7 Ways of Moving Without Injuring Yourself
How many times have you moved house and complained about a bad back the next day? I know I’ve been there. As a removals company in London, we know it is so easy to injure yourself while moving. If you are about to move into your new home or office, there are a lot of moving tips to take into consideration (just check out some of our articles on moving for more advice). If you would like to know how to move how without injuring yourself, give this article a read for our top 7 tips.
Packing incorrectly is the number one culprit in most moving disasters. Yet, it can be avoided so easily. Over-packing is a very common issue, as people think it makes the move faster to have less boxes to lift. However, quite often the box can be crammed full of stuff and when it comes to lifting it off of the ground it doesn’t budge. In moments like this it is best to empty half of the box’s contents into another box so as to avoid serious injury. Be sure that when packing boxes, everything is tightly tucked in, as if it were a game of tetris, this way you reduce the likelihood of the box tilting back and forward as the weight inside shifts around. Boxes with uneven weight distribution can be unpredictable and easily cause you to hurt yourself.
Don’t Leave Things to The Last Minute
Rushing the packing process because you left your packing until last minute can be very problematic as you will not be able to organise your items or ensure their safety in transit. Being so last minute can also mean that you haven’t had time to label your boxes and as a result your possessions could get lost of misplaced in the moving process. Rushing your packing is a common cause of injury as it often means you will rush the rest of the moving process.
Avoid Trip Hazards
Do not leave your moving boxes lying, haphazardly, around the house as these can cause tripping hazards. It may seem like an obvious point but it is one of the most common ways people hurt themselves during the moving process. Be sure to keep your hallways and pathways clear of any obstacles. The outdoor areas, especially the path leading to the moving truck, should be cleared of any debris, mud, water, snow or ice so that they are completely accident free. The more space for free movement you create leading up to moving day, the safer you and your moving helpers will be.
Take Care With Dangerous Electrical Items
Make sure you unplug any electrical items before you remove them and always ensure that all electrical items are wrapped well and kept away from water. It may seem an obvious point but small details like this are often overlooked and all it takes is for you to be moving house on a rainy day, your electronics getting wet and you unknowingly plugging them in at the other end only to cause yourself some serious damage.
Remove Lighting Fixtures
Removing lighting fixtures can be easy, if you know what to do, but it does present numerous dangers. Firstly, if you need to use a ladder to reach the lighting fixture in the first place then make sure you secure the ladder and that it can safely take your weight without swaying. Before touching any light fixture, be sure to shut the power off completely to avoid any possibility of electrocution. Every light fixture is different so you will need to follow the appropriate instructions. However, if you feel incapable or overwhelmed at the thought of removing your lighting fixtures, there is nothing wrong with calling in a professional to help. We are sure they would be relieved that you asked for help rather than attempting the task on your own!
Use Proper Lifting Techniques
When lifting heavy objects, bend your knees and use the strength of your arms and legs to take the item off of the ground. Be sure to hold it close to your body, take small steps and keep your movements slow and steady. Avoid lifting any heavy objects over your head and do not carry heavy items around for longer than several minutes. It is best, if you can, to share the weight of heavier items with another person. Alternatively, you could hire a removals company who will do all of the heavy lifting for you with their specialist lifting equipment.
Create a Production Line
Have you got your friends around to help you move house? Then it is a great idea to create a production line from the front door to the moving truck. This way, you can avoid injury as each item is carefully passed from person to person, ensuring that nobody holds any one item for an extended period of time. This method also reduces fatigue and can mean the move goes much faster as everyone has higher energy levels for longer. And on a busy day like moving day, who doesn’t want that?
Keep Your Kids and Pets Away From Trouble
You may be one of those people who has younger members of your family who are either too young or too furry to understand how to move home safely. Therefore, it should be your top priority to ensure that your children and pets are safely away from all moving areas. Either ask a family member or friend to take them out for the day or have a family member come to keep them occupied while the rest of you get on with the process of moving. The best way to reduce all possible risks to your children and pets while moving house is to keep them out of the house altogether. Drop them at a friend’s house or have a family member watch them while you get on with the touch job ahead.
Sometimes a house move proves too daunting to do on your own. In these instances, it is best to employ some experienced professionals to help you out. Not only would this be a good way to avoid injury but it will also give you peace of mind that your move will be smooth and completed in the safest way possible.