Three Tips for Moving During Bad Weather

In bad weather, a move can be downright awful unless the mover takes the proper precautions. Go Mini’s® Moving & Portable Storage containers offer a number of advantages over traditional moving companies in any weather, but the self-loaded containers truly shine in the rain or snow. Here are three moving tips for bad weather that highlight why Go Mini’s® containers are preferable to other moving options.

Take Your Time

A house against a dark, stormy sky

One of the most important moving tips is to not rush the move, especially in bad weather. Rain, sleet, or snow lead to dangerous, slippery conditions. It may be tempting to hurry the move, especially with truck rentals or moving companies that charge by the hour. Go Mini’s® containers work differently, giving people time to work at their own pace. Depending on the mover’s schedule, they could even choose to wait for the weather to clear.

Minimize Carrying Distance

File this under good general moving tips for all weather, but it’s even more helpful in the rain. The shorter the distance the items are exposed to the elements, the less the weather will damage them. Go Mini’s® containers are engineered with padded wheels, meaning they can be slid all the way up to the house without damaging the driveway. This allows the mover to get the items from the garage or front door into the weatherproof container with little or no rain, sleet, or snow exposure.

Invest in the Right Supplies

Nobody protects an item like its owner. In bad weather, the best protection is the attention and care of the one invested in the suede couch or flat screen TV. Couches and other furniture that shouldn’t get wet can be wrapped with stretch plastic wrap to provide water-resistant protection, while the flat screen can be bubble-wrapped inside a box specially designed for TVs. Go Mini’s® has all the moving supplies necessary to protect the items that matter most.

Make the right move with your next move and go with Go Mini’s® Moving & Portable Storage. Call us today at 1-866-GOMINIS or get a free quote online.

Four Ways to Protect Your Back When Moving

Lifting heavy objects is one of the most common causes of back injury, so it’s important to take preventive steps when moving to a new home. Those who are moving should keep these four loading and unloading tips in mind to avoid strains and other painful, debilitating back issues.

1. Warm up the Muscles

A woman clutching her shoulder after moving in Minneapolis, MN

As with any workout, it’s important to stretch the muscles before lifting heavy items. Pay attention to the arms, legs, and back, as well as the core muscles. The warmer they are when lifting begins, the lower the risk of injury.

2. Look Before Lifting

Assess the size and weight of a box before picking it up. For example, try moving it with a foot to see how heavy it is. If it can’t be lifted safely, leave it alone until you have assistance. Avoid packing boxes with too many heavy items, and load containers with the heaviest items at the bottom.

3. Create a Clear Path

Never lift a heavy box without ensuring that a path is clear to its destination. If it becomes necessary to stop, putting the box down and lifting it again creates another opportunity for back injury. Obstacles in the path can also cause a dangerous fall.

4. Use Proper Form

If a box is safe to lift, then start by placing feet shoulder-width apart. Squat down by bending only the knees and hips while keeping the back straight and shoulders back. When it’s time to stand up again, slowly straighten the hips and knees and lift without twisting. Engage your arms, legs, and core muscles to lift the load; do not lift using the back. Hold the box as close to the torso as possible and avoid bending forward.

Those who are concerned about injuring their backs while moving should consult with Go Mini’s® to make the process easier. In addition to loading and unloading assistance, we provide packing supplies, storage solutions, and full-service moves.