Whether you are using a professional removal company or not you will need to ensure your home is a safe environment for your removal to take place. At your survey our surveyor will carry out a basic risk assessment to ensure the safety of our removal crews. This will allow us to make provisions for things such as narrow hallways, tight corners or steep stairs. Although you cannot do much about things like this other areas can be addressed and made safer.
Firstly if you are carrying out your removal yourself ensure you hire the correct equipment for the tasks you have to carry out starting with the type of lorry or van. If there is a lot of large heavy items a sack barrow is a must and will you need ramps to get up any steps? When working at height, to take down curtains or lamp shades for example, use a step ladder don’t balance on other furniture. At Todds Removals we have all the correct equipment to carry out your removal safely.
Use the correct tools for dismantling any large pieces of furniture and put them in your “essentials” box so you know where they are when it comes to re-assembling them at your new house. Also make sure you use the right tools if you are disconnecting any appliances and never attempt anything beyond your capabilities.
On moving day try and minimise the number of people at the property this allows our crews to have unrestricted access to all rooms and reduces the chance of collisions. If you do have to have engineers in to disconnect appliances make sure the foreman is aware. If you are moving yourself put one person in charge to co-ordinate everyone else.
If possible have someone look after any pets if not keep them confined to one room.
Always ensure that hallways and doorways are kept clear to prevent trips and falls.
When packing minimise the risk of injuring yourself by putting boxes at the same height as the items being packed. Don’t make boxes too heavy keep checking the weight as you pack if you have gaps fill with linens, cushions, soft toys or scrunched up packing paper. Wrap sharp items such as knives in tea-towels to prevent them from cutting through boxes and cover any garden tools to prevent injuring the removal crew.
Always lift properly – bend your legs and lift with your whole body. Don’t try to lift heavy items by yourself, it may seem obvious but on removal day when you are stressed and possibly pushed for time it can be easy to be tempted.
Ensure you have a first aid kit containing plasters and bandages in case there is an accident and also make sure your phone is fully charged.
Removal Companies will not move certain items for safety reasons these include gas bottles, petrol and firearms if you have these to be included in your move ensure all the correct precautions are taken.
If you are moving some of your possessions by car ensure they are fastened securely and cannot cause injury in the event of an accident. If you are transporting small pets always use the correct carriers.
Don’t forget to check the weather for your removal day. If the forecast is hot ensure you have plenty of fluids for all involved. If the forecast is for rain or even snow be aware that paths may become slippery as can hard floors indoors. Snow and ice can make paths and roads treacherous, pack a snow shovel to clear paths and salt to keep them clear, remember that as the sun goes down temperatures can drop and paths may re-freeze.
It is also important to consider what you wear on removal day if you are moving yourself. Sturdy and comfortable footwear is a must as there will be a lot of walking involved, sandals and flip flops are not advisable no matter how hot it is. Loose and flowing clothes may be cool but can easily get in the way when lifting and carrying.
Once you arrive at your new home take a moment, before starting to unload, to look round your new property for any hazards such as rucked carpets, uneven steps, loose manhole covers or low branches.
Parking the lorry or van as close to the new property as possible not only saves time on moving day but reduces the chances of slipping and the time spent carrying heavy items. If necessary contact your local council to arrange a parking suspension.
Todds Removals would always suggest you use a professional removal company to carry out your household or commercial removal the safest option all round.