Guest blog written by: Justin Lee of Write Handed
When it comes to moving, one of the biggest challenges is dealing with furniture. Bulky essentials such as refrigerators, beds or wardrobes will need extra care and effort. One aspect often ignored when dealing with these items is safety. While accidents could happen, here are a few tips to ensure you have a safe moving experience.
1. Planning, planning, planning
Rather than just load your furniture into a van and hoping for the best, take the time to catalogue all of your furniture. Once you have listed all of it down, it is easier for you to decide
on your next steps.
What could you decide in advance? Moving order as well as placement. Knowing just what you have can also help you determine whether you need extra help for certain items. That way you can book moving trucks as well as extra hired help if you need it.
2. Get help
You do not want to injure yourself trying to move very bulky items with insufficient manpower or end up delaying your move because you belatedly realise your lack of manpower. If you can get friends or family to help is great, but hiring professionals could speed up the process.
Tip: you can easily find professional movers from TheLorry.com.
Besides moving heavy furniture, you could also get help dismantling it instead. Smaller pieces are much easier to move and less of a physical strain.
3. Watch that posture
When it comes to lifting heavy items, ensure you’re doing it safely. One very simple step is ensuring you bend from the hips and not your waist. Squat, don’t kneel – keep your knees and
hips bent and low to the ground. Your spine is not built to support bending from the waist so resist natural inclinations to bend from there. Keep the weight close to your chest and abdomen; your
arms tight against your sides.
While you are carrying the weight, be sure not to try and lift it above your shoulders or head.
Besides injuring yourself if you drop the weight, you could easily pull a muscle.
Keep your body aligned in one direction while lifting; do not twist while lifting as you might also strain a muscle or lose balance.
4. Protect and watch your surfaces
Heavy furniture can leave scratch marks and slippery surfaces can lead to unfortunate accidents.
If need be, protect the floor with a safe, skid-proof covering so you can tramp across without injuring yourself, or damaging either the furniture or your floors.
While just pushing your furniture seems like an expedient way to move it in, it could damage the flooring as well as any protective covering.
You might also inadvertently damage the furniture in the process, so avoid using shortcuts.
5. Don’t rush
Take your time. Rest and pause in-between whenever you need to, resist any inclination to rush.
Better to take a few extra minutes moving the couch than getting injured because you were trying to hurry it along. Make safety and not speed your priority: the last thing you want to feel when you
move into your new place is regret.