What Supplies Do You Need When Packing for Your Move?

Gathering packing supplies is one of the most critical organizational tasks before your residential move. This way, as the big day arrives, you won’t be scurrying around trying to gather everything to put into the moving truck.

You can steadily pack by gathering your supplies in the weeks before your move. This will make your packing more efficient and ensure you stow everything securely with less chance of breakage or creating a chaotic mess at the other end of your move.

Using the right moving supplies will help keep your move organized and less stressful. The following is a general list of what you will need.

Moving Boxes

Various moving boxes are a good idea to ensure you can easily organize, secure, and fit your belongings. The following types help with an easier move:

  • Obtain small, medium, and large boxes
  • Get a few specialty boxes
  • Dishes and glassware boxes with dividers
  • Lamp boxes

If you want to keep costs down and reduce the number of items you’ll be moving, plan to pack belongings in suitcases, duffle bags, backpacks, hampers, and laundry baskets, to name a few.

Packing Tape and Dispensers

After you pack your boxes, you’ll want to secure them tightly with durable, quality packing tape. Don’t rely on masking or other lightweight tapes because they can pop open during transport. A refillable tape dispenser makes the job easier and reduces costs. 

Cushioning Materials

In many of your boxes, you’ll want to layer and cushion. This way, the items you place inside won’t bump and break. Depending on the items you protect, you’ll probably want to use various cushioning materials.

  • Packing paper
  • Newspaper (be cautious and don’t wrap paintings or other delicate items that might absorb ink)
  • Bubble wrap
  • Foam wrap sheets
  • Peanuts

Other items you can use include towels, linens, and even clothing, such as sweatshirts, if you want to go a little greener with your move or scale back on moving costs.

Labeling Materials

Labeling is an essential part of the process. After all, you don’t want to have to guess what’s inside each box when you arrive at your new home. Depending on the level of organization you want to achieve, you can label your boxes in a few different ways.

  • Use dark, waterproof markers 
  • Buy color-coded moving stickers (e.g., each room is assigned a specific color)
  • Invest in packing tape pre-labeled “fragile” to use for breakables

Whatever method you choose, be sure you understand it and communicate it to your movers. Also, for fragile items, clearly label them for your movers or anyone else handling them.

Miscellaneous Packing Materials

Other packing materials you might want to acquire before you begin loading boxes include:

  • Scissors
  • Box cutter
  • Plastic stretch wrap
  • Tool kit
  • Moving blanket (for oversized items to avoid scratches)
  • Furniture sliders

Also, grab some sandwich or quart-sized baggies. These are great for holding small items, such as jewelry, nuts and bolts, furniture screws, small toys, or other items you want grouped together.

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How to Navigate Inclement Weather During a Winter Move

Winter residential moves are not as common as those in the warmer spring, summer, or fall, but many people make them. Relocating during the winter can be challenging because of the unpredictable nature of winter weather, which includes snowfall, sleet, and ice. If you are facing a winter move, look at a few tips to help you navigate and stay safe despite the potential for bad weather.

1. Watch the weather forecast.

Winter weather can be unpredictable in many parts of the country, so it is advisable to take some precautions. Pay attention to the forecast. Your mover might want to reschedule if there is a significant snowfall or ice storm. Prepare to be flexible.

Moving can also be riskier during the winter months. Remove the snow from the driveways, porches, and sidewalks of your old and new homes using a snow shovel or a snow blower in preparation for the move. Utilize salt and sand to enhance traction. Also, make sure there is a place for the moving truck to park that will not obstruct any snow routes.

2. Plan for the unexpected in advance.

While you can make plans based on weather forecasts, the winter is still less predictable. Unfortunately, an unexpected snowstorm or freezing rain can throw you behind schedule. For this reason, leave a little wiggle room in your moving timeline for unforeseen weather events. For example, if you wait until the last minute to gather packing supplies and a winter storm develops, this could be problematic. However, if you have a few days extra penciled into your schedule, the setback may not be a big deal.

3. Ask your chosen moving company about what to expect.

If you have already hired a moving company, be sure to touch base with them to find out what happens in the event of inclement weather. Most moving companies will have plans for what happens during a snowstorm or winter weather event. For instance, they may alert customers if they have to reschedule and adjust the scheduled move to another date and time. The moving company will also be able to tell you what weather they can continue to function with and what may spur a rescheduled move.

4. Choose safety over speed.

Staying safe during a move becomes even more difficult during inclement winter weather. Over 150,000 auto accidents happen every winter due to ice-covered or slippery road conditions. When inclement weather settles in, keep your safety a top priority. If you have to adjust your moving plans, drive more slowly, or otherwise adjust plans to stay safe, doing so is far more important than staying on schedule.

5. Dress properly.

Even if you hire professional movers, you may still be exposed to the weather. Layer your clothes to adapt to the changing temperatures as you move from room to room and outside. In your first-day essentials box, put extra blankets and warm clothes in case the ones you are wearing get wet or something goes wrong on the way to your new home.

6. Prepare your car.

Before moving, ensure your car is in good shape and get winter gear like ice scrapers, tire chains, and jumper cables. In case you become stranded, store food, water, a blanket, a hat, and an extra pair of gloves in your car.

Allow for potential detours when you plan your winter route. Remember to allow yourself extra time to reach your destination as well. If you are meeting the movers at your new home, contact them in case the schedule changes.

7. Verify utilities are on.

Before you move, ensure you have had the utilities turned on at your new home. You do not want to spend your first night in a cold, dark house. Also, plan to keep your old home’s utilities on for at least a few days after you move out. Because of the winter weather, you may have to delay your relocation.

Reach Out to Professional Movers for Your Winter Move

Contact a residential moving company for assistance with your winter move. We can help you get started with a no-obligation moving quote.