One of the most worrisome considerations of moving is how to get your prized possessions to your new home in one piece. That’s where moving supplies come in handy! With the right moving hacks and packing supplies and techniques, even your most fragile items are sure to survive the relocation. Some moving tools and equipment can also help prevent injuries on moving day by making lifting and transporting items easier. Other supplies can likewise streamline and simplify the moving process. There are many moving essentials required both ahead of the move as well as on moving day. While certain items for packing up your belongings are everyday items you may already have on hand, others might not be so obvious or readily available to you. Here, our Gainesville movers detail the best way to get started with the right supplies in preparation for your next move.
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Moving Boxes & Labels
You can purchase cardboard boxes or plastic totes/bins for stowing most of your belongings. If you opt for cardboard boxes, factor in that you might require a number of different sizes, such as small, medium, large, extra large, and wardrobe boxes. The size of boxes and the number of each size you need will depend on the size, type, and amount of belongings you intend to bring along to your new place. Labeling your boxes can help provide you and/or the movers you hire with insight into what room each box should go into. You can either gather some permanent markers and write the intended room directly on the box’s exterior or apply color-coded stickers to the outside of the box and note which colors coordinate with each room.
Packing Tape & Paper
When it comes to packing tape and insulation materials, such as paper, the general rule of thumb is the more you have the better! You’re going to want plenty of packing paper for wrapping fragile or sharp items, as well as to fill out near-full boxes that need some extra cushioning and stability. Be sure to only purchase ink-free paper, as papers containing ink can bleed into your clothes should the paper become wet or too hot. Purchase quality packing tape and plenty of it! You’ll need to use it for building boxes and sealing them up once they are full, so opt for a high-quality tape that can get the job done right. You’ll likely need more tape than you think, too, so buy an extra couple of rolls to be safe.
Plastic Wrap & Bubble Cushioning
Be sure to have at least one large roll of sturdy plastic wrap that you can use to group and insulate specific items. Plastic wrap is beneficial for keeping certain items together during your move, such as art materials, and preventing bottle leaks. For bottles, take off each bottle’s cap, apply a layer of plastic wrap over the opening, and screw the cap back on. You can use bubble cushioning to wrap up extra-fragile items, like those made of glass, porcelain, and ceramic. You can likewise use bubble wrap to provide additional protection to wall art as well as items you’ll later put into moving boxes.
Moving Blankets & Dolly
When you schedule moving services with UF Mover Guys, we can handle every aspect of your move, from packing up and loading to unloading and unpacking. However, you’ll likely need some items to make your move easier if you choose to tackle a do-it-yourself move. Dollies come in multiple different sizes and weight-handling capabilities. There are appliance dollies, furniture dollies, and utility dollies, all of which can be ideal for helping you move heavy boxes and bulky furniture from home to truck and back again. Furniture pads and moving blankets help cushion your items as they make their way to your new home. Consider which of your belongings might benefit from extra padding to ensure you rent or buy the correct number.
Overnight Essentials Bag
As its name implies, the overnight essentials bag is a must-have for moving! In preparation for your relocation, we recommend packing your essentials or the items you need to have on hand or use daily in a separate location from those you pack into boxes and containers. Consider putting items, such as medications, foods, clothing items, cosmetics, and toiletries for yourself, your family, and any pets, into the bag. Ideally, the bag should be able to provide you and your loved ones with everything they need in your new home until you have the time to unpack and situate your belongings. You might also want to include any passports, social security cards, jewelry, and small heirloom items with you in the bag to ensure you know where they are throughout your moving day.