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.

What Can You Do If You’re Sick On Moving Day?

We’re in the midst of a particularly nasty flu season, and it got us thinking… What could you do if you wind up sick on moving day? Rescheduling can be difficult and costly (most movers have a penalty for canceling or rescheduling within 48 hours of a move), and it might not even be an option. If you have to move out by the last of the month, you may not have a backup date to fall back on. Today’s blog will help you figure out the best course of action if you can’t stomach it on moving day.

1. Lifeline – Phone A Friend

See if you can have a friend, family member, or even a roommate handle the interactions with your movers. Better yet – see if they’ll let you rest up away from the move. Trying to recover from an illness requires a lot of rest, and if you’re dealing with the movers, you’re not going to get your rest. It might be a big favor, but that’s what friends are for.

2. Try To Reschedule Early

If you’re worried that you’ll be too sick to move and you have two or three days before your move, see if you can reschedule. Even if you do have to pay a fee, it’ll be money well spent. Nothing should come between you and your recovery.

3. Let The Movers Do Their Thing

This is probably best if you’ve used the movers before. Explain to the movers that you’re sick and won’t be able to be as hands-on in the moving process as you’d like to be. Let them know what is being moved (or what isn’t being moved, if that’s easier), and then let yourself rest. You can ask them to clear out your bedroom furniture, and then use an air mattress to rest on once they’re done in that room.

Of course, if you’ve never dealt with the movers before, this can be a difficult option. You want to know that you can trust the movers and that they’ll keep moving, even without your supervision.