Tips for a Safe and Efficient MoveJuly 13th, 2015
Hooray for summer! I’ve been packing my schedule with family get-together’s, BBQ’s, weekend trips, and MOVING. That’s right! I moved into my first house this past weekend. But I’m not the only one who’s moving this summer. In fact, 45 percent of all moves occur between Memorial Day and Labor Day. If you’re anything like me, you want to make sure your move is fast, efficient, and most importantly safe. I am happy to report that my move was all three! Here are some tips that I found helpful to ensure everything went smoothly before and during my move:
Plan ahead. Make a list of all the items or services you need to make your move more efficient. Renting a moving truck, scheduling utilities, and packing and organizing our belongings were at the top of our list. Planning ahead will make your move go a lot faster and hopefully make settling into your new digs a little easier. Plus, it’s important to plan ahead if you need to move your current security system or if you’ve been thinking about getting one for your new home. Give us a call at (877) 877-0345 option #3 to discuss your options.
Check the weather. Anticipate weather conditions for the day or weekend you are planning to move. If it’s supposed to rain, have plenty of towels ready to mop up any extra water on entryway floors. If it’s supposed to be extremely hot or humid, make sure you have a well-stocked water supply to avoid dehydration.
Move in the morning. People are more energized and rested in the morning making for a more efficient move. The morning hours are also a little cooler than later on in the day, so take advantage before the temperature rises.
Dress appropriately. Avoid wearing long or loose clothing that might get caught on furniture or twisted when carrying heavy items. Wear good sneakers to support your feet and to give you plenty of grip to avoid slipping. If you need extra padding and grip for your hands, wear moving gloves to aid in carrying boxes or furniture.
Stay hydrated. Moving is a strenuous activity, so make sure you are taking plenty of water breaks. Be sure to not overdo it either. Take a break between carrying heavy items to give your body some time to cool down.
Avoid injuries. I was always told to bend at the knees when picking something heavy up. Bending at the knees opposed to the waist is critical for preventing back injury. It’s also important to use a close and firm grip when carrying items. The closer you hold an item to your body, the easier it will be to lift. A firm grip will help to avoid accidentally dropping the item.
Use moving tools. Hand trucks or dollies can aid in lifting and moving over-sized objects such as couches, entertainment centers, or bedroom furniture. Try renting or borrowing one to make the job easier. Furniture sliders are another great tool to help you move large pieces of furniture across a room. It’ll make your job go faster and safer.
Have fun. Even though moving can be bothersome and tiring, enjoy the experience of settling into your new home. I may not have a dining room table, stools in my kitchen, or furniture in my living room, but I had a lot of fun and look forward to making my new house a home.