If you choose to move house without hiring the services of a professional moving company, then it’s very important that you have a basic understanding of the fundamental moving safety tips.
Lifting and carrying large and heavy objects is never a joke, and your move day may suddenly become too dangerous… unless you’ve prepared well for the tough task at hand and know what it takes to ensure a good level of safety on the day of the move.
If you fail to implement strict safety measures during the most chaotic and unpredictable day of the entire house move, then the day of your move may prove to be rather dangerous.
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Get a closer look at these 7 safety tips when moving heavy furniture and boxes.
1. Use a moving dolly and furniture sliders
Our brief moving safety checklist kicks off with a crucial moving tip: always use proper moving equipment when you’ve made up your mind to lift and move heavy objects without professional assistance.
Make your move much safer, both for yourself and your possessions, by renting or purchasing a moving dolly. Use either a 2-wheel appliance dolly (aka a hand truck) or a 4-wheel furniture dolly to reduce the strain on your body and prevent any risks of injuries or accidents.
Furniture sliders – pieces of hard plastic and durable rubber – are another set of safety moving equipment that will enable you to slide your heavy furniture across the room with minimum effort and a zero risk of floor damage.
See also: What moving equipment to rent when moving
2. Use safe lifting techniques
Without a doubt, the safest way to move house is to let experienced professionals handle it all, including all the heavy lifting. However, if you feel positive that you can manage that challenging task on your own, then it’s critical that you follow these safety tips for moving heavy objects to avoid injuries during a move.
- Get a firm grip on the heavy object – wearing quality gloves will help.
- When lifting heavy items, always keep your back straight and lift up by bending your knees, not your back.
- Keep heavy objects centered in relation to your body – that is, close to your waist – to maintain your stability.
- If you need to turn around while carrying heavy items, do not twist your back but move your feet together with the load.
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3. Wear suitable clothes and shoes
When it comes to moving day safety tips, one thing you should keep in mind is that wearing the wrong type of clothes and shoes, especially footwear, could lead to accidents and injury during the move.
Dress appropriately for the occasion. Wear comfortable clothes made of flexible and breathable fabric. Avoid baggy clothes that may easily get hooked onto something.
When it comes to moving safety advice, it’s crucial that you wear a closed pair of shoes that will provide a good level of support. Forget about flimsy flip-flops or high-heels – instead, opt for sports shoes or boots with great traction and anti-slip soles.
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4. Make your exit routes as safe as possible
Our safety tips when moving continue with something you may not think of until it’s too late – making sure all hallways, paths, stairs, and outside areas are clear of any obstacles – possible hazards that can compromise your move day safety.
- Do an inspection tour along the route you intend to use to move your large and heavy items out of the house in the direction of the moving vehicle.
- Remove any scattered boxes along the way, ensure the paths are free of mud, water, or even snow and ice.
- Clear any debris on the ground or cut protruding tree branches outside the home that could become a problem on the day of the move.
Take a look: How to prepare for moving day
5. Double tape all box bottoms
Regardless of whether you’ve bought brand-new cardboard boxes for your move or you’ve managed to get free moving boxes in good condition from friends or local businesses, the best moving safety guidelines advise that you should secure those cardboard containers one more time for added security.
As a general rule, most cardboard boxes should not be packed with more than 50-60 pounds worth of household items. Make a mental note not to overpack your boxes or you’ll run the risk of property damage and possible personal injury if a box breaks under its own weight.
To be on the safe side, use quality packing tape to strengthen the bottom and the sides of each packing box before filling it up.
Good to know: How many boxes do you need when moving?
6. Keep small feet far from the moving day action
Your top priority when moving is to guarantee the safety of your family – pets included, of course.
Moving big and heavy items like pieces of furniture, home appliances, and moving boxes is no child’s play, and your home should definitely not be a playground on your move day either.
Ensure that no running feet, regardless of who they belong to, are present when overweight and oversized items are being carried around.
Ask somebody you trust to take care of your kids or your pets for you – in a room away from the packing and moving action. If possible, ask a friend or a family member to look after your little ones in their own place.
Why not: 5 ways children can help during a move
7. Eat healthy food, stay hydrated, sleep well
Don’t underestimate the importance of eating properly, drinking enough and getting enough sleep water during your pre-move preparation period.
Should you fail to do any of the crucial things above, you may find yourself too weak and not thinking too clearly – a hazardous combination that may easily lead to a number of different moving day accidents.
- Have frequent breaks to avoid exertion, keep your energy level high by eating healthy and nutritious food, including high-energy snacks in between meals.
- Drink plenty of water to prevent the unpleasant side effects of dehydration.
- Don’t deprive your body and mind of sleep just to finish off one more moving task. It’s better to go to sleep early and get up earlier than usual (refreshed and re-energized) than to stay really late working and then waste the entire morning.
Good advice: How to eat healthy when moving
Bonus Moving Safety Tip: Stay protected from dishonest movers
It’s critical that you know how to avoid injuries when you move (here’s a list of the most common moving injuries). Also, it’s vital that you manage to keep your belongings intact and prevent any type of property damage as well.
However, one of the best safety tips when moving is to stay safe by staying stay away from bad movers – dishonest moving companies that will try to scam you. Click here to see the most common moving scams and how to stay 100% protected when choosing a professional moving company.
Regrettably, rogue movers do exist and you must do all in your power to protect your move against moving fraud. The only 2 ways to be sure that you’re dealing with a properly licensed and adequately insured mover is to
- 1) research movers extensively on your own before hiring their services (may take quite a lot of time), and
- 2) request moving quotes from reputable pre-screened moving companies (easiest and quickest way).
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