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Before you throw out your back attempting to pick up a box from the floor (use your knees, not your back), it may be useful to read over this handy list of the top safety must-haves for moving. From stubbed toes to sore joints to broken bones and cuts, moving can actually be hazardous to your health if you aren’t careful.

Coming in at the top spot on our list is use safe lifting techniques. Always lift with your knees if you don’t want to end up on the floor, regretting your show of strength the next day.

Second, don’t be afraid to use moving equipment. Dollies and furniture slides exist for a reason—because they work, and they take the stress off your body. One dolly can make a world of difference when moving heavy furniture or your library.

Third, make sure you are dressed to move. Even if it’s hot, this is not a time for sandals and tank tops. Wear full-length shirts to protect your skin and a firm pair of sneakers to support your body.

Fourth, consider hiring professional movers. You can eliminate many of the risks associated with moving by simply using a professional team. Greenlight Movers can handle your moving day so that when you arrive at your new home, you actually have the energy to unpack. Contact us today to talk about your move-out plans.