Furniture removalist Geelong – lifting heavy items

January 8, 2014

There’s no doubt moving home is hard work – but hurting your back or neck and living with an injury is even harder, and the last thing you want. Moving heavy items, evenly moderately so, should be done with care and attention to correct lifting techniques.

Weighty boxes, bulky appliances, furniture and outdoor accessories can all put a strain on your back or other muscles and joints. Your extremely heavy items such as pianos or very large and heavy tables, book shelves and more, should be tackled in a group or left to professional removalists.

Based in Geelong, our furniture removalists have seen people try to lift heavy items, only to hurt themselves and ask for help anyway. Our removalists are experts at dealing with heavy furniture and other items and always use correct lifting techniques or physical aids.

For your basic heavy items such as boxes of knick-knacks, there are some simple lifting techniques to employ to avoid hurting yourself.

These include:

  • Does the item you are about to lift have handles or somewhere to grip? Observe the item and decide how you can best lift it. From the bottom, from the side, from the top?
  • Test the weight of an item before you pick it up. Misjudging the weight of an item can cause injury when you try lift it too quickly or strain to lift it when you weren’t expecting to. If it feels too heavy, even slightly, seek a second person to help lift with you.
  • To pick up and lift a box, bend your knees and get a strong grasp on the item and use your legs to lift the item. Try keep your back and neck straight and don’t turn or pivot until you’re upright. Never bend and lift from your back – always use your legs!
  • Plan for large or extremely heavy items such as pianos and other bulky furniture. Do you plan to move it yourself? If so, make sure you have enough confident helpers to help lift the item. Plan your path out of the house and make sure it’s clear. As a team, don’t lift and start walking until everyone is ready and aware of the direction of movement.

Use these tips to help you pack and move safely. However, if you need a furniture removalist in Geelong, please contact us.