At Interwest Moving, we always want to make sure our customers are safe and sound. While we are fine doing all the heavy lifting ourselves, we understand the impulse for people to help out. But when we have amateurs helping us out with our move, we are always afraid of helping themselves. Because of this, we have written this blog on how to properly lift boxes. Please read this before your Interwest moving specialists have arrived at your door.

The Four Steps to Lifting Boxes

There are four easy steps to lifting boxes. Assess, Position, Tilt, Lift.
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Assess the Box 
– The first step is always to evaluate the box. We may be professional movers, but we don’t recommend anyone lift boxes that weigh over fifty pounds. There’s no reason why anyone, especially people who are not very physically active, to lift above your weight with something as dynamic as a box.
You will also need to watch out for movability and positioning of your hands. The placement of your hands is just as important as the utilization of your legs.

Position yourself with the Box
 – You want to enter a robotic-like positioning. Place your feet near the box with your shoulders over your feet, which are both facing forward. Keep your back straight and your head facing forwards.

Tilt the box 
– Bend over, keeping your back straight and place your hands in a comfortable position for the box. From there tilt the box in any direction. Feel your body, if there’s any soreness or strain, make sure to either stretch, take a rest, or stop for the day. You’re tilting the box to both assess the boxes weight and evaluate your body.
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Lift the Box
 – Slowly. Keep your back straight and push up with your legs. Your keeping your back straight and doing nothing more than positioning it with those muscles. The legs are how you’re lifting it, and the back is how you’re keeping it level and straight. Never overstep when you’re moving and always maintain the object as close to your body as possible.

InterWest Moving & Storage

With InterWest Moving & Storage, we are always putting our best foot forward for our customers, as long as our weight is evenly distributed we should have no problem carrying you to your new home. If you would like to know more about proper technique or our going rates, please give us a call today at (208) 523-8989.