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If you have decided to move your business to another location, you might need to do some of the heavy lifting yourself.
When it comes to lifting and moving heavy objects, we all know that we should lift with our legs instead of our backs. Additionally, the key to successfully moving heavy objects is to use your mind more than you use your muscles.
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Here are some additional tips to make things go more smoothly.
Check Out the Logistics
The first thing to do is make sure that all heavy objects and furniture can pass through the openings and around the corners of your office or your home.
For example, if your measurements tell you that a piece of furniture is too big to fit through a door no matter how you turn it, you should disassemble it. In this way, you will avoid scratching the door and the walls. Also, you will be less likely to damage the floor, especially if it is a wooden floor.
Think carefully about how you can move heavy objects with the least amount of effort. What’s more, a big part of your strategy should be not to do this all by yourself. Instead, ask some of your coworkers or employees to help you with moving the object.
The most important thing is to be patient. Do not try to rush the process, but move heavy objects carefully. In this way you will avoid injury to yourself and damage to your property. What’s more, if what you’re trying to move is extra heavy, find more helpers.
Remove the Contents Before Moving
When you’re planning to move a heavy object such as a file cabinet, lighten the load by removing all of its contents.
For another example, it is not very smart to try to carry a bookcase when it is full of books. Also, if you’re moving something like a wardrobe, make sure you have emptied and removed all the inner shelves. This will lighten the object. What’s more, it will also prevent damage that can happen when you turn a heavy object so it can fit through a door.
Be extra careful with heavy items such as refrigerators, stoves, and other kitchen appliances. If you’re moving house, you’ll likely find that the kitchen has the most equipment. So you will need to pay close attention to its packaging.
Sturdy packaging of heavy objects before moving is essential, especially if you are going to transport wooden furniture. Packing objects carefully will help to protect them from damage, while also preventing damage to floors and walls.
One tip is to tie furniture cushions and blankets around wooden furniture to protect it. Then make sure you have a good grip on the object before lifting and carrying it.
Need More Specialized Tips for Moving Heavy Objects?
Remember that pushing a heavy object is easier and more effective than pulling it. Try placing an old rug under the leading edge of object to more easily push it across a tile or wooden floor. This eases the process and helps to prevent damage to the floor.
To move a heavy object such as a refrigerator, make sure you have emptied out the contents, including the drawers and shelving. Then stand behind it, tilt it forward, and slowly walk it from side to side. You’ll need someone to help you.
Do You Need to Move Heavy Objects up or Down Stairs?
To move heavy objects up or down stairs, use wooden boards or planks as a ramp. Another option for less-heavy objects is to place the item on a duvet or heavy blanket. Either way, make sure at least two other people are there to help you.
To move a heavy object up the stairs, crouch behind it, leaning into it with your shoulder. Then lift the object with both hands, using your legs to push the object upward.
If you realize the object is simply too heavy for manual lifting, consider using a tandem scissor lift table.
Are You Transporting a Heavy TV?
Pack a heavy TV by wrapping it with old rugs or furniture pillows. Alternatively, you can purchase appropriate packaging materials from a local shipper.
Even better, use the TV’s original packaging if you still have it. In any case, if the TV is truly heavy, ask someone to help you. This will be much easier for you and safer for your TV.
When you’re moving heavy objects, think the process through carefully beforehand. Then be sure to ask for help. Finally, work smart and be patient so that you don’t injure yourself or damage your property.