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How Early Before The Move Should You Order Your Packing Supplies?

How Early Before The Move Should You Order Your Packing Supplies?
How Early Before The Move Should You Order Your Packing Supplies?

Know How Early Before The Move Should You Order Your Packing Supplies

You have found a new home and you are excited to move in and start a new life. You have already contacted a moving company and they have agreed to offer the moving services that you need to get to your new home.

All that’s left now is to get packing supplies and get everything into boxes and ready for when the movers come to collect it for shipping to your new home. How do you go about it?

Importance of picking the right packing supplies

The packing supplies you use will determine the safety of your belongings after you hand them over to your moving company. If you don’t pick the right materials, you can easily end up damaging some of your fragile items during the move. So it’s important that you pack everything in the right package if you want everything to arrive intact and in one piece.

Packing supplies that you will need for your move

Here are a number of supplies that you will need to pack your things and get ready for the move.

A-1 Auto Transport can help you move your household goods nationwide. Call 888-509-3213 to get a free, no obligation to buy price quote on interstate moving services.

Moving boxes

Depending on the size of your home, you will need a number of boxes. You should get different sizes to ensure that you have options to choose from for the different items that will need to be packed.

These can be bought from your moving company, or from a rental truck company. If you are on a shoestring budget, you can also get free boxes from liquor stores, bookstores or any other store that you can think of that receives multiple shipments every week. They will most likely have plenty of boxes that they can give you.

Protective materials

You will need to protect fragile items that could break during the drive to your new home. Here are some protective materials that you can use:

  • Bubble wrap – You don’t want any heavy impact caused by bumpy roads to be transferred to your fragile items so you should use bubble wrap to absorb the impact.
  • Blankets – Blankets also work like bubble wrap to absorb any impact and prevent it from reaching any breakable items.
  • Mattress covers – These are plastic covers that will protect your mattress during your move. They ensure that the mattresses don’t get ripped or dirty as they move about in the trucks.
  • Stretch wrap – This one is for keeping moisture out. It is valuable for wrapping artwork and electronics to prevent them from being damaged by moisture.

Labelling materials

Once everything is in boxes, you will need to ensure that it is properly labelled to give you an easy time when unpacking. For this, you will need labels and stickers, markers, packing tape and a tape dispenser.

Some of these supplies can take up a lot of space so it’s a good idea not to order them very early. Ideally, you should start looking for them after contacting your moving company for an in-house inspection and when you are ready to start packing.

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Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing. 

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood. 

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.


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Mylene Rutllant
It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.
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Due to the nature of my work, I must relocate every couple of years to where my company needs me. Because of this, I’ve tested several moving and auto transport companies over the years.

And my choice in terms of auto transport has to be A1 Auto Transport. It’s in the name, but also in the quality with which they do their jobs. I’ve never had a problem with this company.

The only time my shipment was delayed was during winter when a snowstorm closed down all the major roads. And they still found an alternative and got my car delivered before roads got unstuck.

When I moved to West Virginia, they picked up my car the very day I called them. I like to think they take special care of me considering all the business I’ve sent them. I’ll continue to support A1 Auto Transport. It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.

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Luis Rodriguez
You have my full support and recommendation!
★★★★★

I considered selling my car when I moved to Washington. It was old and rusty, but I grew attached to it. So, I called a couple companies to transport it to my new home, but they both fell through.

The first one couldn’t decide on a schedule. He would constantly change the pickup date till I got frustrated and canceled. The second was insufferable, very rude on the phone, even worse in person.

They started picking a part my car asking me why I still have it. If that’s their opinion of my vehicle, how can I trust they’ll take care of it? If something happened midway, why wouldn’t they just blame it on the car instead of paying up?

So, I cancelled this company as well and turned to A1 Auto Transport. From the get go, they were very different from my past options. Their website was very professional and up to date, full of useful information. I requested a quote using their online form, and I got an email response within an hour. Surprisingly fast!

If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought they were lacking customers, but the email spoke for itself. In just one email, everything I needed to know was there, including a contact number I could use to get more information or confirm the transport.

I called and got things rolling. I was very pleased with the driver. He followed standard procedure and represented his company well. Can’t remember his name, but props to him!

The car arrived in Washington 6 days later in excellent condition. From what I understand, the transport was delayed a bit by a storm, but since the time window was 4-6 days from the beginning, I don’t really care. You have my full support and recommendation!

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Cristine Benoit
I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.
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There are a lot of options for auto transport these days, which surprisingly makes it harder to find a good company. I received more than 10 offers to ship my car, but I couldn’t decide on any of them.

After doing some research, I got even more worried reading about all the scams and accidents that can happen. But, I have work to do and couldn’t afford to drive my newly purchased Mini Cooper all the way to Virginia.

Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport. They are very good at their jobs. I spent more than an hour drilling Joe with various questions, and he never once lost his patience. He saw I was interested, so he bore with me until I was satisfied. The driver was also very courteous and my car was intact on arrival. I couldn’t have asked for more.

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We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10! We chose them to move our car from California to Vermont, since we needed professionals.

We were abroad during the transport, so the transport was a bit tricky. The driver had to pick it up from storage on short notice and get it to its destination within at most 10 days. I was happy to note it arrived sooner. We got it 3 days early, right when we got home to pick it up. It made getting around way easier. Awesome service!

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