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Moving heavy furniture can be hard work. Moving, in and of itself, can be stressful enough without injuries, torn or snagged carpet, or damaged furniture due to improper moving methods. To avoid potential problems while moving heavy furniture on carpet, you’ll want to either hire a moving company or take extra precautions. Here are a few tips.

Hire a Reputable Moving Company

The easiest way to avoid injuring yourself or damaging your carpet, furniture, or other surfaces while moving heaving furniture is to leave the job to professionals who are fully equipped to efficiently and effectively get your belongings from point A to point B without incident, including moving furniture from one room to another, if necessary. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) encourages consumers to get recommendations from family and friends, local realtors, and the BBB. They advise consumers to do research to make sure the mover is a locally based, licensed, and insured business. They also recommend getting multiple quotes, making sure your belongings are insured either by the moving company or by your own insurance, making sure that pricing and other considerations are clearly communicated, and reading reviews.

Grab a Few Friends

Another way to move heavy furniture on carpet is to ask a few able-bodied friends if they wouldn’t mind helping out. To avoid conflict and make sure everything goes smoothly, plan ahead. Give your friends plenty of advance warning as to the date and time, the pieces to be moved, and a general idea of what to expect when they arrive. Be considerate of their time by having everything ready in advance, including drinks and snacks. Remind everyone about common sense precautions again injury, such as bending at the knees instead of the waist and pushing rather than pulling.

Moving Furniture on Carpet

To avoid injuries, clear a path and secure pets and small children. Make sure you are properly equipped with the necessary tools, which may include moving vehicles, furniture straps, stair rollers, moving blankets, dolly, slides or ramps, and more. If you are moving shelves, units with drawers, or other furniture used for storage, be sure to empty items to lighten the load. Secure doors and hinged parts using elastic moving bands or stretch wrap. If you must slide the furniture across carpeting, use furniture glides at the base or under the legs. Sliding the furniture directly on carpet could result in friction burns of the carpet, snags, tears, or other damage. If people are moving furniture from outdoor areas to indoor areas, lay some cardboard or protective plastic sheets along the main walkways on carpet to stop ground in dirt and grime.

This is one of a series of articles written and published on behalf of SurpHaces PRO Partners.