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Essential Tools for Moving

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Transporting the contents of your home to a new location is back-breaking work. Having the optimal tools while conducting a move will ensure your heaviest, most fragile, and valuable possessions will make it your new home safely and unscathed. The proper moving tools will also prevent you from sustaining any painful injury during transport.

Read on for a list of essential moving tools and effective packing materials to aid you in your upcoming relocation.

Furniture dolly

A furniture dolly is optimal for moving your bulky furniture items and electronics, such as dressers, chests, wall units, televisions and tables. The four-wheeled, horizontal platform can support up to a thousand pounds safely--remember to securely attach the cargo with ropes or straps before attempting to move it.

TIP: These helpful carts can be rented from moving supply companies for less than the purchase cost.

Appliance dolly/hand truck

An appliance dolly is a vertical, two-wheeled apparatus which is simple to maneuver and can easily transport tall-standing appliances such as refrigerators. Also perfect for moving high stacks of boxes, these dollies are a must-have for an easy move. You simply slide the platform underneath the load to be transported, tip the truck towards you to lift, and wheel it carefully in the appropriate direction. Be sure to always have assistance to direct you if you cannot see past the appliance or load you are moving, and exercise caution at all times.

Furniture blankets/pads

These protective coverings shield your furniture and appliances from harmful damage, nicks, scratches, and dents. When you are carrying cumbersome items such as couches and dining room tables through narrow hallways and doorways, they are vulnerable to scuffs and other unsightly marks. Before attempting to haul your sofa or breakfront out of your home, wrap it completely in a furniture blanket and secure it with packing tape.

Furniture sliders

Sliders can make the heaviest piece of furniture glide across the floor effortlessly. To use sliders, you 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. The pads will protect your hardwood floors from destructive scratches and enable your heavy furniture to easily move across resistant carpeting.


Lifting straps can aid you when carrying heavy furniture and appliances if you don't have access to a hand truck or dolly. The design of these useful straps lowers the center of gravity for the difficult item, redistributing the weight and making it easier to lift. You simply place the straps underneath the item you are relocating, and over your and your partner's shoulders. Since you do not have to bend, it causes your body less stress and helps you to move heavy items with ease.

Ropes and straps are also useful to secure furniture and appliances to hand trucks and dollies so they remain safely in place while you are moving them.

Stair roller

Relocating cumbersome items down steep staircases can be a difficult and dangerous task. With the help of this handy device you can spare yourself a great deal of effort. Easily attached to your stairs, a stair roller allows heavy objects and furniture to be carefully and safely rolled down a flight of stairs. This device is particularly useful on carpeted stairs which can create a difficult resistance when sliding a heavy item downwards.

Essential packing materials

  • Shrink wrap: This protective plastic covering can protect furniture from dirt, unsightly stains and damage--however, its use should be avoided on leather and wood surfaces. Furniture made of these materials should be covered in blankets before wrapping in shrink wrap.
  • Bubble wrap: This material is imperative for protecting fragile items such as mirrors and glass table tops. Wrapping glass pieces in packing paper before applying bubble wrap will prevent the air pockets from leaving unattractive impressions on the surface.
  • Packing paper: Perfect for wrapping less fragile items, packing paper will protect against scuffs, scratches and other surface damage. It can also be used as extra cushioning by crumpling it into balls and stuffing it around your wrapped items inside the boxes.
  • Boxes: Moving boxes should be strong, sturdy and durable to effectively protect your belongings during transit. If you do not purchase professional moving supplies, make sure the free boxes you use are not flimsy or weak. Always use the appropriate size box for items you are packing. Boxes that are too large will leave too much negative space for items to shift, and boxes that are too small may be over-packed and collapse from the weight.
  • Packing tape: Sturdy, heavy-duty packing tape is essential to secure your boxes and keep them intact. Always reinforce the bottoms of your boxes as well.
  • Labels: Labeling makes unpacking a simple task. Knowing the contents of each box and the room it belongs in will ensure your move-in day is organized and hassle-free.

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  Posted by Nicole La Capria on August 29, 2013

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