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When most people think about moving, all they consider is the packing and loading the truck. However, unloading the truck is just as difficult as loading if not more. Even though most moving trucks have a ramp to make the move from the truck to the ground smooth, there are items that are just too heavy to lift down the ramp. Unlike going up the truck, unloading means that you are going down and gravity is pulling you down which can be dangerous especially when you are carrying something heavy. To make the unloading task easier, here are some equipment that can help.
The amount of lifting and frustration a dolly can save you is immense. For a more efficient move, you will need to rent both furniture and a utility dolly especially if you don’t have many people helping with the heavy lifting. A utility dolly is usually upright with two wheels and it can be used to move several boxes at once. It prevents the possibility of dropping a box that contains breakables. A furniture dolly on the other hand has a large flat base and four wheels. It is perfect for moving large awkward items and large pieces of furniture. All you need to do is secure the heavy items on the dolly and ensure that you have an extra hand to help you hold the dolly down the ramp. Dollies have soft non-mar tires that move easily down the ramp without sliding.
Ropes and moving straps are often overlooked by most people when it comes to loading and unloading a moving-truck. Not only are moving straps useful in holding your items in place during transport but also in carrying heavy and awkward objects such as big TVs, couches and other household appliances that require more than one set of hands. You will be saving yourself a ton of back pain and injuries by using straps and ropes to carry heavy items because they put the weight on your shoulders instead of your back.
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Even though this mostly applies if you have stairs, you can also use it instead of a dolly to move things down the ramp. This little device is easy to attach allowing you to roll down heavy objects to the ground. It will also come in handy if you have stairs in your new home especially the carpeted ones that create resistance.
Furniture sliders come in handy when you need to move heavy furniture pieces from the front end of the truck to the door. Instead of lifting the pieces up and risking injuries, you can just place the sliders underneath the furniture so you can slide the pieces out efficiently. Sliders are also great for moving furniture pieces on carpeted and hardwood floors because their main purpose is to reduce friction between the furniture and the floor.
Though moving equipment makes unloading so much easier and faster, you must be careful not to have any accidents as gravity is really strong. There is no shame in asking for help and hiring professional movers to help with the unloading because they have the expertise, strength and equipment needed to do the job fast.
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
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Due to the nature of my work, I must relocate every couple of years to where my company needs me. Because of this, I’ve tested several moving and auto transport companies over the years.
And my choice in terms of auto transport has to be A1 Auto Transport. It’s in the name, but also in the quality with which they do their jobs. I’ve never had a problem with this company.
The only time my shipment was delayed was during winter when a snowstorm closed down all the major roads. And they still found an alternative and got my car delivered before roads got unstuck.
When I moved to West Virginia, they picked up my car the very day I called them. I like to think they take special care of me considering all the business I’ve sent them. I’ll continue to support A1 Auto Transport. It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.
I considered selling my car when I moved to Washington. It was old and rusty, but I grew attached to it. So, I called a couple companies to transport it to my new home, but they both fell through.
The first one couldn’t decide on a schedule. He would constantly change the pickup date till I got frustrated and canceled. The second was insufferable, very rude on the phone, even worse in person.
They started picking a part my car asking me why I still have it. If that’s their opinion of my vehicle, how can I trust they’ll take care of it? If something happened midway, why wouldn’t they just blame it on the car instead of paying up?
So, I cancelled this company as well and turned to A1 Auto Transport. From the get go, they were very different from my past options. Their website was very professional and up to date, full of useful information. I requested a quote using their online form, and I got an email response within an hour. Surprisingly fast!
If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought they were lacking customers, but the email spoke for itself. In just one email, everything I needed to know was there, including a contact number I could use to get more information or confirm the transport.
I called and got things rolling. I was very pleased with the driver. He followed standard procedure and represented his company well. Can’t remember his name, but props to him!
The car arrived in Washington 6 days later in excellent condition. From what I understand, the transport was delayed a bit by a storm, but since the time window was 4-6 days from the beginning, I don’t really care. You have my full support and recommendation!
There are a lot of options for auto transport these days, which surprisingly makes it harder to find a good company. I received more than 10 offers to ship my car, but I couldn’t decide on any of them.
After doing some research, I got even more worried reading about all the scams and accidents that can happen. But, I have work to do and couldn’t afford to drive my newly purchased Mini Cooper all the way to Virginia.
Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport. They are very good at their jobs. I spent more than an hour drilling Joe with various questions, and he never once lost his patience. He saw I was interested, so he bore with me until I was satisfied. The driver was also very courteous and my car was intact on arrival. I couldn’t have asked for more.
By the way, the price we first agreed on stayed the same. There were no delays or unexpected “surprises.” I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.
We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10! We chose them to move our car from California to Vermont, since we needed professionals.
We were abroad during the transport, so the transport was a bit tricky. The driver had to pick it up from storage on short notice and get it to its destination within at most 10 days. I was happy to note it arrived sooner. We got it 3 days early, right when we got home to pick it up. It made getting around way easier. Awesome service!
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