If have ever moved, you know how many details go into the planning process. What to pack, how to pack it, where to store it, when to load it, and the list goes on. There is one detail that people often forget. What do you do with what’s leftover? The things you didn’t pack because you don’t want anymore.
You’ve got a pile of items you’ve decided to get rid of but you can’t leave it sitting there and you don’t have time to hold a garage sale or haul it all away. What you can do is call a local junk hauling company. They don’t just come out and haul your stuff to the local dump, they recycle, repurpose, up-sell, and donate anything usable to charitable organizations.
Like movers, junk haulers need to know how to move things like old refrigerators, furniture and boxes out of your home without doing any damage. They know the tricks of the trade and here are some to help you on your next move.
If you have ever helped someone move, you know the headache and body aches that will follow you long after the job is done. However, there are some things that professionals have mastered (you might want to consider hiring them and save yourself the trouble) and can move you out of your house without hitting your wood hutch on a corner wall.
Basic furniture moving equipment
Equipment comes in all shapes and sizes and is designed especially for making it easier to move furniture. Professional movers and junk haulers use them to make hauling heavy items a bit less painless. They include:
- Sliders – Sliders come in different sizes and can be found and your local hardware store or national chains like Lowes or Home Depot. These are perfect for moving your furniture across the carpet or grass. Put them under the corners of the furniture, and it should slide with ease.
- Shoulder Dolly – These are straps that connect to your shoulders and help take the load off your back. They help you to utilize the stronger muscle groups. Do not use shoulder dolly’s for moving furniture up or downstairs because the weight will shift to the person at the bottom.
- Moving Blankets – Moving blankets can be used in place of sliders, and they can also be used to drape over furniture to keep it scar-free. For moving purposes, put the entire blanket under the furniture and pull the blanket. The furniture will move along with it. Pretty basic, right?
- Moving Dolly – Hand trucks or moving dollies are good options for some furniture. To move furniture, you can wheel the platform dolly under the piece of furniture and move it effortlessly. To use a hand truck, you would lean the furniture against it and tilt the handle towards you, then wheel it to the truck.
- Magazines – If you must get creative try using some old (or new) magazines to move things around. Simply put them under the corners of the furniture and slide away.
Sometimes you don’t have the time to purchase this useful equipment before moving day. All you have to work with is your motivation and your muscles. There are a few tricks to moving heavy, awkward items that make the job easier.
Moving without equipment
- Carrying Tall Items – You should carry tall items high and low. A filing cabinet or bookcase is awkward to handle and is a two-person job. You would tip the furniture backward and have one person carry the top and the other the bottom. This will center the weight keeping it from swinging out of control.
- Hook Chairs Around Corners – When moving chairs, it is difficult to get them through doorways without smashing your fingers on the door frame. To avoid this “hook” the chair around the corner. Turn the chair on its side, so it looks like an “L” and move it through the doorway back-first, then hook it around the door frame and through.
- Moving a Couch – Have you ever tried to carry a couch horizontally through a room or a door? It is almost impossible to get it through and then make the turn into the room. Instead, stand the couch on its end and slide it to the doorway and move it through.
- Take the Back off of a Recliner – Recliners are made to come apart into two pieces. Find the brackets on the outside or inside of the back frame. Lift the locking levers and slide the back straight up. Never lift a recliner by its footrest. In fact, tie the footrest in place so it won’t spring open.
Other things you can do to make the job easier for you or your hired professional include making sure the books are out of the bookcase before they try to move it , and renting ramps to load furniture into the truck.
Why a professional junk hauler?
You can find someone to come in and haul away your items for you at what seems like a cheap rate. If you do that you will get cheap service.
Professionals know how to come in and move furniture or other heavy items you want to get rid of without causing damage. They won’t go down the road and illegally dump your junk on the side of the road to save a buck. A good service hires people who take the time to do things right. They recycle, reuse, and donate.
Hiring someone to get the old stuff out of your way will give you free-reign to get everything packed and loaded so you can get on down the road.
If you are looking for some of the best in the business, you have landed in the right place.
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