Moving from one home to another can be a challenging experience, especially when it comes to lifting heavy boxes and furniture. If you’re not careful, you could end up with a back injury or sore muscles that will haunt you for weeks.

As one of Sydney’s most trusted removal companies, we know a thing or two about moving heavy objects safely. And that’s why we’re sharing our top 9 tips to help you move the heavy stuff safely, avoid injury, and make your move a bit more enjoyable.

1. Stretch Before You Lift

Yes, seriously. Before you start lifting boxes and furniture, it’s essential to stretch your muscles. While it may sound like overkill, stretching properly can help prevent injuries and ensure you’re ready for the heavy lifting. So, strike a pose, do a few stretches, and get your body moving.

2. Get a Good Grip

Before lifting anything, make sure to get a good grip. If you’re carrying a box, make sure to grip it with both hands, so you have more control. And if you’re carrying furniture, make sure to have a partner help you. A good grip can prevent the object from slipping or falling, which can lead to injury.

3. Lift with Your Legs

We’ve all heard the phrase “lift with your legs, not your back”… but what does it actually mean? When lifting heavy loads, it is essential that you use the muscles in your legs rather than your back. Squat down keeping your feet flat on the floor and shoulder-width apart. With your back straight, bend at the knees and grab the box or piece of furniture then lift with your legs. Make sure to hold the object close to your body, so you don’t have to reach too far (which puts unnecessary stress on your back).

Do not try to bend at the waist and lift anything heavy with your back—this can lead to serious injury.

4. Don’t Twist Your Body

When you’re carrying a heavy box or piece of furniture, it’s essential to keep your body straight and avoid twisting. Side-to-side movements can put unnecessary pressure on your back and cause injuries. So, keep your body upright and take small steps as if you’re the world’s largest penguin. Sure, it may look funny…but it’s better than a back injury.

5.Use a Dolly or Hand Truck

If you’re moving heavy objects, it’s always a good idea to use a dolly or hand truck. These handy tools can help you move heavy items without putting strain on your back. Plus, they make you look like a pro mover. Just make sure to use the proper technique and secure the load before moving.

6. Use Furniture Sliders

If you’re moving heavy furniture, consider using furniture sliders. These handy tools can make it easier to move furniture across carpets, hardwood floors, and tiles. Plus, they’re affordable and easy to use.

7. Take Plenty of Breaks

Moving is hard work, and it’s essential to take breaks as needed. It’s a good idea to plan breaks for every hour or so to allow for rest. You can also use this time to rehydrate and refuel so you have the energy to continue.

8. Keep Your Sense of Humor

Moving can be stressful, but it’s also an opportunity to laugh at yourself. After all, you aren’t professional movers, so no one expects you to be working at a pro level. Be kind to yourself and, if you happen to drop a box or trip over a piece of furniture, do your best to laugh it off. It’s not the end of the world, and no one will remember it in a week when you’re all settled into your new home.

9. Consider Hiring Professional Movers

You may be planning to move yourself under the assumption that it is cheaper than hiring a professional team. But the truth is, a professional crew can complete your move in a fraction of the time it will take you and your home-grown team to accomplish the task. And professional removalists have been trained in the proper techniques of heavy lifting.

If you don’t want to deal with the stress of moving, or if you have heavy furniture that you just can’t move yourself, consider contacting us at Holloway Removals. We have the experience and equipment to make your move stress-free and effortless. Plus, you can sit back and relax while we do all the heavy lifting.

Our team is ready to provide you with a custom quote filled with everything you need and nothing you don’t. Make your next move the right way…with Holloway.