Avoid Hurting Yourself Moving Furniture

Moving, although it can be stressful and hard work, should also be exciting for you. You are venturing into a new place, perhaps a first home or a first apartment, perhaps even a new city. The last thing you need when undertaking this exciting and new endeavor is to wind up injuring yourself during the move.

It is easily accomplished: you are hurrying to get things done, you are tired both mentally and physically, and your adrenaline is what is keeping you going. In all the commotion of moving, it is easy to hurry just a bit too much and wind up injuring yourself in the process. Some of the most common injuries happen in an instant, and can ruin the moving experience for you. Here are just a few preventative measures from a Winston Salem moving company that you can take to avoid having this happen.

First, be sure to be properly nourished on the day of the move. By properly, of course, we mean adequately full of high quality food. Fruits, vegetables, and whole foods like oats for breakfast that morning are a good idea, and it is probably best to avoid pancakes and pastries. Be sure to also drink plenty of water, also, and constantly be replenishing your water supply throughout the day. One of the most common problems during a move is dehydration. Dehydration can lead to heat stroke, muscle tightness, strained muscles, headaches, and even serious deep organ failure. On an average day you should be drinking 8 cups of water, so you should probably aim for 10 or more on moving day.

Secondly, make sure you are prepared in advance with appropriate equipment and labor. Many household appliances like refrigerators, washers, and dryers require a special dolly and at least two individuals if there are stairs to climb or descend. Tall top-heavy shelving units need to be tied to the truck walls so they don’t fall on anyone. Boxes filled with heavy or breakable objects need to be well taped on the bottom so that they don’t tear open while you are carrying them. Forgetting to have these preparatory steps made will cause you more grief in the long run, and force you to make them on the fly. This complicates the move by introducing logistic issues and causing you to run behind schedule, which makes you want to hurry. Overly hurried moves tend to be filled with tension, injury, and accidents.

Lastly, be sure to use proper techniques for heavy items. It is best if you can to always use two people for heavy items that are over 50 pounds. Always use proper lifting techniques, and be sure to protect your hands with work gloves to avoid cuts and bruises.

The best way to avoid hurting yourself during a move is to hire a professional moving team. Expert labor will have the equipment, knowledge, experience and technique to pack your belongings, properly lift heavy items, organize the moving truck efficiently and safely and provide moving residents with smooth moving days. Whether you are new to the area or just moving a few streets away, the safest thing to do is hire a reliable local company to do the heavy lifting. There is no shortage of movers that provide great service at great prices, so if there is any way to afford them, save yourself the hassle and call your local movers.

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