Smooth Moves

Movers moving living room furniture

Your dream home is almost in reach! The paperwork is signed, the keys are in your hands, and that I-can’t-wait-to-leave feeling is getting stronger by the second. But before you kick off your shoes and start relaxing in the new space, the last and most daunting step is still waiting to be checked off—moving.

There’s no doubt that the act of moving can be difficult and stressful. Not only is it physically tiring, it can also take a lot of mental energy. With this in mind, we’ve created a guide with the help of our delivery drivers! They will share their tips and tricks on the biggest moving FAQs (and maybe a few industry secrets!) to reduce stress and increase efficiency. We’ve got your back, so please don’t break it!

What is the best way to carefully transport big and heavy furniture?
The most important thing to do when lifting heavy objects is to lift with your legs! Get a sense of how heavy the object is first and get others to help you if needed. Furniture pieces like sofas and bed frames can be very heavy, so ask for help to carry it so you don’t damage it or your body! It’s important to avoid overly curling your back, and always engage your core muscles to reduce the risk of a back injury.

Another good tip is to strap these items if necessary. Strapping furniture to the wall ensures that it doesn’t move around and stays where you placed it. This also guarantees big items don’t tip over on anyone!

How do you ensure the items you transport are clean?
Always wash your hands! Moving can be a messy task, and dust can gather in any space at any time. Keep this in mind when you’re transporting your cream sectional—you wouldn’t want a permanent hand print on its cushions!

TVs should also be boxed up to reduce dust build up. Keeping your flat screen in a box not only keeps it clean but can also add an extra layer of protection so nothing gets damaged. The last thing you want is fingerprints and dust particles on the big screen!

You can also put a pad wherever you believe the piece might touch the ground. Corners and low edges can drag on the floor and you may not even notice! Pads can come in handy in these scenarios because they act like a barrier between your clean furniture and the (probably) dirty floor. You can’t be too safe!

What is the best way to transport mattresses carefully?
Don’t let the softness fool you—transporting mattresses can be tricky! When you’re carrying them, it’s important that you get a good grip and squeeze into the mattress with your palms. It’s also a good idea to get one person on each side when moving it so nobody gets injured and the mattress remains clean.

Like with moving big and heavy furniture, you can also strap the item to the wall so that it doesn’t move or bend. Safety is important, and although mattresses are comfortable to lie on, it’s not always the best scenario when the roles get reversed.

What is the best way to transport mattresses carefully?
You have to keep your pathway clear so you can walk through freely. Having a big loveseat block your path is not only annoying, it can also become a hazard. When you’re in the middle of transporting items, tripping is not in the list.

Fragile items such as mirrors and glass trinkets should be carefully stored into a box and kept away from the working zone. Foam peanuts and mats are your best friend here as they reduce shock and keep your items safe.
Always bring in the biggest pieces first, and you work down from there. Try to place pieces furthest away from the entry point so you don’t have any blocks in your path. Smaller items can be put in boxes and tucked away in a corner until it’s ready to unpack so they don’t become a tripping hazard. As always, safety is very important!

How do you get larger items through an entryway without damaging anything?
Getting large items through an entryway is a puzzle! When it seems like the doorway is too small, you’re tempted to resort to ways that can damage your home and your furniture. But before you do any of that, do your research and plan out how you want to execute this. Maybe your furniture can be disassembled or folded? Don’t bring out the ax and scissors just yet!

You can also remove doors and other blockages in your entryway. This opens up the entry space and allow you to bring in bigger items. Be careful of “gougers”—they are objects that can scratch, shred, and hurt your furniture. Check for any possible hazards before carrying furniture in your new place!

Moving into a new home is an exciting and rewarding process. You may get tired and sore, but now you’ve made it to the finish line. Kick your feet up in the new place and pat yourself on the back for a job well done. Congrats!

Got any moving tips and tricks? Share them in the comments below!