Moving Furniture: How to Do-It-Yourself Without Hurting Yourself!

Moving Furniture: Tips From the Odd Job Team

Tips for Moving Furniture

 

“No job is too small” is a company motto at Odd Job. On Monday, a member of our team might find themselves renovating an entire floor of a major office. building. On Tuesday, they might travel a few miles in the other direction to install a pet door for your grandma.

Some of our specialties, such as hanging pictures and artwork or assembling furniture, aren’t tasks that everyone would call a contractor for. Many would regard such things as “chores” that belong on one’s “to-do” list. But who says your personal to-do list has to be your personal responsibility?

That’s where Odd Job comes in! When you make a call to (416) 520-1161 or book our team online, we take your to-do list off your hands!

There are some seemingly simple tasks that require homeowners to surrender more sweat than they’re willing to. One is moving furniture – one of a few things that isn’t among Odd Job’s areas of work. We refer clients interested in our moving services to Rent-a-Son, the city’s best moving company.

Much like Odd Job, Rent-a-Son has made a name for itself based on unmatched quality and efficiency as well as fair and competitive rates. In fact, they are leading their industry with an incredibly generous price match guarantee: “If you have received an estimate from a competing Toronto moving company, provide us with that estimate and we will match the price.” 

For those who value money more than time and effort, the team at Odd Job has some great tips that will help you move your furniture without risking its safety or your own!

Dragging and Sliding

So how does one go about moving furniture? By carrying it, of course! Well, that concludes our article.. just kidding!

There are methods that make the task far easier while minimizing the risks involved as well – and not all of them actually require you to ‘carry’ anything at all. Regina Yunghans, an architect and longtime contributor to the hugely popular interior design blog Apartment Therapy, discovered this first-hand when the mid-century credenza that she and her husband had ordered finally arrived at their door.

They were confused and dismayed when they were not met by two strongmen but by a woman in her sixties.. with a bad shoulder. What they soon learned was that she had been a professional mover for many years, and while she couldn’t lend them her arms, she could lend 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.

Furniture Sliders in ActionYunghans learned that in many cases, carrying furniture was more dangerous, more physically demanding and less practical than simply dragging or sliding it. You can pick up furniture sliders at every major home improvement retailer, and even improvise your own with things around the house.

Use hard plastic items like frisbees or the covers of plastic containers when sliding furniture over carpeting and soft, padded ones like bedspreads, towels or moving blankets like the ones utilized by Yunghans and her husband.

Even if you aren’t planning to drag or slide your furniture to the space you want it, use the moving blankets to protect it in case it is dropped or bumped into another hard surface.

Provide it with further protection by wrapping it in stretch film, which can be purchased at any major home retailer. The plastic and fabric layers will protect the delicate edges of the furniture, as well as the finish.

Lifting

If you’re interested in moving furniture the old-fashioned way, then there are methods to this as well. How you lift heavy furniture will not only determine the likelihood of a bad accident, but also the effects the work will have on your back.

Before we explore a couple of the techniques employed by professional movers, such as the one illustrated above, we must first cover the absolute basics. It is fundamentally important to use proper form when lifting boxes, furniture, or any other heavy item. While it may seem more natural to simply bend over from your hips and grab it, this forces you to put enormous strain on your back.

brodoyouevenliftSquat with your legs at a ninety-degree angle before lifting so that the weight is transferred to your legs – more specifically, your knees. As with everything else discussed in this article, being careful to lift heavy items properly will save you time and effort. It will also save you from back problems down the road.

Furniture – especially tall items such as a dresser or a a large shelf – should be carried high and low by two people, as the two blue men are demonstrating for us with the couch in the image above. This centers the weight, giving you and your accomplice more control of the item. This makes it much easier to carry furniture through narrow spaces and stairways – especially the latter, as the carrying angle will be roughly parallel to the stairs.

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Some furniture is rather awkwardly-shaped for carrying purposes. I’m speaking specifically of chairs.

First-time movers may think it virtually impossible to move a large easy chair through a narrow corridor, but the solution is actually rather simple. Turn it on its side and move the resulting ‘L’ back-first through the  doorway, hooking it around the corner. 

Using this same method also solves the similarly common problem that many amateur movers face when attempting to move a large couch through a narrow hallway and around a corner. If you find that the couch is too tall, maneuver it so that it is at an angle and the top is several inches below the top of the door.

