One of the questions about moving that’s not asked enough is, “how can I prevent injury while moving to a new home or apartment?” One reason for this is that many people don’t realize the potential for injury until it’s too late. We’ve all been told that lifting heavy boxes can eventually lead to a back injury, but many people don’t take those warnings seriously. In this blog, we’ll take a look at some helpful tips for avoiding injury while moving.
Always lift From The Legs
Let’s face it, you’ve probably heard this one a million times but it really can’t be said enough. Lifting from the legs means going straight down to pick up a box rather than bending your back to pick it up. Many doctors warn that years of lifting incorrectly can lead to permanent back damage, regardless of how heavy the box is. If you need to move a box that you don’t feel comfortable lifting, be sure to contact a friend to help you.
Pack Objects Carefully
Sometimes, the real threat isn’t the box itself, but what’s inside it that can injure you. If you’re moving everything to a new home or apartment, chances are, you’re going to need to move kitchenware like knives and forks. If these are packaged securely, they could fall out and injure someone. Never simply dump everything in a box or bag and call it good. Not only will this take up extra room but it could easily tear through it.
Make Space Before Moving
Before you even pick up a single box to start moving, you need to make sure you clear a pathway to the door. Think about it, when you’re holding a box, no matter what size, it’s very difficult to actually see what’s in front of you or to the side of you. Start in whatever room you’re moving boxes from and walk to the door. If there are any objects, cords, or anything else in the way, make sure to move it. Another tripping hazard is rugs, especially if they’re not laying flat on the ground.
Take Your Time
Another thing that can cause you to get hurt is if you’re in a hurry. We understand that you’re probably anxious to get out and start your new life in a new home, but getting injured in the process will only cause you more problems. Take your time and it will pay off in the end.
Always Hire A Moving Company
The number one way to prevent injury while moving is to hire a moving company to do the heavy lifting. Here at Care More Movers, we are here to ensure that your move goes as smoothly as possible by providing you with full-service moving and cleanup services. We are a veteran-owned company that has happily served the Norfolk, Williamsburg, and Virginia Beach area for years. If you’d like to learn more or get started with your next move, give us a call today.