What is your furniture moving policy?

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  1. Six Figure Solo Cleaner

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    My reply: "ABSOLUTELY, we love to move furniture"

    And for the record- no... We don't charge.

    Ironically, most clients then require very very little furniture to be moved
     
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    I've been in this business for 26 years and I've only had a helper for the past year. For 25 years I worked alone. I moved all kinds of stuff. After they came out with lift buddies and sliders my life was wonderful.
     
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    I work alone. So I will move any thing that can be put on furniture sliders. Homers has these little orange ones that are perfect. I have tons of them. I just keep on working and leave them under furniture till I'm completely done. Then I switch them out for tabs during my post walk through. The only thing I hate are those sectional reclining sofas with the metal rail on the bottom. There hard to keep up of of the wet carpet.
    Anyone have any tips on how to handle these sofas?

    Customer must remove all breakables, lamps and anything on top of furniture. And I instruct them to pick everything up off of the floor.
     
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    I wrote mine out myself
     
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    I tip sofas and chairs over when space allows.
    Tip em on their back or side, clean under, place blocks or chips and gently lay them back down.
     
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    Those reclining sofas are a pain in the a$$ when you have no helper.
     
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    if you want it cleaned then move the furniture off it or call someone else
     
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    Yes, I have a suggestion regarding those. I don't run into them much anymore, my market has grown more affluent over the years, but back when I ran into them regularly I'd keep a few white pine, un treated 2x4 pieces on the van. They raise the sofa up high enough to keep the bar off the carpet.

    And they don't get smushed like styrofoam blocks do.
     
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    That's a good one. It will also give more space for air mover to blow under there. I'm going to dig through my scrap 2x4 collection in my shed tomorrow morning.
     
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    You wouldn't have customers if there weren't magazines like that explaining to them how to F up their carpets ;)
     
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    I work solo. I let the customer know that I move sofas, love seats, end tables, night stands and similar items. What I don't move is beds, dressers, china cabinets, or anything with electronics on it. I let them know that I will clean anything they want as long as they want to move it. I tell them that my insurance won't allow me to move those items.
     
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    I wonder if insurance does actually cover the furniture we move. I should look into that
     
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    If the price is right we will move anything. If it's not we move basic;

    Sofas
    Chairs
    Dining & L/RM tables
     
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    I'll move the house if that's what they want and are willing to pay for it.
     
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    I hate moving those sectionals that are all locked together and the bottom has a bare metal frame that has to be tabbed with blocks. I've started to say that I move light furniture .
     
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    What I think about it this. If the customer can't pick up the piece of furniture how will the get the foam blocks from underneath? That is one thing I consider when we talk about furniture moving. The plastic tabs can be left. But the foam blocks can make things uneven and a bit unstable if the furniture itself isn't balanced. (Meaning like a book shelf with all the books pushed to one side)
     
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    I am thinking of changing my policy as well. We usually include living room furniture (couches,chairs,tables) because of that foot heel dirty line always right in front of couch. rarely ever move bedroom furniture unless I charge for whole room. rarely does anyone even want this unless its a baby bed. We do try to get around the nightstand if possible. Always a dirty area.
    But I could get $25 for the furniture move clean under and replace I think. Just include nightstands and living room for that. It does ad about 10 minutes to job at least.
    We go in spray open areas then move furniture onto those areas, then spray a little if needed where furniture was sitting. wand where furniture was sitting then slide back into place and we are left with open areas to wand. Of course you have to pick up all the crap off the floor under couches.
     
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    Yea we use plastic whenever we can. blocks rarely used. only if piece is flat on bottom.
     
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    Yea we don't touch those without a charge.
     
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    I do carry lift buddy and sliders of all sizes in case I need them. If I am pulling that stuff out I am charging somebody something.
     
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