Best Way To Move Heavy Boxes

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You’ve probably heard the expression “Work smarter, not harder.” Well, we’re here to tell you to “Move smarter.” The last thing anyone wants is for your to get injured trying to move yourself. Moving boxes are heavy. Yet thousands of professionals make a living off of moving heavy boxes each and every day. How do they do it?! Here are a few tips from some of our experienced moving partners to help you avoid an expensive chiropractor bill.

  1. Warm Up:

    What’s the first thing you do when you go to the gym? You warm up and stretch! Anytime you’re engaging in physical activity, it’s a good idea to warm up. There’s actually some simple science to this. Warming up helps raise your body’s temperature, increases your heart rate, and helps provide more blood and oxygen to your muscles to get them ready for burning energy. After your body is warmed up, it’s time to stretch. Proper stretching helps to reduce injury and increase flexibility. As a mover operating in Alaska, we know this all too well! (Greg Wakefield – Allied Alaska Anchorage, AK)stretching before lifting

  2. Look Before You Lift:

    Whether it’s a brown box or a queen-sized mattress, it’s always a good idea to get a feel for how heavy the object is before you lift it. Obviously a box of books is going to be much heavier than a box of linens. Also, feel around for the best place to get a good grip. We don’t want you dropping anything! Think about not only how heavy the object is, but how you will carry it. This will certainly reduce your risk of an accident. (Wade Bute – Ace Worldwide Las Vegas, NV)
    lifting box

  3. Get Some Sweet Wheels:

    Why would you ever carry a heavy box when you could put it on wheels?! Using a moving dolly or handcart is the easiest way to save your back a ton of unwanted pain. It also makes the job go a lot faster. If you’re in a space with a lot of carpet, we recommend buying a few sheets of masonite from your local home improvement store. If you lay these down first, the dollies will roll a heck of a lot easier! (Derrick Potter – Firefighting’s Finest Moving & Storage Ft. Worth, TX)
    box with hand truck

  4. Get Help:

    Moving is easier with friends! We can get scientific here and talk about weight distribution and speed… OR we can just tell you to bribe a friend with pizza to help you carry the load. Plus, think of all the crazy stories you’ll be able to tell years down the road about “that one time your friend helped you move.” Avoid injuries. Reduce stress. Move with friends. (Clell Hall – Hall Lane Moving & Storage Commack, NY)
    helping lift couch

  5. Wear The Right Shoes:

    Don’t try to make a fashion statement, and no open-toed shoes! Work boots or shoes with good tread and support are best. The last thing you want is to slip on those hardwood floors or fall down the stairs because you’re wearing the wrong shoes. Also, accidents happen. Odds are that you will drop a box at some point. If it lands on your feet, any extra protection is better than no protection. (Tom Kilduff – Lowy’s Moving Service Neptune, NJ)
    wearing sneakers with boxes

  6. Clear A Path, People!:

    Do yourself a favor and plan your route before you pick up a box. Make sure there’s nothing on the floor that you can trip over (toys, clothes, throw rugs). Open any doors that might be along the way. Put the pets in another room so they don’t think it’s playtime while you’re carrying boxes. (Gloria Pugh AMWAT Moving & Warehousing Tallahassee, FL)
    moving boxes on floor

  7. Push, Don’t Pull:

    It sounds like common sense, but it’s a heck of a lot easier to walk forward than backwards. You can see your path and are less likely to trip. If pushing a heavy item, lean forward and push with your legs. By letting your legs do the work, you’ll take a lot of the stress off of your back. (Patrick Flanigan Thompson Moving & Storage Orland Park, IL)
    pushing handtruck

If this still sounds like a lot of work, we recommend hiring a professional mover that you can trust (link to find a mover you can trust post). Check out our Find A Mover tool to get a quote from a moving company in your community. Best of all – they do the heavy lifting!

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