Let’s be honest, moving probably isn’t your favorite way to spend a weekend. The entire process of packing, labeling, unpacking, and getting situated is laborious and cumbersome.
Unfortunately, moving is a reality you’re going to have to face at some point. Whether it’s relocating for a new job, helping your parents downsize into a new spot, or just getting rid of old stuff, it’s pretty much unavoidable.
While moving isn’t exactly fun, the good news is that there’s some practices you can employ to make the job safe, smooth, and efficient.
Today, we’re going to help you tackle those heavy items.
There’s No “I” in Team
We see it all the time. One person wants to take charge and do everything themselves during the moving process. Maybe it’s ego or they just want to get the job done as quickly as possible.
This strategy is the kiss of death when it comes to moving heavy items. More often than not, items get damaged or someone gets hurt.
When it comes to moving bulky items, it’s always best to enlist the help of others. One person can spot. A couple of you can balance the item on the hand truck. Yet another person can carefully maneuver the item into place. This process might take a little longer but, it virtually ensures items won’t get damaged and no one will be hurt.
Make Items as Light as You Can
Heavy items often have a lot of attachments. Let’s use that bulky wood dresser as an example.
Instead of trying to move the dresser in one go, it’s advisable to remove the drawers with the contents still in them. Again, this is going to take a little more time and effort but, you’ll be doing yourself a favor in the long run.
By removing attachments, you greatly reduce the risk of breaking something and the large item will be significantly lighter and easier to move into place. Not to mention your back will thank you.
Are you sure that refrigerator is going to fit through the front door? Do you really think you can make it around the corner with that king size mattress?
Before you start wrestling large items out of the moving truck, be sure to take some measurements and come up with a game plan. If something isn’t going to fit, you might have to take a door off or come up with another plan of attack. It’s always better to find these things out beforehand.
Keep Items Protected During the Move
When you’re driving from one location to another, big items are going to shift no matter how careful you are.
For that reason, it’s best to make sure these pieces are protected. As you load the truck before you hit the road, make sure all surfaces of large items are protected with furniture blankets. Once you have the blankets in place, it’s a good idea to secure them packing tape.
When you’re loading heavy items into the moving truck, secure them tightly to the inside walls using straps.
In short, the less items shift during the move, the less likely they are to become damaged.
Push, Don’t Pull
Whenever possible, push bulky items. Not only do you have more leverage when you push, pulling can put serious strain on your back.
If you have to push big pieces across a floor or carpet, we recommend putting cardboard down or a sheet under the piece to avoid scratching. This practice also reduces friction and makes pushing easier.
Another option is to use gliders. These can be purchased or rented for a nominal price and are great for placing under the legs of tables and heavy chairs.
Make Sure You Have the Right Tools
Believe it or not, there are some basic tools that are essential for moving.
If you don’t have a hand truck or dolly, get one. When used properly, these tools alone make moving cumbersome pieces a lot easier than trying to shove them along by hand.
Lifting straps are another useful tool that can make the process a lot easier. When you have a particularly heavy objects, lifting straps allow you to use the leverage of your own body without undue strain to get items off the ground and into place.
Moving isn’t any fun and it can be an arduous process. Heavy objects can be especially difficult and annoying. The good news, however, is that there are some simple steps you can take to make this part of the process easier and safer. Lucky Horseshoe Storage in Bend, Oregon provide moving support for large items. Visit our office for packaging materials so you can move safely and organized.