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June 9, 2023

Moving Large Items: How to Move a Hot Tub, Fridge, or Heavy Furniture

Two men installing a fridge in a kitchen
Moving large items, like a fridge or a hot tub, can be a strenuous task - especially if you're not prepared or don't have the proper tools. It can be physically challenging and even dangerous if not done properly. However, with the right techniques and equipment, moving heavy furniture can be made much easier and safer. Whether you're moving to a new house or simply rearranging your current living space, there are a few things you can do to make the process smoother and less stressful. 

First, it's important to assess the size and weight of the furniture before attempting to move it. If the furniture is too heavy or cumbersome to move on your own, it's best to enlist the help of professional movers or friends. It's also important to clear the path and remove any obstacles that could get in the way while moving the furniture or cause tripping hazards. It's recommended to wear appropriate clothing and shoes to avoid any accidents or injuries during the move. By following these tips and taking the necessary precautions, you have the ability to move your heavy furniture safely and efficiently.

How to Move a Fridge

Moving a refrigerator can seem like a nearly impossible task. But with the right tools, you can safely move your fridge without damaging the appliance or hurting yourself. Here are some tips on how to move a refrigerator safely. 
  1. Prepare the Fridge - Before you begin moving your fridge, you need to prepare it for transport. First, empty the contents of the fridge and freezer, and dispose of any perishable items. You can donate any unopened, non-perishable items to a local food bank or shelter. Once you've cleared out the fridge, unplug it and let it defrost for 24 hours. This will ensure that there's no ice buildup that could damage the appliance during the move.
  2. Gather the Right Equipment - To move a fridge safely, you'll need the right equipment, such as:
    • A dolly or hand truck
    • Moving blankets or padding
    • Straps or bungee cords to secure the fridge in place
    You may also need a wrench or screwdriver to detach any parts that may be attached to the fridge.
  3. Measure Doorways and Hallways - Before you start moving the fridge, measure the doorways, hallways, and any other narrow passages through which you'll need to move the appliance. Make sure the fridge will fit through these spaces without getting stuck. If the fridge is too large to fit through a doorway, you may need to remove the doors or hinges to create more space.
  4. Use a Dolly or Hand Truck - A dolly or hand truck is the easiest and safest way to move a fridge. Place the dolly next to the fridge and tilt the fridge towards you, so the back of the appliance rests against the dolly. Strap the fridge to the dolly using bungee cords or straps. Once the fridge is secure, tilt the dolly back so the fridge is standing upright on the wheels. You can now push the dolly to its destination.
  5. Protect the Fridge - To protect the fridge during the move, wrap it in moving blankets or padding. This will prevent scratches and dents from occurring during the move. Use duct tape or packing tape to secure the padding in place.
  6. Secure the Fridge in the Moving Truck - Once you've reached the moving truck, carefully load the fridge onto the truck. Make sure the fridge is positioned in a way that won't allow it to tip over during transport. Strap the fridge to the truck using bungee cords or straps to secure it in place.
  7. Unload the Fridge - When unloading the fridge, reverse the process you used to load it onto the truck. Make sure you have enough help to safely move the fridge off the truck and into its new location.

How to Move a Hot Tub 

Moving a hot tub can be a challenging and labor-intensive process. It requires careful planning and preparation, as well as specialized equipment. If you're planning to move a hot tub, here are some tips on how to do it safely and efficiently. 
  1. Plan - Moving a hot tub is not a task that can be done quickly or easily. It requires careful planning and preparation. Start by measuring the hot tub and the areas through which it will be moved. Make sure you have enough space to maneuver the hot tub, and that the route is clear of obstacles. Determine the most efficient way to move the hot tub and gather the necessary equipment and materials.
  2. Enlist Help – Moving a hot tub is a team effort. Enlist the help of at least three able-bodied individuals – preferably moving experts, such as Atlas. Make sure everyone is aware of the plan and the safety precautions. Assign specific roles and responsibilities to each person to ensure efficiency.
  3. Drain the Hot Tub - Before moving the hot tub, it must be drained of all water. Use a submersible pump to drain the water from the hot tub. Once the water is drained, use a wet/dry vacuum to remove any remaining moisture from the tub.
  4. Disconnect the Electrical and Plumbing - The hot tub must be disconnected from all electrical and plumbing connections. Turn off the power to the hot tub at the breaker panel and disconnect the power cord. If the hot tub is hard-wired, contact a licensed electrician to disconnect the wiring. Turn off the water supply and disconnect the plumbing connections.
  5. Use Specialized Equipment - Moving a hot tub requires specialized equipment, such as a hot tub dolly or a hydraulic lift. These tools are designed to move heavy objects safely and efficiently. The hot tub must be lifted onto the dolly or lift and secured in place with straps.
  6. Transport the Hot Tub - Transport the hot tub to its new location using a trailer or a truck with a flatbed. Make sure the hot tub is secured to the trailer or truck using straps or bungee cords. Drive slowly and carefully to avoid any sudden movements or bumps that could damage the hot tub.
  7. Reconnect the Electrical and Plumbing - Once the hot tub is in its new location, it must be reconnected to the electrical and plumbing connections. This should be done by a licensed electrician and plumber to ensure the connections are safe and secure.

