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5 Best Heavy Lifting Solutions for a Move

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5 Best Heavy Lifting Solutions for a Move

The upheaval of the moving process can be stressful. There is paperwork to keep track of, plans to make, and a new area to learn. And it doesn’t just affect you mentally and emotionally – it can take its toll physically, too.


While it’s great that moving might make a trip to the gym unnecessary, you also want to make sure you don’t overstrain or injure yourself moving heavy boxes and furniture. Here are some ideas from to help when you’re confronted with some heavy lifting during a move.

  1. 1.Be Careful

    Get close to the object that you are about to lift, spread your feet shoulder-width apart and make sure to bend at the knees while keeping your back straight. This will help prevent unnecessary strain on your muscles. Also, be sure to use slow and steady movements while you’re working because sudden, jerky movements can also injure your muscles.

  2. Moving can be stressful enough, you don’t need the added pain of muscle strain on top of it. Be careful when lifting heavy objects. Be smart and be safe!
  3. 2.Use the Right Equipment

    Gloves, back belts, dollies and forklifts can all be your friends when it comes to moving heavy things. A good pair of work gloves can help you get a good grip on whatever you are trying to move and a back belt gives you good lower-body support. Dollies and forklifts are easy ways of taking the strain off of you and on to a machine that can handle it. Dollies and forklifts can also save time, since they can move more things a lot faster than the average human.

  4. 3.Get Help From a Friend

    Don’t think you have to go it alone; two people can accomplish things much better than just one. So, call up a bunch of your weightlifter friends and ask them for help. Then, make sure you are communicating while you work. Come up with a plan for how you will lift the item, where it’s going and how you will get there. Count to three before you do anything and let the person know if you can’t handle the load and are about to drop it.

  5. 4.Use Your Brain

    Look for ways to make your job easier. That means that if whatever you are moving has lots of removable parts, take them out and move them separately. Or, if you are lifting boxes, make sure that the weight of the boxes contents are evenly distributed to make for easier carrying.

  6. 5.Get Help From Professionals

    Will you be hiring professional movers? If so, get them in on the action. Many moving companies pack your things for you. Not only is that a big timesaver, but they may know more tricks and tools for packing things up safely and in an organized way. When you are hiring a company, pay close attention to their statement of liability – that is to say, how much they will reimburse you for if they lose or break your things. It’s better to know that up front, rather than in the midst of a chaotic move. If you are moving between states, the company you chose should be registered with the government.


    Moving can be stressful enough, you don’t need the added pain of muscle strain on top of it. Be careful when lifting heavy objects. Be smart and be safe!

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