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Have you bought new furniture like a couch or a bed and need to get rid of your old furniture? You could break it apart and put it outside on the kerb to coincide with your council's rubbish collection for large household items. However, if you can't wait that long a furniture removal service can come to collect it.
If you're looking for someone to take away your old furniture and dispose of it in a responsible way, you can hire a removal service to do it for you.
A removal service will come to your home at the time of your appointment, remove your old furniture safely and recycle it if possible. The team will leave your home clean and without causing damage like scrapes or scuffs on the walls. Hiring a removal team will save you the risk of hurting yourself while lifting heavy items.
You can find a furniture removal team online through websites such as Airtasker or Oneflare, through recommendations from people you know, or from local listings. The removals industry is regulated by the Australian Furniture Removals Association (AFRA).
Before making a booking you can arrange for someone from the company to come to see the furniture you want removed so that they can give you a tailored quote based on the size of the furniture and the layout of your home.
The total cost of the removal will depend on what type of furniture it is, how many pieces you need removed and how many people will be needed to remove it. The location of your home and access to the furniture will also have a bearing on the price. Prices start at $70 and go up to at least $200 for larger removals.
Getting quotes from several companies will allow you to compare them to find the one that best suits your needs. You should find out whether the companies charge an hourly or flat rate and if there is an additional call-out rate. Make sure the company is clear on what would incur additional charges, like large or bulky items or having to move the furniture down staircases.
The removal team will do the hard work of moving the furniture, but if it can be dismantled you might choose to take it apart to save time. If you're having bookshelves or cabinets removed you should clear them out before the movers arrive.
When you get a quote for a furniture removal service, you should look not only at the price, but also whether the removal team is professional, experienced and well equipped. The company should have appropriate insurance to cover accidents or damage. Be sure to check out each company's customer reviews and feedback online.
If you can arrange for the removal service to gain access to the furniture without you being home, you don't need to be there when the movers come. You might want to leave detailed instructions about what should be removed and what should be left, or you might choose to be home so that you can check on what the movers are doing.
How far in advance should you book a furniture removal team?
Some companies require several weeks' notice for a booking, so you may want to start researching early. The most popular companies are often booked up 2-3 weeks ahead. However, there are companies that are able to provide appointments at short notice if you find you need to book a removal team at the last minute.
Is it worth it booking a professional furniture removal team or finding local people online?
By using a professional team, you can make sure that the company is a member of AFRA and that it has checked the references and background of its employees. As we have seen, professional movers have the experience and training to safely remove the furniture you want disposed without damaging your property.
Is there anything a furniture removal team can't help with?
Furniture removal services are not able to take all types of rubbish, such as hazardous waste, which requires a specialist company to deal with. And while the movers will clean up around the area where they remove the furniture from, their job is not to fully clean your home.
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