Packing boxes for moving can be quite tricky, of course, but what is likely to be even more challenging is loading and unloading those boxes and other bulky items. Perhaps the most sensible solution would be to hire professional movers to take care of it, but in case you’ve decided to do this all by yourself, you need to take some precautionary measures to make sure you lift all those heavy furniture pieces and appliances properly so as to avoid injuries. We at Cross Country Movers Group have prepared a guide for you, so read on to learn about seven most important techniques for lifting bulky items.
Take some time
First of all, you need to avoid quick actions. We understand that the whole relocation process is somewhat hectic, but if you want to stay safe all the way, the first thing you have to do is assess the task that lies ahead and take some time to make a plan.
Keep a base of support
Once you have it all worked out and you get down to the actual lifting, you need to know how exactly to approach the load that is before you. The first step is to keep a wide and stable base. That is, your feet should be shoulder-width apart. To ensure proper balance, make sure you put one foot slightly ahead of the other.
Furthermore, you need to remember that bending down to pick a heavy item is never a good idea, as that way, you risk back strain or even more serious injuries. What you should do is squat down, i.e., bend your knees instead of your back, and lift with your legs.
Keep a proper posture
Now that you know the right way to bend to get a heavy item, you need to know how to lift up properly, too. Otherwise, squatting down won’t be enough to protect you from back strain. Namely, when lifting upward, it is of utmost importance that you keep a good back posture. In other words, you need to keep your back straight, your shoulders back, your chest out, and finally, look straight ahead.
Get a grip!
Another thing to keep in mind before you pick a box or a furniture item up is that you have to have a good grip on it. For that reason, we suggest that you use work gloves. Not only will these help you have a proper grip, but they will also protect your fingers and hands.
Keep items close to your body
Having heavy items close to your body will ensure you good balance and stability, so make sure that they are close to your waist. You should never lift something heavy above your shoulders.
Keep it slow
As previously said, abrupt actions of any kind are likely to put you at risk of getting injured, which is why you need to move slowly and smoothly. Your muscles need some time to adapt to the extra weight, so make sure you take it slow.
Once again, if you’re not quite sure whether you’re capable of dealing with loading and unloading without professional assistance, remember that you can always leave it to experts to deal with this tricky task, and Cross Country Movers Group is at your disposal anytime you need us. If you do not want to hire movers, stick to these techniques, and you’re good to go.