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Safe Moving Tips
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Moving is an emotionally draining experience but it can take a toll on you physically as well. By creating a safe moving environment and following certain guidelines not only will you help prevent injuries but you will protect your belongings as well. Even if you hire professional movers, safety-proofing should be prioritized.

Wrapping Breakables

If you have dishes, ceramics or glass belongings it’s best to wrap them carefully in bubble wrap before packing them away. Bubble wrap will help prevent your items from breaking into shards which could cause cuts and sharp particles from covering the floor of your home, truck or storage unit. Utilize moving blankets to wrap furniture and or Televisions- Storage Centre has bubble wrap and moving blankets as well as other moving and packing supplies available.

Packing Boxes

Be conscious of the weight and size of each box. If it’s difficult to lift or awkward to grab ahold of it may be best to place your items into a smaller box. 50 lbs is generally a good max weight to aim for but it’s ultimately up to you. Keep in mind that you may be carrying these boxes up and down stairs and in tight areas so make sure to consider this when figuring out your max weight. A good rule to remember is “the heavier the item, the smaller the box”.

Lifting Techniques

It’s important to squat down and let your lower body do the lifting because your back is not nearly as strong as your quad and gluteal muscles. Backs are also more prone to injury by becoming twisted or pulled. Keeping your back straight while lifting will make sure the vertebrae in your spine are properly aligned taking less pressure off of your disks and improving overall safety.

Using Dollies

If your items don’t require being lifted switch them over to a dollie (also available to rent at Storage Centre). This will allow you to conserve energy by transferring multiple items at once as well as giving your back a break. Keeping your goods close to the ground will also decrease the likeliness of items being damaged or dropping on your toes if they were to fall off the cart.

Proper Lighting

Trying to organize your storage in the dark is both annoying and dangerous. Make sure each room is brightly lit with each box clearly labelled. Have a flashlight or cellphone handy just in case you find it dark in your house or truck. Things tend to get messy during a move so by having each room well lit you will be able to see any tripping hazards such as shrink wrap or loose cords.

Driving Safely

Moving often requires renting Large Trucks or Vans, and these often are vehicles that you may not be familiar with. Important things to remember:

  1. Drive slowly, these vehicles tend to be heavier than you’re used to and may require more breaking time.

  2. Pack your items in the truck snuggly so that they do not move around while you’re driving.

  3. When packing a small truck or van (or your own vehicle) do not obscure your line of sight.

How to Unload a Moving Truck
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You've packed up your possessions and are making your way to the storage facility where you'll be dropping them off until your new home is ready. You've spent a lot of time and energy packing the boxes and then putting them in the truck. When it comes time to unload them, you'll need to use the same type of care to make sure that your items arrive in your storage unit safe and sound without any damage.

Start with an Assessment

Before unloading the truck walk into your storage unit again and mentally assess the space and where you want things to go. At this point you should also measure any doorways to ensure that larger pieces of furniture will fit.

Make sure that there is a clear path leading from the truck to your unit so that you don't have to maneuver around any obstacles.

Time to Unpack

Do your best to unpack the following items first:

  • Furniture

  • Wardrobe boxes and clothing

  • Fragile items

Furniture should be stored first since it will help determine the layout of the storage unit (it’s easier to pack the smaller items on top of sturdy furniture). Smaller items can then make their way into the storage unit, items packed in small boxes such as clothing, books, etc. can then be inserted into empty spaces below or on top of furniture.

Take the fragile items and put them out of harm's way so they don't get damaged as the bigger items are brought in. These can then be put in near the end to ensure they are not accidently damaged by other items. During the unloading make sure that ties and straps are safely tucked away in the truck so that you don't leave them behind. Any used wrapping should be thrown away as the work continues to keep the site as clean and organized as possible.

While you may be impatient and want to get the job done as quickly as possible, it's best not to rush the process. Take everything one step at a time to make sure that no damage occurs and that your storage area is set up safely. All supplies required are available on-site at Storage Centre as well as moving trucks through our partner’s at U-Haul. If you have any additional questions feel free to give us a call at (416) 679-1000 or get in touch with us through our website at storage-centre.ca.

PS Pizza and drinks are a nice way to entice and reward family and friends for lending a hand.