4 Essential Pieces Of Moving Equipment To Help You On Moving Day

Moving Equipment

Pads, dollies, and straps are all used to protect your belongings within the truck

Moving can be a really tough job. However, utilizing the right gear and equipment can really help to make sure that your move isn’t any more difficult than it needs to be. Some equipment helps to protect you, some to protect your equipment, and some of it just makes the whole process easier. The following pieces of equipment can really help to make your move go as smoothly as possible.

1. Padded Moving Blankets

Padded moving blankets are essential for every move. We find it best to secure pads to your furniture items with tape, stretch wrap, and/or elastics. Padding your furniture also helps to protect your walls and other things that the furniture might rub into; it’s a lot less damaging to hit a quilted moving pad than it would be to snag a wooden corner.

Aside from padding your furniture, moving blankets are also useful if you need to slide anything. For example, if you were to slide a dresser across a hardwood floor, you may damage the dressers legs, and you will most likely scratch the floor. However, adding a furniture pad as a buffer will work wonders in keeping everything protected.

2. Moving Dollies (Four Wheelers) 

The easiest way to move most boxy furniture and appliances is to put it on a moving dolly. This is even more important if you are moving within an elevator building, or any building with long corridors. You can’t really dolly your furniture up and down stairs, so that is one limitation of moving dollies. However, if you get creative with some locking moving straps, bungees, or ropes, you can secure almost anything to a dolly. That can be useful if you have any pieces that don’t set flat on your moving dolly.

3. Hand Trucks (Two Wheelers) 

Hand trucks can be great for shuttling large numbers of boxes along. They are also very useful for some larger pieces that might be awkward to carry, such as refrigerators, washers, dryers, armoires, and even bureaus. Some hand trucks are even special made for these large items, and will have straps to secure the cargo to the hand truck, as well as “stair climbers” over the wheels, which make it possible to bring these items up or down stairs. Proper use of hand trucks can shave hours off of your moving time, and can help to save your energy as well.

4. Simple Tool Kit

You’re going to want to keep a basic tool kit handy for any move. Essential items would be a hammer, philips & flat-head screwdriver, alan key set, and adjustable wrench. It can be handy to have a socket set, pliers, and even some power tools as well, but they aren’t as essential. You’ll want to make sure that you have all the equipment you may need to assemble or disassemble any furniture, remove doors from hinges, and possibly to unmount things from your walls, like TVs or framed items.

4 Tips For Getting The Most Accurate Moving Quote

accurate moving quoteIf you are planning a move, one of your first steps will be to get a good moving quote. However, the quality and accuracy of your quote could vary greatly. There are some rules to follow that can help to ensure that your quote is as accurate as possible

1. Provide A Detailed Inventory

Providing a detailed inventory is the best way to let your potential mover(s) know what it is that need to be moved. Be sure to find a make and model number for the larger items, such as refrigerators, washers/dryers, pianos, and anything else that is large and/or heavy (200lb+).

2. Try To Take An Educated Guess For Your Boxes

Most people hire movers well before they have finished their packing. That means that there might not be a final box count when you are making your initial contact with moving companies. Try to visualize how much will fit into different boxes, and offer your closest guess as to what it should come out to. If you’ve moved within the last five years or so, you might have a better idea of how many boxes you had on the previous move, although things could have changed. Just bear in mind – if you told your movers that you thought you would have 15-20 boxes, and you wind up packing double that – make sure you contact them and let them know that there is a wide difference on what you initially estimated.

3. Walk Your Mover Through Your Access Point(s)

Having a convenient access point can be a huge factor for any move. Even if your move is small, if there is no convenient access point, and items must be carried a long distance, it could be cause for adding an additional mover or equipment in order to make your move efficient.

You’ll want to give your mover an idea of how close they can get the truck to your door. If there are any long hallways, walkways, staircases, or anything else in between your items and the truck, let your movers know. The more information that you are able to provide about the access to your home is the better your estimate will be in the end.

4. Be Very Clear About All Large Items 

If you have any large items (could be sofas, armoires, pianos, or more) – you’ll want to provide as much information on them as you can. Dimensions and approximate weight can be crucial information. Also – some large items will simply not fit up or down your stairways, or around tight corners or doorways. If you have any pieces that did not fit into your house through a stairway, and had to be lifted to a balcony or through an upper level window – you need to let your movers know. Oftentimes a hoist can be attempted, but the crew would need to know in order to have the proper tools and equipment.

Take special note if you have any larger items that were assembled in a room. Seeing as they were never carried up or down stairs in their current state, it could be uncertain whether or not they would fit through the doorways and stairs. Having this knowledge in advance can prepare your movers for any potential issues that might come up.

3 Things Movers Can Do For You (Besides Moving)

With a warm, sunny weekend ahead of us, we are flying right into the heart of do-it-yourself season. But do-it-yourself doesn’t have to mean yourself. You just need to know who can help! And for these spring cleanup/renovation projects, hiring movers can make your life a lot easier.

1. Junk/old furniture removal

If you’re like most people, you’ve probably set a few things into your basement or garage, awaiting the time that they will once again be useful. And if you’re like most people, that time may never come. This grows truer the longer you live in a house; junk and old furniture will pile up. Taking it to a dump, or second-hand store, can be quite a task, if you have to do it on your own. However, many moving companies (ourselves included!) are more than happy to come and help you clear out your belongings. You can arrange for a donation, or just trash it altogether. The important thing is that you don’t have to do it yourself!

