Instead of risking the possibility of hurting yourself, professional moving companies in Montgomery County, PA like Dan the Mover, encourage you to trust experienced professionals when it comes to organizing, packing and moving your belongings. Even so, they still want those determined to complete demanding tasks on their own to use proper techniques while lifting heavy objects. To avoid compressing the spinal discs or straining your lower back muscles while lifting, here are some important tips:
- First, you want to make sure you keep a wide base of support. While in this position, your feet should be shoulder-width apart, with one foot slightly in front of the other (like a karate stance).
- When you’re ready to squat down, bend at the hips and knees only. When necessary, put one knee to the floor and your other knee in front of you, so that it’s bent at a right angle. You should be “half-kneeling” at this point.
- Maintain good posture. Look straight ahead, keep your back straight, your chest out and your shoulders back. This will help to keep your upper back straight while having a small arch in your lower back.
- Once you’re ready, lift slowly by straightening your hips and knees instead of your back. Make sure you keep your back straight the entire time and don’t twist your body as you lift.
- At this point, hold the load as close to your body as possible. It should be held level with your belly button.
- As you’re walking with the box, use your feet to change direction while taking small steps.
- When you switch direction, lead with your hips, and make sure your shoulders are in line with them as you’re moving.
- Once you reach where you want to put the box, use only your knees and hips to squat low and set down your load carefully.
Here are three things to always keep in mind while lifting:
- Never attempt to lift by bending forward. Instead, make sure you’re bending your hips and knees to squat down to your load. In addition, keep it close to your body and straighten your legs to lift up.
- Do not lift a heavy object above shoulder level.
- Refrain from turning or twisting your body while lifting or holding a heavy object
Eliminate the risk of injury completely by contacting Dan the Mover, who specializes in both residential and commercial moving in Montgomery County, PA and Bucks County. For a free estimate, call 215-309-8222 or fill out a contact form by visiting http://danthemover.com/estimate/.
Even if you’ve found a company that offers all types of moving services in Bucks County, PA, you still might want to do the packing on your own. If that’s the case, here are five tips to help make your transition into a new home as simple and easy as possible:
- Save yourself a whole lot of trouble by labeling everything correctly. Using a permanent marker, write a word or phrase representing the contents of each box. This way, your movers won’t have a hard time figuring out where each box should go. Instead, the process will move quickly and there won’t be any confusion. And when it comes time to start unpacking, you won’t have to do any heavy lifting.
- Don’t forget to record all the items in each box as you pack. There’s always a chance you’ll need something last minute, so you’re going to want to make it as easy as possible to know where everything is. Plus, when you’re finally moved in, you’ll be able to start unpacking the things you need most and wait until later for those that might be less important.
- Make sure you wrap your fragile items with linens and other soft items that you already plan on packing. This will protect your glasses, dishes, china, plates and other delicates from breaking during the move. You should avoid using nice linens to wrap up your furniture, though, since there’s a chance they might get stained.
- To ensure that your cosmetic bottles don’t spill, use plastic wrap and an elastic band to cover the tops. If you travel frequently, then you probably already know how easy perfume, cologne, lotion, shampoo, body wash, etc. can spill, even though you thought they were secured safely inside your bag. So save yourself from having to clean up a big mess or from ruining other packed items by securing the tops of your cosmetic bottles.
- Don’t pack up everything in your kitchen until the very end. Of course, you’re going to build up a big appetite while putting in those long hours getting ready for the move, so make sure you have all the amenities you need to cook a nice, home cooked meal at the end of the day. This is where you can take breaks, unwind and escape all the craziness for a just a little while. Most importantly, you need to eat so you can have enough energy to get everything done!
Be organized, smart and careful about how you pack everything up; or else the transition will be a lot more stressful than exciting.
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