When it comes to moving day, one of the most daunting tasks is moving heavy items. But don’t let that worry you. With some preparation and understanding of correct moving methods, you’ll get those cumbersome pieces into your new home with no problems.
How To Properly Move Heavy Items
1. Prep Your Furniture
Ensure your items are as light as possible. You can do this by emptying their contents, taping drawers shut, and disassembling the furniture if possible.
2. Use the Proper Equipment
First, you need a dolly with straps to secure your items. Sliders are handy for moving heavy furniture around a room. To save time and possible injury, be sure you know how to properly use these moving tools. Finally, don’t forget standard packing supplies like boxes, tape, paper, plastic wrap, and moving blankets.
3. Protect Yourself
Don’t forget to dress appropriately. Heavy boots and gloves go a long way toward ensuring the safety of your fingers and toes. In addition, a back brace — or at least a sturdy belt — is always a good idea when you’re moving heavy items.
If you can avoid it, don’t lift your furniture by hand. Use the dolly, sliders, or even towels. If you must lift something, lift from your legs, arms, and shoulders. Avoid pressure on your back at all costs.
4. Enlist Help
Moving unwieldy objects by yourself is never a good idea. Ask your colleagues, friends, and family for help in advance. Unsure of how many people you’ll need? A good rule of thumb is one strong person per 100 pounds, plus an extra person to have on hand and supervise in case of emergency. So think about the heaviest item you must move, and make your calculations from there.
You’d be surprised what a small group can accomplish in a single day. Just make sure everyone in your group is willing to commit and has the right clothing and equipment in advance.
5. Hire Professional Movers
It’s possible to move heavy items yourself, but the best way to save time, stress, and even injury is to hire professional movers to do it for you. A reputable mover like Ameritex Movers will help you to customize your own moving experience to your budget and specific needs.
Whether you’re just looking for no-frills help loading and unloading, or you’re after an entire moving package, we have moving services for you. Our full-service moves are complete with professional packing and unpacking.
If you’re planning a move in the Greater Houston Area, we can help. Call our experts at 713.484.6683 to get started.