The DIY approach to moving heavy furniture

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Moving home can be a stressful, time-consuming and expensive thing to do. Organising all of your documents, getting your things in order and packing everything up, ready to be move takes time and a lot of patience. It’s always great when family and friends pitch into help with the move and you can save yourself some money by renting a truck and moving most of your belongings and furniture yourself.

However, if you have never moved heavy furniture before, it’s important that you do it right or you could end up injuring yourself in the process. You need to move the right way, bend at the right places and make sure that you have enough hands on deck to get the furniture to where it needs to be. Be sure to fasten everything in place inside the truck using a ratchet tie down to stop it from sliding around and causing an accident or damaging your other belongings. By taking the right approach you will be able to move all of your belongings safely and efficiently without hurting yourself.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the things you need to do when moving heavy furniture without the help of professionals.

Clear the way

Before you do anything, there are a few things you can do to make everything go as smoothly as possible. First, be sure that you keep all pathways clear as you don’t want to trip of fall with heavy furniture in your hands. The path outside your home, between your doorway and the truck, should also be clear of any debris, toys or anything else that might get in the way.

Choose the right footwear

Be sure to choose the right shoes for the job. Choose shoes that are closed in at the toe and be sure that you have them tied up tight to keep your ankles supported. If you have rubber-soled shoes, they will be the best option as they are less likely to slip. Of course, if you have work boots or hard-toe shoes, opt for those over a pair of sports shoes but whatever you do, don’t attempt the move in thongs.

Call in some help

Don’t be afraid to ask your friends and family for help, this is not the time to try and be a superhero. The more people you can round up, the better as it will make moving the furniture much easier on everyone. Remember, if it hasn’t already, a time will come when they will need your help too. Try sweetening the deal and order pizza for everyone when you’re done or open a few beers to celebrate the successful move.

Know the end-game

Loading the furniture onto the truck and driving it to your new place is only half the battle. When it gets there, you need to know where it’s going to go and how you’re going to get it in the door of your new place. Have a spot in mind for each piece of furniture before you get to your new destination. Nobody wants to stand around holding a wardrobe or a sofa while you try and figure out the interior design of your new space. Make things easier on everyone and plan ahead.

Ensure a successful move

Spending a day or two moving heavy furniture from one place to the next might not sound like your idea of a good time but it doesn’t have to be torture. By planning ahead and bringing in the help of your family and friends, it can be a more memorable day than you might think. Remember to bend your knees and lift with your legs, not your back. Don’t over exert yourself and take your time. With the right approach, you can be sure your furniture will make it to its new home without causing you injury on the way.