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!

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.