Tips For Moving Furniture – How To Wrap Your Stuff

Properly wrapped furniture, fit to be moved
No matter the size or distance of the job – if you are moving furniture, you are going to want to properly pad and wrap your items. Furniture pads will help to protect the walls, floors, and doors, as well as the furniture itself. Taking a few extra minutes during your move to properly pad your items can go a long way in protecting your property during your move.

1. Empty out the drawers and cabinets. You don’t want to have loose items clanging around inside your furniture while it is being moved – it can damage the items and your furniture. The best method for moving furniture is to have it completely empty. Even having the weight of some towels or bedding in a dresser can cause warpage – the furniture simply was not meant to be moved with any extra weight in it.

2. Secure the doors, drawers, and any other moving/sliding parts. You can use tape or stretch wrap to help keep everything in place.

3. Cover your item with a furniture pad. Larger items may require multiple pads to completely cover. It is best to hold the pad in place with some tape. If you do need multiple pads to cover an item, it can be helpful to tape down the pads by section, until you have covered the piece of furniture entirely. It can be helpful to have a second person helping with this – one person to hold the pads in place, and another to apply the tape. Remember – the tape only needs to hold the pad in place.

4. Once your item has a pad taped in place, you can stretch wrap it for additional protection. This final layer will help to keep the pad in place, protecting your furniture. It can also give you something to grip at if you need it.

5. That’s it! You are ready to move your furniture!

Moving To Cambridge, MA? Read This First!

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Are you moving to Cambridge, Massachusetts? If so, then you came to the right place. We have just updated our ongoing series, The Ultimate Guide For Moving To Boston, with an entry specifically for Cambridge.

Although Big City Moving Company is technically a Boston company, with our primary location in Allston, we do more jobs in Cambridge, MA than in any other city. Cambridge is home to wonderful homes for young professionals, students, and families alike. It is also a great place to run a business, with a booming industrial area and plenty of great locations for storefronts, restaurants, bars, offices, and much more.

If you’re planning on moving to Cambridge, you should start with this entry here!

The Ultimate Guide For Moving To Cambridge

How Many Moving Boxes Will You Need For Your Move?

Discover Ways to make Your Move EasierWhen you are planning a move, knowing the right amount of boxes to obtain can be a real challenge. You have to make sure you have enough so that you don’t leave anything unpacked, but you don’t want to have the burden of having piles of leftover packing materials either. Determining the right amount of boxes can be a challenge, but these tips will help you narrow it down.

Essential Tips For Packing

One important thing to realize about packing is that different sized boxes can serve a different purpose. In general, you want to keep your boxes weight to roughly 40Lb. Having much more than that can weaken the box and cause damages to the contents.

Small boxes should be filled with items like books, CDs, and DVDs. Those items don’t weigh a whole lot on their own, but by the time you have packed up a cubic foot or so into a box, it should weigh about 40 pounds. Larger boxes should be filled with bulkier items that don’t weigh as much, such as clothing, towels, linens, blankets, or lamp shades.

A common mistake is to only choose larger boxes, and then filling them with whatever items you have throughout the house. We’ve seen large boxes filled with books exceed 150 pounds, and the boxes just aren’t made to withstand that much weight. They wind up bending and buckling under the weight, and many of the books wind up with damages like bent spines and creasing.

Talk To Your Movers

This is an important step for any move, but you should really consult with your moving company. Oftentimes, accurate estimates can be given by phone, as long as you are providing enough details about your packing needs. Unusual items might require special packing materials, so make sure to mention anything fragile, or unusual in size or shape.

If your packing needs are a bit more complex, you can always request an in-house consultation. Having your movers on-site to see your packing needs for themselves can be a huge advantage.

Figure Out What You Think You Need

Open up all the closets, all the cabinets, all the dressers and drawers, and really get a good idea of everything that you will need to pack. Try to visualize how your items may fill boxes as you go along. Keep a running list going with different box sizes, and you can note any items that you have concerns with.

Add A Buffer

Most moving companies will allow you to over-stock for your packing needs, and then buy back what you don’t need. Whatever you think you might need, it is always a good idea to order just a little bit extra, as long as you will be able to return it to your movers. It’s better to have some left over boxes than some left over packing to do.

