- Investing In Moving Supplies While Trying Not to Break Your Bank
- Where Should I Begin To Put My Money?
- Moving Large or Heavy Items
- Save Them For the Next Move
1. Investing In Moving Supplies While Trying Not to Break Your BankWhen it comes to a move, there are a number of supplies you will need. Whether moving across town or across the country, everything you own should be transported safely and securely. Plan ahead and purchase the items you need in advance to avoid running to hardware and moving supply stores on the day of your move.
2. Where Should I Begin to Put My Money?The first things to invest in are packing supplies: boxes of all sizes, packing tape (with a dispenser), pieces of cardboard and newspaper. The truth of moving is that you will always need more boxes than you anticipate. You can purchase large wardrobe boxes that keep your clothing on a hanger. Shoeboxes can transport smaller desk items. Newspaper, or the pages of old books, can be used to pack statues, trophies, and glassware, so they don’t bump into each other during transport. Pieces of cardboard slip between mugs and plates to help prevent cracking or breaking.
Once you have a box packed, it needs to be clearly labeled so that you know where to put it once you arrive in your new home. Purchase large sticker labels or print out labels that you can tape to your boxes. It’s better to write onto a separate label than directly into the cardboard box for visibility. Be sure to have a number of sharpies, which will inevitably be lost in the move, to label the items in each box. On the label include which room the box should go to on the other end, who owns the items, and if you plan on storing a box for a while, the date that it was packed. Be sure to purchase a utility knife so that you can open your boxes quickly and easily once you arrive.
3. Moving Large or Heavy Items
Large items like couches and beds should have their own plastic cover. These can be purchased at any hardware store and come in many sizes. They are a good investment because if you package things safely and securely, you can fold up these plastic slip covers and use them again. Large reinforced trash bags are extremely useful for bedding, blankets, towels, and stuffed animals. Be sure to secure them with twist ties for easy opening when you arrive.
When it comes time to load up, you will need bungee cords, large blankets, and, if you’re transporting furniture, a dolly. Bungee cords, which are inexpensive and available at hardware stores, will ensure that your boxes and furniture do not slip around in the back of a truck. Bungee cords have endless uses and are a must-have investment before a move. Large blankets can cover furniture before smaller boxes are placed on top of it. Blankets should go around anything that touches the wall of a truck bed so that nothing is scratched. When laying tables and chairs on their sides, make sure they lie on a blanket.
4. Save Them For the Next Move
These items can become expensive, but if you plan to move more than once in a decade, they can be a valuable investment. Once you unpack, boxes can be broken down with a utility knife and stored flat. Plastic slipcovers and blankets can be folded. Designate a closet or garage space for your moving materials, so that you don’t need to purchase them again the next time you relocate.