We are seeing more and more people approaching their relocation with a do-it-yourself mentality. This is all fine and well, but the problem is that once they try that they rarely attempt it a second time. Why? What makes the experience so horrible that they are again back to the services of professionals?
There are a couple of reasons for that. Firstly, moving is not as easy as people make it out to be. It involves a lot of planning and consideration, so it can eat a good chunk of your time. Not to mention that you will also have to do quite a lot of research if you want to handle it properly.
Secondly, a lot of people just lack the technical experience necessary. In their minds moving is nothing more than packing and picking up a few objects. Well, it gets a bit tougher when the object you pick are not so comfortable to be carried, or maybe even worse – when they are too heavy. Let’s look into a handful of tips that should make your DIY move at least bearable. However, keep in mind that some things are better left in the hands of actual professionals.
Lifting Is A Skill
You may think that something as simple as lifting an object from the ground should not give you any trouble. Yet this is where a lot of people see their first challenge. They try to pick their massive sofa up and all of a sudden they can’t. It is just too heavy. So what do they do? They push harder. And this is where the trouble comes!
Most people are not familiar with the skill of lifting heavy stuff. The most important thing you have to remember is that you should never lift using your back muscles. You can cause a terrible injury that way. Always squat down and use your legs to push yourself off the ground. Let your legs carry the weight, this is the only safe way.
The Box Should Not Be Tearing At The Seams
Even if you do not have a heavy sofa, it is quite likely that you fall prey to the next big mistake – overstuffing your boxes. People rent moving boxes because they are usually much sturdier, but because of that they think they can cram them up with everything. However, when the time comes to pick them up, you either can’t or you have crammed them so much that the items inside can actually damage each other. This is bad however you look at it.
The Actual Preparation
First and foremost, moving is a physical activity. If your body is not prepared for it, it will fail. So what do you need to do? Let’s start with your rest. You just need to have slept well. Make sure to give yourself your proper 8 or so hours of sleep that your body needs.
Secondly, make sure your nutrition is on point. Stuffing yourself with sweets and energy drinks is not a good idea, because you will crash and burn after a short burst of energy. Instead, try a protein-based meal to keep yourself full throughout the day.
Finally, make sure to warm up before the actual move. Do some light stretching, jumping jacks, maybe even a walk around the block. Whatever it is, you have to get your heartrate going and your joints ready to take on the work!