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During times like moving house or relocating office, it’s not uncommon to have to transport heavy boxes or large bulky items from one place to another.

Ahead of such moves where you’ll be involved with lifting heavy objects, it is advisable to familiarise yourself with safe lifting techniques. In addition to providing this information, we’ve also outlined some rough steps on how you can make moving heavy objects easier.

Identify what needs to be moved

Check to see if any of the items can be reduced in any way to make them less heavy. This can be especially effective with boxes; for example, it can be sensible to remove some items and simply do more trips, rather than trying to move everything all in one go.

Before moving heavy boxes, make sure they are strong enough to hold their contents and sufficiently sealed. Visible rips or tears could indicate that the box will break, or will need transporting in a different manner. No matter what method you use for lifting and carrying, you should be certain the item will be sturdy and comfortable enough for you to hold.

During this checking process, identify any moving parts such as drawers and doors. These should be taped shut using strong tape such as parcel tape; make sure that the tape is completely stuck to the surfaces – ideally not just over the corners but using a greater length to ensure any movement is minimal.

Use the correct lifting technique

You should lift the item in the safest way possible to ensure minimal risk of injury. These are important tips to help you lift and transport items without causing harm:

  • Make sure you can see where the item is being moved; if you cannot see where you are going, when moving items upstairs for example, ask someone to help guide you.
  • You should not prepare to lift the item through bending forward. Rather, stand with your feet shoulder width apart, face the item so you do not have to twist your body and squat to meet the load while keeping a straight back.
  • Use both hands to make sure you get a good grip, slowly lift the item through your leg muscles and knees while keeping your back straight.
  • Keep the item close to your body so you won’t be straining yourself with the item at arm’s reach.
  • Never lift a heavy item higher than shoulder level, even if you are lifting with someone else.
  • When putting down the item, your back should still be straight so bend your knees as if you’re sitting down into a chair.
  • Don’t twist your body, even when moving around corners.

Stretching can also be helpful, especially for those who are not actively fit, moving a number of items or if the distance of the move is significant.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help

Some items should only ever be transported by two people or professionals. Even if other people are carrying heavy items by themselves, you should never risk your health and well-being, especially if you are not in good physical shape. Professional removal experts are able to perform heavy lifting feats due to years of experience and having the right equipment; they certainly do not expect their customers to perform at the same level if they are kind enough to offer assistance.

If two or more people are moving an item, make sure everybody knows exactly how the item will be moved, how the item will be held, and the route the item is being transported.

Check your route

Is it possible to push the item without causing any damage? If so, it may be easier than lifting!

Make sure your path is clear before you starting moving anything and that your items will definitely fit. Regarding the latter point, measure your item and any doorways – especially corners – so you know the item can be safely moved without scuffing the walls or causing damage to the item.

If you have left doors open for the move, double check if possible just before moving the item so you do not have to put the item down to open a door. Check to see if any door stops or wedges could be potential trip hazards.

Wear appropriate clothing

If using gloves, test lifting lighter or smaller items first so you are comfortable using them. It’s best to wear clothes that are not too tight or loose so you can move around freely and without the risk of getting snagged during the move. Use footwear that has sufficient grip so you minimise any chances of slipping.

We hope that these tips are helpful when moving heavy items – the important thing is to remember that your health and safety is the biggest priority!

If you need helping moving large or heavy items, AnyVan can help. Whether it’s furniture, white goods such as fridge freezers or washing machines, or a marble statue, our team are experienced professionals and are on hand to help you with your move!

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