When you are planning to move, the first thing you should do is to make a plan and packing and moving supplies list for what you need to buy before you start with packing and moving. Sometimes people are trying to save money and purchase low-grade supplies or use them in an incorrect way, which mostly will cause damage to their belongings.
Must-Have Packing and Moving Supplies
Here is a list of necessary items what you should have:
- Packing paper,
- Bubble wrap,
- Moving boxes,
- Moving blankets,
- Stretch plastic wrap,
- Marking pens,
- Garbage bags.
Some supplies you will need for the moving day, like box cutters, hand trucks for heavy items, bungee cords, cleaning supplies, and paper towels.
When you are deciding which paper to use, always choose ink-free packing paper. Like this, your plates, dishes, glasses will be clean when you unpack them after moving. Packing paper is less expensive than bubble wrap, and you can use it to pack a lot of different items, and also, you can use to fill in space between item and box.
Bubble wrap is also one of the necessary things you should have ready before you start to pack your stuff. Lampshades, mirrors, or pictures are safer to pack in bubble wrap, considering packing paper can tear up and damage to your possessions. The best option is to use packing paper for cushioning and bubble wrap to cover items.
Boxes are the most significant supply you need in your moving process. When you are packing, there are different sizes of items that you need to pack up in your house. Various sizes of boxes are more practical to arrange and pack items that you have. A common mistake that can happen during packing is placing the wrong size of objects in the wrong box, which will give you only a headache when you discover that your stuff is damaged. Therefore, use a box similar size and if is there space between place packing paper and bubble wrap to protect the item from rattle and damage.
Moving blankets are an excellent option to protect furniture from scratch, but if you have in your mind to hire a moving company, then you don’t need to buy there is an option to rent them too. On the market also you can find a plastic furniture cover. They will not help you with padding, but at last, they will keep your furniture clean.
Stretch plastic wrap
With a stretch plastic wrap, you can cover a lot of different furniture like drawers, small pieces of furniture or tools as well and to stick them together and prevent their loss. Also, you can cover a soft sofa or similar material and protect them from dirt.
Whenever you are planning your moving, you will need to mark all your boxes. The best way is to use permanent markers and label boxes. Otherwise, if something is fragile inside the box, they could be broken or lost during transportation.
Sometimes we don’t have too much time to organize our moving and need to finish everything at the last minute. One helpful item for fast-moving is trash bags. Here you can stuff your clothes, towels, liquid because you can pack whatever you need, but keep in your mind to separate the fluid from cloths and avoid potential damage.
Gloves and other protective equipment
Moving furniture is heavy and can make serious injuries to your hands, even to your back when you are lifting a heavyweight.
If you decided not to hire professional movers and instead you prefer to do it alone or with friends and relatives, then work gloves are one of the stuff you will need for protection.
Bungee cords are the most practical thing which you can use in any situation to tighten some items, even in daily life (to secure groceries, for example). During transportation, it is better to protect all your possessions with bungee cords and prevent damage when the truck is moving. Also, you can use a bungee net together with bungee cords to secure bulky objects and fasten items with hooks.
Hand trucks, dollies for heavy items
When you move boxes from the house or apartment to the moving truck, you will need a hand truck for sure. There are a lot of different options on the market, so before buying, check the weight-bearing capacity of hand trucks and dollies. If you decide to hire a professional moving company, they will have everything that you need from supplies, and you will have more time to focus on your new adventure.
Overlooked Packing and Moving Supplies
These items are necessary when you are moving, and usually, people forget about them, but yes, they are small and very required.
Here are some of them:
Scissors and tape
Mostly in every house, you can find scissors, but sometimes they are not sharp enough for cutting what you need, so think ahead and prepare on time. To secure open boxes, you will need a lot of tapes. You can find in every shop different types of packing tape (strapping tape, brown paper packing tape, etc.) Before you buy it, check which one is the best option for your packing. Small tip, but a tape gun will make your work easier, and you don’t need to bother and cut tape every time.
Utility knife makes box opening more easygoing, but be very careful when you are opening because sometimes boxes are full and accidentally you can damage your goods.
Before and after your move, you will need to clean your apartment or home and leave in good condition. For this, you don’t need too many things, just a broom, bucket, some rags, paper towels and, special detergent for cleaning.
If you need any help on how to pack your belongings properly, do not hesitate to call movers and storage NYC. We will be more than happy to answer all of the questions you might have.