Things to Consider before Ordering Custom Moving Pads

Custom moving pads are becoming popular among professional moving companies. Pro-movers like having the option to brand their blankets by ordering their own company colors and printing their name on them. However, there are several things to consider before placing a custom order:

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1.) Design the blanket in your head 

How big should it be? Should it be heavy or light? What color do you want? Which fabric is best? What about the binding? Start thinking about some of these questions so you know what you want when it’s time to order. Also try perusing the nine blanket styles already offered at US Cargo Control to get some ideas.

2.) Do you want your name on the blanket? 

Your company name can be placed on the quilted part of the pad or on the binding. The binding is the fabric lining the outside edge of the blanket. Think about what color the text should be. Contrasting colors often look the sharpest. If you don’t want your name on the blanket itself, think about printing it on the tag with your company information. You’ll also need to consider what you want the tag to say.

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3.) How many pads do you need? 

Custom moving pads typically require a minimum order of 150 dozen.

4.) When do you need the moving blankets? 

Lead time runs around 90 days.

5.) Questions? Ready to order? 

Give one of the moving supplies experts at US Cargo Control a call at 800-867-1210. They’ll walk you through the process. You can also email them at movingsupplies@uscargocontrol.com.

Hump Straps Help Prevent Moving Injuries

Heavy Duty 4-Ply Burlap Lifting Strap - 4'' x 15'
Heavy Duty 4-Ply Burlap Lifting Strap – 4” x 15′

Moving heavy boxes and furniture can be especially straining on the shoulders, neck and knees. In an effort to spare some of those important muscle groups and joints, movers will use a handy tool called a hump strap. A hump strap is a special lifting strap designed to help carry heavy or awkward loads.

To use a hump strap, or lifting strap, simply wrap the strap around the load, then hoist it onto your back. You should have the ends of the straps wrapped around your forearms and hands. With the help of the hump strap, you are engaging larger muscle groups to take on the brunt of the heavy lifting, instead of straining or injuring smaller muscle groups. This technique is especially helpful if you are lifting awkward, heavy items often.

At US Cargo Control, we sell a 4-ply burlap, 4”x 15′ hump strap. It features excellent strength and easy grip.

Our employees like to have a little fun with our products. Watch the video below to see a little “hump day” fun with the hump strap.

 

Which Moving Blankets are the Most Popular?

Moving blankets, also known as moving pads are used to protect items from the general wear and tear of a move. US Cargo Control offers a variety of moving pads designed for different jobs. The blankets are sorted into three categories: best, better and good for easy selection. Each category features a top seller, read below as we breakdown some of the benefits of the best-selling blankets.

Supreme

Featured in the best category, the Supreme moving blanket is popular among moving companies, furniture movers and some DIY movers who plan to reuse the pads. Supreme blankets are made with a woven cotton/polyester blend of fabric and a woven polyester binding. The combination of materials makes for a heavy-duty, exceptionally durable blanket. This style of blanket is machine-washable (line-dry).

Supreme Moving Blankets
Supreme Moving Blankets

Mega Mover

Featured in the better category, the Mega Mover moving blanket is a top-buy among those moving themselves. This pad is made with woven polyester and a non-woven polyester binding. The Mega Mover can be used repeatedly and is good for protecting items while moving and in storage.

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Mega Mover Moving Blanket

 

Econo Saver

Featured in the good category, the Econo Saver is a lightweight blanket that is frequently used by moving companies and do-it-yourself movers. Econo Saver blankets are made with non-woven polyester and non-woven polyester binding. These blankets are a great option for those looking to use the pads a few times or for limited purposes.

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Econo Saver Moving Blanket

 

US Cargo Control offers 10 different moving blankets. Visit the company website to learn more or call one of the moving supplies experts toll-free at 800-867-1210.

What’s the Difference Between Woven and Non-Woven Moving Pads?

Moving pads, also known as moving blankets, are used to make sure a move goes smoothly. The pads are used to protect furniture, appliances and quality items while moving belongings out of the house and during transit in the the back of the truck.

