Moving Furniture: You Can Do It Yourself, but You Don’t Have To!

Moving Furniture: You Can Do It Yourself, but You Don’t Have To!

Shopping for new furniture is fun, as is seeing it in your space for the first time. Moving furniture is not fun, and assembling it may well be one of the most frustrating chores of all time.

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Every home makeover, large or small, is probably going to involve visiting some major furniture stores.

Think about your last trip to Ikea. What were the best and worst parts? If you’re like me, the best part was the Swedish food. If you’re like most people, it was the wide selection of stylish furnishings.

I believe we can all agree that the worst part was the aftermath. Assembling your new furniture, using only manuals that look like this, and then somehow moving it to where you want it.

superhandymanWhat if there was a professional service that would take care of moving furniture and assembling it? What if these movers would also take care of the rest of your chores?

You can call us at (416) 520-1161 or book our services online. Our lives are dedicated to making yours easier! 😉

We’re No Movers

We are not a professional moving service. We cannot transport your furniture from Ikea to your home. Homeowners interested in such services should contact our friends at Rent-a-Son, one of the best movers in Toronto.

We will move your furniture, however, so long as it is already at your home. If you need it moved through a narrow space, we can disassemble it, move it and then reassemble it.

Reassembling Sanity

Ikea Fail

Furniture assembly has always been among our company’s specialties, mainly because of popular demand.

Ikea - The GameIt’s no secret that this chore is a pain in the butt – in fact, the frustration experienced by every amateur who has ever attempted it themselves has become one of society’s running jokes.

There have been films, many articles, a popular television series, and even a video game that have lampooned the process. Last year, Ryan Reynolds filmed his own hilariously unsuccessful attempt to build a crib from Ikea. 

Because of the large number of requests we’ve received through the years, every member of our team has extensive experience. That desk you’ve been trying to assemble for the last four hours (or days)? I can almost guarantee you our team has assembled it – or a very similar unit – at least twice.

Moving Furniture: D.I.Y. Without H.Y.

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For those who would prefer to save money over time and stress, there are right and wrong ways to “do it yourself.” Here are a few tips:

1. Squat, don’t bend. Squat your legs at a ninety-degree angle and support the weight of the object with your knees.

2. Carry high and low. Is it really heavy? Enlist the help of a friend (really) and carry it high and low like so. This will give you and your accomplice more control of the item.

3. Slide, don’t drag. Have you heard of furniture sliders? You position them under the unit and ‘slide’ it where you’d like. These sliders are available at most home centres, although frisbees and bedspreads are often equally effective.

4. Don’t be afraid to disassemble. If you can’t lift it or you’re facing a literal “tight spot,” don’t be afraid to partly disassemble the unit in order to reduce its weight. You can always return to the manual (ugh) when you have it where you want it.

When it comes to moving furniture, most of the tips you’ll find are fairly basic. There are, however, “tricks of the trade.”

Architect Regina Yunghans, a longtime contributor to the popular blog Apartment Therapy, discovered this when the mid-century credenza she and her husband had ordered finally arrived.

They were naturally surprised when they met their mover – not a battle-scarred strongman, but a woman in her sixties.. with a bad shoulder. She told them that she had been a professional mover for many years, and while she could not lend them her arms, she lent them her secrets.

In her article What I Learned from a Pro about Moving Heavy FurnitureYunghans passed on the invaluable knowledge that had been imparted to her:

Use those blankets! The quilted blue blankets that wrap furniture for protection from scratches and dents are multi-purpose. Once we had the credenza off the truck, the blankets were our primary tool in getting the piece from point A to B. We laid the still-wrapped credenza on a blanket spread out on the ground and simply dragged the furniture to the house (on grass, mind you… it probably would not have moved well over concrete). That saved us from doing any lifting whatsoever and completely eliminated any chance of dropping and damaging the furniture.

Once we reached the front steps, we laid a cushion of several more quilted blankets out over the steps. We then unwrapped the credenza and slid it (on its top) up the “ramp” of blankets laid over the stoop. And voila! It was inside. By retaining one blanket under the credenza once indoors, we simply slid it into place in the dining room on a blanket across the hardwood floors. Once it was aligned with where we wanted it, we just had to flip it off of the blanket and onto its feet.

Why Odd Job?

Odd Job Mobile Workshop

Why call Odd Job for disassembling and moving furniture within your home? Why not any number of moving companies and have them deliver it straight from the store?

Unlike moving companies, we assemble and maintain your furniture.
Unlike moving companies, our pricing is transparent – no hidden costs.
Unlike moving companies, we only charge a one-hour minimum fee.
Unlike moving companies, our work is covered by a two-year warranty.
Unlike moving companies, we can take care of everything else too.

Just give us a call at (416) 520-1161 or book our services online. Finally, you can shop for furniture without dreading the aftermath! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

The Coolest Tiles in the World

The Coolest Tiles in the World

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“Tiles, tiles on the wall.. which are the coolest tiles of all?” 

People love tiles. Take a look at the bathroom above and ask yourself what it would look like without the beautiful tiling that coats its walls.

