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How to Move Heavy Furniture Without Damage – Tip for Pack & Move

How to Move Heavy Furniture

It is very important to take extreme care when moving heavy furniture. Incorrect lifting techniques or lifting beyond your capacity can cause injuries to your body. If you are unsure about how to lift heavy furniture or are unable to move the heavy furniture on your own or with others, engage a professional who has the resources, tools and equipment to successfully move heavy furniture without worry. In addition to injuring yourself, you may also damage your furniture, damage surrounding property or hurt other people. Take care when moving furniture, and if it is too heavy remember to seek help.

Our team of furniture movers perform local, interstate and international moves. We can move small or bulky furniture with ease. Whether you have a grandfather’s clock, antique buffet, large billiards table or another heavy and bulky item, leave the task to us. Our removalists are trained to carefully lift heavy items and have a wide range of tools and equipment at their disposal to make the job easier. In addition, our specialist movers are also equipped with the experience to dismantle furniture to make it easier to move. We will move your furniture in the most effective manner.

If you are planning to move heavy furniture on your own, here are 5 tips to pack and move the furniture without causing damage to property or injury to people.

1. Inspect the furniture

Whether you are moving a sofa, bed, dining table, bookshelf or other large furniture item, it is important to first inspect and assess the furniture. There is no standard practice to moving an item of furniture because each item is unique and different. Here are a couple of things to inspect:

• Check to see if there is any damage. Split wood, cracked casing, loose screws or other damage can cause the furniture to fall apart during the move.

• Assess how the furniture can be lifted in a safe manner that does not damage the item. Is there a place to grip the furniture without the item dismantling?

• Has the furniture been assembled correctly? Incorrect assembly can cause damage to the furniture during the move.

• How should the furniture be placed at rest? For example, a grandfather’s clock will suffer internal damage if placed on its back, side or front.

2. Consider dismantling the furniture

You may save a lot of time moving furniture, if it can be safely dismantled. For example, a dining table may have a detachable top and legs so each piece can be moved easily without having to cart the entire table to the new destination. Check manufacturer instructions and use appropriate tools when dismantling. Ensure that no damage is caused to the item during the dismantling procedure; otherwise you may have difficulty re-assembling the furniture.

3. Protect the furniture

Protect the furniture for the move. You might wrap the item in foam or a material to avoid it getting scratched, dented or scuffed. If you are moving furniture in the rain, you may want to wrap the item in plastic or another waterproof material to avoid moisture damaging the furniture. Make sure the wrapping is applied correctly and does not detach during transit. Also, avoid using bulky wrapping that makes the furniture even more heavy or difficult to move.

4. Use appropriate technique and equipment

When lifting heavy furniture, you must use appropriate technique and equipment. When lifting heavy furniture, maintain a straight back, keep a steady balance and lift slowly. Avoid rushing the process and lifting beyond your capabilities. Straining your back is not pleasant and can lead to severe injuries. In addition, you will need to wear protective gloves and consider using a platform trolley or stair climber to move the furniture item effectively without causing damage to it.

5. Secure the furniture in vehicle

During the move, the furniture item must be secure in the vehicle. Tall items can topple over if not fastened. This can damage the item, other surrounding furniture and the vehicle. Ensure your vehicle is equipped with appropriate bracing infrastructure so that the furniture can be strapped and locked into place. A handy tip is to keep space and clearance around furniture objects because movement during transit can cause furniture items to wobble and rub against other items which may cause damage.

At Dawson Moving & Storage, we can help you move heavy furniture without damage. Our specialist team of removalists who are trained to lift, carry and move heavy furniture have the right tools, experience and equipment to achieve the best results. For further information on how we can support you for your move, contact us on 1800 066 846.

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