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When it comes to moving, some tasks are more difficult than others - moving heavy items is one of those tasks. Moving heavy items on your own can be difficult because those items are often awkward to carry and are too heavy to lift alone.

The easiest way to move heavy items is to hire a professional removal company to do it for you, but if you're in a bind and don't have time or money to hire professionals, here are some tips to move them yourself. 

Get some help
As mentioned, of course the easiest way to move heavy items is to hire professional removalists. But, if you're attempting to do it on your own, you're going to need the help of a friend or two. A few mates to lend a hand will help you evenly distribute the weight of a heavier item and make it easier to carry. 

Clear the walking path
Before your mates arrive--and before you try to pick up the item, you'll need to ensure that you have a safe route to walk through. When you're carrying the item you won't be able to put it down for moment every few feet to move something out of the way. Make sure the path is clear and free of any trip hazards before moving the heavy item. You should also make sure the path you choose is also the easiest to navigate. Narrow hallways and stairs are tricky enough to deal with on moving day without adding the weight of a large piece of furniture. 

Moving heavy furniture

Empty the furniture
When moving furniture an important step is to make it as light as possible before you attempt to move it. If it's a dresser, remove the drawers. If it's an armoire, empty the contents. It might not seem like it will help that much, but it does make a world of difference. 

Use furniture pads
You can rent furniture pads to protect your furniture from many moving companies. These pads and blankets will protect the furniture from scratches, dirt and debris while it's in transit. You can also use blankets and other fabric for smaller appliances or as extra padding for larger pieces. 

Furniture sliders
Furniture sliders will make moving heavy items like a dresser, bed or table easier because it will allow the item to slide across the floor. There will still be some lifting involved to place the sliders in the correct positioning but it won't be nearly as difficult as lifting the item and moving it. 

Moving large appliances

Get the appliance ready for moving
Before moving the appliance you'll need to empty it and prepare it for transport. Refrigerators and freezers need at least 24 hours to defrost completely so that they can be moved. Gas appliances should be shut off and any appliances with a water connection should also be disconnected before moving.

Before wrapping the appliance in a moving pad, wrap and tape the electrical plug to the side of the appliance so that it doesn't become a tripping hazard as you move it. You should also consult the owner's manual for any special instructions on moving the appliance. 

Use dollies
Dollies and hand trucks are essential items to move large appliances. Dollies and hand trucks will help you keep the appliance upright as you try to move it and because of the wheels, you can move the appliance with ease. You still need guidance as you move the item out of the way, however. 

Moving heavy items up and down stairs

Build a ramp
A ramp will make moving a heavy item upstairs that much easier. You can make a simple ramp out of one large and wide board or two smaller boards to accommodate the wheels of a dolly or hand truck. 

Keep the path clear
As always, keeping the path clear will make moving anything easier. For safety make sure that there are no obstacles on the stairs that could cause someone to trip and fall. Secure any loose boards or nails and raised carpet corners should be secured as well. 

Lastly, don't forget to communicate with your moving help! Whether you're undertaking the move with the help of a few friends or a professional moving crew, it's important to know what is going on during the move. 

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on October 28, 2015 - Moving Expert
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