Moving is hard, back-breaking work even under the best of conditions. Having said that, it doesn't mean that YOU have to break YOUR back doing the move! In fact, there are a number of readily available tools that should be used to make things much easier. Plus, using tools will make it much less likely that you sustain any type of injury.
Tools Of The Trade
While just about every moving company should have these, it might be helpful if you look into getting your own, or at least renting. Being able to better organize your items could help the movers to be more efficient, reducing the time and money spent on the move. Think about having:
- Furniture Dolly: This is a life-saver for moving around bulky and heavy pieces of furniture like dressers, TV's and tables. These items can support up to a thousand pounds and they are still easy to move; be sure to secure the item with ropes or straps first.
- Hand Truck / Dolly: These little numbers are also called appliance dollies. They are very simple to easy and easy to maneuver, but will require a bit more muscle than the furniture dollies. They are also perfect for moving stacks of boxes and other odds and ends.
- Furniture Blankets / Pads: These are basically protective coverings that help to protect against any potential nicks, scratches and dents. By wrapping up big items like couches and tables in these blankets and securing them with packing tape, you will greatly improve your chances of getting everything to the destination without incurring any damage.
- Furniture Sliders: Sliders are easy to use and instantly transform a piece of furniture in something that even a 100-pound grandmother could move! Just tilt the item and slide one of these under the raised corner. Do this for each corner and then the item will glide around the room with very little effort.
- Ropes / Straps: Lifting straps will help you for those times when it is necessary to lift something heavy or difficult to move. They basically work by lowering your center of gravity and making it so that you don't have to bend. This places less stress on the body. Ropes are helpful for securing items as they are placed in the truck or moving vehicle.
- Stair Roller: An essential item to have if you will be taking things down stairs. It easily attaches to the stairs and will then allow for the rolling of heavy objects and pieces of furniture.
Essential Packing Materials
A large part of moving is also packing boxes of your stuff. In order to do this properly, you will need packing material to shield things from damage:
- Bubble Wrap—For protecting fragile items and things like glassware that could break if it knocks into something else.
- Packing Paper—Great for less fragile items in order to avoid scuffs, scratches and simple surface damage. Crumple it into balls to provide extra cushioning inside boxes.
- Boxes: This should be a given. Just make sure they are strong and durable. Be sure to use the appropriate sizes and never pack them with more than about 50 pounds.
- Packing Tape—For securing the boxes and other items.
- Labels—Be sure to identify where each box will go in the new home, making unpack easier.
Written By:Joe Webster
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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