There is nothing quite like moving into a new home. However; moving can be more dangerous and exhausting than you might expect, so we recommend taking the proper safety precautions to ensure a smooth and stress-free move.
Get enough sleep
Don't plan any strenuous activities the night before your move. If you're exhausted, you're more likely to have an accident. You must get enough sleep the night and week before your move day. Tempted to stay up late the night before? Don't; you won't be doing yourself any favours. Instead, plan a fun night out after you're all settled into your new home. That way, you’ll have the energy you need to move efficiently, smartly, and safely.
Take care of yourself and your family
When it comes to being as safe as possible during your move, there are a few essentials you should always keep in mind. For one, if you have small children or pets, it is better if they stay clear of the action and out of harm's way. Keep kids busy and contained in a designated safe zone area, or, if possible, have a friend or family member take care of them outside of your home. Little ones, as well as pets running around your house during the move-in process, can add a level of danger that can be avoided with prior planning.
Hydration is also crucial during packing or moving, so always have enough bottled water handy. When you move, try it do it as early as possible to avoid the warmest part of the day.
The clothing you wear while moving is essential. You need your clothes to be comfortable and manageable when; loose items might get snagged and cause an injury. Wear clothes that are flexible, breathable, and weather-appropriate so that you’re as comfortable as possible, and be sure to opt for footwear that provides an optimal level of support. Flimsy flip flops or shoes with heels impair both your balance and your movability, so stick to sneakers or boots.
Pack with safety in mind
Don't merely throw items in a box! Improperly packed boxes are not only difficult to move but can result in serious injury. For example, not taking care to properly wrap up and secure sharp objects like knives, gardening supplies, and the like can lead to cuts while packing and unpacking. Also, make sure no box is ever more than 50 pounds. Use smaller boxes for more substantial items to avoid overfilling; bigger boxes, meanwhile, can be used for lighter things like paperback books. It's also a good idea to label each box; this makes them much easier to identify, and you can stack and sort them for the move. Here are some additional tips on how to properly pack boxes.
Don’t try to lift more than you safely can
You're not trying to impress anyone, and this is not a weightlifting competition. If something feels too heavy or unmanageable, ask for help instead of trying to do it on your own. You know your body and its capabilities better than anyone, so listen to what it's telling you and don’t attempt to carry more than you can. When picking heavy loads up off the ground, bend at your knees—not your waist. Carry heavy loads close to your body to maintain balance, and don’t twist your body lifting or carrying. If you do have to twist or turn, do so with your hips first, not your feet.
Keep a clear pathway
Whether you’re packing, transporting, or unpacking, it’s essential that you leave yourself a clear path to walk through without having to worry about obstacles. Designate and maintain a clear pathway to avoid trips and falls. You want to do everything you can to keep yourself safe as well as your precious belongings. Making safety a priority during your move is the best way to have a smooth and stress-free move.
Need assistance with your move? Call us today; we can help.