If you think that moving is easy, you should try moving furniture on your own. At best, you need to get at least one friend to help you. At worst, you’d need an entire team. Otherwise you not only run the risk of injuring yourself, but you may also damage your furniture beyond repair. Especially, if you don’t know what you are doing.
But in today’s article we will give you some advice on how to actually approach moving your furniture, so you don’t end up jeopardizing your health or breaking your furniture. However, we have to say that the best approach for you is to hire professional Chicago movers, who can have experience with these things. That’s the only way to ensure that nothing goes wrong during your moving process! But we know some of you prefer a more hands-on approach, so let’s get to our tips!
Tip #1: You Are Not A One-Man Army
The first thing that you have to come to grips with, is that you are not a one-man army. Plain and simple. Just call some friends (or family) and ask for help. Buy them a beer afterwards or treat them to a nice dinner. But whatever you do, don’t go at moving furniture all by yourself.
Tip #2: Disassembling Is Everything
Don’t make your work harder than it has to be. If a piece of furniture can be disassembled in an easy and straightforward way, just do it. That may mean you have to pick up a screwdriver, but don’t be afraid of that. What would constitute hard disassembly is riveted furniture, or the use of nails. If that’s the case, don’t take these out.
Tip #3: Clear Your Path
When you are moving heavy furniture around, it is also likely that furniture is quite bulky. So don’t just pick it up and move it. Clear your path first. Is your doorway blocked? Can each door open all the way? Do you need to actually remove it from the doorframe? All these things need to be sorted out prior to moving. Use a tape-measure for the task, if you have to.
Tip #4: Perfect Your Technique
The intuitive way to pick something up is to just bend over and pull up. But that’s not the optimal way to do it. But moreover, it’s not the healthy way to do it. Always make sure to lift with your legs. Squat, take a firm grip of the furniture and lift with your legs. Your back should always be straight! Sure, it may be a bit more difficult that way, but otherwise you run the risk of nasty injuries.
Tip #5: Don’t Assume You Are A Pro
The thing that may get you in the end is pride and hubris. Don’t be ashamed if you can’t pick up heavy stuff. A lot of people can’t. You are not a weightlifter, nor a professional mover. If you have difficulties with moving heavy and bulky furniture, don’t risk it. Call the people who actually get paid to do that job!