Tools

ForearmForkliftLiftingStrapsThe most physically demanding are made so much easier when the proper tools are used. Moving furniture is no different, and while two sets of strong arms have served us well since the beginning of human civilization, advances have been made.

Popular with amateur and professional movers alike are lifting straps, available at almost any home retailer. These are attached to your forearms so as to allow the human body to serve as a forklift, and then wrapped around the bottom of the item. They can be adjusted depending on the size of both the movers and the object.

ShoulderDollyAnother great tool is the shoulder dolly, which is attached to the furniture and the body of its movers much like the lifting straps. The shoulder dolly, however, uses the largest muscle groups to support the weight of the object and therefore leaves your hands free to stabilize it.

Shoulder dollies aren’t available everywhere, but can be purchased online. One drawback to using the shoulder dolly is that when carrying items downhill, the entirety of the weight is transferred to one mover.

Merry Moving!

Odd Job will assemble your furniture, but moving it isn’t among our specialties. We charge a high rate for those who insist on our involvement in such projects, and prefer to refer our clients to Rent-a-Son instead. For those who prefer their own hands to hired ones, we hope this information helps make a difficult task much more manageable.

Professional Wall Shelving Services

Wall Shelving – Repairs & Installation

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Straight and level shelves are more than just beautiful design elements – they’re functional too! It doesn’t matter if they are in a closet, an office or a garage. Wherever they’re installed, they’re the unsung heroes that keep our lives organized, and as much a compliment to our space as all else in it.

Tired of fly-by-night ‘contractors’ who install uneven wall shelving that ends up doing more harm to your wall than anything else?

If you don’t feel you can install wall shelves as easily as the people in ‘do-it-yourself’ videos and you’re tired of fly-by-night ‘contractors’ whose improper installations harm your wall more than they add to it, give Odd Job a call!

Our team of fully licensed, bonded and insured professionals will install your shelves the right way – level and sturdy. We guarantee that our shelves will not pull or sag.

No matter the type of wall shelving and no matter the type of wall, we guarantee your shelf will be exactly where you want it and level. Have a specific design or pattern in mind? No problem, we like a challenge. Fill out our online “book-a-handyman” form and our team of professionals will make it happen.

Window Treatments: Professionally Installed

Window Treatments

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 The Odd Job Way

Curtains and window treatments do more than just offer privacy. They are as important to a room’s overall design as any other element such as paint selection, artwork, and accessories. They are often the finishing touch a room needs to look complete. The right window treatment’s transform a room. It can make a space seem larger, taller, and more grand. Curtains and drapes can also be used to turn a small nondescript window into an impressive focal point. One of the secrets to a successful window treatment is knowing where to install them.

Vertical blinds, horizontal blinds, curtains, Roman shades, drapes, black outs, regardless of what window treatments you choose it we can hang it. We have all the tools to rip through concrete and tall ladders to get to those high places and ceilings. We’ll check your blinds out of the box for damage, discuss where you want them, then measure for the brackets, drill, mount them, then install your window dressing of choice.

We can hang any product on the market, guaranteed not to pull out or we’ll re-hang the window treatments for free. Book our team today!

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Meet Odd Job’s Mobile Workshop!

Meet Odd Job’s MVP, our mobile workshop!

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He may not be much of a talker or bring us coffee in the morning but our mini one-stop mobile workshop holds all the tools to get the job done, regardless of how small. He carries supplies and equipement, organized and ready so that our local and professional handymen can help you with all your project needs.

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Inside Odd Job’s mobile workshop, tools and supplies ogranized for all your project needs.

Looking to build or re-finish that deck or maybe repair that fence that’s been on your to-do-list for months. We’ve got it covered! Our vans carry saws, lumber and stain. Does your home need redecorating or a fresh coat of paint? Odd Job’s mobile workshop transports drywall and paint supplies to help turn your ideas into a reality. Maybe you’re looking to freshen up your bathroom. From tiles to grout, the van comes fully prepared to address all your project ideas.

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Don’t forget to grab a card from the back!

At the end of a small or even a large project, our mobile workshop carries all of the necessary equipment to leave your space as clean as it was before we arrived. If you see the van in your neighbourhood wave hello, and also feel free to take a card or two from the back of the van for yourself and to pass along to family and friends.

Fill out our “book-a-handyman” form and in no time our mobile workshop, with its arsenal of highly efficient tools and a crew of qualified, insured professionals will pay you a visit.

