Even if you plan ahead, moving can be a tough and arduous process. Besides having to physically move everything from your home or your apartment to your new location, you will also have to make sure that all of your other affairs are in order. This can include making sure your mail is set up to be forwarded, that you've found a place in your new location, that your vehicle will be transported, etc...
In order to make the actual physical moving process as painless as possible (both figuratively and literally), you will need to make sure that you have the right tools for the job. Here's what you'll need:
Tools and Equipment for Packing
For the actual packing process, the main tools that you will need are:
- Bubblewrap, old newspapers, or a similar substitute
- Packing tape
The boxes that you'll need to store your belongings in can be purchased at a place such as Home Depot, but many other places such as Costco give them away for free. In order to make sure that you take the environment into account, you should try and find recycled boxes if possible.
You'll need something to wrap some of your more fragile items in order to make sure that they're not damaged. Old newspapers should do the trick on most occasions, but for particularly valuable products, you'll need to make sure that you have bubble wrap or some foam equivalent.
Packing tape, scissors, and labels are self-explanatory.
Tools and Equipment for Actually Moving
When the packing is done, and it's time for the actual move, you have a few pieces of equipment that will come in handy.
- A dolly
- A hand truck
- Lifting straps
- Furniture pads
The dolly is a platform that is flat with wheels underneath it that's perfect for moving household items that are extremely heavy. It's ideal for furniture and large appliances.
On the other hand, a hand truck is great for moving packed boxes. It's a car with two wheels that is able to slide under any object, allowing it to be moved easily.
Next, lifting straps aren't as common, but they are great for taking some of the burden off of your shoulders and arms. You will have to use it with another person, but they make lifting large objects, such as a dresser or a piano, much easier.
Lastly, furniture pads could be needed, or you can use thick blankets. They are placed on delicate furniture and on other items so that they don't get damaged at all during the move. You'd be surprised at how easy it is for furniture to get scratched or dented.
Needless to say, the biggest piece of equipment that you'll need is a vehicle or a moving truck to get everything to its new destination!
Written By:Joe Webster
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.
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