The Ultimate List of Moving Supplies
Packing Tips - September 27, 2018
In case you’re about to move, you need to make a few lists. Firstly, you should make a list of items that you have in your home and that you need to move. Afterward, you should be dividing those items according to boxes they are going to go into. Then, the packing time comes. Have you decided whether you are going to pack yourself or are you going to get professional movers to do it for you? Each one has its benefits. Should you do it yourself, you are going to need moving supplies in order to get all set. On the other hand, if Texas professional movers are the ones who are going to deal with it, then you shouldn’t worry about moving supplies because they have it all in abundance. If you decide to do it yourself, prepare with the list of moving supplies we’ve prepared for you.
Who is going to do the packing?
This is the first question that you need to answer before the preparations for the moving begin. Are you going to take care of the packing or are you going to let professional moving company pack you?
Obviously, if you are not going to be doing the packing yourself, then there is not going to be much on your end that requires your time and effort. On the other hand, if you are going to get your items ready for the transport, you need to prepare them good. Bear in mind that you should not try to cut any corners when it comes to the protection of your items. In case that anything should go wrong, you will want to be sure that your items are going to survive the move. Therefore, if you are going to do the packing, make sure to get the best packing material and moving supplies on the market.
The basics of getting moving supplies
Alright, now that you are sure that you are going to do the bulk of the work, let’s get down to business. Here is the basic stuff that you are going to need in order to pack correctly:
- Cardboard boxes
- Duct tape
- Protective materials
- Labeling material
Bear in mind the adjective basic.
First and foremost, you are going to need enough cardboard boxes. Everything that you see around you, except for furniture and electrical appliances, is going to go into the cardboard boxes. Therefore, you need to make sure that you have enough of them on hand. In order to decide how many you are going to need, you will need to go back to the list we had mentioned earlier. Once you make the list, divide items according to which boxes they are going to go into. That will give you a general idea of how many boxes you are going to require.
Now that you know how many boxes you are going to require, you should decide how much and what type of the duct tape you are going to need. Duct tapes come in many various sizes and colors. Depending on the manufacturer, color may be a sign of how strong a duct tape is, but this is not the general rule. Our suggestion is to go with the stronger ones. You would not want to buy cheap ones that are not going to hold. Also, buy them in bulks. It will prove to be cheaper than buying them per rolls.
Protective moving supplies for your belongings
There is one king of protecting materials that we have all had an opportunity to meet. Now is the time to turn to it for the help yourself. Ladies and gentlemen welcome back the bubble wrap! Now seriously, get loads of bubble wrap. Every fragile item should be wrapped in it. You can also get small bags made from it. If you do, all that you need to do in order to protect your items is to place them inside.
In order to make sure that your items are safe, you will want them safely tucked into the moving boxes. Luckily for you, this section of moving supplies usually is not expensive. In order to secure your items in a cardboard box, you can use old newspapers. All you need to do is to squeeze them together and place them along the rims of the box, on its floors and between the fragile objects. This should do the trick. You will have placed the objects into bubble wrap by now, so they will have their own, personal, protection already applied.
On the other hand, if you are looking to use a more sophisticated cushioning material, you may turn to styrofoam. Styrofoam is usually easy to come by and inexpensive as well. Stop by some of the shops like Best Buy for example and ask them if they have some leftovers. Surely they will and will let you have it for free.
Protection for yourself and your friends help you move
In case that you are going to move by yourself and with the help of your friends, you should make sure that all of you are protected.
In order to do that, you should invest in a pair of gloves per person. This is going to enhance your grip while moving items, while at the same time it will protect your fingers. Also, it is very important to wear protective boots if you have some. Obviously, not everyone possesses them nor will you be buying them for one day of moving. Still, the least you can do it to wear shoes with closed toes. They should offer some protection without you having to invest in such expensive moving supplies like heavy-duty boots.