Moving large furniture into your new home

Whenever you picture your moving day, it’s probably chaotic. There are a bunch of boxes, a whole lot of people (family, friends, neighbors, and movers) helping you move. Overall, it is a very stressful day. Not to mention, you still have to deal with moving large furniture, such as beds, couches, even the refrigerator! Don’t fret – there’s a solution for every problem, and we can help you with the latter. Moving big objects doesn’t have to mean big problems. Here are some tips on what to consider when moving bulky furniture and appliances.

Moving large furniture is not a one-person job

No matter how strong you are, you have to admit that you simply can’t move that huge piano by yourself. Don’t be ashamed to ask for help, anytime during your move. You could always count on your family, friends, and neighbors to help. This might even be a good opportunity to meet your new neighbors and connect with the community. In the end, moving is always less stressful when you’ve got good company!

Hire a professional mover

However, sometimes that won’t be enough, and you will have to hire professionals. This becomes the case when you’re dealing with very heavy and delicate objects. You might have to move very large and expensive objects, and you surely don’t want them damaged during the move. Also, you may run a business from home, and have some large equipment or machines that need to be relocated as well. If that’s the case, you may want to check out and keep your equipment safe and sound. No need to lift anything super heavy yourself – let the professionals deal with it.

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Hire professional help when moving large furniture or machinery.

Remove excess parts and weight from the furniture

Occasionally, you will find that a piece of furniture cannot fit through any door or window in your house. You may even wonder how you got it there in the first place! There’s no need to panic just yet. Simply think about what furniture you can take apart. Such things are wardrobes, beds, desks, and tables. Remove drawers from desks, legs from the sofas, and knobs from the wardrobe. All of this can help you get that extra inch or two, and make moving large furniture through doors and windows possible. Not only that, but removing tiny parts from furniture can prevent scratched floors or walls and pinched fingers!

Don’t forget to label the small parts

Take the furniture apart, but make sure you carefully label each piece. It can be easy to forget which part belongs to which object and make the moving process even more chaotic. Tip: if you find yourself without a label maker, use a simple painter’s tape and write on it instead.

Protect yourself when lifting heavy objects

If you do decide to do a part of the moving yourself, don’t forget that it can be quite dangerous. However, it is most definitely doable, with the right equipment and protection gear. Here are a few ideas on what you might need:

  • Furniture or a utility dolly. This simple yet useful thing can help you so much during your move. Moreover, it will save your back from the pain of lifting heavy objects. A furniture dolly has a large flat base and four wheels, and it is essential when moving large furniture and bulky objects. Such things are refrigerators, armchairs, TVs, and so on. Just make sure you secure them properly and you’re good to go.
  • Ropes and straps. Speaking about securing your furniture to a dolly, it has to be done using either a rope or a strap. Also, you could secure other things in a moving truck, such as a set of boxes, to prevent them from moving around during the drive. In any case, it’s good to have extra ropes or straps on hand.
  • Protective blankets or bubble wrap. These may not be the first to come to mind, but they are definitely not a waste of money. If you really care about your furniture and you want to protect them during the move, rent these. You can use blankets and bubble wrap to protect furniture from dust, accidental spills, and scratches. Also, they are excellent in protecting fragile objects and antiques.

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    Protect your furniture from scratches by covering them with bubble wrap.
  • Heavy-duty work gloves. Save your hands from injuries by using work gloves. It’s easy to get a cut on your fingers or hand during the moving process, especially if you’re moving awkwardly-shaped objects and furniture.

Push, don’t pull, when moving large furniture

So, you decided to move heavy furniture yourself, but don’t want to wake up the day after your move with pain your back. To prevent this, pay attention to your body while moving heavy objects. Pushing instead of pulling puts less strain on your body, so consider this before you move any furniture.

Back pain after moving large furniture.
Prevent back pain after the moving day by using the right technique.

Unless you want to replace your wood floors or carpets, consider placing old rugs or sheets under the objects which you’re going to push. This will prevent scratches and make pushing much easier. If the furniture is too heavy to be pushed, and you haven’t hired professional movers just yet, there are sliders which you can purchase to make the process easier. Also, if you have to move some furniture down the stairs, there are also stair-rollers you can use. This is a good tool to have when carpeted stairs prevent you from pushing furniture down.

All in all, there are plenty of things to help you when moving large furniture to your new home. Whether it’s getting it out of the old place or into the new one, it can be done without much hassle. Remember to ask for help from friends or family and buy or rent the right equipment. Also, protect both your furniture and yourself throughout the move, and everything should be just fine!

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