Moving to a new home is a sure way to start a new life and revamp anything that you didn’t like about your old one. It is an opportunity to change your old home décor, make new friends in your new neighborhood, land a new job and even start new routines. What about the things that you do not want to change?
You and the 16.7% Australians who move every year, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, have to swallow this bitter pill. Aside from leaving behind friends, hang-out spots and colleagues, you might have to say goodbye to some of your favorite furniture pieces and maybe sell them for convenience purposes. While there is no rule of thumb for what furniture to move with and what to leave behind, a few insights can help you overcome this dilemma.
Here are some insights to make the decision easier:
How Fragile Is The Piece Of Furniture?
Your priority when it comes to moving, according to Platinum Furniture Removals, should be to ensure that every piece of furniture your move arrives at the target location in one piece. In case a piece of furniture has a high affinity for being damaged along the way, then moving it might not be a great option. A damaged table or chair will be of no use to anyone.
Think in the line of how heavy, big, fragile or old the piece is. Additionally, oddly shaped furniture might be troublesome to place in the truck, let alone move out of the home. Since damaged furniture will come coupled with the expense of repair, it is wiser to sell the fragile furniture and buy a new piece in your new location, especially if you are moving far away.
The Relocation Distance
When moving locally, retaining your current furniture is wiser than disposing it off as the shipment cost is typically low. The dilemma sets in when making a long-distance relocation. It all boils down to factors such as shipping cost and the costs of buying new furniture.
In the interest of cost, factor in how heavy your furniture is and the shipping cost for the same. For a more accurate approach, get a couple of moving estimates for your exact situation. Additionally, research about the price of pieces similar to your disposable furniture in the local stores at your relocation destination to gauge whether selling your pieces is wise.
The Furniture’s Sentimental Value
What does the piece of furniture remind you of? Some pieces are family heirlooms that are passed on from generations to generation or even gifts from some of your closest friends. As a result, letting go of such pieces might be difficult. Remove any sentimental piece of furniture from your disposable furniture checklist to maintain the memories that the piece symbolizes.
However, also factor in whether the piece will fit right in with the design of your new home or look out of place. Since the latter might result in you moving with it only for it to collect dust in storage, consider offering it to a close friend or family member.
The Complexity of The Job
With more complexity for moving your furniture comes some extra costs. Furniture that won’t fit through the door will require special care to move it through the window. Alternatively, it can be dismantled if possible.
As for antique furniture, you will need to hire professional movers who know how to handle such pieces with care both in transit and in storage. Other furniture pieces will also call for unique and costly packaging equipment. Feel free to move these pieces as long as the cost of offsetting this complexity is within your budget.
While you might not want it, sometimes it is better to leave your favorite pieces of furniture behind. However, your choice should trickle down to your personal preferences. Consider using the above tips to circumvent this moving dilemma.