2. Clearing rooms for painting, flooring, or other renovations

A lot of people choose this time of year to tackle some home projects. If you plan on painting a room, refinishing the floors or carpeting, installing new windows, or anything else that might require you to clear out a room (or many rooms of furniture) – you can get help with all the heavy lifting. If you’ve got the room to store items at your own house, you can still hire movers to take everything and clear it out. You’ll have the floor open to do whatever it is you need to do.

3. Furniture delivery and assembly

If you plan on doing any furniture shopping, you may want to consider hiring movers to help you get things from point A to B. Even Craigslist (or other hand-me-down, person-to-person) pick-ups can be arranged by your local moving company. And if you do get some new furniture, there’s a good chance it’ll come in a box, and assembly could take hours of frustration. We suggest you save that aggravation, hire a moving company, and get outside and actually enjoy the beautiful spring weather!

Last Minute Moving Guide

Last Minute Moving Guide

In a perfect world, you’d have two months or more in which to plan and pack for your move. Nonetheless, sometimes you’ll have to make last minute moving
preparations. This is a guide to moving house when you are stretched for time. If you need to make a quick move, then consult this brief guide – you’ll
surely avert trouble!

You absolutely must, straight out the gate, hire some movers. Usually, we’d recommend taking some time over this process to find just the right mover and
to negotiate a great rate for moving, but the sad fact is that you do not have the time to give this process the consideration is deserves if you need to
move last minute. However, it is still very important to find the right moving company for your move, so dedicate some time to researching companies and
finding one that will provide you a good service for a price that won’t break the bank. We have created guides to choosing a moving company, so consult
them, but bear in mind you are working on a highly condensed timetable – limit your research accordingly!

If you are conducting a move yourself, and need van hire services, the same standards apply. Take the time to source quotes for van rental, and research
van rental companies, but ensure you spend far less time on this process. A quick internet search and some phone calls should be sufficient for you to find
just the right van rental services company. Remember, you may find renting a truck more difficult at certain times of the year – especially if you are
moving during the summer! If you are finding it difficult finding a moving van for hire, consider other options. Could you borrow a vehicle from a friend
for your move? Could you hire a car from a car rental services company? Remember, if you go this route, you will need to make more trips than if you hired
a proper spacious moving truck. This may not be ideal, but remain resourceful – bear in mind that in most cases you
absolutely have to move on a particular date, so be prepared to adapt your operations and practical needs according to the realities you encounter during
your research. Keep every option open, and leave no stone unturned!

You can also reduce the preliminary stages of your move (i.e. planning and packing) by consulting some experts. The best professional moving services will
be more than willing to give you a helping hand in your hour of need, for a small fee. There are even professional packing services who can help you pack
everything in your house for moving day – investigate this option if you are truly pushed for time and have far too much stuff to sort out to spend that
much time on organising your possessions and packing them to a professional standard. However, researching professional packing businesses can further
reduce the time you have to finalise your move, so be wary of dedicating too much time to this process.

Make sure also that you quickly equip yourself with the appropriate packing materials. There are lots of things you will need to conduct a move – again, we
have produced guides to packing materials which you should consult if in doubt. Some moving firms will even have comprehensive moving packs for sale, which
contain everything you may need to pack your possessions for your big move!

We wish you luck and urge you not to lose sleep if you have a last-minute move on the cards!

 

Tips For Handling Valuables During Your Move

When you’re planning a move, you need to be smart with how you handle your valuables. Even if you hire the most trusted movers in your area, you’re still, essentially, inviting strangers into your house to do work for you. I strongly believe that any legitimate company wouldn’t keep any employees around if they had a questionable reputation, but there’s always a risk of an item getting lost or damaged. For this reason, it’s always smartest and safest to move your own valuables, and not leave it to the moving company. Follow these tips to help you do it the right way.

What counts as valuables? 

A crucial step towards protecting your valuables is establishing what you should be careful with.

• Jewelry – We urge all customers to handle their jewelry personally. If you are unable to for any reason, you should make a numbered inventory of all items so that you can verify that everything makes it to the new house in the same condition.

• Collectibles – If you have any collection that you value, it is usually best to handle it yourself. Of course, this could be a challenge, depending on what it is you’ve collected. Even if you have to wrap and pack your collection into its own box and pack it into your car, you’ll be saving yourself some stress and frustration over worrying about it. And again – if you are unable to do that for any reason, you should take a numbered inventory so that you can verify the contents right away at the new place.

• Medication – If you rely on any medication regularly, especially prescription medication, it is highly advised that you pack that up and take it with you. In the event that any boxes wind up buried in the wrong location, or anything else, you’re going to want to have any items that you truly need on hand with you.

How should you handle your valuables? 

While it can be hard to set a guideline that would apply to all people all the time, we have some best-practices that can help you.

• Take it with you – Anything that you consider a small valuable should be with you at all times. For most people, the movers bring a truck with a majority of the belongings, and the people who are moving drive over in their own vehicle. You should bring all valuables with you in your own vehicle so that you, personally, are responsible for the things that you are most concerned with.

• Keep an inventory – This can be good advice even if you’re not moving. We recommend using little tags that you can use to actually keep a number on each item. You can cross reference the tags with a spreadsheet or numerated list so that you can quickly identify any missing jewelry. With today’s technology, it’s even easy to take a picture of each item and keep it as part of the spreadsheet. If you have any incident, whether it’s during a move or any other time, you have a photo that you can provide as proof of ownership.

• Pad everything properly – If you are moving your own valuables, you should be careful to protect everything. You can use bubble wrap or packing paper where it is needed. You can also use hand and face towels to wrap things that are fragile and protect them from scratches or dings within a box.