You’re planning to move soon, but you can’t afford to hire professionals on your budget? Saving money by doing the work yourself is a good idea, but you mustn’t let the move jeopardize your goods or endanger your health. If you’re concerned about the prospect of having to transport furniture on your own, here are 4 tips that could spare you worries… and backaches.
1. Take a strategic approach:
First evaluate the route you will have to take and make sure all the furniture to be moved will pass freely through the hallways and door frames. Don’t forget that it’s sometimes easier to move furniture when it’s vertical instead of horizontal! If you choose to drag your furniture along the floor, place a cover underneath first to protect your floor. You can also use Magic Sliders, which do the job very well.
2. Lighten and secure the load:
Empty the furniture completely and remove the parts that come out easily, such as the drawers and removable shelves. For cabinet doors, strap the unit to prevent it from opening during moves. It would also be a good idea to use zip bags to store hardware. To avoid having to search for the zip bag, simply tape it to the part concerned (on the unexposed surfaces to avoid damaging the finish).
3. Protect your furniture for the big trip
Take time to protect the surfaces and each part. If your furniture is not well protected, vibration and shocks could damage the finish during transport in your vehicle or a truck could damage. Covering the surfaces with thick blankets or towels will work very well. When you position your furniture in your transport vehicle, pay special attention to the weakest components. Drawer bottoms and furniture backs are made of more fragile materials, so make sure that no object is pressing against these components.
4. Use your strength intelligently
Do you have to lift big pieces? Here are some tips to avoid injuries:
- Adopt a good starting position (legs spread at shoulder width).
- Keep you back straight: bend your knees, not your back.
- Never make sudden movements!
- Hold the object as close to your body as possible.
- Don’t work alone. Have at least one other person help you.
- Carrying straps are very useful for heavier loads.
Good luck with your move!