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Laborhutt Staff
June 17, 2024

Home Moving Tips: How to Move Heavy Items Without Hiring Movers

Moving furniture and heavy items around your home can be tough, but it doesn't have to be. Whether you're reorganizing a room, making space for new stuff, or just cleaning, you can do these tasks without hiring a moving company. Think about the pleasure of doing it yourself and the money you'll save! This guide will give you useful tips and tricks to make moving those heavy pieces easier and safer. 

“The best way to get something done is to begin.” – U.S. President Harry S. Truman

Ready to get started? Here’s what you need to know:

Clear the Path: Planning Your Route

Start by looking around your home. Remove any obstacles like rugs, toys, or decorations that might be in your way. Picture the route you will take through doorways, hallways, and stairs. This will help you spot and fix any issues before you start moving heavy items.

Next, measure your furniture and the spaces it needs to fit through. Knowing these measurements ahead of time can save you from problems later. You might need to remove door moldings or use padded covers to protect doorways if the furniture is very large.

Plan the shortest, most straightforward route with the fewest turns and obstacles. This makes the move easier and reduces the risk of damage to your home and belongings. Plus, a clear path helps you focus on lifting correctly.

To fit large items through doorways, try the 'L Method.' Rotate the furniture to form an "L" shape. This tactic works well for sofas and mattresses.

If you can't move the furniture alone, ask for help from family or friends. You can also use Laborhutt to find neighbors that are willing to help you move your furniture.

With these steps, you'll be ready to move furniture within your home more smoothly and safely.

Stairs and tight corners can be tricky when moving heavy furniture at home. Always have a plan. Measure doorways and stairwells to make sure your furniture fits.

For stairs, keep the tall end of the furniture facing up

This helps with control and balance. It’s easier with a partner: one person lifts the lower end while the other handles the higher end. Use the 'L Method' to tilt large items sideways, forming an L-shape. This helps them pass through doorways and tight corners better.

For narrow staircases and sharp turns

Use furniture sliders or gliders to reduce friction and protect your floors. Cover your stairs and banisters with quilted pads or moving blankets to prevent scratches and dents.

If you’re moving alone, be extra careful. Use tools like shoulder dollies or heavy-duty straps to spread the weight evenly. Take frequent breaks to avoid strain and stay hydrated. Plan your route, removing any obstacles or tripping hazards beforehand.

Preventing Floor and Wall Damage

preventing floor and wall damage

It's important to protect your floors and walls. Start by laying down protective materials on your floors. Furniture sliders, which you can find at hardware stores, work well for this. They reduce friction and help move heavy pieces without scratching your floors.

You can also use old blankets or rugs. If you're moving items across hard flooring like wood or tile, put a piece of cardboard under the furniture legs to avoid scratches. For carpeted areas, slider discs can make moving easier.

Walls need protection too, especially in narrow hallways and sharp corners. Cover the edges of furniture with quilted pads or moving blankets. Secure them with tape or bungee cords so they don't slip off.

Don't forget about doorways and stair banisters. Remove any moldings that might get in the way or cover them with quilted pads to prevent damage. You can also use foam padding around banisters for extra protection. By planning ahead and using these tips, you can protect both your furniture and your home during the move.

Safeguarding Your Back: Proper Lifting Techniques

lifting techniques: couch

Always lift with your legs, not your back.

Keep your back safe when moving heavy items. This means bending your knees and keeping your back straight. Think of it like doing a squat, not a deadlift. Your leg muscles are much stronger and better for lifting heavy things.

hold the item close to your body.

If you hold it too far away, it puts more strain on your back and can cause injuries. When moving tall items like dressers or bookshelves, work with a partner and carry the furniture high and low. This helps balance the weight and prevents tipping.

If you’re moving by yourself, a furniture dolly can really help. A dolly means less lifting and makes it easier to move around your home. Use bungie cords or Movers Wrap to keep the furniture stable on the dolly. This prevents it from shifting and causing you to lose balance.

Finally, take your time

Moving slowly lets you make adjustments and avoid sudden movements that can hurt your back. Listen to your body. If you to start feel pain, take a break. Protecting your back isn’t just about using the right technique—it’s also about pacing yourself and knowing your limits.

Team Effort: Coordinating with Helpers

Moving heavy furniture becomes significantly easier and safer when you have extra hands on deck. Here are some key points when coordinating with helpers:

  • Assign specific roles to each person to ensure coordination and efficiency.

  • Use simple verbal cues like "lift," "move," and "stop" to ensure everyone's actions are synchronized.

  • Take frequent breaks to avoid fatigue and maintain safety.

  • Encourage and check in with each other regularly to prevent strain or injury.

  • Ensure everyone is familiar with proper lifting techniques to minimize risk.

By planning your route, learning to move around stairs and tight spaces, lifting correctly, and working well with your helpers, you can move heavy furniture safely without hiring a moving company. Preparation and communication are key. With these tips, moving big items will be easy. Happy moving!

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