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.

3 Tips For Packing And Moving Your Plants

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How to pack and move your plants

Packing and moving your plants can be a challenge for any move. Even for a cross-town move, it is possible to damage your planters or even kill your plants if you do not do things carefully. If you follow these tips, your plants should be making the trip to your new home with no issues to speak of.

Protect Your Pots

If your plants happen to live inside some kind of glass or ceramic planter, you’re going to want to be very careful to not break it. If your particular plant is within a plastic planter, and has a breakable planter that it all sits inside – it is best to remove the plastic before you attempt to move it. You should be wrapping your planters in moving pads or bubble wrap, depending on it’s size and fragility.

If your plant does not have anything between it and the glass or ceramic planter, you need to make sure that you put it in a very safe spot. The back of a moving truck can be very tough, and if the truck takes one bad bump, it could shatter your pot and cause your plant to die and dirt and debris to make a mess over the truck. You are much better off moving this in a smaller, personal vehicle. It almost guarantees that the bumps are going to be lighter than they would be in the truck. You should still use as much padding as you can to wrap around the pots and prevent them from bumping anything.

Make It Quick! 

It is not safe for plants to stay in the back of a moving truck. It gets hot, the pots can get damaged, the dirt can wind up all over your stuff, and it can be difficult to maintain air quality in the back of the truck. We always recommend loading up your plants last and unloading them first, so they spend as little time as possible in the moving truck (or even your own vehicle).

If you are planning a long distance move – you may want to consider selling or giving your plants away before the move. Being stuck in the back of a truck for a couple days could shock and kill the plants. It is very difficult to maintain the temperature, moisture, and other elements for the plants, and only the most resilient of plants will survive a long distance move in a moving truck.

Contain That Dirt! 

We recommend putting the entire pot and plant inside a larger trash or contractor bag. That will keep all the dirt and debris in one isolated location, and help to keep that type of stuff from getting on your furniture.

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.

What Should Be In My Pockets While Moving Home?

What Should Be In My Pockets While Moving HomeWhen you are moving home, there is a great deal of planning involved. After liaising with removals teams and estate agents, finding the right plan can
often be tricky. Figuring out what you need to do to move home can often be a stressful time and many people wonder what they should be wearing, driving
and doing during a move. But this article will focus on something a little closer to home. What can you have in your pockets in order to enjoy the most
efficient move possible? Read on to find out how to properly kit out your pockets for moving day, and how these changes can help you.

Perhaps the most ubiquitous item when it comes to modern pockets is the phone. Having a mobile phone about your person at all times can provide you with
everything you need. It means that you can be contacted, that you can contact people. It means that you can look up maps and directions, and have access to
your email at all times. While everyone has a phone, not everyone carries them in their pocket. On moving day, taking the phone out of the bag and keeping
it nearby could be the best solution. Watch out during physical activity, however, and make sure
not to let it get damaged. A protective case might be useful.

One of the best tools to use in order to make sure that your house removals experience is as smooth and as efficient as possible is the creation and use of
a moving list. As a detailed itinerary of everything that will happen on moving day, the list can help you keep on top of everything, as well as informing
you of all those little details which you might otherwise have forgotten. Taking the time to not only create your moving list but to stick by it is often
the first step towards an excellent move. As such, keeping it in your pocket allows for easy reference at all times and can mean that the most important
information is never more than a pocket away.

It might seem obvious to say, but one of the most important things to keep about your person is your wallet. In all the upheaval, having access to your
money and cards at all times could be vital. It is also one of the most forgotten items during a move. Packing it away in a box can mean it is difficult to
find in a pinch, while putting it down somewhere safe means you might forget about it. Plus, having the wallet in your pocket means that you are able to
pay for the pizza which gets delivered at the end of a long and difficult day.

When moving home, there are often two sets of keys which you need to be concerned about. In day to day life, it is not uncommon to have your keys wife you
at all times. During a move however, it is easy to forget that there are two pairs that you need to think about. Making sure to have the keys to the new
property with you means that you never need to worry about not being able to access the new home. Likewise, remembering to leave your set of keys behind
for the next occupants can be vital. So in some instances, it is not what is in your pocket, but what you must remember to leave behind.

