Moving is never fun, nor easy. To put it simply, it is a difficult task—on both your mind and body. Thankfully, there are plenty of tools available that can make moving much easier on you, your body, and your furniture. If you don't know what tools you should be using, don't worry. It might be intimidating when you walk into the moving equipment rental office, but it doesn't have to be. With a little knowledge, you can walk in confident that you're only paying for the moving equipment you really need.
Here are four essential moving tools you need for every move:
1. Padded Blankets
Padded blankets are essential for every move because they protect your furniture. The blankets also help to protect your walls from sharp furniture corners. They can even be used to help you slide furniture across flooring without ruining it. To use a padded blanket, simply wrap it around your furniture pieces. For extra protection, consider using tape to adhere the blanket to your furniture so that it does not shift during the moving process.
2. Moving Dolly
Another extremely helpful tool for moving is the moving dolly. It has four wheels and makes carrying heavy or awkward items much easier. Simply slide the furniture on, lift it up slightly, and begin pushing your furniture where you need it. It's handy for moving furniture in and out of buildings, as well as in and out of moving trucks. While it doesn't work well on stairs, it works very well everywhere else. So it's still a useful piece of equipment.
3. Hand Dolly
A hand dolly is similar to a moving dolly, except it only has two wheels. It's kind of like a wheel-barrel and works perfectly for hauling large and small items. It's handy for moving multiple boxes in one trip, as well as hauling larger items like kitchen appliances. Like the moving dolly, simply slide or stack your items onto the hand dolly, lift up, and push it to wherever you want.
4. Stair Roller
Finally, if you live in a building with stairs—or you are moving to a building with stairs—you will want to rent a stair roller. These handy devices essentially turn stairs into a ramp, which make it much easier to move items up and down stairs. It consists of two metal bars that attach to the stairs. Sometimes, there are also wheels that attach to the furniture. Simply affix it to the stairs and begin moving your furniture. When you are finished, remove the stair roller and you're done.
Moving may be very difficult and tiresome, but it can be made easier with the right tools. If you are moving soon, consider renting one—or all—of these four moving tools to make your move easier on your mind, body, and soul.