Selecting the right moving blanket can be tricky. Consider the type of fabric and binding used to make the blanket. Those qualities will help you determine the pad’s durability and intended use.

Woven Moving Pads

Woven fabrics and bindings are used to make high quality moving blankets that are designed to be used over and over again. These pads are heavier and more durable compared to non-woven materials. Woven fabrics can be made from cotton, a cotton/polyester mix and polyester. The bindings, or the material around the outside edge of the blanket, are also woven. US Cargo Control offers several woven pads that are all machine washable (line-dry).

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Supreme Moving Blanket
  • Supreme (BEST SELLER) Made with a woven cotton/polyester blend and bound with woven polyester. 
  • Pro Mover Made with microfiber and bound with woven polyester.
  • Performance Made with a woven cotton/polyester blend and bound with woven polyester. 

 

 

 

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Econo Saver Moving Blanket

Non-Woven Moving Pads

Non-woven fabrics and bindings are still a good option, but are lighter and are earmarked for limited uses. Non-woven fabric is a more cost conscious choice, great for one-time moves or as warehouse storage pads. US Cargo Control offers several pads made with non-woven materials.

  • Econo Deluxe Made with non-woven polyester and bound with non-woven polyester.
  • Econo Mover Made with non-woven polyester and bound with non-woven polyester.
  • Econo Saver (BEST SELLER) Made with non-woven polyester and bound with non-woven polyester

 

Woven and Non-Woven Moving Pads 

Mega Mover Moving Blanket
Mega Mover Moving Blanket

US Cargo Control also offers several middle-of-the-road options for those looking for a combination of the previously discussed blankets. These blankets are made with both woven and non-woven materials and are more cost effective compared to a completely woven pad, but are more durable compared to a completely non-woven pad.

  • Mega Mover (BEST SELLER) Made with woven polyester and bound with non-woven polyester 
  • Multi Mover Made with woven and non-woven polyester and bound with non-woven polyester.
  • Camo Made with woven polyester and bound with non-woven polyester.

Questions? Give one of the moving supplies experts at US Cargo Control a call at 800-867-1210.

 

How to Avoid Moving Scams

May is the busiest month for moving. As your to-do list grows, make sure you prioritize finding a trustworthy moving company so you don’t fall for a scam. Fake moving companies are waiting to pounce and may try to take advantage of a stressful, time-sensitive situation.

CaptureKeep in mind, the majority of moving companies are legitimate businesses that do quality work. You just need to be weary of a small group of dishonest “companies” known as rouge movers that will try to scam you. The federal government recommends doing some basic research as a precaution to protect yourself.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, or FMCSA, offers some helpful advice:

  • Get a written estimate from several movers.

The FMCSA says estimates should be based on an actual inspection of items in your home. Take it as a red flag if the company isn’t willing to come to your house to do an in-person estimate.

  • Check to make sure your moving company has insurance and is licensed.

If you are moving to a different state check with the FMCSA to make sure the company has a U.S. DOT number. If you are staying in the same state, check for the proper paperwork and licensing with the state, county or local government. The State Attorney General can also be a good resource.

  • Read reviews about the moving companies you are considering.

Social media and online forums can be a good resource, but make sure you read several reviews to balance out what people are saying. You might also ask a friend or acquaintance about their experience. Be sure to check out the company’s rating and complaint history with the Better Business Bureau or other consumer advocacy groups. Determine if the company is a member of any reputable state or national moving associations.

  • Cheaper isn’t always better.

The FMCSA recommends outlining your top priorities and keeping those in mind when selecting a moving company. If you only consider price, you may sacrifice other priorities like packaging, protection and on-time delivery and pickup.

  • Trust your instinct.

If it feels too good to be true, you’re probably right. Trust your gut feeling during correspondence and make sure the company can answer your questions or direct you to someone who can.

