There is little doubt as to why moving is so stressful and troublesome – just think of all the arduous efforts for organizing a residential move, the sadness of parting with close friends and favorite places, and the anxiety of diving into the unknown. And as if all these disquieting issues were not enough, there is also a vast array of unfortunate events and rookie mistakes that may completely ruin your moving experience. Accidental damage and personal injuries, however, definitely top the list of the worst things that could happen during a residential move. The misfortune of having your possessions or your property damaged in the relocation process is only outweighed by the risk of your loved ones or yourself being hurt. To top it all, injuries and accidents tend to happen in split seconds and without any warning, so the only way to ensure safety when moving is to come up with a very prudent relocation strategy and to stay focused and alert all the time. Here are some proven moving safety tips to help you out in your quest for a risk- and trouble-free relocation.
Devise a safe moving strategy
To keep your property, your belongings, your family and yourself out of harm’s way throughout the entire moving process, and especially on moving day, you need a good plan. So, when organizing your relocation, take into account the following safety factors:
A safe time period for your move
There are many important things to consider when deciding on a moving date – current commitments, future arrangements, financial issues, special events, etc. Overlooking some crucial safety concerns when making this consequential decision, however, may put your moving adventure at a great risk.
- Weather considerations – moving in the winter may be lighter on your budget than moving in peak season, but bad weather is likely to pose great risks to your relocation endeavor. Sleet, snow, and ice make the strenuous moving activities particularly dangerous and the freezing temperatures may even damage your more delicate possessions. So, wintertime is surely not the best time to move house in terms of safety. Intense heat, on the other hand, may result in heat exhaustion or even a heat stroke and can also damage your temperature-sensitive belongings;
- Traffic issues – heavy traffic is the main cause of road accidents, so you need to plan your move outside rush hours, weekend days, holidays and any other times when the roads are too busy and quite unsafe. Even if you are lucky enough not to have any accidents, you’ll still have to deal with considerable delays due to traffic jams and parking problems in case you fail to take traffic into account when scheduling your move;
- Available help – performing a safe relocation without adequate moving assistance is simply impossible. So, in the event of a self-move, you need to settle for a time when your trusted friends will be able to lend you a helping hand. If you prefer to hire reputable movers instead, it is advisable to book their services well in advance or you will have to deal with restricted moving dates when your chosen professionals are available.
If you attempt to be a moving hero and complete all the laborious moving tasks on your own, you risk the integrity of your cherished possessions and your own well-being. Accidents are bound to happen, especially when it comes to lifting, carrying, loading and unloading heavy household items. So, ask your friends for help or, even better, ask for professional assistance in order to prevent accidents and injuries during your move. Have in mind that experienced movers are properly trained and equipped to deal with every aspect of the moving process in the safest and most efficient way possible. Using their services will guarantee maximum moving safety.
Efficient protection is the key element of your safe moving strategy:
- Proper packing will guarantee the safety of your items during transit, so get hold of sufficient amounts of adequate packing materials and take advantage of efficient packing techniques (avoid making the boxes too heavy!);
- Quality protective materials will help you prevent property damage and keep your old home clean. What’s more, adequate floor covering will considerably reduce the risk of slipping and falling;
- Wearing personal protection gear (especially work gloves) will also go a long way in preventing personal injuries and various mishaps.
Safety for kids and pets
Without a doubt, the safety and well-being of your children (as well as the welfare of your animal friends – if any) will be your primary concern when moving house. You need to keep them away from the moving chaos and the hectic moving preparations, to preserve their daily routine and to devote a lot of time and loving care to your little ones in order to ease their anxieties and prevent any negative effects your relocation may have on them.
Have in mind that children and pets may get badly hurt or may cause other people to get injured if they are running around on Moving day. So, arrange for a friend or a relative to look after them, to take them out for a walk, or to keep them occupied in a safe room away from any potential dangers and risks.
Ensure safety on moving day
Moving day is the culmination of all the tense and laborious moving activities, so it is the moment when accidents and injuries are most likely to happen. You have a fair chance of avoiding any mishaps if you:
- Clear obstacles out of the way – create enough unconstrained space, both inside and outside your home, to allow for free movement and to guarantee safe routes out of your property. Remove any obstacles along the hallways and the paths leading to the moving truck. Keep the walkways free of dry leaves, protruding branches, mud, snow or ice, and clear of any debris that could prove to be real hazards on moving Nominate a spotter to warn you of any unforeseen dangers when lugging your items around;
- Dress properly – opt for comfortable garments made of breathable and flexible materials and avoid baggy clothes that may get caught in a piece and cause you to fall. Remember that high-heels and slippery soles can result in serious injuries and put on high-top sports shoes that will not only protect your toes and ankles against painful accidents, but will also guarantee flexibility and traction to help you avoid any slips or falls;
- Use proper moving equipment – if you have set your mind on a self-move, make sure you have the necessary moving equipment to take your heavyweight furniture and appliances to the moving vehicle without hurting your back, pulling a muscle or dropping a bulky piece on your feet. A moving dolly is a must, but furniture pads and moving straps will also help you lift and move your large household items safely and without any risk of damage;
- Use proper lifting techniques –when lifting a heavy object, bend your knees and use the strength of your arms and your legs to take the item off the ground and carry it. Hold it close to your body, take small steps and keep your movements slow and steady. Avoid lifting heavy objects over your head and carrying large pieces around for more than several minutes – push them instead and whenever possible, use the right equipment to safely move your items;
- Plan ahead and never rush things – plan every step you are about to take in meticulous details and avoid impetuous decisions and hasty actions that will only result in rookie mistake. For instance, make sure you know where you will put a certain item and exactly how you will get it there before you lift it, consult the corresponding instructions and get all the necessary tools and materials before beginning to disassemble a furniture piece, etc.;
- Make frequent breaks to catch your breath and stay hydrated – rest for a while whenever necessary and use the opportunity get some refreshing drinks (or hot beverages if you are moving in the winter) and energizing snacks.
Once you have secured your items in the moving truck, your safe relocation is almost a fact. All you are left to do is avoid injuries and accidents during the last stage of your moving adventure – the trip to your final destination.
Have a safe trip home
Whether you are driving the moving vehicle loaded with all your earthly possessions or your car with your family inside, be extra careful on the road to your new home! Be mindful of the weather conditions, drive at a safe speed, observe the traffic rules, and make stops to get some fresh air every now and then. Provide for healthy meals and appropriate lodgings along the way, and make the safety of your new home your top priority after the relocation.
Your new life awaits you – let it be safe and happy!