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8 Tips for Moving Heavy Items Safely

Whether you’re relocating to a new home or a homebuilder transferring equipment, it’s hard to avoid the reality of moving large items. From moving appliances, big furniture, or other bulky belongings, taking precautions and weighing potential risks beforehand is a must. Once it comes time for moving day, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with large items. To help you avoid any injuries or damage, we’re sharing our safety tips for moving heavy items.

Understand the Risks

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With any heavy or oversized items come new risks and potential safety hazards. In addition to physical strain, serious injuries or damage are risks to keep in mind. Of course, the goal is to do everything possible to keep the move running smoothly. However, by acknowledging and understanding the possibility of things going wrong, you can work to mitigate these risks. 

Assess the Situation

Before beginning any heavy lifting, you want to have a clear idea of your moving situation. Begin by assessing the exact weight, size, and other measurements of each large item, and packing them accordingly. This will help you better understand which equipment and lifting methods will be required. Noting the accessibility of each space is also key. 

Use Lifting Techniques

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Lifting techniques shouldn’t be overlooked when moving heavy items. Even if you don’t sustain a serious injury, you can easily strain your muscles throughout the move. One of the best things you can do in these cases is maintain a strong and stable posture. Always bend at the knees to prevent suffering from back pain later. Focus on lifting with the legs, and avoid trusting or jerking suddenly. Ideally, you will have steady and controlled movements. 

Choose the Proper Equipment

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Selecting the right equipment is vital for moving bulky items. By investing in the right tools ahead of time, you’ll thank yourself later. Tools like hand trucks or dollies can make transferring these items significantly more manageable. Not only do they take the burden of carrying these items off your plate but they make it much easier to maneuver safely. Furniture sliders can also come in handy.

Secure Items for Transportation

Ensuring your items are properly secured is crucial not only for your safety but for avoiding any damage. Make sure you have straps for keeping things in place and blankets or padding for avoiding breakage or scratches. Plus, you’ll want to consider how you’re going to arrange items for transport. You should focus on evenly distributing weight, and place larger items against the vehicle walls. Safeguarding your belongings will help avoid any unnecessary stress upon arrival. 

Use Teamwork and Communication

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Of course, with any team, effective communication is necessary. That said, teamwork will be paramount for moving heavy items. Go the extra mile and assign roles and responsibilities for the moving process ahead of time. This could look like having one mover who gives directions, and others who assist with lifting, securing items, or accounting for obstacles. It’s important to have clear verbal cues or hand motions so every member understands what’s going on. This will help create safety and a streamlined system. 

Protect Your Surroundings 

In addition to having safety measures for both movers and heavy items, be sure to protect the surrounding property. This can be done with furniture pads, floor protectors, and door guards. Think about all the walls, floors, and doorways you will have to pass through to get to your final destination. If you’re not careful, you could easily end up with scratches, dents, and other damage. By thinking ahead, you can create a damage-free move.

Hire a White Glove Moving Company

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Finally, one of our best tips for moving heavy items is to hire trustworthy professionals. We’re experts with experience in residential and commercial moves. Megan’s Moving’s white glove services ensure every item is carefully handled, and you can stay stress-free. We’re ready to help you with your next project. Schedule a consultation with one of our experts today!

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