If you have got something heavy that needs lifting, then you should never consider trying to do it on your own. Whether it’s a piano, a stone statue or something else that is heavy and bulky, trying to shift it on your own is highly likely to lead to injury. Too many people suffer with bad backs or joints as a result of trying to move something heavy on their own. It is just not worth the risk – one false move could leave you with an injury that lasts a lifetime. In order to protect yourself, you need to consider the job first and calculate the risk before doing anything. In this article we are going to tell you how you could go about getting it shifted without risking injury. Read on for our top suggestions:
A Team of Friends
If the item is large and heavy but not so much that a team of your friends can’t lift it (such as a piano), then this should be your first port of call. Ring around your friends and ask anybody that is fit and well to come around and help you. When they arrive, you should manage the move so that everybody knows what they are doing. Be absolutely clear with your directions and brief the team about where the item is to be moved to in advance so that they know what to do. Tell everyone that if they feel any pain at all then they should shout straight away so that the lift can be aborted. You should find that the item is moved relatively easily without damage to anybody or the item itself.
A Professional Moving Company
If you do not want to risk the health of your friends and the item is exceptionally large, then you have little choice but to employ the services of a professional moving company. While you will have to pay for this, it is a small price to pay if it means keeping yourself and your friends safe. They will have all of the right gear, and they’ll shift the item for you no problem. Simply have a look online and find a company near you, give them a ring and describe the object to them. They may need to conduct a site visit so that they can appraise the job and decide how best to attempt it. When they have decided, they will set a date with you so that they can come round and carry out the job.
Don’t Want the Object?
Sometimes, you have no need for the item – you just want it shifted. This is especially common for people that move into a new house and have old items from the previous owner still in the garden – for example a stone statue. In this case, advertise it on ‘freebie’ sites and invite anybody that has the means to take it away for free. If it is an old piece of machinery then you may find a machinery moving company that will take it away for free because of its scrap value.
Under no circumstances should you risk the health of your back!
Shruti Vaghe, the author of this post is a freelance blogger for Halbertbrothersinc. You can follow her on Twitter.