A Guide on How to Use Moving Straps Like a Pro

Author: Kim Jacobs All about moving and London

Furniture pads, van ramps, belts, dollies and trolleys… there are so many types of moving equipment out there these days. But there is one simple tool that is particularly useful during a house, office or any other type of move – moving straps. Even trained removal experts swear by them which is why, if a relocation is in the picture for you, you need to arm yourself with this ingenious creation. But before putting the straps on, you need to learn why and how to use this useful tool.

Why professional movers love moving straps

Every self-respected removals business has stocked up on relocation straps. So, if you hire a team of reputable movers, even if it is for something extra such as their eco-friendly rubbish removal services in London, they will bring this excellent piece of equipment with them because it:

  • Prevents injuries
  • Makes heavy-lifting easier
  • Offers better protection to the items that need to be moved
  • Save money by requiring less manpower

Types of straps

There are two main types of moving straps – one that is attached to the forearm and another one that is strapped around the shoulders. The latter is typically reserved for the lifting and moving of heavier and bulkier items such as large furniture pieces and appliances. Forearm straps, on the other hand, are a better option for lighter objects (mattresses, large boxes, small nightstands, etc.). Both of them, however, work in a similar manner and follow the same principle.

How to properly use them?

Most moving straps come with a manual. However, if you have rented or borrowed yours from a neighbour or a moving company, you may get them without an instructions booklet. Whatever the situation there are five things you need to remember to do:

  1. Start by putting the straps under the item you want to move in a parallel pattern or in the shape of an X if you want to have some extra stability.
  2. Slide your arm through the loop (for forearm strap models) or wrap it around your shoulders (for shoulder straps).
  3. Adjust the length of the strap so that when you and your partner lift the object, it hangs 12-14 cm off the ground.
  4. Always lift from your legs by bending them.
  5. Work and move together with your partner making only small and slow steps.

Don’t forget to clear your path to the moving vehicle to avoid tripping. Wear comfortable shoes and clothes and measure the dimensions of doors and windows to see if the object will be able to easily go through them. Keep in mind that one of you will have to walk forward and the other one – backward. This is the safest way to move but it will require you to coordinate your every step well.

The most important detail about utilizing moving straps during a relocation is to know your limits. Although this is a fantastic and really practical piece of equipment, it is not a universal solution for lifting extra heavy items. Therefore, if you feel that even with this tool, you struggle to move the given item, you will probably need a few more helping hands.