While I am the stay-at-home mother of six beautiful children, my husband works in a field that requires us to move frequently. The first time we had to move, it was just the two of us, and while it seemed stressful at the time, that ended up being the "easy" move! As our family has grown, the moving process has become much more time-intensive, and I learned that if I don't create a moving "to-do" list and go through it step by step, I forget to get important things done before we move. I know there are other families of all sizes out there facing moves soon, so I thought I would make a blog to share my moving and storage tips with everyone who needs them. Come back often, especially if you are moving in the near future!
Whether you are moving to a new house or an apartment, one thing is certain — you need your appliances to make the journey along with you. From the refrigerator to the washing machine, safely transporting these items from your old home to your new home is vital. However, there are many mistakes you can make during the process if you don't know what you are doing -- errors that could damage your equipment or put your safety in jeopardy. Here are a few examples:
There is a right and a wrong way to load heavy objects onto a moving truck. When it comes to a large appliance like a deep freezer or a refrigerator, it is safest to place these items inside the moving truck first.
When you put these large items in last, they can move around during the transport process and cause damage to other things in the truck. More importantly, when you open the truck door the large appliance could fall out, especially if it's not secured in place. It is essential that you load large items correctly.
You should also be mindful of the manner in which your items are handled during the moving process, which is especially important if you want to avoid damage.
Consider a washing machine, for example. If you don't handle the washing machine correctly, you could damage the hose or the drum inside the machine. While a hose is a repair that you can generally make relatively easily, the same can't be said about the drum. A professional mover knows how to secure the machine for transport to avoid damage.
There is also a correct way to lift a large appliance -- or any other bulky item for that matter. If you're not lifting these items the right way, it's much easier to drop them and cause permanent damage. The same is true when you are transporting large appliances with a dolly.
For example, if you don't properly secure the appliance on the dolly with straps, it could fall off the dolly and land on you, or sustain damage from the fall that could be costly to repair.
When it comes to a safe move that keeps you injury-free and your equipment damage-free, you need to rely on a professional moving company. From the mishaps mentioned here to other concerns, professional movers can avoid these issues and keep your belongings protected.