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Safety Tips for Moving Heavy Items

Read These Before You Begin

Heavy Lifting 101

It can be tempting to look at your to-do list around the home and wish to check items off by yourself. There are many things you can do without risk of injury, but moving heavy items around can pose a great risk of hurting yourself. Before you start, read our list of safety tips for moving heavy items.

Safety Tips for Moving Heavy Items

Get Appropriate Help and Make Sure You’re Comfortable Moving Furniture

Just because you want to move things around on your own doesn’t mean you should. Ask yourself if you are in a healthy position where you do feel comfortable lifting heavy furniture. And because you’ll likely need help, recruit someone who you believe could be physically ready. Give them the opportunity to refuse if they feel they aren’t up for the task.

Have the Right Supplies

There are tools to make the process easier for you. Forearm straps can distribute the weight more easily, and you can get sliders to put under furniture feet to make it easier and safer to slide around.

Plan First

Check threshold sizes, count steps, and know what your plan is before you start lifting and moving. You don’t want to get stuck in a stairwell trying to support a heavy piece of furniture while trying to figure out how to pivot around a corner.

Cover Corners and Tape Drawers

Sharp corners of furniture are a recipe for nicked walls. Cover them with something soft to lessen the impact. Also, furniture drawers and doors that swing open can ruin walls and redistribute the weight unexpectedly. Try taping them shut with furniture-safe tape.

Lift the Right Way

You’ve probably heard this your whole life: lift with your legs, not your back. It’s true! Squat down instead of bending down to keep your back in the correct position.

Safety Tip for Moving Heavy Items: Call JDog Junk Removal & Hauling.

Luckily, there is a safe way you can move furniture around your home! Simply call JDog Junk Removal & Hauling. Show us what you’d like us to move around, and let us do the heavy lifting. Call us today at 844-GET-JDOG to schedule a labor service.