Moving Heavy Furniture 

Moving heavy furniture can be exhausting and when not armed with the proper tools or help, feel nearly impossible. But, with the right approach, it can be done efficiently. Here are some tips on how to move your heavy furniture:
  1. Think Ahead - Before you start moving heavy furniture, take the time to think out the process. Determine the best route for moving the furniture out, and make sure there is enough clearance and space for the furniture to be moved.
  2. Clear the Way - Clear the way by removing any items that could obstruct the path of the furniture, such as rugs, small tables, and other items. Cover any exposed floors with protective material such as cardboard or moving blankets to avoid scratches or damage.
  3. Gather the Correct Tools - Moving heavy furniture requires the right tools. This includes a dolly, straps, furniture sliders, and furniture blankets. A dolly is particularly useful for moving heavy items such as dressers, sofas, and appliances. Furniture sliders can also be used to move furniture more easily across floors. Straps and blankets are used to secure and protect the furniture during transport.
  4. Gather Help - Moving heavy furniture is not a task that can be done alone. Get help from professional movers or friends. Assign specific roles and responsibilities to each person, such as lifting, carrying, and maneuvering the furniture.
  5. Use Proper Lifting Techniques - When lifting heavy furniture, it's important to use proper lifting techniques to avoid injury. Bend your knees and keep your back straight, using your legs to lift the furniture. Avoid twisting your body or overreaching when lifting. Use the help of others to distribute the weight of the furniture evenly and make the lifting easier.
  6. Secure the Furniture - Once the furniture is lifted and ready to be moved, secure it with straps or blankets to protect it during transport. Make sure the furniture is secured tightly to avoid any shifting or movement during transport.

Should I Hire a Moving Company?

Enlisting the help of a professional mover is highly recommended to ensure the safety of both your belongings and you. Professional movers are equipped with the necessary tools and equipment to move heavy items safely and efficiently. They have equipment such as dollies, straps, and ramps that are specifically designed to handle heavy items like furniture, pianos, and appliances. This not only makes the moving process more efficient but also ensures the safety of the movers and the items being moved. 

Professional movers also have the necessary experience and skills to handle heavy items. They undergo extensive training to learn proper lifting and moving techniques, ensuring that the items are not damaged during the moving process. Additionally, professional movers know how to navigate tight spaces and narrow doorways, which can be challenging when moving heavy items. Enlisting a professional mover to move heavy items can help prevent injuries. Moving heavy items without the proper equipment and training can be dangerous and can result in serious injuries. Professional movers are trained to handle heavy items safely, reducing the risk of injury to themselves and others. 

Finally, hiring a professional mover can save you time and money in the long run. Professional movers can complete the moving process much faster than if you were to do it yourself. This means you can spend less time on the moving process and more time on other important tasks. Additionally, professional movers can help you avoid costly mistakes, such as damaging your belongings or injuring yourself.

Let Atlas Handle the Heavy-Lifting

Atlas is your go-to furniture movers. For over 50 years, countless families and individuals have entrusted us with their belongings – and their homes. Whether you’re moving cross-country or just around the block, Atlas can assist you. We are a full-service moving company – so you won’t have to lift a finger. From packing up your belongings to unpacking them at your destination, Atlas takes care of everything in-between. Get your free quote and discover the Atlas difference.