How to prepare for heavy lifting

Moving day isn’t only hard on your nerves, it is also literary a hard physical activity, taking a toll on your health should you do it wrong. There are a lot of things you’ll need to do to prepare for moving day. But here we are mainly talking about how to prepare for the heavy lifting that your furniture will demand of you on a moving day. Doing it badly can actually cause some serious injuries and therefore we want you to know how to do it right!

Prepare for heavy lifting before you lift

There are a lot of reasons to be careful when preparing for the heavy lifting your move will ask of you. First and foremost, you can get hurt. Backpressure or even fall damage. Secondly, you can also damage whatever you are carrying, which is counterproductive, to say the least. This is why knowing what you are doing and how you intend to do it is quite essential. Otherwise, you can ruin your own moving plans. For example, getting moving estimates won’t be of much value if you damage something so significant that it changes your moving plans.

Woman taking a pill.
You don’t want to end up with injuries and in pain!

Heavy lifting is sometimes inevitable, even when you have residential movers helping you. After all, a lot of things are getting moved around a week or two before the moving day itself. This is why you should know all of these things and be prepared, even if you hired professionals to take care of all the things on that day on the calendar marked for the move.

Plan it all out

First and foremost you have to plan it out. Before your local movers get to your location, actually a week or so prior, you should make a checklist. In it, you should write down all the items considered heavy. For example, home appliances, plants, picture frames and such are rather obviously not considered a heavy lift. However, pianos (or other stationary instruments), wardrobes, beds, and other furniture certainly makes the cut. Oh, and there are some items you might not consider heavy. Books, for example. While one book is not that hard to lift, a box of them can be a rather unexpected (and unwelcome) test of strength. So, go around the house and be sure to list them all before you prepare for heavy lifting.

Pen and paper on a desk.
Prepare for moving day by planning.

And, while we will talk about it later, let us mention it here as well. There is no reason not to ask for help. We get it if you are on a tight budget and would rather do it yourself even if hiring furniture movers can literally save you a lot of pain. After all, it is both common and admirable that you are willing to put your back into it (literary). However, friends (or family) should always be considered for help. There is no point in hurting yourself by lifting something that could easily be done with another pair of hands. Not to mention that even if you prepare for heavy lifting, no amount of preparation will get you to move that piano. Call your friends, and ask your neighbors (both the ones you are leaving behind the ones you are just now meeting). 

Prepare for heavy lifting by exercising

Before any physically strenuous activity, you should get your body ready. While you may or may not be a frequent visitor at the gym, you should consider some exercises to get you ready.

In order to prepare for heavy lifting, you need to be warmed up. We have some advice.

  • Squats – It will prepare you for heavy lifting by both straighten your legs and teaching you how to get up with your back straight;
  • Deadlifting – Suitable for obvious reasons. Skills from this will definitely be directly applicable;
  • Biceps curls – Will help you get your hands ready for lifting those boxes full of old magazines you just do not want to throw away because of collectors value.

Do these for a week or two before the move and you should be all set when your movers in Gallatin TN arrive!

Get help with the lifting

As we pointed out before, ask for help. Be mindful that not everybody will have time, or be able to help you, and be thankful for all who do. It is customary to reward them with drinks or with a housewarming party when things settle down. Be careful if you are calling your older children to help. Sometimes their eagerness can result in improper handling of heavy objects, even if they possess the strength needed.

Phone headset.
Call for help if you need it!

And always, always call for professionals if you are in doubt and have the funds. If not, ask for advice for specific circumstances you find yourself in. Never just improvise when doing the heavy lifting. 

After you prepare for heavy lifting

There are a few common injuries that can occur. Mainly they revolve around straining your muscles or hurting yourself from objects fall ing on your fingers and toes. To avoid this, be warmed up and have everything planned. Before you move something, check if the path is clear, all doors open, etc. Have somebody to help you navigate if you are walking backward for some reason. Take rests when needed (as often as possible). When lifting, use legs not the back. Also, use gloves to protect your fingers and shoes with protection for your feet. Gloves also help with friction from wood that can sometimes be quite painful… and not to mention the splinters. And finally, always have bandages somewhere close, just in case.

To conclude

The reason why you should prepare for heavy lifting is because safety should always come first. If there is anything you will take from this post let it be that safety is paramount. Never rush or try to take more than you can chew. Go slowly, methodically and with appropriate help. Be realistic and honest about your abilities and never be ashamed to ask for assistance, be it professional or otherwise. Take care and good look in your heavy lifting and move in general!

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