Every time you move to another home, you are often faced with the colossal task of moving large, heavy and awkwardly-shaped household items like a king-size bedframe and mattress, a heavy safe, sofa, refrigerator, grand piano and the list goes on and on. These items are not really designed to be moved by one or two persons. Heavy furniture can be a challenge to move when you’re just rearranging a room, thus, it’s definitely going to be a lot worse when you’re getting it out of one house and into another. Moving house without hiring professional movers can be a risky job that will require meticulous precaution and safety measures on your part to prevent injuries to yourself and damage to your items.
We’ve rounded up 5 top tips to make moving heavy furniture a breeze when you’re moving house:
1. Plan in advance
Before you even start moving furniture, it’s always good to have a plan about where the furniture is going to be positioned in the new house. If this step is missed out, it’s far more likely that the furniture will need to be maneuvered a number of times while you work out where it’ll look best.
2. Dismantle items where possible
Remove any part of your heavy furniture that is removable, especially parts that protrude from the furniture, such as the legs and arm rests. Package these items separately so that the furniture is easier to manoeuvre through stairs, turnings, doors and rooms. Ensure that you label them so you can remember what item of furniture needs which pieces!
3. Slide items of furniture if necessary
Furniture sliders can make your life so much easier when moving heavy furniture. If you’re unable to find sliders, it’s easy to improvise with household items such as rugs, towels, plastic container lids or Frisbees. Make sure to only use soft sliders on hard surfaces and hard plastic sliders on soft surfaces.
4. Use furniture lifting straps
Lifting straps can be a great aid to help lift bigger, heavier items since they offer much more support to backs and shoulders to stop you from taking the strain. These also leave hands free to help move the items with more dexterity.
5. Proper posture when lifting
When carrying heavy items, it’s important to lift carefully to make sure you don’t hurt your back. Instead of bending at the waist to pick things up, bend at the knees and lift with a straight back
Moving bulky and heavy household items is a physically demanding task that could potentially turn into a dangerous one too. If you feel nervy or have a hunch that it may not be possible, don’t hesitate to leave this stressful job to experienced movers who will know exactly how to handle each heavyweight situation.
Hiring Professional Movers
Most professional moving companies are equipped with the necessary equipment such as sliders, blankets, dollies and trollies to move heavy items, which they will bring on the day of the move. When you book your movers, be sure to let them know what item you have so they know what equipment to bring along on the moving day.
Moving big and heavy items does not have to cause you a big headache. Chillax and leave the gargantuan task to the professional movers.