Don’t be too alarmed by the title, most people are going to get through a home move without a scratch (though perhaps a little more stress than they would like). However, it’s important to recognize that a big move can, indeed, be dangerous. Here, we’re going to look at how you can get through it with health and happiness intact.
The risk of rushing
It’s important not to be in too much of a hurry and to make sure the home is adequately prepared for the move. Take your time navigating, especially when holding objects, as quick turns when the body is under pressure can lead to increased risk of pulling a muscle or risking an ankle. Clearing away as much of the clutter as you can ahead of time is important, too, as it can lead to slips, trips, and falls, especially when you’re moving objects that may partially block your field of vision.
The strain of lifting
Do not underestimate just how taxing it can be on your body to lift heavy objects. Learning the right lifting form is essential if you want to avoid seriously hurting your joints, muscles, or back. Avoid bending forward, lifting objects over your shoulders, or holding your breath when lifting objects. Make sure you’ve got protective gear like work gloves on, too, as having your bare fingers caught between a door frame and heavy box can be a lot more painful than you imagine. Do be aware of what you and can’t lift by yourself, as well, and don’t try to “tough it out” if you can feel your body straining.
The importance of the right gear
Gloves aren’t the only gear that you need, you also need to consider how you’re going to move the heaviest objects in the home. For big boxes and furniture, it’s wise to situate them closer to the door so that you and your movers don’t have as great a distance to move it. For objects you couldn’t possibly move, it’s worth looking at professionals like a piano moving company. They’re going to have the trolleys, harnesses, and other industrial strength gear needed for the truly demanding.
The mental toll of a new home
It’s not a physical risk, so to speak, but arriving in a new home can be a little mentally demanding in and of itself. Moving is an emotional process, leaving the familiar for the alien. So, it’s a good idea to make things as familiar as you can, as soon as you can. This includes incorporating your own style and unpacking as soon as possible. It’s also wise to organize a housewarming party, to give you some fond and warm memories of the new home and to recontextualize it in your own mind. Do what you can to get comfortable with your new environment and you will recognize its distinct advantages much more easily rather than getting caught up on what’s missing.
Preparation is key, above all else. Having the help that you need, getting the equipment you need, and knowing the right way to handle heavy objects will all be crucial in keeping a move free of catastrophe.