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Moving Heavy Furniture
Heavy furniture includes most items over 250 pounds, but we include appliances, safes, pianos, exercise equipment, hot tubes, marble tables, and pool tables.
This isn't a complete list of all the potential heavy furniture items, though it is a good start to get you thinking about what items you have in your home that should fall in this list. Here at Moving Made Smooth, we will often ask our customers to list these items for us so we can ensure that we have given an appropriate estimate. For instance, an 800 pound safe shouldn't be moved by a two man crew.
Home appliances like washers, dryers, refrigerators, freezers, and stoves are the most frequently encountered heavy furniture. Our movers are very adept at moving these types of furniture and come equipped with everything they need to move it safely. Be sure to drain and empty the contents of these before move day. See our blog About Draining a washer here http://www.movingmadesmooth.com/omaha-moving-blog/-is-your-washing-machine-drained-and-prepared-to-be-installed or our blog about moving appliances here http://www.movingmadesmooth.com/omaha-moving-blog/-are-your-appliances-ready-to-move.
We consider any safe heavier than 250 pounds to be a large safe. We often require more men be present on moves that require a safe of this size to be moved. These very large safes can endanger the well being of our men if we do not schedule enough men to handle them. Our men come prepared with the tools necessary to move heavy safes. If you are moving a gun safe be sure to have the guns removed before move day. Also have transportation ready for your guns as many moving and rental truck companies do not allow guns, ammunition, or explosives to be loaded onto a moving vehicle.
Pianos are often quite heavy and sometimes involve special equipment to move. Our men can and will move upright pianos. For larger grand pianos we recommend using a local, expert piano mover that can be contacted through this Angie's List posting for Transfer 88 by clicking the piano photo on the below.
Exercise equipment is best loaded disassembled or folded up (some exercise equipment folds up to be more easily stored). Disassembly is best performed while you are packing up the other items in your house.
Hot Tubs are very heavy and can be quite large. Moving these beasts can also take specialized equipment. We recommend using a professional hot tub mover. The photo below is linked to a local company's website that can assist you in transferring your hot tub to your new home.
These often expensive, heavy tables are disassembled and wrapped securely before being loaded onto a moving truck. As these are often quite heavy, we usually ask to have additional men present to assist in the disassembly, packing, and moving of these tables.
Pool tables can easily be loaded onto your moving truck after disassembly. As pool tables are complex, they should be disassembled by a pool table expert. Moving Made Smooth recommends Alkar, a local company. The image below is linked to their website.
Play Grounds and Swing Sets
Play grounds and swing sets usually require disassembly prior to being moved. We recommend Backyard Playworld, a local company, to disassemble and move your children's play ground equipment. The image is linked below to their website where you can submit questions or hire their services.
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Ayla PR Representative with Moving Made Smooth, Inc.
Is There an Elevator?
Elevators can make a move incredibly simple. Sometimes apartment complexes will advertise that their buildings have elevators and some do not. The best way to know for sure is to ask the apartment manager or look/ask them when viewing the apartment. If there is, you will want to see if it can be reserved for a few hours during your move day. Be sure to try coordinating the time with when your movers will actually be unloading your belongings. Be sure to take measurements of the elevator if you have any large pieces of furniture.
Measure any Tight Spaces that your Furniture has to go Through
This is one of the most aggravating problems that can occur on your moving day if you didn't plan ahead. So remember to measure any tight spaces your furniture must pass through. These usually include doorways, staircases, elevators, and corners. If you need help understanding how to measure these areas or your furniture, please visit our other blog "Did You Measure Your Furniture and Will it Fit in Your New Home?"
Plan where you want Your Furniture in Advance
Many apartment complexes have their floor plans online. This can make planning your furniture arrangements far simpler. All you have to do is print off the floor plan and measure your furniture. If you think your couch would look best in a particular spot, check the dimensions on the floor plan and measure the couch. If the dimensions of the room exceed the size of the couch by at east a few inches, then you will probably be able to put your couch there. I recommend doing this for at least any large furniture items. As an added bonus, if you took the time to clearly mark on the floor planwhere you want your furniture to go, you can give this to your mover on move day. This can prevent some of those "Where would you like this to go?" questions and save time.
Take Photos of the Apartment Before Moving Your Stuff In
Most people who have rented an apartment before know that sometimes management doesn't make it easy to get your deposit back. If management claims that the drops of white paint on the kitchen counter was caused by youwhen those spots were clearly there when you moved in, you have little room to contest their claim without evidence. This is where taking photos of the empty apartment will come in handy. Be sure to photograph anything that is damaged; chipped paint, paint drops, broken hinges, holes in screen doors, or anything thatisn't tip top before you move in. That way when it's time to move out, you'll have a better chance to get your deposit back.