Make Your Move a Safe Oneby NW Storages on 06/17/18
Moving means packing, loading, and transporting things, and it can also mean a lot of stress. In addition, there are many opportunities for injury to yourself or damage to your belongings. A little care and proper technique can make your packing, moving, and storing experience much safer!
Before you even assemble your first box, make sure you’re well-rested and focused on your task. Packing a box of books or kitchen supplies or bedding might not seem like something you need to concentrate on, but being distracted might cause you to make a mistake (like over packing a box) that could cause problems later on. When you’re ready to start packing, do it on a good night’s sleep when you’re feeling well and can focus on your work.
When packing, keep these rules in mind:
Pack boxes for stability. Use towels, clothing, bedding, bubble-wrap, or other items to pack things so they don’t shift.
Limit the weight of your boxes. You know how much you can lift comfortably; don’t exceed your limits simply to save space. Don’t forget you’ll be lifting and moving those boxes later, so make sure you won’t be straining to do it.
For appliances, furniture, and stacks of boxes, use a dolly and straps. If you don’t have one, and if your moving truck didn’t come with one, you can usually rent one for a small amount of money.
Close boxes securely with strong tape. Use rope, bungee cords, or shrink wrap to secure the doors and drawers on furniture and appliances. You don’t want anything popping open mid-move!
Protect your back!
If you’ll be lifting a lot, or very heavy items, invest in a back-protecting brace or lifting belt.
Get help! If an item is too big or heavy for you to lift or move without undue strain, stop! Ask someone for assistance.
Once everything is packed and you’re stacking boxes on your dolly, put the heaviest containers on the bottom and the lightest ones on top.
When lifting, bend at the knees, pick up the load and hold it to your body near your core, then lift with your legs.
Get help! If an item is too big or heavy for you to lift or move without undue strain, stop! Ask a friend for assistance.
A secure load is a safe load!
Load furniture and appliances first. Stack them tightly and use rope, shrink wrap, or locking bars to keep them snug. A shifting load is an accident waiting to happen, both inside the truck and on the road.
Now load your boxes, just as in item 7, above. When they’re all in and packed tightly, secure them as you did your appliances.
When you arrive at your destination, whether it’s your new home or a self-storage unit, unpack from the top down. Pulling items from the bottom or middle can cause things to fall, maybe on you!
When unpacking, be careful; even with your best efforts, items may have shifted or come loose; be aware of potential hazards.
Moving is never fun or easy, but it can be safe. Use the information above to help make your move accident-free, and to get everything to your new location in one piece.