How to Keep Moving Day from Being Dangerous

Tara Chila
Written by Tara Chila
Updated March 23, 2015
movers loading a truck
It’s important that items are carefully secured in the moving truck, to prevent breakage and to avoid loose items injuring movers when the truck is opened. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Jessica H. of Richmond, Virginia)

Learn how to make sure everyone stays safe as you load up your possessions and hit the road.

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We all know that moving is stressful … but it also can be dangerous. Boxes can shift and fall on you, or you can stumble while carrying a heavy piece of furniture or trip over your own two feet while walking down the steps.

 By following these simple but effective tips you can drastically reduce the chances of hurting yourself on moving day.

Fashion for when you’re on the move

Wear the right clothes for moving day to prevent unwanted injury.

Do:

● Wear something comfortable that you can easily move around in. (Think stretch pants, T-shirts that fit close to the body, sneakers.)

● Dress for the weather. If you are moving in the winter, wear layers.

Don’t:

● Wear loose or baggy clothing that could get caught on furniture or moving equipment. Nix the pajama bottoms and the baggy sweats; you don’t want to wear anything that might make you stumble when you’re carrying boxes downstairs.

● Go for style over stability. This is not the time for flip-flops or heels.

● Forget about Mother Nature. Inclement weather like rain or snow can throw a snag in the proceedings. If bad weather strikes, make sure you have some foul-weather gear to hand … and that it fits properly.

The right equipment

You may need to rent equipment to help you move your couch, bed and dining room table. Items such as dollies, sliders and straps can help when it comes time to shift large items.

The main safety concern with renting equipment is knowing how to properly use it. It wouldn’t be very helpful if you use the equipment incorrectly — in fact, it could make the situation more dangerous. Make sure you go over how to use the equipment with the rental company.

Giving your property the once-over

Maybe tree roots have cracked part of your walkway, or there's a spot on the patio that always fills up when it rains. It's easy to take these things for granted. But whether you’re moving yourself or using a moving company, these small obstacles can be hazardous.

Before moving day, do an inspection of your property. This means taking a walk down your front walkway, your driveway or maybe out back (wherever you plan to move items) and looking for potential hazards. Dangerous areas can include uneven sidewalks, potentially slippery surfaces and low-hanging branches or trees.

Any potential hazards need to be taken care of before moving day. If you are unable to even out the sidewalk, then clearly mark the uneven area with tape, cones or spray paint.

Remove low tree branches or tie them back with rope. Make sure to take care of all hazards before the big day and keep your movers safe!

Loading the moving truck

There are many safety hazards to look out for when loading a moving truck:

● Boxing it up How you pack your boxes matters. Boxes that are too heavy might burst open; ones that are packed too lightly can be smashed. There is a fine balance that you must find to pack your boxes correctly!

RELATED: Packing for Moving Day: Start With the Right Boxes

● Feeling secure Double-check to make sure that all items are secure in the truck. Items should not be able to move during transit; not only could this cause things to break, it could hurt one of the movers when the truck is opened.

● Speaking of security: Keep the truck locked when you are not loading or unloading it. This prevents anyone from taking your belongings.

Ask for help

There is no shame in asking for help during your move! Whether you hire professional movers or simply ask a few friends or family members to help, here are a few more tips to keep everyone involved safe:

Movers  

Make sure everyone stays hydrated and fueled. Offer food and drinks to your movers so they don’t burn out. Make sure you drink plenty of water, instead of coffee or soda.

Take a few minutes to stretch before you begin lifting boxes — going in stone cold could result in a pulled muscle. Always lift with your legs and not your back! You never want to put unwanted pressure on your back.

Children

Hire a babysitter or family member to watch your children during the move. This will keep them out of harm’s way. If you do not have anyone who can watch your children, then take turns watching them outside or in a room where they are out of the way.

RELATED: 8 Ways to Make Moving with Children Easier

Pets 

If possible, send your pets somewhere safe away from home for the day. If that’s not an option, then designate a safe place at your home where the pets will remain during the move. It’s important to label this spot and make sure everyone — friends, family and movers  — knows the location, so no one is caught off guard.

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10 Tips for Moving with Pets

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Remember to take all of these safety tips in to account when moving. The last thing you need on moving day is the added stress of someone getting hurt!

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