Have an upcoming move that you think you can handle on your own? If so, keep in mind that there is more to the job than renting a moving truck and doing the heavy lifting. Here are some moving tips that everyone should know.
Pack Boxes To The Top
A common mistake that people make is not packing their boxes to the very top. You do not want to leave empty space at the top of a box, because the box is going to be stacked with other boxes on the moving truck. You do not want the weight of the boxes above it to cause the partially empty box to collapse, which can damage what is inside the box. It is always a good idea to pack boxes tightly, even if you are putting things in the box that you don't think belong in it. For example, putting in extra towels with your dishware so that the gap at the top is eliminated.
Pick The Right Dolly
You'll make the job a lot easier if you rent a dolly to do a lot of the heavy lifting for you. However, there are several dollies to pick from, and you may not get the one that you need. Furniture dollies are a flat platform that has four wheels on it, and they are best used for moving heavy couches and cabinets that are a bit too difficult to lift on your own. Using one of these dollies requires at least three people to use it properly. Two people are needed to lift up the item, and one person should position the dolly in the center of the weight of the item.
Utility dollies are upright dollies with two wheels, and are great at moving boxes and lightweight items. The appliance dolly is its counterpart, which has straps to help secure large items to the dolly, such as a refrigerator or washing machine.
Buy The Right Packing Material
You are going to need a lot more than boxes to securely pack all your belongings. It will help to buy a large roll of plastic wrap. This can go around large items to protect the surfaces from being scratched as they rub up against walls and other items by accident during your move. It may seem a bit silly wrapping your couch or dresser in plastic wrap, but it will help ensure that it gets to your new place without any visible damage to the item.
If you'd rather not do these things, hire professional movers to do it for you.