3 Rules Every Moving Company wants you to know

One of the hardest parts of moving out of your old home and into a new one is if either home has two (or more) floors. If you have ever had to get heavy furniture upstairs or back down again, then you know that it can take a toll on the furniture, your stairs, and your back. If that is the case for you or if you are just having difficulty getting any heavy piece of furniture moved, here are three rules that will help you to do this easier and with less fuss.

7340338-2Couches — Call it what you will: couch, sofa, or love seat. But the bottom line is you will probably be calling these items a few choice names by the end of your move. For these items, the problem isn’t so much the weight of the couch—it’s the shape. Couches are hard to move because they are so awkward, especially if you have to take them up or down stairs. The key to moving a couch is twofold. First, make sure that you look at the couch carefully along with whoever is helping you move it. Find a comfortable place to grab hold of the couch before you lift it so you don’t have to adjust your handhold on the fly. Second, invest in a back brace or support belt like those used by weightlifters. This will give your muscles that extra lower back support when you are doing the heavy lifting.

Dressers — When it comes to actual weight of an item, this is probably going to be the heaviest thing you have to move. If the dresser is taller than it is wide, you may be able to get a hand truck or dolly slid underneath it to move it more easily. If not, then you should first remove all of the drawers. This isn’t going to reduce the weight by much, but it will prevent them from flying open at the most inopportune times. Next, get the padded moving blankets out of your moving truck. Place these on the ground and then carefully place the dresser on top of the pads with the top facing down. (The top is usually flat so this will work much better.) Then slide the dresser across the moving pads. You can also do this when going up or down a flight of stairs, but be careful. Going up is going to take a lot of force to move it. If you choose to slide it down the stairs, you also have to make sure that it doesn’t get away from you. No one wants a runaway dresser crashing into the wall.

Mattresses — Here’s another item that is not really hard to move because of weight. Instead, its difficulty comes from being so awkward and oversized, especially when it is too large for you to get a handgrip on the mattress. Thankfully, many manufacturers are now including handles that you can grip to make the move easier. If yours doesn’t have these, or if you are worried about keeping the mattress clean, then consider investing in mattress bags. These reusable bags enclose the mattress so that you can slide it (or the box spring if necessary) across the ground without worrying about it getting dirty. What’s even better is that the bags come with handles so that you can grip and carry them very easily.

If you are moving yourself, it isn’t necessary to break your back or your bank account. Relatively cheap options are out there to help you with the move so that you can transport those heavy pieces of furniture easily. But if all else fails, you can always consider hiring a moving company and let the pros handle it.