Because the typical removals outfit amounts of jeans and a t shirt, finding the pocket space for those important items is as easy as it is important.

Moving Out? Why Not Benefit From It!


4710039568_e40a8a30a7_zWhenever you think about moving out, your head starts spinning and your stomach hurts. Your heart is beating out of your chest, you start sweating. How are you going to deal with the time-consuming job? You have to sort things, clear away all the clutter and then pack what is left. It is a difficult process that gets even more tedious when you refuse to get rid of stuff you no longer use or need just because you believe you may need it one day eventually. But the trust us, this day will never come. You have to be strong and unbending about some items. Others you should pack right away. So how can you take advantage of moving out and benefit from it? There are a few things you can do. See below.

Time to remove unnecessary stuff

It’s a simple rule: the fewer things you own, the faster you will finish packing. Hence, the less stuff you have to pack, the less money you will pay a removal agency to transport your belongings to your new home.

So, what can you do with the items you agreed you don’t need? There are a couple of options:

Sell your stuff online

Life has become so much easier now that there is the cyberspace. You can find information faster, read the news and exchange opinions with people you don’t even know. Apart from this, you can download music, buy products and sell your own stuff. There are a variety of online stores where you can display your items for sale, starting with eBay, Amazon, Walmart, etc. The best thing about online merchants is that your products will be visible on a global scale. The more people see your stuff, the more buyers you are likely to have. Another avantage of selling your stuff online is that you can get feedback and see people’s response. Try it, you’ll see how easy it is.

Donate your stuff

One of the best things you can do with the things you don’t need is to donate them. There are a number of charities that will be happy to have your stuff.

Dispose of your stuff forever

Recycle items that can be recycled. Throw away the rest.

Trust us, if you want to start fresh, you need to forget about stuff that is only going to be in your way in your new home. Keep in mind that shortening the packing process will shorten the unpacking as well.

Examine your books, CDs…

Check if there are books or CDs you forgot to return to the library. If there are items that don’t belong to you, be sure to return them to their owners.

Now, when it comes to magazines and newspapers, our advise is you throw them away without even looking back! If you already read them, you probably won’t read them again. If you still haven’t, you hardly every will. If you can, donate them to a daycare centre or a library. Seriously, why do you keep them? They only take space and provided that you never need them, you definitely should dispose of them!

Examine your wardrobe

Clothes are probably the bulkiest stuff to pack. You surely will find a great deal of clothes you have kept just in case your change your mind about them or they come back in style again, or for whatever other reason. If there are clothes in your wardrobe that don’t fit you in size or you don’t like, there is no point in keeping them anymore. You had better throw them away, gift them to a friend in need or donate them.


There is no point of bringing food with you and paying an agency for this. It’s certainly less expensive to buy fresh food when you move in your new house, rather than bring all food items you stored in your old home. Also, keep in mind that some of the food may have already expired.

Author Bio: If you are moving out from a rented property, July suggests to hire professionals for the end of tenancy cleaning which will make the process less stressful for the both sides.

Discover Ways to Make Your Move Easier

Discover Ways to make Your Move Easier

Finding an easier way to do something should be commend and encouraged as it shows you are using your intelligence to make a tough task more manageable.
This can be applied to many situations from paperwork, tackling all of our day-to-day chores, decorating, cleaning up our abode and more. One thing it can,
and defiantly should, apply to is home and business removals. Tackling an entire move is prolonged and complicated progress that takes dedication,
strength, skill time, patience and knowledge. If you lack this and attempt to tackle all of the chores such as planning, packing goods, carry heavy items,
booking services, transport items and more, then it can be a disaster. You can break or lose your belongings, be delayed, have to rush through processes,
not properly complete a task, and more. If you want to stay on top of your move and find an easier way to do things, then read on.

