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Do movers disassemble and reassemble furniture?

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Asked by Carmen

January 31, 2021 under Others

Do I need to disassemble furniture?

Answered by Staff Writer

July 14, 2021

Yes, movers can carefully disassemble and reassemble your furniture, but if your move is going to take longer, you may end up paying more for the extra time. So, if you are capable of doing it yourself, this could be a great chance to save some money on your relocation.

When you consider hiring a moving service for your move, make sure to ask them how much they charge for disassembling and reassembling the furniture and also discuss the tools that are required to move those heavy items. Usually, moving companies charge the assembly and reassembly service at an hourly rate.?

Should I hire movers for disassembly services?

If you really can't afford the extra charges, you can try to dismantle the furniture yourself. Keep in mind that it will take plenty of time and effort to disassemble and separate all the furniture pieces. If you choose to hire movers, they will have every necessary tool to complete the job in a safe and efficient manner. It's ultimately up to you to decide whether you want to pay for movers to disassemble your furniture, or if you want to save the money and do it yourself.

Read more: how to pack and protect your furniture for a move.

What items need to be disassembled before moving?

  • Bed Frames - Bedframes need to be disassembled before moving. Movers will do it just right before the move, but if you are moving by yourself, make the things early before the movers arrive to take this apart.
  • Large glass furniture – Any furniture with a mirror or glass attached to that can easily be removed. If the glass is part of furniture just like a glass table or China cabinet, it can be wrapped and protected with furniture pads.
  • Large dining tables – If you have a large, heavy dining table, the movers will likely take off the legs and protect everything separately. This keeps the table from breaking during transit and also, it’s easier to load it in the truck if they are removed and packed separately.
  • Bookcases – If your bookcases have glass shelves, the movers will likely remove the shelves and wrap them separately. Make sure you keep all screws and parts and place them in a plastic bag and label them correctly.

Movers do provide a few other services besides assembling and disassembling furniture. If you want to know what are they, check out and see all the provided services. Also, find more helpful moving and packing tips at our Moving Guides section

Here are a few other common things movers will do and will not do:

  • Movers will not uninstall and install large appliances like dishwashers and refrigerators.
  • Movers will avoid disassembling antiques, and pool tables.
  • When movers deliver your items, they will put back together all the furniture pieces they have disassembled for the move. Furniture pieces that are challenging to assemble properly might require additional care. In such situations, getting the job done by yourself will be faster and safer.
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