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When you’re buying moving supplies for a move, it can be tempting to purchase the largest boxes available so you can fit more in them and have fewer containers to track. While they’re fine for lighter items like comforters or toys, it’s preferable to pack heavy items like books in smaller boxes for easy lifting. It’s also a good idea to use new rigid undamaged boxes. Place the heaviest items on the bottom and fill the empty spaces with towels, clothes or bubble wrap to ensure the contents don’t shift when lifted. Fill them right to the top so they don’t sag when stacked in a pile.
Just like when you’re bending to pick up a pen off the floor or do housework, there are right and wrong ways to lift boxes. The money you save on a do-it-yourself move can be wasted if you put your back out, slip on stairs or drop a box on your toes. You should also take lost time and wages and breakages into consideration. Often, it’s better to spend a bit more and employ professional movers. A quality company like All Jersey Moving & Storage can be surprisingly affordable. Our staff are fully trained with experience in lifting everything from boxes to pianos. Contact at least three movers for a moving quote to establish what their rates are before attempting a move yourself.
We’ve been moving loads of all sizes since 1956 and have accumulated many useful tips. Here are 5 precautions to take when lifting boxes:
Lifting and moving items is serious business which is why the National Institute for Safety and Health has established lifting guidelines for height, weight and gender to prevent workplace injuries. If you decide even at the last minute that you’d rather use experienced movers after all, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We always try to accommodate people and can step in to finish a move or even help with packing and unpacking.
Let All Jersey Moving & Storage take a load off your back – and your mind. Contact us now for a no obligation quote.