The crew at Connecticut’s Finest Movers are a perfect choice for the big moving jobs in your life. We stake our reputation on efficiency, accountability and a commitment to treating every job with the utmost respect. But there are always going to be times when it is simply more convenient to do some moving on your own. In cases like this, it is important to remember that safety should always be your first priority. No one understands better than us the consequences of injuries when it comes to heavy lifting, so here are some tips to keep you safe and healthy.

One of the most important steps that you can take when preparing to move heavy objects is something that our employees do at the start of every assignment. Before you get ready to do any moving yourself, whether that means a large number of boxes with household items or a piece of furniture, start with just a little bit of homework. Find the items that you plan to move and get a sense of how heavy they are and what the shape is really like in your hands. You want to know what you are in for so that when it comes time to actually do the moving there are no surprises. There is nothing worse than finding out mid-move that something is actually far heavier, or more awkward than you were anticipating. Give everything a quick once over before you get started. This will also help you spot anything that is in the way of getting things where they need to go.

Depending on how strenuous your move is likely to be, you may want to do a little bit of physical preparation as well. This does not have to be a full pre-game stretching routine like you are getting ready for high school gym class. Just loosen up, move your body around and stretch out any joints that you know are stiff or tight. It is easy to combine this process with your initial look-around, getting your head and your body ready for whatever it is that needs moving.

The physical mechanics to keep in mind when moving are fairly simple. Everyone knows the cliche that it is always a good idea to lift with your legs and not your back (which is true), but there are a few other small tips to keep in mind as well:

  • Try to always breathe when lifting (this will help you stay relaxed and avoid muscle strain).
  • There is no need to rush, don’t make any jerking motions or move too quickly.
  • Don’t lift things in a way that obstructs your view.
  • Keep lifted objects close to the center of your body, this will help keep you on balance.
  • Have your knees slightly bent and your feet shoulder-width apart when bearing heavy loads.
  • If you get stuck or are having trouble lifting something, slowly set it down and rethink your strategy.