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Hiring Moving Labor? 10 Safety Precautions to Take Before Moving Day


by: April Dykman
01 Dec 2010

You already know that friends helping with a move can sometimes cause more moving stress, but just because you are hiring paid labor doesn't mean you should be any less prepared for the big day. Make sure that you have taken all the necessary safety precautions to ensure a successful transition into your new home.

Ask for Proof of Insurance

Your homeowners' policy may not cover an accident when you have purchased a service from a business. Household moving companies are required to carry liability and cargo insurance, though coverage varies from mover to mover. A moving company should be able to provide proof of insurance coverage, called a certificate of insurance. Call the insurance company on the certificate to confirm the policy.

Safety Tips for Moving Labor

As you pack your belongings and prepare for moving day, keep the following safety precautions in mind:

  1. Be sure your movers are aware of special items you need to move, such as pianos, valuable antiques, hot tubs, and big-screen TVs. Some belongings require special equipment, additional moving labor, or a third-party service.
  2. Keep the weight of boxes at less than 50 pounds per box. Carrying boxes should not cause too much strain.
  3. Inspect the property around your home and your new home. Figure out the best area for the truck to park at each location, and if necessary, reserve the closest parking spot for moving day. Look for poles, posts, stumps, or tree branches that could be a safety concern for the movers. Either remove the hazard or mark them with bright tape or ties.
  4. Check for uneven walkways and hidden steps. Mark these areas with neon tape. Though some steps may seen obvious, they can be easy to miss when carrying boxes or moving furniture.
  5. If any areas might become slippery, consider buying or renting a traction mat.
  6. Place a chair under low-hanging ceiling fixtures to prevent a head injury.
  7. Do not transport flammable materials. Dispose of flammables such as fireworks, cleaning fluids, matches, acids, and aerosol cans. Drain fuel from lawn mowers and other machinery. Properly dispose of used or open cans of oil, paint, thinner, and similar substances.
  8. Refillable propane tanks must be professionally emptied and sealed by a propane gas dealer. Properly dispose of nonrefillable tanks.
  9. Make sure to have water, toilet paper, and a first aid kit available for your family and for the moving labor.
  10. If possible, make arrangements for children and pets to be elsewhere during moving day. It's safer and less stressful for you, the kids, and Fido.

With a bit of forethought and preparation, you can have a safe and successful moving day, free of breakages, injuries, and moving stress.

Sources:
Household Moving FAQs • http://www.libertymoving.comhttp://www.libertymoving.com/faq_residential.html • Liberty Moving and StorageMoving Tips • http://www.upack.comhttp://www.upack.com/moving-resources/moving-tips.asp • ABF U-Pack Moving, Inc.