground. This is usually done for extra room when transporting the item through a door or entryway that may be too narrow to fit otherwise. Usually only a long Philips or Flathead screwdriver is required.
Finally, some doors throughout your home may have to be removed in order to allow extra space when moving large or wide items through. Taking the door off will allow for a slightly wider entry/exit in which to move your furniture items through. Your movers should not have to remove the hinges from the door but simply use a small hammer and long thin screwdriver to pop the pins within the hinge out, displacing the door without having to remove the hinges and making for a much easier reassembly.
All of the tools discussed in this article are basic tools that all licensed and professional moving companies should be outfitted with on the day of your move.