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A Guide To Avoiding Injury When Moving House

A Guide To Avoiding Injury When Moving House

Most people are aware of how time-consuming, stressful and expensive moving home can be. But not many people realise how dangerous it can also be. With so many heavy objects, and the potential to slip over, lift something incorrectly, or for something to fall on you, if you are not careful you can end up causing serious injury to yourself.

Trying to save money on removalist costs can quickly turn into expensive health care costs, especially if you need to miss time off work.

It’s typical for moving injuries to happen in just a second, and often with no notice, which makes it essential to always be on alert.

By being careful, you can help to minimise the risk of injury.

Let’s take a look at how to avoid injury when moving house.

1. Prepare Yourself For Moving

One of the most common moving day injuries is muscle cramps. It’s also an injury which can be easily avoided. Before you start on moving day, do a quick stretch. This will keep your muscles warm. While stretching is often only associated with sports, you are going to be undertaking a lot of physical activity and bending, twisting, turning, and most likely using muscles you don’t regularly use in your day to day routine.

Also, keep hydrated throughout the day. Take regular breaks when you start to feel tired. By avoiding fatigue, it will also help to decrease the risk of injury.

2. Comfortable Clothing Is A Must

The best clothes to wear are the ones which are easy to move in, Tight fitting clothes restrict your movement, and may lead to a higher chance of injury. Likewise, any baggy clothes may get caught on any latches or door handles. The best option is to go for form-fitting clothing which is breathable, movable and comfortable.

3. Use Protective Items

Do you have steel-capped boots? If so, make sure to wear them. Otherwise, wear closed toe shoes. This will help protect your toes and feet if you drop anything on them accidentally. It’s also recommended to wear protective gloves. They will help to prevent any scratches, cuts or blisters, and also give you some padding in case you get your fingers or hands jammed in anything.

4. Lift Correctly

When you are preparing to lift heavy items, may sure to bend at your knees. Do this while still getting a grip before you lift. If you instead bend at the hip, it will cause your back to do the heavy lifting, instead of using your legs.

This is the number one way that people injure their back when moving, and the damage can end up being long-lasting.

It’s crucial to keep your back straight and upright at all times. Grip heavy furniture from the bottom, and place your hands as wide as possible to improve your balance. Make sure to only life items which you can carry on your own.

Better Health has a guide to reducing or eliminating manual handling risks and injuries.

5. Ask For Help

Any furniture which is too heavy you should never attempt to carry on your own. Ask some friends or family to help. Make sure anyone helping also follows the above advice, so that they come dressed for moving, and lift using the correct method to avoid injury.

Also, have one person to guide you instead of lifting themselves. They should help you navigate through the house and only the moving truck. Along the way, they should let you know of any doorways, steps, or ledges which are approaching, and guide you to navigate them safely.

6. Protect The Furniture

The best way to prevent scratches, dings and dents to your furniture is to keep it thoroughly protected. Use bubble wrap, old sheets, blankets, and padding. Doing so not only protects your furniture from damage, but it also helps to reduce the risk of any injury which may happen when dropping or putting down furniture.

7. Use The Right Moving Equipment

If the furniture is too heavy to move safely, no matter how many people you have helped, then it’s time to use moving equipment. By using trolleys, dollies, hoists, straps, rollers and sliders, you will be using the same tools which professional removalists use. They not only reduce the distance you have to physically carry heavy items, but they also help to reduce the risk of injury. If you don’t have any moving equipment, you can usually hire some from your local hardware store.

8. Clear Obstacles

Before you start moving, move any obstacles from the hallways and walkways. Things such as mats, rugs, doorstops, and shoes can be hard to see while carrying heavy furniture. They are a considerable hazard, which can lead to tripping, as well as dropping and damaging your furniture and your home, such as putting dents or holes into walls. Tripping over items is a massive cause of serious injury, and also has the potential to hurt those around you too.

Also, make sure that every door is fully open before moving so that you don’t have to try and open a door while you are carrying furniture at the same time.

9. Call A Professional Removalist

Sometimes trying to save some money is not worth the risk of injuring yourself or damaging your furniture while moving your belongings on your own to your new home.

