Unless you are trained to move big items, chances are you’ll have a hard time figuring out how to move them. Moving packed boxes and heavy furniture can harm your back and joints. Also, you may damage the furniture you want to move, as well as walls you’re moving the items past. But there are instances when you need to move objects that are heavier than you.
Before taking on the task of moving heavy furniture, it is crucial for you to have an idea of how it should be done. You do not want to end up having a back injury or damaged possessions.
Professional furniture removalists share six tips and tricks for safely moving those heavy furnishings:
1. Measure Furniture
You’ve got help from a friend or family member to move your refrigerator and you have lifted it, but there is a problem – it does not fit through the door.
Prevent this scenario from occurring by measuring your furniture before you even lift a finger. If you have the exact measurements, you can compare it with the opening of your door to check if it will fit. In case it won’t fit through, then remove the doors on the fridge and the door in its way whenever possible. Check the owner’s manual to help figure this out.
2. Remove Everything You Can
By removing all attached parts, you can make heavy and bulky things a lot easier to move. If, for instance, you need to move a desk, make sure to remove its drawers and contents. But if you cannot remove the drawers, consider shutting them securely with tape so they won’t open while you’re carrying them.
Moreover, remove protruding furniture handles, knobs, pulls, and legs. But make sure to label everything you have removed so you can easily put them back in their proper places. A great way to label these removable items is using painter’s tape.
By removing everything you can, the furniture and appliances won’t just become lighter but there will also be fewer parts to gouge walls, pinch fingers, and scratch floors.
3. Protect Your Stuff
Always use furniture pads, blankets or bubble wrap when moving your possessions. Also ensure that the protective coverings are secured so the item won’t slip when you are carrying it.
No matter how cautious you are, there is still a big chance that you’ll damage your stuff. Catching your balance while you are walking down some steps may result in your desk getting slammed against the stairs or wall. By creating a barrier between your furniture and any other surrounding objects, damage can be minimized or prevented.
4. Get All Essential Moving Tools
The pyramids of Egypt were built with the use of basic tools that allowed workers to move heavy objects. The same principles apply to washing machines, entertainment units, filing cabinets, and refrigerators in modern day moving. Professional movers emphasize that there are effective tools you can use to move heavy boxes and furniture.
Lifting straps work like a pulley system. When moving entertainment units, for instance, you can use lifting straps or strong ropes and let your body act as the fixed pulley. The use of lifting straps will put less strain on your body as it helps lower the center of gravity on the furniture you are moving.
Furniture and Utility Dolly
A furniture dolly has four wheels and is flat while a utility dolly has two wheels and is upright. The former is ideal for moving big items while the latter is used to stack and move heavy boxes, or move refrigerators. Do not forget to secure your items to the dolly using furniture straps.
Experienced piano removalists often utilize piano trolleys which have pneumatic tyres and are suitable for all kinds of terrain.
Stair rollers are attached to heavy objects so they can be rolled down the steps easily. This tool must be employed with two or more persons manipulating it. Also, don’t use it if you and your partner can’t efficiently guide the heavy object down the stairs.
5. Experiment with Different Angles
Getting a big couch through a door is not an easy job, even when you have determined that its measurement will work with the door. Instead of slamming it through the entrance, try to move it around at different angles to check how to best get it through your door. When doing so, be patient because this will take some time.
6. Hire Professional Movers
If your budget permits, hiring professional movers can be your best option to easily and safely move heavy items. It’s always better and less stressful for you, to let the people who expertly move things carry and move your furniture for you.
But make sure to book professional movers in advance so you’re sure that they are available on your moving date. Use a moving timeline checklist to assist in your planning. Also, look into some movers reviews to read about other customers’ experiences, and for you to have an idea of what you can expect from them.
In the outset, you might think that moving these heavy items alone is an economical and better option, but it isn’t. Getting help from someone who is trained to move stuff, especially large furniture, is still your best option.
Do not risk breaking a bone, throwing out your back or doing severe damage to your belongings and anything it may encounter – any of which will cost you both money and time. So whenever you need to move heavy objects, don’t hesitate to hire professional movers.
John Pfeiffer has been the proud owner of Ashtons Removals for over 40 years. His attention to detail, a product of his accountancy background, and his emphasis on training and empowering his team members, has ensured the vast number of Gold Coast families who have been moved by Ashtons Removals, have had their furniture and effects moved undamaged and with minimum fuss.
April 5, 2018