Moving bulky items: a brief guide

If your relocation involves moving bulky items, you may want to know about the best ways of dealing with them. First off, the simplest way is to hire a good moving company to assist you with them. Big Heart Moving Company has years of experience dealing with these items and can provide you with a seamless experience. But we also understand that there are times where you might want to do this on your own. This is why we have this article for you. We are going to provide you with a surefire way to handle these oversized items without requiring professional assistance. But if you don’t feel like doing it, know that we are just a call away to assist you.

5 tips for moving bulky items

Here is what you will want to do, in order to make this process easier on yourself:

  1. Gather all necessary equipment
  2. If possible, disassemble!
  3. Use proper lifting techniques when moving bulky items
  4. Moving bulky items up and downstairs
  5. Ask friends for help

Additionally, you may want to consult your movers about any specific advice. For example, you may have an item that is really difficult to move and you can’t easily disassemble it. Contacting movers Fairview TN may provide you with an easier solution. After all, you can always choose to adopt the advice or not. Not asking for it is definitely not in your best interest.

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You will need specialized equipment for moving bulky items.

1. Gather all necessary equipment

The first thing on your to-do list is to obtain all the equipment and the tools that you will need for the job. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Moving straps
  • Hand truck/dolly
  • Furniture sliders

These three items will be able to let you handle most of your belongings. However, if you have an item that you need additional tools to relocate, make sure that you acquire those tools as well. For example, if you are moving a piano, you will need to acquire some extra equipment. But, to tell the truth, it is usually best to leave this to piano movers Nashville. Pianos are quite expensive, after all, and you will want to ensure maximum safety when it comes to them. It is definitely possible to do it on your own, but it can be quite challenging if this is your first time moving it. Special items are best left to professional care.

2. If possible, disassemble!

Most of the difficulty in moving bulky items comes from their awkward size. What you can do is reduce this a bit by disassembling what you can. Not everything can be disassembled but most pieces can. What you want to do is prepare for this task by obtaining as much information about your belongings as possible. If you are hiring packing services, you may ask your movers for some advice, as well. They will be able to tell you what can be safely disassembled and what might not be. This is, perhaps, the critical part of handling bulky stuff. It is much easier if they are in pieces. But make sure that you take some pictures and keep the small parts in separate bags. Otherwise, you might have some issues when reassembling them.

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The first part of handling bulky items – disassembling!

3. Use proper lifting techniques when moving bulky items

We can’t stress this enough. You need to take good care of yourself. It is really easy to succumb to a moving injury if you are not careful. Therefore, make sure that you employ only tried-and-true lifting techniques when handling heavy loads. Most people overestimate their strength or underestimate the weight of an object. Don’t fall into this trap, always be careful. Consider the implications if something goes wrong and then weigh them with that small convenience you will have by not using the proper techniques. It is always best not to take any chances, after all.

4. Moving bulky items up and downstairs

And now we come to the “big” issue. If you have to move these bulky items up or down several flights of stairs, try to plan everything beforehand. For example, if you are living in an apartment building, ensure that the neighbors know that you will be occupying the stairs for some time. Other than that, you will always want to have as many hands as you can get for this task. Which keys in into our next tip:

5. Ask friends for help

You are not alone on this planet. If you would help your friends in their time of need, it is only natural that they will want to help you, as well. Therefore, never be shy to ask for help from your inner circle. Of course, ask your family members too. The more people you have helping you, the easier it will be. And you will also be able to put the “right” person in the right place. If you have a particularly strong friend, he or she can take the most difficult carrying positions. But the more people you have, the better. You can always have someone stay on the sidelines when not needed, or when in need of rest.

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Everything is easier with a couple of friends!

Hire a professional moving company

But, to tell you the complete truth, sometimes it can be pretty impossible to deal with all the necessities of the relocation and still have the energy to be moving bulky items. In these cases, hiring professional moving assistance is probably your best option. Your moving crew will be able to take a lot of work off your shoulders and make the entire process a lot easier and smoother. This will leave you with a lot more time and energy, which you can invest in anything that you want. You don’t even need to hire full moving services, either. Moving companies can offer labor-only services as well! There are numerous solutions so contacting a mover and seeing what options they can offer is always a good idea.


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