Do you have a lot of heavy furniture which needs moving? Do you need to navigate stairs? Maybe it’s best to leave the heavy lifting to professional removalists. After all, moving staff are experts who have undergone thorough training, and use professional removalist tools as well as protective equipment, to safely move your items from your old home to their new home.

By using professional furniture removalists, it also makes sure that you don’t suffer from any injury!

Are you moving home and feeling overwhelmed by the number of things you need to move? Do you not have enough fit and strong people to move all of your belongings safely? Well, Next Level Removals are here to help.

Our professional removalists are trustworthy and reliable to ensure your furniture arrives safely at your new home, without injury or damage. We also provide packing and unpacking services to make your move easier, and are fully covered by insurance for peace of mind.

Contact our friendly customer service team today for an obligation-free quote on 1300 005 400 or contact us online.

How To Prepare Your Office And Staff For Moving Day

How To Prepare Your Office And Staff For Moving Day

Preparing to move your office is a lot more difficult than moving to a new home. After all, it’s vital that your business still stays productive and operational during the moving process. As the saying goes, time is money.

Careful planning in advance along with a professional removalist allows you to minimise the disruption to both your customers and employees. It also lets you make sure the move goes according to plan.

Set a Time Frame and Schedule

The first thing you do should be to set a time frame regarding your move. Once you have set your final move out date, which is the date everything must be moved out of the office, it’s time to work backwards.

Allow a few extra days to get everything organised and packed before your move out date. It’s recommended to make a list of everything so that nothing is overlooked before the moving trucks arrive.

Preparing Your Staff For Moving To A New Office

Once you have organised the schedule, notify your staff as early as possible. You should hold a staff meeting to advise them of all the details. After the meeting also send an email with further information in writing.

Every staff member needs to be advised. If there are staff members away on training or off-site, try to wait until everyone is in the office at once. What about staff members who can’t attend? You should have a separate meeting with them once they return and have read the email.

Advising staff in advance also gives them enough time to research new travel routes as well as consider any other options.

Give Your Staff Enough Time To Prepare For The Move

Some people do not cope well with change, so don’t be surprised if people are completely resistant to the move. Some people may be comfortable where they are and settled into a routine. People need to change their transit schedule, and also consider the distance if the new office is far away from their home.

You should give your staff plenty of notice, and have a platform to ask any questions and address their concerns.

By telling staff early, the process also gives them time to adjust and prepare for the move both mentally and physically.

But just how long is enough time to give your employees notice? It’s unreasonable to provide them with only a few days or a week to prepare, even if you are moving a short distance.

While many office moves are planned as much as 6 or 12 months in advance, it’s recommended to give your staff a minimum of one month notice, but ideally, it should be between 3 to 6 months.

Assign Tasks To Staff

The earlier you involve staff in the moving process, the more productive it will be. It will also help to maintain a positive office environment. Consider setting up a move committee to not only help plan and organise the move but also to help make the transition more comfortable for the rest of your staff.

You can ask for volunteers, and make them the first point of contact for any questions or concerns other staff members have. The committee should also review all of the tasks which need to be completed before and leading up to the move, as well as assigning any roles to these tasks as required.

As the move gets closer, it’s likely there will be additional tasks which get added to the list. It’s easy to forget things on your own, which is why having a committee to help makes sure you don’t overlook anything.

Be sure to remember to update your business address details with ASIC within 28 days after you move to your new office.

Implement an External Communications Plan

Be sure to set up an external communications plan. This lets your clients and suppliers stay up to date with your business activities and allows your business to be operational for longer. It also advises of any downtime which will occur during the move.

It also is a chance to communicate any new phone numbers your business will have, as well as informing them of your new physical office address.

Keep Staff Regularly Updated

As well as advising your external stakeholders, it’s just as important to have an internal communications plan also. Send regular email updates to all staff keeping them informed during the moving process. Also, put up signs in the office with any important updates.

Having a committee who has regular meetings is a great way to keep communication open between management and employees. Have the committee send an email after each meeting with the latest updates and minutes from the meetings.

If staff are kept in the dark about the moving process, they are likely to:

  • Feel upset
  • Lose trust in the company
  • Or even feel betrayed.

