Tips On Moving Heavy Furniture

Tips On Moving Heavy Furniture

Before the holidays, many of us go through a ‘nesting’ phase. A fresh coat of paint on the walls, new flooring, or new furniture. Maybe a few changes in a room by moving furniture, adding, or taking out furniture is also in your plans. Don’t scratch up those beautiful floors (whether they’re new or not!) Follow our tips on how to move your furniture safely and easily.


Tip One: Take It Out, Take It ALL Out


One of the biggest reasons your dressers are heavy are because of what inside of them. Take all of the drawers out to lighten the dresser, or whatever it may be that your moving. If your dresser has arlington-pic-6a mirror attached, take a few minutes to unscrew the screws and set the mirror aside. An added bonus to taking out all the contents of your furniture? Avoiding the possibility of any of them falling out and injuring you or the flooring.


Tip Two: Soften Up


If you’re moving the heavy object from one room to another, or within the same room, and all of the flooring is hardwood, you may be in luck. Use folded towels carpet remnants or moving sliders to easily slide the piece of furniture to wherever you desire! Place them under the feet or at the base to keep the floors safe, and your back pain-free!


Tip Three: Clean It Up


It seems natural to want to clean the furniture, or the area you moved it from since you’re rarely able to clean back there anyway, but an added bonus to cleaning the floors or the furniture is to get small pieces of dust or debris build up off the floors and furniture to keep them from unintentionally hurting the floors.


Tip Four: Hello, Dolly!


Sometimes the two of you (or the three of you, or the four of you) just can’t maneuver that big piece of furniture. That’s ok, dollies are excellent at moving heavy objects, and are mostly ok to use onSlack rails before hardwood floors. Just make sure your dolly has inflatable rubber wheels, not hard rubber. Hard rubber can damage your floors when coupled with the weight of your furniture.


Tip Five: Be a Wheel Watcher

Just because something is on wheels doesn’t mean it’s safe for your floors. As we mentioned above, hard rubber wheels can be dangerous to your floors when carrying a large piece of furniture. Place a piece of ¼” thick cardboard on your floor and roll the wheels over it to ensure no damage is done to those beautiful hardwood floors.


If the damage is already done, give us a call. We can assess the damage and consult you on how best to repair or replace the flooring. Happy moving!

Damaged Floors During a Move

Damaged Floors During a Move

Recently, we worked on a home whose floors had been damaged by the previous owner’s movers. It’s a tough place to be in when you’ve just purchased a home with beautiful floors (this may have even been the major factor in purchasing the home), only to find the floors aren’t in the same condition as when you bought the house. Perhaps the same has happened to you; you sell the house, ready to move, and your movers neglect to take the proper precautions for the integrity of your floors.


It may be too late now to prevent this type of damage, but for those who plan to move at the beginning of the year, take note of some of our tips to save you money and the whole repair process.


Old Hick pic 6Larger and more mainstream movers tend to use runners to prevent damage, but if you’re working with a lesser known or more affordable mover (or, you’re moving yourself), try to use runners or protective mats that can be cut into any shape. Try to find the type of runners which roll out flat and cling to your floor with a non-adhesive backing.


Make sure the movers or whomever it is moving your furniture doesn’t drag the furniture. You wouldn’t have done it living there; you shouldn’t be doing it moving out of there. If the furniture is just too heavy to lift, cover the feet and edges with a soft fabric or Velcro padding. This will protect the floors on your move out, and is a good precaution to take in the new house as you arrange and rearrange furniture in the future.


You may also want to consider a dollie; both smaller, lightweight items can be stacked on to the dollie, and heavier items can be transported on the dollie as well. Wrap in padding to protect the hardwood in case you drop the item on the floor.


Larson pic 4This is winter after all and the weather recently hasn’t proven this to be true, but if there’s snow or ice, take extra precaution to not track in salt onto your floors. Floors can be irreparably damaged by salt, not to mention the mess the snow or rain or even ice can leave, especially if gravel is involved.


Aside from the damage weather can make to your old floors, be sure to measure your new space to prevent damage to your new floors. Measuring furniture and visualizing your furniture in your new space will prevent you from scratching floors in order to fit a too large couch, or damage walls to squeeze in a large chest.


Don’t risk damaging your new or old floors. Taking a few preventative steps will make you and your buyer much happier in the end!