Not all people realize the risks that come with a house move. Dare to ignore moving safety and you may find yourself paying for an unexpected emergency. It’s not only your items that should arrive safe and sound, you and the removalists should also be kept safe throughout the relocation process.
To avoid accidents and ensure everyone’s safety during your house move, here are some useful tips to keep in mind:
1. Plan ahead
Planning is everything. Go one step further by adding safety in your inventory list. Planning each step of your move is the right approach to ensure no accidents occur to hinder your relocation.
Your plan should also include time management and a detailed house moving checklist. This way, you will feel less pressure as you will know what exactly you have to do, and eliminate risks in the process. Don’t be in a hurry to lift something before you know where to put it and how exactly you will get it there.
Planning ahead will prevent injury and property damage which are usually the results of hasty decisions and actions.
2. Hire a professional removalist
Moving house is never a one-man affair. Loading, unloading, and carrying heavy items requires team effort. Make safety your priority by getting assistance from a professional local removalist.
A professional removalist knows exactly how to get the job done right and safely throughout the moving process. Your friends may be able to provide physical and emotional support to aid your relocation cause. But you can only achieve the ultimate in moving safety with professional assistance.
3. Keep pathways clear of obstacles
It can be quite challenging for removalists to evade clutter while carrying heavy items. Ensure there is unobstructed space and breathing room inside and outside your home by removing clutter along moving paths. Remember, disorganization and clutter can jeopardize your “accident-free” relocation goals.
- Label boxes and arrange them in neat piles away from moving pathways so that removalists are not impeded in any way.
- Outside areas especially pathways that lead to the moving truck should be free from dust, mud, water, snow or ice, as well as clear from any debris that can pose hazards on moving day.
- Trim protruding tree branches or overgrown shrubs that might get in people’s way.
The more space there is for removalists to move freely, the safer your relocation will be in general.
Hire a cleaning service to do the decluttering and tidying up to take another burden off your shoulders.
4. Secure kids and pets
Members of your family who are too young to understand the concept of moving safety should be kept away from all the action.
Keep your children and pets safe by securing them in another place. Arrange for a trusted relative or friend to watch over them in a safe environment away from the removalists’ path and heavy items.
Your pets and/or children will be able to maintain their usual routine in a secure place while you go about managing moving tasks. Moreover, you can focus on the move without any interruptions knowing your kids and/or pets are safe.
5. Dress appropriately
One safety aspect that most people neglect during a move is dressing appropriately.
What you wear on moving day will affect your level of comfort especially when you’re too busy managing removalists that you can’t even afford to sit down for a minute.
Consider these tips when choosing clothes and shoes to wear on moving day:
- Temporarily forget about fashion and, instead, choose garments made of flexible and breathable material that won’t restrict your movements.
- Moving involves dirty work so choose clothes that you won’t mind getting ruined.
- Don’t wear baggy clothes as there’s a high chance they will get hooked onto a protruding object such as a screw or a nail, thus compromising the moving safety you have worked so hard to achieve.
- Put on a pair of shoes that your feet will thank you for afterwards. Select the most comfortable pair that offers the best in flexibility, protection and traction.
- Don’t forget personal protective gear either like high-quality working gloves. They are fundamental to your safety as well as providing improved grip and hand protection.
Be sensible enough to not attempt to do everything on your own during a house move.
The best thing you can do to guarantee moving efficiency and safety is to seek professional assistance from experienced movers. This way, you’ll get peace of mind knowing the job will be done right in the safest way possible.
Robert Wise, Sales Administration Manager at Nuss Removals, has been a respected figure in the removals industry for over 20 years. His attention to detail and the ability to truly understand the needs of the customer have ensured the successful relocation of thousands of satisfied individuals and families. For moving and storage across Australia and around the world, Robert’s wealth of experience ensures his customers are in safe hands.