Energy Saving Tips from Odd Job

Home Energy Saving Tips:

 

energy saving tipsSpring is coming and by following these helpful energy saving tips, you will save your money and keep yourself comfy at the same time.  If you don’t have the time or the tools to tackle any of these projects, fear not: the pros at Odd Job know exactly what you need and how to do it. We are here to help you every step of the way.

1. Consider installing items such as dimmer switches and timers to help you conserve power.

2. When replacing light bulbs in pot lighting or recessed fixtures, keep LEDs in mind. They can provide focused lighting, and last  30x longer than incandescent bulbs.

3.  By adding weatherstripping to your home, you can reduce drafts, and save on heating.

4. Use pipe wrap–it will reduce heat loss and bring hot water to your faucet and shower faster, and will also save electricity related to water heating (Note: do not insulate plastic pipes.)

By incorporating the following energy saving tips in your homeyou can save money for all of your future home projects!

Stay tuned for our next helpful advice and tips! If you’d like to bring our resources and expertise to your home, just fill out our online “book-a-handyman” form and place your project in professional hands!

 

Furniture Assembly for Your Home

Furniture Assembly

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Service with a smile!

Our handyman teams arrive ready to put any piece and brand of furniture together. We carefully open the boxes, check the product for damage, then down to business.  No matter if it’s a dresser, a bed, desk, chair or anything else in those boxes, we can handle it.

Maybe you have to disassemble or reassemble something and you’ve lost the instructions?  We can handle that too.

Need it picked up?  No problem just ask about our sourcing rates.

Our furniture assembly services are waiting to give your home that perfect look, book Odd Job today!

Better Flooring for Less: Transform Your Home!

Hardwood Installation: Magic in Action

If you own a home or a condo, one of the greatest investments you can make is hardwood installation. It is highly durable, easy to clean, and aesthetically pleasing to virtually everyone on the planet.

Removing old, flat and drab carpets while putting down hardwood will revitalize any room, breathing new life into your home and bringing joy to all of its occupants.

Hardwood installation is enough to make any space feel larger and more modern. Furthermore, it drastically raises the value of your home. Fill out our online booking form and you won’t have to wait long before one of our teams upgrades your flooring.

Professional Tiling – Witness the Magic!

Professional Tiling – Witness the Magic!

Take a look at some of our professional tiling team’s recent conquests!

One of the many things that makes Odd Job different is that we have specialized teams of handymen for each type of project. When you book with us, our office staff will ‘match’ you with licensed, insured, bonded and identity-and-background-checked professionals.

Our professional tiling contractors will be happy to repair, replace and install your tiled floors – ceramic, porcelain, glass and more.

Restoration

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As you can see, replacing the tiles isn’t always necessary. In many cases, we’ll simply need to replace the adhesive or selectively target wet or dry areas or replace the grout.

Our professional tiling contractors aren’t like many others in that they’ll be as happy to complete small-scale repairs as they will be to take on larger installations.

Installation

Subway Tiles

Why do we receive hundreds of service requests for tiled backsplashes every year? Why have tiles been a staple of interior design since the beginning of human civilization?

Because they’re easy to maintain, they’re gorgeous, and they allow the homeowner to capture a vibration that is simply indescribable. Our team has decades of experience installing tiles for residential and commercial clients all over the city.

Book or call today, and our professional tiling contractors will ensure that you witness the magic in your home. 

Moulding: Installed Beautifully and with Professional Skill

We can install new interior trim, moulding, crown moulding, baseboards in any room you desire, and with beautiful results.

We can also build cornices, decorative columns, faux ceiling beams and beautiful coffered ceilings.

Many installations take just a day!

Our professional installers also adhere to a strict installation method that virtually guarantee’s great results that last and last.  Unlike most budget installers we don’t skimp on the important parts of the job, we nail a cleat behind all moulding’s to ensure perfect results and glue all seams and joints to ensure that they don’t return for a visit in the future.

Finally we caulk all the seams and paint out the installed moulding with any paint the client desires.

Be proud to show off your moulding for years and years, choose Odd Job to get you there.

Call us about our rates. We’d be happy to talk to you.

Remodeling the Basement: New Lighting, Painting and Flooring

From start to finish Oddjob can help with even those bigger jobs on your mind.

We leveled the floor, added a water proofing membrane, a new sub floor and then beautiful new flooring in this new great multi purpose room.  New drywall, paint, lighting and baseboard and this room was complete!