Mastering moving and lifting: Safety tips for a stress-free move

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The last thing you’d want when moving houses is to have an accident. With all the heavy equipment, big furniture and power tools around, it’s possible for things to go wrong during a move. Safety should be your top priority.

From using the right equipment to planning the perfect move, there’s a lot to consider to have a safe move. Stock up on moving safety tips before lifting heavy equipment and furniture by reading this guide!

1. Use the appropriate moving equipment 

While using your hands to lift furniture is alright, plenty of other equipment can make lifting easy and safe. 

Dollies and carts are perfect for moving. Pushing heavy objects, like furniture and appliances, on wheels is much easier than lifting them. These tools are best for large furniture and moving heavy boxes. You can also use furniture sliders, making pushing your furniture easier (while protecting your floor!).

If you decide to lift things yourself, wear comfortable shoes and a thick pair of gloves. This will make lifting heavy objects and furniture with sharp corners much more comfortable.

2. Pack your belongings properly

woman sealing her moving boxes properly

Wrapping the furniture you’ll move protects it from any dings and prevents any dents to the property you’re moving out of. It also saves you from injuring yourself with any stray splinters and sharp objects. Bubble wrap, plastic wrap, blankets and cardboard are excellent at putting onto corners and furniture legs for protection.

For your items in boxes, wrap sharp objects like knives and scissors to prevent them from poking out of the boxes. Don’t overpack the boxes because you could make them too heavy to lift. Double-tape them shut to prevent them from opening due to the weight of the objects.

3. Plan your move

moving truck filled with boxes and furniture

A successful move starts with a good set-up. To practice safety on the move, get furniture and boxes out of the way to clear the path towards your vehicle. You want to move your stuff as quickly as possible to reduce strain on your body as you lift.

Another way to plan is to know how you’ll fit things into the moving truck. This means lifting the big pieces and boxes out first so they’re on the truck’s floor, then putting lighter and smaller things on them to maximise space.

4. Be in the best condition to lift

One of the most underrated lifting safety tips is conditioning your body. Moving is a workout—and you need to stretch before every workout. Warm up your legs, arms, and back. A great exercise is to do squats since you’ll use your legs a lot.

5. Practice safe lifting techniques

woman lifting heavy boxes with the proper posture

If you need to know how to lift heavy objects off the ground without hurting your back, you must learn safe lifting and carrying techniques. There’s a proper way to lift hefty things off the ground. 

Ergonomic lifting is all about posture: Keep your back straight as you lift, which means bending down using your knees to carry items off the ground instead of bending your back. Hold the object close to your body to maintain balance, and if you need to turn, turn using your feet and not your hips.

6. Ask for help

two people carrying a heavy box together

One way to reduce the stress and strain of moving and lifting is by enlisting help. Ask your friends, family and neighbors for any spare time they have, and let them help you move your things to your moving truck. Go through these moving furniture safety tips with them to make sure no one gets hurt.

If you don’t have anyone to help you, you can always call professionals. There are many movers that can fit your budget. With the right amount of help, you’ll finish packing before you know it.

Dos and don’ts of moving

Moving is a huge undertaking, and it’s easy to get carried away with lifting furniture, trying to get it done as fast as possible. However, safety should always come first. Plan your move and allot a reasonable amount of time to accomplish this task.

If you’re still scared to lift all your things or have too much stuff to move, you might be better off calling moving experts. Post your move on the Airtasker platform and get help from qualified professionals with everything you’ll ever need for a successful move.

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FAQs on lifting and moving safety

There are a lot of safety issues you can encounter when lifting for your move. With the wrong lifting techniques, you might end up hurting and injuring yourself. If you don’t prepare correctly and use the right equipment, you can damage your things and surroundings.

Some of the most essential tips for lifting involve your form when lifting. Keep your back straight at all times, as bending it can cause serious spinal injuries. Your legs should do much of the heavy lifting, especially when lifting off the ground. Don’t forget to stretch before lifting; this is a strenuous physical activity.

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