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Moving Safety Tips

Are you planning your moving day in Melbourne or Vero Beach? If so, you probably already understand just how confusing and overwhelming the process can be. There are many different options and potential moving solutions from which to choose and it is easy to become sidetracked while perusing them. It is important, however, to remember that there is more to moving than just scheduling a moving van. There are safety issues to keep in mind, for example, both during the day itself as well as during preparation.

At Family Moving and Storage, we want you to have the easiest moving day possible. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some tips for moving safely!

Pack Smartly

One of the most important tips for making moving day a safe one is to pay attention to what you are packing and how you are packing it. Packing books, for example, can be especially challenging. On the surface, the process seems simple – just place all of your books into a box or container and move on. Books can become incredibly heavy very quickly, however, and can easily lead to serious injuries. The box itself could prove too heavy to safely lift or perhaps the cardboard itself rips when you try. Either way, you could end up in pain.

Avoid this issue and pack smartly. Pay attention to your containers as well as what you placing within them and avoid overpacking. Another note to keep in mind is the importance of carefully wrapping sharp objects. You might think that you’ll just remember that a particular box contains a knife and avoid cutting yourself but in reality, you are more likely to forget after the stress and exhaustion of the move. Wrap up sharp objects that could hurt you (or anyone else opening the box).

Plan Ahead

Because boxes and furniture can be so heavy, it is important to make sure you are not moving more than you have to. Take some time before you begin packing the moving van or your vehicle and think about the smartest way to organize your items. Doing this can save you time and effort later on and ensure that you don’t have to unpack the vehicle just to reorganize the contents before you arrive at your destination.

Use Proper Equipment

There are plenty of moving tools that can help make your day easier. A dolly, for example, can often be used to help avoid the strain of carrying heavy items from your home to your moving van. If you don’t have a dolly and cannot find one to rent, then make sure that you lift items properly. Keep your spine aligned throughout the lift, don’t bend at the waste, and always turn with your hips first. Following these guidelines can help minimize the risk of injury.

Sleep Well the Night Before

Many people tend to wait until the last moment to pack. As a result, they might find themselves tempted to simply work through the night right before the move and catch up on sleep once the move is completed. This is a bad idea! If you are tired, you are more likely to make mistakes. This can quickly lead to injury, both to your person and to your belongings. It is better to approach the day with a clear mind.

Stay Hydrated

In addition to sleep, it is common for individuals to forget to eat or drink during moving day. Moving heavy boxes and furniture, however, can lead to dehydration. Make sure that you avoid the risk and keep a bottle of water with you at all times. You might consider doing the same for anyone helping you move. Keeping plenty of water on hand is always appreciated.

Are you planning a move in Melbourne or Vero Beach? If so, the experts at Family Moving and Storage can help! Reach out to us today for more information.

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