How to Move Safely
While you’re carefully planning your DIY move to Kissimmee, you may be feeling a rush of anticipation to start over in a new town with your new job or life. At the moment, your main priority is to relocate to your new home on-time and contact your internet provider to make sure the Wi-Fi will be installed when you get there. Yet, if you’re choosing to do a DIY move to Kissimmee, there are some important steps to take to make sure you move safely. When opting to move on your own, you can risk injury if you’re not careful moving out. Our Kissimmee movers at All My Sons can show you how to move with safety in mind.
Before you start lifting and hauling boxes into your moving truck, dress appropriately for the day of your move. Dress in comfortable clothing that allows you to be flexible, however, avoid baggy clothing as it can snag on something sharp or cause you to trip. Make sure the clothing is breathable and appropriate for the day’s weather. For footwear, wear non-slip boots or tennis shoes as you haul heavy boxes and furniture to the moving truck. Don’t wear open-toed and open-back shoes such as flip flops because you run the risk of slipping, losing your balance and tripping, or injuring your feet if something falls on them while moving. Consider investing in an inexpensive pair of gloves with good grip to help you grab hold of boxes and furniture.
Proper Lifting Techniques
Once you’re dressed properly for your moving day, it’s time for the hard part: heavy lifting. Our Kissimmee movers highly recommend that you don’t lift loads heavier than 50 pounds as you’re more likely to risk injury this way.1 Follow the fundamentals of heavy lifting such as keeping the spine neutrally aligned as you lift and carry boxes or furniture. Always remember to lift by bending at the knees and not the waist. When carrying heavy loads, keep them close to your body to maintain balance while not twisting your body. If you must twist your body, twist from the hips instead of your feet.
Use a Dolly or Moving Cart
Using a dolly or a variation of one can make transporting your belongings from your old home to the moving truck that much easier. Dollies help shoulder the load of carrying items, reducing the risk of injuring yourself. If you haven’t purchased one already, you can rent a dolly from a local hardware store or moving company.
Eat A Nutritious Meal and Stay Hydrated
While the previous tips to move safely are very helpful, you must take care of your body as well. Start the day by eating a well-balanced meal to energize your body. Not doing so can cause dizziness, weakness, and exhaustion, which won’t mix well with the heavy lifting and hauling you’ll be doing for the day. Also, keep a bottle of water near you at all times and drink often, even if you’re not thirsty. You don’t want to suffer the horrible side effects of dehydration, like a decrease in brain function,2 as you’re moving to Kissimmee.
Moving is Simple with All My Sons
If you simply can’t manage a DIY move to Kissimmee, give our Kissimmee local movers a call. We provide the best relocation services in town and treat every move like our own. Over the past two decades, we’ve gained experience moving families and businesses nationwide with our long-distance and commercial movers, so you can be sure you’re hiring the professionals. Contact us today for your free, no-obligation moving quote.
1. Occupational Safety & Health Administration – Materials Handling: Heavy Lifting
2. Business Insider Australia – Here’s what happens to your body when you don’t drink enough water