These days, there is a lively trade in second hand furniture, whether you’re buying an heirloom, antique or picking up an old sofa or wardrobe that someone’s willing to give away for free. If you’ve sourced it privately through websites such as Gumtree, eBay, Amazon or Freegle, the seller/donor will invariably specify that you must collect it.
The first thing to do is make sure your new furniture purchase will fit in your car! Ask the current owner to give you the measurements of the item so you can be sure of the size of vehicle you’re going to need. If the furniture is slightly larger than the space available in your car, the Highway Code states that it must not stick out dangerously and must be secured safely. It’s also a good idea to tie a warning flag on the end. And make sure your number-plate is still visible.
If the furniture you need to move is larger than the space available in your car, then you’re definitely going to need to hire a man and van or a trailer to transport it. You may also need help with the heavy lifting, and it is important that you take extra care when handling each item.
Our professional, fully insured ‘man and van’ service in Hertfordshire comes with two friendly removals porters who can help lift large items of furniture.
It doesn’t matter how large or small the piece of furniture you’re moving is, the rules about lifting things safely remain the same in order to reduce the possibility of injury. You can find guidelines on manual handling on the Health & Safety Executive’s website.
If at all possible, use lifting equipment to help you move the heavier items, e.g. furniture sliders, lifting straps and also trolleys which you can rent from specialist hire companies.
If you have bought a particularly valuable piece of furniture or something more unusual, such as a piano, it will probably be a better idea to hire specialist removals professionals like Pick Pack Removals Ltd. to collect it for you. Not only will they have the knowledge, expertise, experience and equipment needed in order to safely carry out the removal, and they are also fully insured.
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