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How To Choose The Right Dolly For Loading Your Furniture Pieces

How To Choose The Right Dolly For Loading Your Furniture Pieces
How To Choose The Right Dolly For Loading Your Furniture Pieces

This is How To Choose The Right Dolly For Loading Your Furniture Pieces

When you need to move heavy pieces of furniture and appliances, it is important to have a good moving tool, such as a dolly, at hand. A dolly is a wheeled platform, made of any material, which enables people to place heavy items on it for ease of movement. Whether you want to spare your back from strain, protect that beautiful carpeted floor or make the move faster, a dolly is your best friend when it comes to moving. However, there are many types and designs of moving dollies in the market designed to serve different needs. How do you choose the right dolly for your furniture?

  • Capacity: The weight limit of a dolly is very important to consider because if you place something too heavy, it can break or refuse to move. Dollies come in weight capacities of between 200 lbs to more than 1000 lbs. How much weight a dolly can handle depends on material and size as well as how it’s constructed.
  • Features: Depending on the purpose, dollies come in all sizes and shapes. For instance, most appliance dollies are hand trucks meaning they have handles and straps so the user can push it around. Other features include anti-slip coating and surround buffer strip to protect furniture from sliding off during the move and four swivel casters to make rolling in any direction easy.

A-1 Auto Transport can help you move your household goods nationwide. Call 888-509-3213 to get a free, no obligation to buy price quote on interstate moving services.

  • Material: Dollies can be made of plastic, wood, aluminum and steel. The material determines how strong and durable the dolly is not to mention the price. Carpeted dollies are the best for protecting furniture from scratches but a rubber layer will work best for appliances that need to be held in place.
  • Size: Again, your choice of a dolly should be determined by the purpose. If you need to move boxes and small furniture pieces, then a standard appliance dolly will suffice. However, if you need that big couch or cabinet moved outside and loaded in the truck, you will need a bigger, stronger dolly that can handle the size. While a small dolly with a huge weight capacity is good, it cannot handle a big piece of furniture like a couch because of dimensions.
  • Tires: The choice and quality of casters can make the move easy or hard. If you want to move furniture from one room to another on the same floor, solid casters will do just fine. However, if you need to move downstairs or across rough terrain, you need a dolly with pneumatic casters that are bolted in place with thick material. Casters should be made of a heavy duty material such as rubber with swivel capabilities to make rolling easier.

Whether you are buying, borrowing or leasing a moving dolly to help load your furniture, it is important to go with the right type, size and quality. Most reputable movers come with their own moving equipment but if they don’t, you can ask their input on the right dolly to help them move furniture and appliances.

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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. 

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.


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Mylene Rutllant
It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.
★★★★★

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.

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Luis Rodriguez
You have my full support and recommendation!
★★★★★

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!

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Cristine Benoit
I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.
★★★★★

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.

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David Osallo
We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10!
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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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