The Art of DIY Moving
Adam De Franceschi - Back2Back Removals
They say a losing your job, a family member passing, and moving house are three of the most stressful events that you can go through in your life; here at Back2Back Removals, we deal with the latter every day!
While from the outset the task of moving might seem “easy” to some, the logistics of actually moving the entire contents of a house can be a little more complicated than what you may have thought. Things such as - how I'm going to move my heavier items? How on earth do I deal with my inherited expensive dinnerware without breaking it? And what about the navigation of that large couch up that small stairwell? At B2B, we have years of experience; so I’m going to share with you some tips to make your next move that little bit easier!
Tip 1: Packing
Trust me, you never really know how much stuff you have until you move into a new house. The first thing you will need is boxes, containers, or anything that can be closed to hold various items. Don’t over pack your boxes- this is the number one rule that most of us seem to get wrong! Too much weight can lead to bottoming out which causes unnecessary breakages! Also, think about who’s lifting the boxes and the distance that needs to be travelled from home to truck, and then from truck to new space.
Tip 2: Packing fragile items
When packing fragile items, using a lot of cushioning paper is best- newspaper will usually do the job just fine. Plates should be stacked on their side, side to side, with cushioning in-between. This reduces clashing while in transit. Glasses should be individually wrapped and laid flat, with cushioning placed on both the bottom of the box/container AND the sides. For other fragile items, wrap them individually, placing lighter objects on top of the stronger, heavier ones. If in doubt more cushioning is better than less.
Tip 3: Packing the truck
So now you're standing there, looking at the truck. The rental company has given you three ties and a couple of blankets (standard practice) and there is a big empty space. How best do you pack it?
There is no one size fits all here. You need to consider the number of items you have and the different sizes and pack the truck accordingly. Safe travel and space optimization should be at the forefront of your mind. By not packing efficiently, this will lead to multiple trips and places you at high risk of item breakage; something that you may not be insured for.
*When you use a professional, they’ve got the right insurance (and the skillset) to mitigate this and ease your frustrations.
Tip 4: The actual move
Now that everything is packed and you've managed to load all of the bulky objects (tv units, consoles, dining tables, beds etc), which are heavier than you first thought into this tiny truck, you now need to navigate through doorways, hallways and down stairs. The transition of house-to-truck then truck-to-house is where most of the damage to furniture is done.
So the biggest tip here is the plan. Plan your move strategy. Take a look at the object and where it needs to end up and plan accordingly from there. Talk with your moving partner (before moving the object!) about what the movement plan is, then lift and move. This is where moving becomes a bit of an art form.
At B2B we’ve seen it all, from lifting oversized fridges over marble table tops, to fitting couches through windows (because that’s the only way it's going to go), passing mattress' over balconies and many other ambitious situations. All of these were successfully achieved with no damage, thanks to a movement plan.
It’s easy to see how moving can be one of the most stressful events you can go through in your life. If this all sounds too hard, that’s what we’re here for! Our team at Back2Back does this every day and we take pride in moving your items safely from A to B saving you all the stress in the world! We are a team of friendly and approachable workers who take pride in moving others like it's our own family. That’s why we are the Back2Back family and we act like it. Our service is contactable 24/7, 7 days a week because we understand that sometimes life can throw a spanner in the works and understand how things can suddenly seem very overwhelming so we aim to make it as friendly and stress-free as possible.
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