The first way of making things easier is by having a comprehensive schedule. This will allow you to
keep track of all chores and the time you have to do them. It will prevent you rushing through things, allow you to have enough time to perform all tasks,
enable you to buy necessary materials in advance and so on. If you adhere to it then delays won’t be an issue, especially if you start early and give
yourself extra time. This will also give you the chance to see what services you need, as you can book them early on if you can’t do something yourself.

Thinking ahead also means that you won’t have to worry about not being able to get services and support when they are needed. A schedule can also be used
to assign job to different people so different members of your household/workplace can get involved and know exactly what they are doing, making the
process go faster and reducing the work for everyone involved.

Purchasing all the packing metrical you need before you begin the move is also of great benefit. With the additional time, you can work out how much
wrapping and how many boxes you need and then go out and buy the right amount. This will ensure you can complete the packing in one go, without worry of
running out or having to stretch materials further, which can risk your goods. It also gives you time to shop around for deals, ensuring you can get a

As you go through items and sort them, you may notice that you have goods you no longer need. These can be old items, things that have been replaced, goods
that have broken, etc. There is no point packing and transporting these so you should get rid of them. You
could throw them away of recycle them if possible, but also consider donating decent items to charity. If possible, sell unwanted goods and make some extra

Booking services well in advance provides multiple benefits. You can ensure you get a good firm, which they will be there when you need them and you can
get a great deal. If you leave it to the last minute, you may find that you have to hire a sub-par firm who may charge you too much. Preparing will allow
you to have firms arrive to a pack, carry and transport goods when you need them, so the process can go according to our schedule.

Making your move easier is the best way to approach it so take these tips to heart and see how simple a removal can be.

4 Things People Forget During A Move


Leaving your old home behind and moving into a new one could be a scary proposition. You need to pack up your life and shift it elsewhere. That’s easier said than done. How are you supposed to pack your belongings, the proof of your existence, into tiny little boxes and hand them over to the movers? Am I the only one who thinks this is absurd? Well, you’re not left with much of a choice, so why not? Here are 4 things people don’t think of when relocating.

Cost of Relocating


One of the things that is greatly underestimated during a relocation is the cost. You don’t think relocating could cost a lot, until you have to pay for it. It’s a mistake everyone makes, so don’t feel bad. Before calling the moving company, it’s best to estimate the cost of relocation yourself. This will give you a ball park figure to work with when you’re negotiating with various movers. Also, take into consideration interstate travel costs, if there are any. Once you’ve done the math yourself, you can take quotes from different moving companies.

Inconvenience of Relocating

We all know relocating is inconvenient. However, some of us don’t know how inconvenient it can be. For example, when my family moved to a new city we arrived there before our belongings did. Due to the late arrival of the shipment we were forced to live in a hotel for a few days. That just added to the cost of relocation. If you’re going to hire a moving company you better make sure they deliver on time. Otherwise, you’ll be stuck waiting for your shipment to arrive in an empty house. That’s a bad start for your new home, don’t you think?

Damage during Relocation

Shattered Dream

When we talk about damage we’re not talking about the damage to your shipment. We’re talking about the damage to your home. When heavy furniture is being brought into your home there’s a chance that there might be damage to your walls and windows. If your window gets shattered while moving in your couch you’ll need to get replacement windows. You need to be present to supervise the movers when your furniture is being brought in. This will reduce the chances of accidental damage to your home. It’ll also inspire the movers to be more careful with the furniture.

Renovation after Relocating

There’s always some amount of renovation needed after relocating. That’s an aspect of relocation that many people aren’t aware of. You best brace yourself because once the furniture’s been moved in you’ll feel like changing the décor of the house. There are always some personal changes that you feel you need to make for the house to become your own. All I can say is that don’t get carried away and spend too much money. You’ve already spent a lot relocating. And if you’re renting the place then I suggest you don’t change a thing, because you’re not going to be there for long.

Relocating can sometimes offer more that what you bargained for. The scenarios mentioned here should give you some idea of what to expect.

Shruti Vaghe is a freelance blogger who is currently writing for Sidetex, leading providers of replacement windows in Connecticut. She has a very dynamic personality and she enjoys trying new things. You can follow her on Twitter @ShrutiVaghe.