Steve Harper

Moving can be strenuous exercise. When you’re not prepared for the rigors of a move, injuries can occur.


If you've made the decision to move yourself without the help of professional movers, your goal is an efficient (and uneventful!) moving experience.

Follow these moving safety tips to really take care of yourself on moving day. Hey, you want to still be standing after your move!

Avoid common injuries when you move
Back injuries are some of the most common moving injuries. It’s important to protect your back on moving day, so start the move with some stretching exercises to prepare your body.

Always lift with your legs — not your back — to help avoid injury. Minor injuries like sprains, strains and muscle soreness in the lower back may occur if you’re not using the proper posture to lift heavy items. There’s also potential for more severe back injuries like a herniated (also called “slipped”) disc, a spinal injury caused by muscle overuse and inflexibility. While you likely won’t suffer a severe injury by lifting a single heavy object, the risk may be higher the more you lift on moving day.

When moving heavy objects, broken bones are not an uncommon injury. Watch your fingers, in particular, as it’s easy to get your digits wedged in between walls, doors and other heavy objects.

Even if you manage to avoid back pain and broken bones on moving day, just about anyone can be at risk for a muscle pull or strain. These injuries can occur when your muscles aren’t prepared for what you’re putting them through. They can also occur because of dehydration. In general, it’s important to know your physical limits and take precautions to help your body make it safely through moving day.

Moving safety tools
One of the best ways you can help lessen the strain on your body is to keep these moving tools on hand to make the job easier and safer:

  • Gloves to help pad your fingers, avoid splinters and aid grip as you lift heavy or slippery objects
  • Hand trucks or dollies to lessen the physical strain of lifting oversized objects
  • Furniture sliders to help you move large pieces like sofas and armoires across a room, lessening the amount of time you have to use your physical strength to hold them
  • Forearm forklift devices to help facilitate moving awkward-sized objects like mattresses
  • Good sneakers that support your feet, as well as provide grip

Though these moving safety tools are an expense, don’t underestimate how valuable they’ll be. Not only will they help you avoid injury, they'll also make moving easier and faster.

General moving safety rules
Here are a few more tips to keep in mind that will help make your move safer:

  • Keep plenty of water on hand to stay hydrated.
  • Avoid wearing long or loose clothing that might get stuck or twisted while you move.
  • Load and unload boxes in the early morning hours when everyone’s energized — especially in summer, when days get hotter by the hour.
  • Anticipate weather conditions: be prepared with towels and mops when it’s raining or snowing.
  • Keep kids and pets safely out of harm’s way.

With just a little extra attention to safety, you can pull off moving day without putting your body at risk!

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About The Author

Steve Harper enjoys seeking out and writing about topics that matter to renters for the Apartment Guide Blog. He hails from Atlanta, Georgia. Find Steve on Google.