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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
Moving often requires renting Large Trucks or Vans, and these often are vehicles that you may not be familiar with. Important things to remember:
Drive slowly, these vehicles tend to be heavier than you’re used to and may require more breaking time.
Pack your items in the truck snuggly so that they do not move around while you’re driving.
When packing a small truck or van (or your own vehicle) do not obscure your line of sight.