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5 Safety Tips When Moving

5 Safety Tips When Moving

5 Safety Tips When Moving

When it’s time to move, some people will hire professional movers to help them transport their belongings from one home to another. Other people will prefer taking care of everything on their own, with a few friends or with the family, with the hope of saving some money.

 

Unfortunately, these people can end up hurting themselves during the move. Whether you decide to hire movers or to move your furniture and your boxes on your own, your safety should be at the top of your concerns. Here are 5 safety tips you should follow.

 

 

  • Avoid packing heavy boxes

 

 

As you are packing, you might be tempted to fill your boxes with as many items as possible. Unfortunately, this isn’t a good idea. If your boxes are too heavy, they will be more difficult to lift up and to carry, even if you hire professional movers.

 

Packing many small boxes that are light and easy to carry is a better idea than packing huge, heavy boxes. No one likes having to struggle with heavy boxes, especially if they have to carry them up and down many flights of stairs.

 

 

  • Know how to lift properly

 

 

Even if your boxes are not too heavy, it’s important to be aware of the proper lifting technique. Lifting boxes and pieces of furniture is much easier, and less dangerous when you know how to do it the right way.

 

Instead of bending down and lifting a box with your back, bend your knees, and lift the box with your legs. Lifting things this way will be easier, and you will not be risking lower back injuries that will slow you down, or even cost you a lot of money.

 

 

  • Wear protective gloves

 

 

Have you ever wondered why many professional movers wear gloves when they work? It’s quite simple: they want to protect their hands from cuts, splinters, and other wounds while they are lifting boxes and furniture. You should consider doing the same.

 

Cotton gloves can do the trick, but you can also choose sturdy leather gloves. Wear gloves when you lift and carry your belongings, and don’t hesitate to use other protective equipment, as well as moving equipment that can help you carry heavy items.

 

 

  • Take care of obstacles

 

 

Another way to prepare yourself for your move, or for the arrival of the movers you hired, is to go through your home and to take a close look at floors, stairs, doorways, and walkways. Remove any item that might cause a slip and fall accident, and take care of any other obstacle you find.

 

Tape down the edges of the carpet if necessary, and do something about any loose stone you notice in the walkway. Notify everyone involved in the move of any dangerous obstacle you cannot remove, to make sure no one will trip on them and hurt themselves, or break something.

 

 

  • Keep your children and pets away

 

 

Finally, if you have children or pets, make sure they will not get in your way as you carry heavy objects. If you can’t find anyone to babysit your young children or to take care of your pets, you will need to find a way to keep them from running around you and making you trip.

 

Keeping your dog or your cat in a cage while you move will keep them safe. As for your children, if they are too young to help out with the move, try to keep them occupied. Install them in front of their favorite movie, or give them some crayons and a coloring book.

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How-to Get Everyone Involved During a Move

It has been a rough few weeks of packing and saying goodbye to friends. I have been posting about our move in topics here on the blog as we plan, pack and finally make the final transition. Let’s talk about cooperation.

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Planning a move anytime soon?

Moving onward to greener pastures with the family is an exciting, new adventure for all. The thrill of a new place to call home, opportunities to make new friends, and so much more to do and see! It’s a big task to move a home especially when you have children of all ages romping and rolling.

There are concerns for:

  • Costs
  • Safety
  • Stress

Your spouse and children will feel these same concerns. But alas, the move can go without a hitch if everyone is onboard and willing to pitch in! This article will share how to get your family involved with helping during a move and a few ways to stay safe, lower the costs, and cut out the stress.

Cutting Down the Costs of a Move

The costs of a move aren’t as high as you may remember.

Packing materials (boxes, bubble wrap, tape) can be bought in bulk from moving companies, big box retailers, or home improvement stores. These materials are sturdy so there’s no need to double box which would add to costs.

The actual transit and logistics are inexpensive, too. Long distance interstate movers provide the necessary help, equipment, truck, and experience. These professionals come at competitive rates and save you a great deal of money when factoring their inclusion of insurance and ability to navigate the dangerous roadways.

Your family may help with the costs by helping reduce the amount needed to bring through a yard sale, running to drop off donations, or accepting unneeded items. The less you need to bring – the less you’ll spend on materials and labor.

Keeping Safe Before, During, and After the Move

The principles behind teaching your children to keep a clean space can be applied in the move.

This includes:

  • Showing them how to properly pack their items
  • Incentivizing their efforts in helping
  • Forming a routine so each day something is packed

The dangers of a move happen when large options are moved from the home to the rental truck. Items blocking the paths become hazards which could lead to unfortunate accidents. Children that are active in cleaning their mess will help reduce these dangers.

Encourage them to play elsewhere, away from the paths, and to help by keeping it clear if they want to stay around and gander at what’s going on.

Removing the Stress of Feeling “Uprooted”

Stress will get to you during a big move.

You and your spouse already have a million thoughts going through your heads. Now imagine what’s going through the minds of your children.

They’re excited but worried about whether they’ll fit into the new area. It’s a big leap for them.

There are ways to help reduce the stress of feeling “uprooted” with your children:

  • Let them vent their frustration and talk about their feelings
  • Show them around the community and talk about all the wonderful adventures to be had
  • Encourage them to get out and explore new areas (and have them tell you about them)
  • Add them to after school programs, sports, and other clubs (to their liking)

This is a family project – try to be involved in making each other’s lives as fun as possible. You’re in your new home! Your new community! This is an exciting adventure you all get to experience.

What have you done in the past that has helped with moving that got the family involved and kept it cost effective, safe, and stress free?

 

 

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All About Moving With Kids – A Series

Welcome to the Moving (with children) series at Parenting Healthy

All About Moving With Kids – A Series

Why I chose to do this

4 years ago we moved about 80 miles away from family and friends when my husband was given a work promotion. My son was going on 4 and would begin Kindergarten in our new town. I didn’t have to work anymore because of my husbands promotion so I quit my stressful job in the medical field and became a SAHM to our son and my husbands 2 sons. I spent a lot of time volunteering in their schools and eventually joined the PTA board and took a part time job at the High School cafeteria when sitting at home became unbearable. I am not one to just sit. Now my husband with all of his success at work was given a bigger region…back near home.

So in June, after school ends we will pack up and move closer to family again. Anthony is now in third grade, plays several sports in town and has made a fantastic circle of friends here so he did not take leaving very well. Now, he is ok with it. This is the journey I want to highlight.

From how we told our son, to organizing the home, discovering a new town, preparing for good byes and gaining new friends this series is all about getting through a move (with children).

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How this works

So find a topic below, scan the posts and use my tips, comment on the posts with your own tips and let’s help get each other through moves whether near or far and make it a positive experience for the entire family.

Stay tuned….check back often as new posts will be added below as I write them. The series will last from May-August.