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Tips for Moving Heavy Items
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|The pressure and anxiety of planning and executing a move can be excruciating.
One of the most arduous tasks during a move is the packing, maneuvering and
transport of our most cumbersome items. Our furniture, appliances, and
electronics are not only some of our most valuable possessions, but also our
heaviest. The following are some tips on the how to easily and safely move your
The BasicsGet help: The aid of professional movers is of
course an effective way to lighten the load of moving. However, if this is not
an option for you, friends are a wonderful asset when you are planning a move.
Calling a few pals over to lend a hand makes moving a less stressful experience
and is especially helpful when moving heavy objects and furniture. You can
prevent unnecessary injury or accidents by enlisting the assistance of others
when moving heavy items.
Plan the route: Make sure the
path you will be moving the item is clear and free of obstacles. It is also
helpful to measure the item as well as any doorways, hallways, or tight spaces
it will have to pass through to ensure that it will fit.
carefully: When lifting heavy items, test the weight of the object to
be moved by carefully lifting one corner off of the ground. Do not try to move
something too heavy by yourself--get help from a friend or two. When lifting an
item or placing it down, bend at the knees, not the waist, and keep your back
straight and upright. Keep the item close to your body while carrying
Push, don't pull: When possible, it is easier to
push a large item rather than pull it. This way, you are more aware of the path
you are moving the item and have more control. To push a large item, lean
forward and use the strength in your legs to start moving.
Moving FurnitureMake it light: Remove any drawers, shelves or other
contents before attempting to move furniture. This will make the piece lighter
and much easier to lift. It will also prevent loose items from rattling around
and damaging the furniture during the move. If a cabinet or bookcase is easy to
reassemble, you may want to take it apart and move it piece by piece. If so, be
sure to keep track of the nuts and bolts and store them in a secure place.
Use furniture pads: Furniture pads can be rented from
most moving truck rental companies and are essential to protect your furniture
from scratches and damage while it is in transit. Furniture pads come in two
varieties--paper and fabric. While fabric will offer more protection, paper is
cheaper and helpful for smaller appliances like a coffee-maker or
Use sliders: Sliders can make the heaviest
piece of furniture glide across the floor effortlessly. To use sliders, simply
tilt the piece of furniture and place a pad under the raised corner. Do the same
for each of the remaining three corners and you can then push the piece through
the room with ease.
Use blankets and newspapers: Quilts,
fabric, old newspapers or sheets of plastic or cardboard can also used if you
are pushing a piece through the room. It will facilitate movement, as well as
protect the floor and the furniture from abrasion.
Moving AppliancesPrepare the appliance: Make
sure all shelves, racks, and contents are removed from the appliance. Unplug
refrigerators and freezers 24 hours in advance to defrost. Turn off any gas
connection and disconnect and drain the water lines from washing machines and
ice-makers on refrigerators. Tape the electrical cord to the back of the unit to
keep it out of the way. Always read the manual for any special instructions on
moving the appliance.
Use a dolly: Refrigerators cannot be laid down or
tipped on their side because the oil from the compressor can flood the cooling
lines. To prevent a ruined fridge, a dolly can assist you in keeping the heavy
appliance upright during a move.. You simply slide the dolly beneath one side of
the appliance and secure it using moving straps. Lastly, set your foot on the
dolly and tilt it back. It is helpful to have friends aid in you in wheeling the
appliance away. When moving it downstairs, it is best to go bottom first, slowly
moving the dolly downwards one step at a time. Have a helper at the other end of
the dolly to help support the weight.
Moving Heavy Items Up and Down the StairsAnalyze the
surroundings: Be aware of the number of stairs you will need to climb
or descend. Make sure to take note of any uneven steps or loose boards that
could cause an accident, always remembering to be cautious and move slowly.
Analyze the width of the stairway, the placement of corners, and the height of
the ceiling and railings to determine how the furniture will need to be moved,
and if it should be lifted and carried or pushed.
ramp: A makeshift ramp can be easily fashioned out of two boards. While
slowly sliding the item down the boards, you can carefully back down in between
them. Have a friend help you by supporting the item from the other side and
directing your footing. Blankets can also be used to slide heavy items down
short flights of stairs.
Communicate: Have a friend
stand at the top of the stairs and another at the bottom to direct you. Make
sure they have a clear view of your path so they can give instruction on the
best way to maneuver the piece.
Keep the path clear:
Once you have moved your piece up or down the stairs, make sure it is in a safe
spot out of the way. This will ensure that other movers don't trip over it.
How to Pack Heavy ItemsUse small boxes: Packing heavy objects in the
smallest possible packaging will eliminate extra weight and keep the object
restricted. This way it will remain stationary during the move and will be less
susceptible to damage. When packing books, place them in boxes
Be sure to make it secure: Tape both the top
and bottom of the box securely. This will prevent a heavy item from falling
through the bottom of a box and breaking when lifted.
proportioned: Try to balance the number of heavy items in a box with
light items. If you pack too many heavy objects in one box, it will make the box
unnecessarily difficult to lift and carry.
electronics: The best way to transport a television or a DVD player is
in its original packaging. However, if that's not an option, another sturdy
cardboard box will work. To protect the fragile piece of technology, be sure to
wrap it securely in newspaper or bubble-wrap, or fill the box with Styrofoam
Always label: Be sure to label these
boxes "Heavy" or "Fragile" so the movers know to exercise special care when
transporting the items. An upright arrow can also help instruct the mover of
what position the box should be in when carrying it or loading it onto the
Olivia Grey | Commented on September 2, 2013 at 05 : 46 AM
I really found these tips very helpful, i especially liked your tip about moving heavy items and packing electronic items. Thanks for the information .