One benefit to using a professional moving service like Unicorn is that you don’t have to strain your back trying to carry large, awkward and bulky items. Nevertheless, you may someday need to deal with these things, whether while moving, unpacking or just rearranging the living room.
When moving large or bulky items, it’s important to follow a few safety precautions. Even if you don’t think it’s necessary, practicing lifting safety can help you save your muscles from strain and prevent serious injuries. Back injuries can happen unexpectedly when you’re not prepared, and the damage can take years to recover from. Here are a few tips for lifting heavy objects:
— When packing, put heavy items in smaller boxes. This will prevent you from making a box impossibly heavy.
— Lift with your knees, not your back. This means you should squat down to pick something up, not bend over.
— Always get help for carrying large or heavy items, especially if they’re bulky
— Use a dolly or other lifting or special equipment to help relieve the weight from you
— Take frequent breaks and stay hydrated
— If you have to strain to lift something, get help. Don’t hurt yourself trying to lift things that are too heavy for you.
Top 10 Heaviest Household Items You May Have to Move
— Refrigerators. These can range from 200 to 500 pounds and are large, awkward and bulky
— Washer and dryer. Expect these to weigh from 70 to 200 pounds each depending on their size.
— Televisions. Old-fashioned cathode ray tube TVs can be difficult to carry due to their awkward shape, while flat-screen TVs are often much larger and can weigh up to 100 pounds.
— Boxes of books. Many people will fill large boxes with dozens of heavy books, leading too a large package that can easily weigh 50 pounds or more.
— Sofas, couches and chairs. Furniture is often fairly light-weight for its size, but it’s hard to get a good grip on and may be fragile when lifted from certain angles.
By practicing these tips, you can help reduce the difficulty of moving some of these and other heavy household items. Of course, if you don’t feel like straining your muscles, you can always pay someone else to do it for you, whether a professional or an eager young neighbor. Your body will thank you for it later.