Don’t feel too stressed when you are getting ready for a big move. Making sure you have the essential moving supplies ahead of time can help ease that stress just a little. Although you will need a bit more than just boxes and tape, this breakdown will help you finalize all the prep work and ensure you are completely prepared to start packing up and moving out.
A Moving Company?
If you’re lazy like me (or just not a good organizer), your best option may be just to hire a moving company. They typically handle everything from supplies to actually moving and transporting everything for you, but at a cost. That’s right. Being lazy comes at quite a hefty price. But hey, time is money, right? And at least you can rest assured that everything will be taken care of for you, while you sit back and relax.
Assuming you skip the moving company option and decide to pack and transport everything yourself, the first, most essential moving supply you will need are boxes. Boxes will come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, and it’s best to make sure you opt to get a bunch of different sizes.
One thing to note; if you are renting a truck or van from a company like U-Haul, many times they will give you boxes as a part of the rental fee. If it’s not enough, since they specialize in moving, they will have all the boxes you will need.
Having moving boxes isn’t enough if you plan on transporting anything valuable. You’ll need some sort of cushioning to make sure your valuables are secure and don’t bounce around and break. Many people use old newspapers as packing paper, and honestly, if you have enough newspaper, this will be both a cheap and safe route to take. If you don’t have enough, ask around and compile as much as you can. Better safe than sorry.
Do your best to stay organized and try to box similar items with each other. Then use labels on the boxes before you seal them so you can move them to the proper part of the house when you get to your new destination. You don’t want to have to constantly open and close the boxes to see what’s in them. A simple label will save time and maybe a headache or two.
Do yourself a favor and make sure you have a nice tape gun with quality tape. It will make your packing job much smoother and faster. Having enough tape is key as well.
Moving Bigger Items Like Furniture and Appliances
Furniture Pads and Covers
These are crucial to protect your furniture while in transit. Your stuff is going to move around in the truck and you need pads and covers to make sure nothing scratches or breaks. Blankets can be used but aren’t usually near as padded or as protective as actual furniture pads.
If you didn’t hire a moving company to help with your move, and assuming you’re not a professional weight lifter, you are going to want to have a dolly close at hand. All of the rental truck companies I know will have a dolly available right in the back of the truck available for use at will. If you aren’t using a rental truck, you can still rent dollies at the same locations.
Miscellaneous Moving Supplies
If you have all of the above, you are in pretty good shape to get everything packed up and shipped safely. Here’s a list of some other, non-essential supplies that you may want to have around.
- Trash bags
- Cleaning supplies
- Box cutter
- Cargo strap
- Saran wrap
- String, rope, bungee cords
- Rubber bands
- Simple tools
Knowing all of the work that comes with moving can lead to increased blood pressure and stress. Having all of the essential (and non-essential) items listed above will help ease the stress by being 100% prepared. Have everything ready before you start to pack. If you don’t have a lot of money to spend on these supplies, ask your friends, family, neighbors and co-workers if they have anything they can lend to help. They may even surprise you and offer to help out themselves.