Helpful Hints: How to Move Heavy Items


We’ve all found ourselves in the position of having to move a heavy item at one point or another. Whether it’s moving furniture into a different room, removing an old appliance to make way for a new one, or moving out of your home, there are a few simple things to keep in mind to make your moving jobs easier. First and foremost, remember that using your brain more than your brawn can keep injuries at bay. Here are some tips on how to make moving heavy objects a breeze:

  • The cardinal rule of lifting: Lift with your legs, not with your back. A hurt back will keep you from lifting even the lightest of items, so it’s best to protect your biggest asset.
  • Remove jewelry and loose fitting clothing. In case there is an accident, you don’t want a heavy item to take you down with it!
  • Plan your route. Nothing is worse than finally getting an item to the doorway only to figure out that it won’t fit through.
  • Pushing is oftentimes easier than pulling.
  • Sliding items on the floor saves you from having to lift. Just be sure that the floor won’t get damaged while sliding. If you think it will get scratched, use an old towel or blanket underneath the item; doing so will also make the item slide more easily.
  • Dismantle it. For things such as dressers or desks, take the drawers out before you move it. If it can be taken apart into smaller parts, do it…you’ll be thankful you did at the end of the moving day.
  • To get a dolly under a heavy item when you’re by yourself, put the dolly against a wall and then walk the heavy item onto it…this will keep the dolly from falling over.
  • If you don’t have a dolly, get inventive! Skateboards or kid’s scooters can help in a pinch. For really large items, you can use lengths of pipes or poles. Roll the item over them, then as they become free, take them and place them in front again to keep the item moving forward.

Once you arrive at your Lock Up Self Storage location, you’ll have handcarts and dollies at your disposal. And with large elevators at every Lock Up, you won’t have to worry about navigating stairwells with your heavy items.

Do you have any tips for moving heavy items? Share them with us here!


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