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Safety Tips When Moving

Published by Chris Townsend

Safety Tips When Moving

Safety Tips When Moving| Three Movers

We don’t typically think of moving as a particularly dangerous activity, but the reality of the situation is that it can be quite dangerous if you don’t take proper precautions. Not only can you hurt yourself when lifting and manipulating heavy furniture, but you can also cause damage to your belongings if you don’t use the proper technique and employ best practices when moving your items. With that in mind, here some of the best safety tips for when you’re moving, either on your own or if you hire a moving company.

Make Sure You Have Help

In the rush of trying to get everything loaded, moved, and unloaded, it can be tempting to try to lift heavy or awkward items on your own, or without enough help. This is not an advisable method. Make sure you have enough hands on deck to lift everything you need moved and if you’re ever in doubt, have someone help you. Even heavy boxes can be dangerous to move on your own.

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Clear the Moving Path

One of the biggest physical dangers when moving is tripping or falling while you’re carrying something. To guard against this, clear a path between furniture and other heavy furniture to the doorway and truck. Ideally, you’ll have everything boxed up and no loose items such as children’s toys that can be stepped on or tripped over. The less clutter the better, which is a generally good motto to keep in mind through the process of moving.

Disassemble Larger Items That Can Be Taken Apart

If you have large items that can be disassembled before moving, take advantage of it. Large bookshelves, wardrobes, vanities, entertainment centers, and bed frames can generally be broken down into smaller components and then reassembled after you move. As a general rule of thumb, if it can be taken apart before moving, it should be.

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Protect Delicate Items

If you’re moving any fragile or delicate items, make sure you use the proper protective materials to make sure they’re not damaged. Blankets, stretch wrap, bubble wrap, and paper stuffing can all be used to provide a buffer for items that will protect them, both while moving them and while they’re being transported in the moving truck.

Use the Proper Equipment

If you use the proper equipment when moving, it can make the process much easier and significantly reduce the chance of injury. Make use of things like hand trucks, furniture sliders, and moving dollies when moving heavy items so that you don’t have to lift them. Along the same lines, make sure you request a moving truck with a ramp or lift so that you’re not stuck trying to hoist a heavy item into the cargo area. Heavy items like washers, dryers, and refrigerators should also be secured using furniture straps, both when loading and unloading, as well as in the truck itself.

Comfortable Clothes & Lifting Properly

Lastly, make sure you’re comfortable on moving day, especially if you’re doing a good share of the work yourself. Wear comfortable clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty and try not to wear anything too loose that can get caught in furniture or moving equipment. Footwear is also important and you should wear comfortable, closed shoes that have good traction to reduce the chance of slipping.

Chris Townsend is a moving professional and relocation expert that has more than 10 years of experience in the moving industry. With a background that includes working in virtually every aspect of the company, he has distinguished himself as an integral part of our operations with expertise in all things related to moving. Chris has a keen eye for detail and brings intelligence and passion to every project he’s involved with.

While getting his degree in communications from Santa Clara University, Chris started out with the company working in the field as part of our team of professional moving associates. Following graduation, he was promoted to our main office, where he has thrived in a role that involves increasing responsibility and requires him to wear many different hats. Some days, you may find him answering the phone and providing moving estimates, others he may be writing for our moving blog, and another day he may be coordinating a large corporate moving job or helping us with our marketing efforts. Chris has authored many of our in-depth moving guides, as well as provided our clients with information and advice to handle the complexities of their upcoming moving plans. Simply put, there’s nothing he can’t do and we wouldn’t be where we are today without him.

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