Protecting Your Goods While Moving During The Winter

6159827210_e0e169abd6_oMoving during the winter can be tough for a lot of reasons. We have touched in on some of those. For today, we’d like to explore the best methods for protecting your belongings. Snow, rain, salt, sand, and other winter-related debris can damage some of your belongings. There are a few things that you can do to really protect your stuff and make sure that everything gets to the new home in one piece.

Stretch Wrap & Plastic Covers

Stretch wrap as well as plastic covers are essential moving supplies. Giving your goods a plastic seal will help keep moisture and other debris off of your stuff. Mattresses can be sealed in mattress bags, which are a good idea even if it’s not precipitating. Stretch wrap can cover pretty much anything, from couches to dressers to mattresses and even televisions and other electronics. If you don’t want water to touch your stuff, take the time to properly wrap it with some decent stretch wrap.

Wait Out The Heavy Stuff

No matter how well you have wrapped your belongings, it is still a good idea to wait out the heavy precipitation. A bit of light rain and snow shouldn’t be much of a problem, but if you are experiencing heavy downfalls, your best bet is to wait it out. Hopefully it will pass quickly and you can resume your moving on the same day. When there is a massive storm rolling through, it can be best to just postpone until things have cleared up.

Pad Protection

Moving pads provide another layer of protection. While they are primarily seen as objects that prevent dents and scratches, we still think that they have a place in protecting against the elements. We almost always secure pads to the furniture before we wrap it in the stretch wrap, as another layer of protection. If you simply have to move during precipitation, you can layer in the stretch wrap for the best possible covering. Try doing a layer of stretch wrap, a layer of pads, and then another layer of stretch wrap. Try getting through THAT, snow!

Choose The Path Of Least Resistance

Make things easier on yourself by using the closest possible door to the moving truck. This isn’t always going to be your front door. A lot of times, it can be more direct (or allow more of a staging area) to go through a garage, bulkhead, sliding deck door, or some other access point. Choosing a path that allows for less exposure to the elements can only be good for your things.

Use Staging Areas as Needed

If available, it can be great to use a space like a garage or a basement for staging. It allows a space for your things to be wrapped (or unwrapped) without getting rain and debris inside your living spaces. Of course, the option isn’t always available – but if you have a cut-through space, make use of it!

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.

 

What Moving Supplies Do You Really Need?

If you choose to hire a moving company for your move, you may be offered a number of moving supplies. Some of them could be useful for you, and some may not be necessary. Today’s blog will help you decide which moving supplies you will need for your move.

Wardrobe Boxes

Wardrobe boxes are designed to have clothes hanging on them, just like in a closet. If you have a good amount of clothes hanging on hangers, you should consider wardrobe boxes. Most companies allow you to rent them, so you don’t have to worry about what to do with the large boxes after the move. They are not good for clothes that is folded up in drawers.

Alternatives: Medium to Large boxes, plastic bags/trash bags (more likely to wrinkle your clothing).

Dish Barrels

Dish barrels are large boxes that are reinforced to be able to hold and protect a heavy assortment of dishware. Items are usually wrapped in newsprint/packing paper and sometimes cardboard dividers are used to separate glasses. If you have a good amount of ceramic or glass dishware, we think this is the best way to pack those items. Plastic and other durable materials can be packed into smaller boxes.

Alternatives: While some people do choose to put glasses and other dishware into small book boxes, we still recommend using dish barrels. They are reinforced to hold more weight and are more than twice as thick as a typical book box (or wine box, etc). 

Bubble Wrap

For packing delicate items, such as crystalware, framed art or photos, and other delicates, bubble wrap is usually the best method. Some less fragile items could be safely wrapped in towels and other linens, but for the most fragile and delicate (and valuable) pieces, we highly recommend using bubble wrap.

Book Boxes/Small Boxes

A standard book box is about 1.5 cubic feet. It is small enough that you can fill it with books, CDs, DVDs, or other items that can be packed together safely but can accumulate a significant amount of weight.

Alternatives: While larger boxes should be reserved for only lighter, bulkier items, we have found banker boxes as well as beer and wine boxes can be good replacements for book boxes.

Medium-XL Boxes

Larger boxes are used for lighter but larger items, which could include blankets/linens, pillows, lamp shades, board games, and more. Depending on what exactly is being moved, some people have found other methods of packing these items.

Alternatives: For linens/blankets – trash bags or other large plastic bags. Suitcases, laundry bags, hampers, crates, plastic bins/totes.

Unpacking: 4 Tips To Help You Think Outside The Box

Having a successful unpacking stems from proper packing. There are a few things that you can do to make the unpacking and settling-in process easier for you. Today’s blog will give you a few tips on just that!

1. What to do before you unpack

Taking a few steps before unpacking can save a lot of time and resist you from moving your items again and again. If you clean your furniture while it’s empty, you can easily clean everything without having to move everything around. While some places will be clean upon your move-in arrival, sometimes you will need to do some vacuuming or dusting before laying down furniture or carpets.

We recommend lining your cupboard shelves before unpacking your kitchen items as well. It will help to keep your shelves cleaner later, and if you do it before you unpack, you won’t need to move anything around in order to do a thorough job.

2. Locate and organize your essential items

For most people, the unpacking process will last for at least a few days, if not weeks. Make sure that you prioritize the items that you will need while the rest of your items are still stowed away in boxes.

We recommend keeping your essentials in their own box for each room. For example, your most frequently used pots and pans and food items should be packed separately from the clothes and linens you will need.

3. Ensure your furniture is prepared for unpacking

When you’re moving, you probably have to remove the shelves from your bookcases and entertainment centers. Beds will be completely taken apart for the move. Sometimes drawers need to be removed from bureaus or other cabinets.

Before you begin unpacking the boxes, it’s best to put these furniture pieces back together. It will make things easier and everything should have a place to go once you get to the boxes.

4. Recycle or reuse your used packing supplies

Believe me – we know how much cardboard and paper product can be used for any given move. Simply throwing these items away is very wasteful. Most moving companies (including ourselves) can re-use boxes and other supplies to get some more life out of them. If you are finding it difficult to find somebody to take your used packing supplies, it is still best to recycle them so that they don’t just become trash.