Moving Heavy or Awkward Items

Posted on December 18, 2021 by Martin Austwick

The moving process can be daunting to the uninitiated. In fact, it is often one of the most stressful things you will ever have to undertake. However, by following a few simple steps, you can quickly alleviate much of the chaos. You can maximise your chances of everything going swimmingly as you make the move to a new home. Planning thoroughly around moving heavy or awkward items will pay dividends in the long run.

Your general everyday household objects can be sorted and packaged with relative ease. The important thing is to think ahead and plan early. Better yet – you can work with Gentleman & A Van to receive a higher standard of quality. You’ll also be able to utilise specialist removal’s equipment most of us don’t have. There’s no better way to safeguard your possessions during your upcoming relocation.

The Methods Behind Safe Removals – 

Far too many movers leave everything until the very last minute. They find that they have no suitable packaging materials. Instead, they try to move a lifetime worth of personal possessions in a handful of poorly taped together cardboard boxes. They are disappointed when they find that many things end up broken, scuffed or even missing in the general disorganisation.

Start the hard work a few months before your move. Pack away your non-essentials first in the bottoms of various boxes. This will allow you to pack your most frequently used items on top so that you can unload them first. Additionally, put your delicate items in last to get them out of the van first and avoid collisions with heavier objects during the journey.

Try to work around your home a room when you can concentrate on the job at hand. Label each box clearly with precisely what it contains and where it needs to be situated in your new abode. Consider buying tape for the boxes and colour coding each room. If you follow these steps, things will go very smoothly. However, many specialist items require a different approach when moving into a new house. 

Moving heavy items

One: Moving Heavy Items Safely – 

Heavy items can be one of the most troublesome things you will have to move. Especially things that initially seem to be small in stature. Often the very second you try to move them, you are suddenly left wondering precisely how you will do it yourself.

Heavy object handling can be tricky. Many of us will have been told the mantra many times throughout our lives that we should live from the knees, not the back. This does not help when boxes and objects surround you with no hope of moving those innocuously small but surprisingly heavy items.

Firstly, enlist help! Call on your friends and family to help you organise things. When it comes to the big move, be sure to employ an experienced moving company to assist you with the heavy lifting. They have the knowledge and the tools to avoid injury and ensure that everything goes as smoothly as possible. Prior to moving day, avoid injuring yourself at all costs. 

And when you do manage to find a well-wishing loved one who wants to ensure that you have a plan before you move a heavy object. Ask yourself these questions:

  • How are we going to grip the item?
  • Where are we moving it to?
  • Do we need to prepare padding on the floor in advance?
  • Are there any tight doorways or turns we may struggle with?
  • Are we going to be descending or ascending a staircase?

When you consider all these factors and have put a plan in place, begin your move, but always be ready to lower the heavy item if you struggle. Remember, it is a marathon, not a sprint, so take your time, prepare thoroughly, enlist the help of others wherever possible, and you’ll be on track for a positive moving experience.

moving valuable antiques

Two: Moving Awkward Objects – 

Big and heavy are usually seen as synonymous, but they need not be; sometimes, they are large, oversized items that may not be very heavy but can still be a nightmare to move due to their sheer bulk. If you are packing and find a massive monstrosity of a personal possession that needs moving, then be sure to consider precisely where you will be moving it. 

Then you should consider the needs of a professional moving company if you have employed one, they will often advise where they need such large items keeping before moving day. Once again, be sure to enlist the help of anyone who owes you a favour; you may require a small team to carry a particularly large item.

One of the most important things to consider when moving an oversized object is your route. You will undoubtedly need to take extra care traversing your way across hallways, through doorways and up and down flights of stairs. Be careful not to scuff the walls of your house or leave any damage; take your time, exercise caution and patience, and plan your route well in advance to ensure a hassle-free moving experience.

Three: Moving Valuable Belongings –

One of the most stressful experiences when moving can be considering the care of your valuable items. Due to the cost-value of particular pieces, it makes sense to give them more consideration when packing. This also applies to the more delicate objects that are susceptible to damage with any form of impact. You’ll need to make allowances to give them a separate area in the moving van with plenty of additional padding.

If they are especially small or compact, package them away separately in their own boxes. Keep them distant from the confusion of your regular house packing. You should pack small valuables away first to ensure they do not get lost or damaged in the house-moving rush. If they are heavy or difficult to move, it’s better to pack and carry them in last.

Be sure to protect your valuables at every step of the move. If they are large and need to remain in situ, cover them with a cloth or sheet and some protective wrapping to ensure they are not bumped or bashed whilst you pack your other items away. If you want to talk to an expert about your house move, why not get in touch with our team?

Four: Work with Removals Professionals –

We might be biased when we say this, but it’s for a good reason – you should consider booking a reputable moving company. Many people jump straight in without thinking about the consequences of handling heavy objects. And we’ve seen the results of this – bad backs, broken furniture, and other injuries and breakages. That’s why you should work with professionals when you have bulky items.

Gentleman & A Van has a team of solid removal’s experts on hand who have decades of collective experience. Not only that – they have the proper training to lift heavy items, including taking them apart and reassembling them. Believe us when we say this – most of us don’t know how to pick up and move certain objects safely. 

We have another thing in our favour that makes more sense to work with us. That’s the removal equipment we have at our disposal: hoists, pullies, straps, and other specialist tools. This makes it possible to lift and shift cumbersome furniture and appliances. It also ensures we can do so from tricky rooms, such as top-floor flats. 

Spiral stairs when moving

Five: Check Your Insurance Coverage –

We notice people forget about another thing when they are planning their relocation. They assume their current insurance coverage is correct and up to date. When the unfortunate damage issue occurs, they then learn the opposite is true. We often hear from new customers that they could not claim because of undertaking the relocation themselves. 

That’s a lesser-known aspect of insurance – your provider might insist that you work with a professional removal company. The specific clause may stipulate the moving company has to pack your possessions. If you don’t, it will affect your ability to lodge a claim in the event of a breakage. It will help if you thoroughly read the small print on your terms and conditions. Also, don’t leave it to chance – contact your broker and ask this specific question. 

If you’re struggling with this subject – let us know, and we’ll go over the details with you. By booking with Gentleman & A Van, you’ll have us with you at every stage of the relocation. This includes the planning and preparation part of the move, and we’ll help you with the insurance side of things. If you need to increase your coverage or are currently uninsured, our team will initiate this for you.

Gentleman & A Van – The Safe and Secure Removals Company –

It’s easy to know this retrospectively, but most of us only learn when things go wrong. Using a professional moving company is the only way to transport heavy objects in a secure and safe way. That’s because of a better understanding of how to uninstall these items without causing damage to a person or property. Furthermore, the Gentleman & A Van team will account for every aspect of the removals job, including things like parking or access restrictions. 

This also applies to businesses, especially if you have a factory full of machinery and metal objects. It doesn’t take much to damage a piece of specialist equipment permanently. And the likelihood is your company has ISO health and safety standards to comply with. You can avoid this by getting Gentleman & A Van on the job.

Click here for any relocation that involves moving, uninstalling, and transporting heavy furniture or equipment. We’ll provide you with a detailed free quotation, including the most suitable package for your needs.