The true power of tiles is that you can make any space extravagant, and the virtually limitless selection of colours, designs and materials allows the homeowner complete creative control.

It wasn’t always like this, though. Despite the fact that tiles have been with us since the beginnings of human civilization, only a few variations of the standard ceramic tile were easily available until fairly recently. With the passage of time and the evolution of technology, this has drastically changed.

Their popularity exploded in 2015, and we have been flooded with requests for tile backsplashes. We’d like to help our friends and clients take it to the next level, and so tonight we’re going to begin our search for the coolest tiles.

Ceramic Tiles

Ceramic Tiling 2When someone refers to tiling in any way, an image these classical, subway-style ceramic tiles are usually what first comes to mind. Used to decorate the walls of New York City’s subway system during the early part of the 20th century, they’ve earned a special place in people’s hearts as “subway tiles.” 

Traditionally, subway-style ceramic tiles are white and 3 x 6 inches. Today there are a multitude of sizes and colours to choose from, allowing you to incorporate your own style into a design that has stood the test of time.

Many would argue that subway-style ceramics are the coolest tiles simply because they’re the classics. After all, retro is always in – even if you weren’t around for it. The calming nostalgia that this design evokes is universal, and it is beautiful in its uniform simplicity.

Ceramic Tiling 4Ceramics can’t expect that they can ride their subway style all the way to our title, though! There are downsides – mainly, ceramic tiling is high maintenance. It’s the least durable of the three types featured in this post.

Because they are composed of porous clays, the tiles are highly absorbent and highly susceptible to staining. They’re also very prone to wear, and when exposed to cold temperatures for any significant length of time they will start to chip and crack. Don’t write them off, though – just know where to use them. These tiles will best serve you in low-to-moderate traffic indoor areas. 

On the upside, they’re very inexpensive. They won’t set you back more than $3-4. They’re also very thin, and therefore easy to cut. Are you an amateur planning your first D.I.Y. tile installation? If so, ceramics are the way to go. 

If you’re simply looking for a more frugal option, ceramics are still a great choice. Just know where to use them – and if signs of damage become visible, your friends at Odd Job would be more than happy to take care of the repairs!

Stone Tiles

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What’s more romantic than tiling your walls and ceilings with marble stone? We aren’t the only ones who think so, either. Like tiling itself, marble has been heavily used in architecture and decor for thousands of years. Evidence of this stands in the form of buildings like the Washington Monument and the Taj Mahal, and some might suggest that this alone makes them the coolest tiles.

Marble tiling is dense, and so it provides far more protection from moisture than ceramics. They’re generally much more difficult to break, depending on the age of the stone. That said, this is far from the most resilient tiling that you can find.

Marble Tiles 2As it turns out, marble is not entirely resistant to moisture. Just how resistant your tiles will be depends on the grade of the stone, but in any case they will only absorb a small amount of water. They are highly susceptible to dilute acids like vinegar, citrus and other substances found in the average kitchen. Like ceramics, marble tiles will best serve you in indoor areas with low-to-moderate traffic.

Marble tiles are usually highly expensive. It’s possible to find them for a relatively low price, but this is usually because they  ranging from $40 to $150 based on the grade, colour and others.

If you’re interested in saving money or shielding high-traffic spaces like your family kitchen, you should probably look elsewhere. If you’d like to make a unique and powerful statement, however, then this choice offers far more than the other types ever could. 

Porcelain Tiles

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The world of tiling can be a little confusing to the uninitiated, and a perfect example of this can be found in the differentiation between ceramic and porcelain tiling. Both types of tile are made from ceramics, but don’t be deceived. They are very different.

Porcelain Tiles 2Non-porcelain ceramics, as we’ve seen, are generally incredibly fragile, and as such, are far less expensive. Porcelain tiles, on the other hand, require much less maintenance and are arguably the more economical choice in the long run. Made of refined white clay and fired at high temperatrues, they’re far tougher than ceramics.

They’re also much less absorbent, making them perfect for high traffic areas – kitchen backsplashes, anyone? These qualities make them highly resilient to stains, scratches and frost. 

These qualities make porcelain tiles ideal for floors and walls that see a lot of traffic. They also make them virtually impossible for an amateur to properly cut, though. And while they may be difficult to stain or scratch, they are often so hard that they are brittle and can easily break if handled by someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing.

Porcelain Tiles 3To put it simply, porcelain tiles are more expensive and far more difficult to cut and install. What you get for that cost and effort is a very strong, low-maintenance tile and one that, like purely ceramic tiles, can be modified to serve your wildest style ideas! 

Pick a tile.. any tile!

Tiling has been the choice of kings and queens for milleniums, and it isn’t hard to see why. Their appearance and texture are naturally appealing to us, and they allow us to truly control the underlying style of our space. 

With the soaring popularity of tiling, you don’t want to fall behind the trends. You’ve seen three of the most popular tiling options made available to homeowners today, and we’d like to know which you think are the coolest tiles!

Give us a call at (416) 520-1161 or use our updated “book-a-handyman” form and schedule the tiling project you’ve been dreaming about today!