Moving Furniture Safely And Efficiently

Moving Furniture Safely And Efficiently

16Jun 2015

When lifting heavy boxes and items of furniture in preparation for moving house, there are plenty of things that you can do to make the process go along smoothly, because after all you don’t want to do yourself an injury during this busy period in your life.  There are certain rules that you should try to adhere to in order to ensure that your possessions are safely and securely packed away in your moving van and are readied for their journey to their new destination.

1.    Decide what you actually need to take with you!
When moving, the last thing that you should want to do is to take along everything to your new house. Firstly, it’s highly unlikely that everything you own will fit into a removal van. Secondly, think about what will happen when you get to your new place; what item of furniture will go where, or is there even room for it in your new house? Because you won’t want to spend the first day in a cluttered up, messy house, so get a plan together before you move. Also, take into account any decorating or refurbishment work that will need to be carried out. If there’s a substantial amount of work needed doing, consider putting your furniture into temporary storage.

2.    Put together a moving checklist.
Write down everything that you’ll need to do for a smooth transition into your new house. List the tasks in order of importance, so that you tackle the most vital and time consuming tasks first.

3.    Use your head when lifting heavy items, not your back.
Be smart when lifting heavy items. Moving awkward and heavy items can really do your back in and cause you some serious injury if you don’t use the correct techniques. Here are a few that you should keep in mind: Bend down low, keeping your back straight and then push up using your legs. Alternatively, don’t lift heavy items, but slide instead. Use some old bed sheets and then slide and pull your items where they need to be.

4.    Get lots of hands on board to help.
If you’re considering moving yourself, whether to save money or because you just want to have that feeling of accomplishment, get your friends, family and anyone you can to help you pack, lift and move.

5.    Protect your furniture.
You can’t just dump your furniture into the van and expect it all to be in one piece when it arrives at your new house. You’ve got to take the appropriate measures to package up your items securely. Depending on the amount of items you need moving, buy plenty of packing materials, such as blankets, foam and bubble wrap and then wrap your items thoroughly. These materials should be available from most of the companies out there, and you can even save yourself some money by buying in bulk.

6.    Call a removal company.
If it’s your first move and you’re not quite sure how to go about it, book a moving company and let them help with all the most important aspects of your move. If you’ve got a lot of things that you’re bringing with you, don’t be a hero and attempt to do everything yourself. Calling up a man and a van or specialist furniture removals company will be smart choice. But do your research first before you go booking any removal services. There are plenty of companies out there all vying for your attention and money, so make some calls, ask around and then pick the right company for you.

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