If you are looking at moving a series of large or particularly heavy items, you need to be sure that you are doing it in the correct and safe way. There are many ways in which you can find yourself injured, or with damaged goods and property if you are not sensible about how you lift things. Essentially, the way in which you lift things will be the difference between an easy and efficient move, and a nightmare, with the potential for injury that could last you well into the rest of your life. So, taking a few pointers could save you a huge amount of trouble in the long run and you would do well to take the advice below on the matter. However, do not take this advice as a ticket to go ahead and do your move on your own, the real skill in moving things in a safe way comes from time and experience, which can not be learned from reading alone!
For a start, you need to read up on the safety rules surrounding proper lifting. You can find these guidelines online, and there are too many of them to list here. The specifics of lifting certain items will ensure that you are set to do it in a manner that both utilizes your body in the optimum way, ensuring that you are getting the job done to the best of your abilities without any risk of injury.
Get yourself some lifting gloves. These gloves will have a grippy surface on the palm that will ensure that you can keep a good hold or smooth items, or things that are difficult to hold. If your hand is stuck in an awkward position and the item is very heavy, then the pain of the surface digging in to your hands can make things very difficult indeed. However, with thick grippy gloves on, these positions become a lot more comfortable, so you can hold them for much longer. Choosing the right gloves.
Other items like hand trucks are very useful as well. You need to look online to see how best to use such things, as while it may seem obvious, there will be interesting ways to do things that you may not have seen before. You can use a hand truck to move a large side board by yourself if you know how, it just takes a little thought.
When lifting with other people, be vocal about how things will go before you even touch the item. Talking the movement of a large object over will mean that you are not just improvising as you go, and that will prevent anyone from making rash or silly decisions while you are all bearing the weight of the object. Talk with the others as to what position will be best to have the item in, and how it needs to be moved to get it through certain spaces. Working this out before hand will save you a lot of effort. If it doesn’t work, place the item down safely, and reassess the situation.
When you in the midst of moving something, talk to the others about what you are doing, and what you want them to do, also letting them know of things that may potentially affect them. If you are walking backwards while carrying one end of a sofa, you can’t see everything behind or beneath you. Having the person at the other end let you know if there is anything on the floor, or an obstacle coming up will save you tripping and hurting yourself!
If you don’t feel comfortable taking on tasks such as moving large items around the house, call the professionals to take care of it for you. We have been moving items large, small and everything in between for over 3 decades.