Whether you have bought your first home or you’re moving to a new apartment, the entire process can be quite stressful. Something that often goes unspoken about is how often injuries happen during the moving process. You’d be surprised at how easy it is to hurt yourself while moving to a new home.
Below you will find our top five moving tips to prevent any unwanted injuries.
Injury Prevention Tip 1: Hire Movers When Necessary
If you’re looking to avoid injury completely, the best way to do so is by hiring professional movers. This can make the entire moving process much less stressful and overwhelming; however, many people don’t use professional movers because it’s just another thing to pay for.
Depending on how much you need to pack, when you’re moving and how far you’re moving, it can be well worth it to pay for the help. To prevent yourself from overpaying, compare several movers to each other in your area. Get a price quote from them as well as a time quote.
You may also want to ask what all comes with their moving package. One moving company may offer four movers for the same price while a different company may offer two movers. The more movers you have, the quicker the job gets done. Some moving companies will provide boxes as well as furniture removal, while others just might charge extra for services such as these.
Moreover, professional movers have the experience and training to move all your heavy stuff, plus they have all the necessary equipment to make the job as easy as possible; thus helping you avoid injury.
Injury Prevention Tip 2: Know Your Limits
Knowing your limits is another great way to prevent any unwanted injury. If you’re not able to comfortably lift 50 pounds, don’t. You may like how convenient it is to carry more boxes, since it will take you fewer trips. While this is great in theory, it can do more harm than good.
If you’re looking to cut corners and carry more than you can lift yourself, look into getting a moving device with wheels and handles that can help you. For things like furniture, if you’re not using professional movers, you can try to find a friend or family member who is able to help you. This can prevent you from pulling muscles or adding any extra strain on your muscles, creating fatigue throughout your body.
Injury Prevention Tip 3: Lift Properly
Speaking of preventing fatigue, be sure you’re lifting properly. When you’re moving house, there are a lot of unnatural and unusual movements that you will be doing with your body. This can include things such as lifting, pushing, twisting, bending, and pulling. Since your body is not used to these movements, it’s important to know how to properly lift things such as furniture and appliances.
For starters, always make sure you’re bending your knees and keeping your back straight whenever you’re moving something heavy. If you find yourself in an odd situation where you need to turn while carrying something heavy, be sure to turn with your feet instead of your hips.
Also make sure that you’re taking small and slow steps. This will ensure that you have proper footing and will give you more control. Try not to obstruct your eyesight when moving things such as stacked boxes. Make sure you can see in front of you and try not to lift heavy items over your head.
Injury Prevention Tip 4: Keep Clear Pathways
One of the easiest tips you can follow to prevent injuries when moving is to keep hallways and pathways clear. This will give you more space to move and will prevent things such as tripping. Make sure all boxes are organized in neat piles and not randomly placed throughout the house.
On the topic of keeping pathways clear, make sure there is no water, ice, or any other type of debris or slippery elements that could cause a fall. Overall, you want as much space to move as possible.
Injury Prevention Tip 5: Dress Smart
Something else you need to consider is what you’re wearing while you’re moving. You don’t want to just throw on a random outfit and start packing a moving truck. Do you want to make sure you’re comfortable as well as protected during your busy moving days. Keep in mind that your clothes make get dirty in the process, so avoid wearing anything expensive.
Try your best not to wear clothes that are too baggy as they can easily become caught on something, which can result in an injury. Opt for high-quality tennis shoes that have plenty of traction on them. You may even want to invest in a pair of work gloves that have grips as well as finger protection.
It is easy to prevent injury when moving; you just have to be smart about it.
Darren Robertson is a top-producing licensed REALTOR® in Northern Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C. Valuing service over sales, Darren is known by his clients for both his extensive local market knowledge, as well as his patience and reliability as he helps them on their home buying and home selling journey.
Darren is a tech-forward agent who places a heavy emphasis on internet marketing and blogging in his business.
When he’s not helping his clients buy and sell homes, he enjoys going on adventures with his beautiful wife and two little ones, strategy games, movies, red wine, and traveling.