Moved house? Here are some top lifting tips…

A top man with a van service will often offer help when it comes to shifting your items at either end of a house move. However, it is not uncommon for customers to want to get involved with the moving, especially as they know where they want to place things!

Even the fittest among us should be careful when lifting heavy items. So if you have just moved property, and are ready to assemble everything at the other end, bear in mind these top tips for lifting:

– Get kitted out – are you wearing the best possible clothes and footwear for the job? Expensive garments are a no-no, and consider wearing some handling gloves for a better grip – this might reduce your chances of dropping heavy items. If you do drop anything, you will be thankful if you wore some heavy duty footwear!

– Plan your route – when moving a large or heavy item from A to B, it helps to have a clear idea of how you will get there. That means taking note of any obstacles which could get in the way and removing them if possible.

– Hold tight – the correct way to lift heavy loads is to stand with your feet apart for stability, before holding as tightly as possible, hugging the item to your body. When you are ready to lift, remember to bend both your knees and hips, rather than squatting fully.

– Heaviest side closest to you – lift the item so that its heaviest side is closest to your body, and when you are up and moving, keep an eye out for obstructions by keeping your head up at all times – try not to twist or look down!

– Look out for ‘tripwires’ – when carrying large electronic devices, make sure all cables and wires are secure and not dangling. They could become tripwires if left to swing free, presenting the possibility of a nasty fall.

– Dismantle when you can – you should take apart anything which is easier to lift when disassembled.

There are our top lifting tips. Remember, you should always ask a removals professional for help with large and heavy items. Get in touch today.

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Packing in 24 hours

Moving is one of the most stressful things you can do, but what makes it even more stress-inducing is having little to no time to organise your stuff. Perhaps you have to move out of rented accommodation with little notice, or maybe you’ve been so busy with surveys, finance and mortgages that you’ve run out of time to organise your belongings. However, not all is lost! We have lots of tips to help you get sorted before your big moving day.

Get organised

Make sure you have plenty of boxes, tape, bubble wrap, newspaper and marker pens. Put them in one place so you can quickly grab them as you go. It helps to have different sizes of boxes and write a short description on the side so you know what’s inside, for example ‘Kitchen – Plates’.

One room at a time

Focusing on one room at a time will stop you from feeling overwhelmed. It’ll also help you at the other side if your items are packed by room. Write a schedule and stick to it – two hours in the living room, three hours in the kitchen, an hour in the bedroom etc. Only move on to the next room when you’re finished. If you’re moving as a couple or family, give everyone a room to tackle to get the job done in record time.

The more, the merrier

Packing an entire house can be too much for one person in such a short space of time, so why not call in a favour from friends and family? Give them specific jobs like wrapping up all of your kitchen crockeries in bubble wrap or putting DVDs and books in boxes. When you’ve finished packing, treat them to pizza and beer to say thank you.

Tackle difficult tasks first

The most difficult items should be the first on your packing list. The trickiest things to move are heavy and bulky items that may not fit through doors, such as refrigerators, sofas and beds. Make sure these are all cleared and clean first before you start any other items in those rooms. Other tricky items include musical instruments and sports equipment, so make sure these are in cases and prepped to move. If you work from home, you’ll also want to sort through your home office and check your paperwork and electronics are in order.

While packing in 24 hours is more stressful than, say, packing over a week, it can be done. Your Man With A Van can do all light removals and help you with logistics and storage whenever you need it.

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Pre-packing advice from Your Man With A Van

As a man with a van, our team can help you with loads of issues you might encounter when moving, but one thing we can’t really help you with on moving day is packing your items into boxes. What we can do is offer some pre-packing advice on how to tackle packing up your possessions, based on years of our personal experience.

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Don’t let a lack of space cramp your style!

storage2The challenges that all small to medium sized businesses face to thrive in a competitive marketplace are multiple and will be all too familiar to anyone trying to run a profitable enterprise these days. Storage space, or rather the lack of it, are one of those challenges that can become a real headache, especially if you’re trying to manage stock levels throughout the year, taking into account seasonal fluctuations and spikes in demand for your goods. This can be a problem too for digital retailers who don’t want to tie up capital in property when they’d rather invest in marketing their business or buying more stock.

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