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 Are The Best Places To Get Moving Supplies?

Moving Supplies
When you are planning a move, you will most likely need to get some moving and packing supplies. What you need could vary widely based on what you have to wrap. If you have a collection of trinkets, glass, or ceramics, you’ll probably need a lot of bubble wrap. If you have a lot of framed items like mirrors, paintings, and photos, you may want some photo-corner boxes and some bubble wrap. You may even require a crate if you have some equipment that needs to be securely locked down. Everybody has their own needs, and finding the right supplies can be a real challenge. Luckily for you, we’ve worked with almost everything out there, and we know some great resources to help ensure that you get everything you need to keep your move going smoothly.

Uline

If you need a wide array of supplies, or anything specific at all, I would strongly suggest checking out Uline. They do orders by phone or through their website. They can provide just about everything you could possibly need for your move. Tools, dollies, hand trucks, pallet jacks, bins, boxes, tape, stretch wrap, mattress covers, and much more are all available for very competitive prices. Even if you find yourself shipping items frequently, Uline is a great resource for the packing materials that you would want to use. Please keep in mind that you would need to place an order, so it is good to buy from Uline when you have enough time to allow for shipping.

Your Moving Company

Your moving company most likely offers some supplies. However, every mover is different. Some companies will be able to deliver supplies in advance of your move. Some movers may be able to only bring supplies on your moving day. We suggest you talk to your mover about what your moving needs are, and what supplies you may need, and work with them to find the best solution. Even if your moving company is unable to provide you with the supplies that you require when you need them, they should be able to help you find them.

Home Depot

We have had great success in finding a wide array of supplies from Home Depot in the past. It can be handy if you need to pick up a few things, or even if you need something more substantial. They offer boxes, bins, tape, stretch wrap, furniture covers and pads, and even dollies and hand trucks. We have even gotten replacement parts for our dollies and hand trucks when they have been damaged. And of course it is a great place to shop for any tools that you may need for your moving or other home projects.

Local Storage Facility

Many storage facilities offer a shop for buying boxes, tape, mattress covers, couch covers, and other basic moving supplies. You can oftentimes rent items like hand trucks and dollies, so if you won’t need them long term, it can be a good idea to rent from a storage facility. Whether it is an independent shop or a national chain, they most likely offer some line of supplies. It can be a good idea to call in advance to make sure they have what you need.

Rental Truck Shop

Much like the storage facility, most rental truck outlets will have a shop for some moving supplies, including items available for rent. This can be a better option if you don’t want or need to keep your moving and packing supplies.