Planning to relocate and already stressed out about the thought of moving your belongings? Relax, put your feet up, and check out the list below. The key to a stress-free move is organization, and luckily most of that thinking has already been done for you.
What you’ll need
Before you move, collect these items:
Large, sturdy boxes
Before you buy boxes, it’s worth asking local businesses like furniture stores, grocery stores, or liquor stores if they have large boxes you can have. Another good resource for boxes? Friends and family. Everyone orders online; they may have some big boxes you can take. If these attempts are unsuccessful, buy boxes online or from a moving company.
Stock up on protective materials like bubble wrap and packing peanuts. It’s likely that some of your boxes will move around inside the truck while on the road. You’ll be glad you’ve wrapped and protected the items inside the boxes. Don’t forget to get enough plastic wrap to cover large items like sofas and bed frames.
Avoid back injuries by using furniture pads to move heavy items. Plus, the pads will help you avoid scuffing or marking your floors. If you’re moving from a rental property, remember that you may be charged for any damage you leave behind.
Straps and ropes
Moving straps and ropes serve two purposes: They can help you move heavy items like furniture, and they can be used to secure items in place in the moving truck or van.
A dolly or hand cart
An upright dolly lets you move several big boxes at once. Unless you need help moving big items like a refrigerator, a two-wheel dolly should suffice. For larger items, you may need to rent or buy a four-wheel dolly with a flat base.
A tool box
There are some tools that are essential for moving day: Measuring tape, a razor blade, a sharp pair of scissors, duct tape, and a screw driver.
Safety is paramount on moving day, so wear sturdy shoes like sneakers or work boots with anti-slip soles. The last thing you want to do is trip or stumble and drop a heavy item on your foot! You’ll also be happy you picked up a pair of tough work gloves to give your hands extra protection and minimize the chance of dropping expensive items. Lastly, dress for the weather. Breathable, comfortable fabrics because you’re likely to break a sweat!
4 ways to make moving day go smoothly
- Sort your belongings into two lists
The first thing you should do is list everything in your home that you want to keep. Make separate lists of the items you plan to give away or donate.
- Draw up an inventory
Draw up an inventory list of all of the items you need to move. Allow room for notes so you can mark which items will need a dolly or which are fragile.
- Don’t rush or make hasty decisions
Allow plenty of time to move so you don’t have to rush. Rent the truck or van for the whole day and start early in the morning. Take regular breaks; moving is hard work.
- Recruit your friends and family to lend a helping hand
Moving isn’t a one- or two-person job. Ask around and gather a group of able-bodied friends to help you with the task. Divvy up duties the day of the move: Some can be helping to sort and do the last-minute packing while others are moving things into the truck. Don’t forget to say thank you! It’s common to treat moving day volunteers to lunch or dinner.
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