This can lead to low morale, and also to staff not feeling valued or respected and looking for a new position at another company.

Remember, moving office is a big deal for both you and your employees.

It’s a change of location, routine, opportunities, and potentially lifestyle. Keep everyone feeling in the loop and maintain an open line of communication to address any concerns.

New Office Layout and Plan

Creating a layout plan for your new office lets you figure out the layout in advance before you move. Having the committee assist with the planning helps to figure out where everything will go in the new office, as well as the physical seating location. It also lets you get employee feedback on the new layout. While offering a chance to resolve any issues before they arise in the new office.

The more detailed the plan you create, the easier it will be during the moving day. The plan also lets Removalists know where everything belongs, and they can set things up much quicker.

Communicate The Benefits Of Moving

It’s likely that not all of your employees will be happy about moving. If that is the case, then you need to keep a positive message. It will help them focus on the benefits of moving to a new office.

Things like:

  • A better location
  • A bigger office
  • Better public transport
  • Car Parking spaces

Even the most apprehensive staff may warm up to the idea over time. Once they can start to see that the benefits outweigh the inconveniences.

Although you should also prepare for the situation that some staff may choose to leave the business instead of move to the new office location.

Hire Professional Packing Staff

What if you don’t have enough time? It’s understandable for you and your employees to focus on work instead of packing the office. Consider hiring professional packers to do it for you. This will allow you to continue running your business as usual, while packers prepare all the office furniture in advance of moving day.

Let employees pack their own desks. It also allows them a chance to get rid of anything they no longer want to bring to the new office.

Hire Professional Movers

Finding a professional removalist can be the difference between a moving nightmare, or having your business back up and running at your new location right on time. Make sure to thoroughly investigate Removalists to find the right one for your business.

Next Level Removals offer office removals 24/7 to fit in with your business operations. For a free quote, contact us today on 1300 005 400 or email info@nextlevelremovals.com.au.

8 Tips for Seamless Furniture Move

8 Tips for Seamless Furniture Move

Whether you want to move to another house or you only want to change your furniture, this process is not as easy as you may think. Large furniture pieces such as couches or mattresses can be safely moved using the right techniques and tools. Here are some tips for furniture moving in order not to produce any damage neither to your furniture nor to your walls and doors.

  • Measure your doorway

The first thing to do before moving your furniture, is to measure the doorway. Before moving, you need to ensure that your furniture fits the doorway. Very often, people miss to measure the doorway and they damage the sofas and couches, and worst, they damage the doors, leaving them an easy target to thieves and burglars. If the furniture fits through the doorway in one piece, that’s perfect. If not, try to dismantle it, but pay attention because once you do this, the furniture may become more fragile. To protect the doorway, you could use quilted pads.

  • Protect your furniture with plastic and blankets

Is important to use blankets or plastic to protect your furniture while moving, otherwise you might end up having scratched furniture. Wrap the furniture completely with moving blankets and secure it with duct tape. This way you’ll protect the fragile edges of your furniture.

  • Use furniture sliders, harnesses and lifting straps

Using furniture sliders, harnesses and lifting straps will help you protect the furniture and your back. Furniture sliders will protect your floor and carpets from getting damaged and scratched while lifting straps and harnesses help you move the furniture much easier and much safer. This kind of tools is also used by professional movers.

  • Take off the legs of big chairs and couches

Taking of the legs of chairs, tables or couches can help you by getting you the extra inches required in order for your furniture to fit through narrow doorways. Pay attention not to damage the furniture while taking the legs off, nor to break them. Also, be careful to lift the furniture with your legs, not with your back, to prevent injuries. You should keep in mind to bend at your knees, not at your waist to prevent injuring yourself.

  • Contact a professional locksmith if you damaged the door

If moving your furniture made you damage the door, don’t underestimate this and call a local locksmith in order to check the door and provide security. Domestic security is extremely important, don’t neglect this aspect. A locksmith is equipped with the most modern tools and instruments and is able to do any repairs to your door in a situation like this. Usually, people who move their furniture hit the deadbolts and damage the door without even realising it. Take caution and after finishing the moving process, check your door and locks to see if they still work properly. If not, always contact a professional locksmith.

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