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.

3 Tips For Finding A Professional Moving Company

Finding movers is easy. There are moving companies everywhere – especially around our hometown of Boston. However, it can be difficult to determine whether you are working with a professional moving company or just some amateurs with a website. By asking the right questions, you’ll be able to determine if you have found the right movers for your job. 

1. Ask If They Are Licensed & Insured

If you’re looking for a professional moving company, this is just about the most important factor. Hiring a licensed and insured moving company ensures that the company is liable in the event of an accident. This will give you peace of mind in knowing that you won’t be up the creek if things take a turn for the worse.


2. Check With The Better Business Bureau

Getting accredited and rated by the Better Business Bureau shows that a company is serious and professional. We suggest shying away from companies who have no affiliation whatsoever. Companies that are accredited will have a rating with the BBB that goes from A+ all the way down to F. The rating is based on complaints and issues, and you will be able to check to see if there are any issues (resolved or not) with a company.

3. Ask If They Use “Day Labor”

A lot of companies will blindly take on helpers, especially during busy times, without any screening of the individual. This could mean that you wind up with a very unreliable or untrustworthy mover in your house. You should always ask the company if they do this. You’re going to want to have a reliable and proven crew on your job, and hiring Day Laborers is a big step in the wrong direction.