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Moving can be fun, exciting, and stressful all at the same time. With so many things happening and so much to keep track of, it can be easy to get overwhelmed.
When you’re stressed and trying to multitask, there’s also an increased risk of personal injury and damaged belongings.
While it may seem worth it to overlook safety in order to save time or money on moving day, it’s important to remember that you and your family’s health and well-being is much more important than saving a few minutes or dollars.
In this article, we’re going to give you a few simple moving day tips that will help keep you and your belongings safe so you can rest easy on the first night in your new home.
Ask for help
Many moving day injuries result from one person attempting to lift, carry, or move items that really require more hands. It’s easy to see how this mistake is made. Everyone is busy with their own tasks, whether they’re packing boxes or cleaning.
To avoid injury when lifting items, know your limits and always ask for help. If you don’t feel comfortable moving heavy items, now is no time to push yourself--you’ll be needed throughout the day, so depend on your family or hired movers.
Plan your route
Many damages and injuries occur when we haven’t properly prepared. Know the terrain of the place you’ll be carrying your items to. Plan ahead for the size of staircases, dangerous hills, or ruts in the ground. Put safety cones down in dangerous areas so no one is hurt or drops fragile items.
Load your truck wisely
Whether you’re moving far away or just a few blocks, a lot can go wrong once the truck starts moving. However, even if you don’t have many fragile items inside, there’s the risk of boxes toppling on you and your family when unloading the truck if the boxes haven’t been stacked wisely.
First, try to keep boxes lighter than what you’re comfortable carrying. It’s easier to move more boxes than to struggle with one particularly heavy one.
For heavier items, utilize equipment like dollies, hand trucks, and furniture sliders to protect you and your belongings.
Finally, practice smart loading and unloading techniques in your moving truck. Load the heaviest items (like appliances) first, and put lighter boxes on top of them. Think of loading like a game of Tetris--always aim for a strong foundation to stack on top of to avoid boxes falling on you or each other.
On moving day you may be on various deadlines, whether it’s moving trucks or getting things unloaded before sunset. However, it’s important that you take several breaks while loading and unloading, especially if you’re moving on a hot day.
Sometimes, even if you do everything right, mistakes can happen. It’s important to be prepared for when they do. Make sure you have a first aid kit in your moving truck that contains unexpired first aid supplies.
Be sure to have your cell phone handy and know the location of the nearest hospital in case of an emergency.
If you follow these tips, you should be on your way to having a successful, injury-free moving day.
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If you plan to sell a house, you should allocate time and resources to remove clutter from the attic. By doing so, you can show off the true size of your house and increase the likelihood of a fast, profitable home sale.
Ultimately, there are several best practices to help home sellers declutter an attic, and these practices include:
1. Separate Clutter from Items That You Want to Keep
Your attic may be filled with a wide range of items. As a home seller, you'll want to differentiate attic items that you want to keep from those that need to be removed from your home.
With items that you intend to keep, you should package these items safely. Then, you can store these items neatly in your attic. Or, you can move these items into a storage unit.
For home sellers who encounter a massive collection of attic clutter, there is no need to worry. You may be able to sell or donate excess items that work properly and are in great condition. Furthermore, be sure to dispose of any damaged or broken items immediately.
2. Get Plenty of Help
The temptation to tackle attic cleaning on your own may be overwhelming, but it is important to remember that Rome was not built in a day. Thus, if you try to remove attic clutter on your own, you risk myriad problems along the way.
Attic clutter can range from small and lightweight to big and heavy. If you're operating on a strict timeline, you might struggle to quickly get clutter out of your attic if you work alone. And if you're forced to remove large items on your own, there is a risk of injury as well.
When it comes to decluttering an attic, caution is key. As such, you should enlist the help of family members and friends to ensure you can remove attic clutter quickly and safely.
In addition, if you want to avoid the hassle of decluttering your attic, you may want to hire professional help. With friendly, knowledgeable cleaning professionals at your side, you should have no trouble eliminating clutter from your attic.
3. Consult with a Real Estate Agent
Clutter is a major problem in many attics, and few h
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