 

If you believe a rouge moving company has taken advantage of you and you’ve fallen for a scam, be sure to report any fraud to the FMCSA, local authorities and the Better Business Bureau.

Learn more by visiting the FMCSA Protect Your Move website.

 

 

How To Pick the Right Moving Blanket

Moving season is in full swing – and whether you are a pro-mover or a DIY-mover you’ll need moving blankets to protect furniture and other precious items.

When deciding which moving blankets are right for you think about how often you plan to use them, and the type of protection you need to get the job done right.

The Supreme moving pad is the most popular moving bad and is featured in the "best" category. It features heavy duty construction for exceptional durability that stands up to repeated use. Machine-washable; line dry.
The Supreme moving blanket is the most popular moving bad and is featured in the “best” category. It features heavy duty construction for exceptional durability that stands up to repeated use. Machine-washable; line dry.

US Cargo Control offers a variety of moving blankets meant for various uses. They are sorted into three categories: best, better and good for easy selection.

The highest quality and most durable moving blankets are featured as best. These pads are made from the softest and strongest fabrics and bindings. They are heavy- duty, provide premium protection and can be used over and over again. Every blanket featured in the best category is also machine washable (line dry). If you are in the moving business, or your family relocates often, these are the moving blankets for you.

US Cargo Control better blankets are a middle of the road moving pad. This category of blanket can be reused, but is not as durable. These blankets are an option for moving companies and any do it yourself mover who needs or wants to reuse the pads.

Good blankets are a cost-conscious choice. These styles are designed to be used one or two times or as storage blankets. These blankets are lighter and are generally designed for limited uses. They are cost-effective and are a smart buy for a one-time move.

Finally, US Cargo Control offers skins, the lightest moving pad. Skins are an extremely economical choice for people taking on the task of moving themselves. Pro-movers typically use them as supplemental packaging materials and for storage jobs.

Questions? Give one of the moving supplies experts at US Cargo Control a call at 800-867-1210.

Should I Buy or Rent Moving Pads?

May and moving go hand and hand, and if you are taking on the task of moving all on your lonesome you are going to want to consider getting your hands on moving pads.

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Supreme moving blankets are made of a cotton/polyester blend and a recycled cotton filler for exceptional durability that stands up to repeated use.

Moving pads, also known as moving blankets, are a tool used by professional movers to cover and protect furniture and other precious items from damage during the moving process. Movers will typically cover big, bulky furniture and appliances with a moving blanket as they carry it out of the house and place it on the truck. A licensed mover is required to use some type of moving pad, paper, or moving blanket when moving quality furniture or anything breakable during transit. Any DIY mover who does not invest in pads runs the risk of breaking, marring or scuffing their stuff.

You’re probably asking: Where can I get a hold of these blankets before my next move? Well, you’ve got two options.

Renting Moving Blankets

There are some companies that rent moving blankets.

First, ask your truck rental company, like UHaul or Penske, what kind of moving supplies they offer for rent. Check out the condition of the blankets and investigate if it is worth the price.

There are other companies that loan out blankets for a fee, but they can be tough to track down. There are online forums with people asking where they can rent pads, unfortunately there are few answers.

A warning on renting:

Rental businesses typically ask for a deposit upfront. Some renters have lost their money because they borrowed moving blankets that were worn out or were not designed for repeated use. When they inevitability snag or breakdown the rental company may hold you responsible for any damage done to the pads, that’s according to a post on the blog House Hold Tips.

Buying Moving Blankets

It goes without saying; the moving supplies experts at US Cargo Control will always recommend buying moving blankets new instead of used or renting. Buying new ensures you know what you are getting ahead of the move.

The fabrics used to make moving blankets vary in strength and durability. Some blankets are designed to be used over and over again, others are not. You may get stuck with a rented blanket designed for limited use that has been worked beyond its means. That could wreak havoc on your moving day plans.

Check out the blankets available from US Cargo Control. The blankets are categorized as best, better and good to make for easy selection. If you need a blanket that you can reuse over and over again (that is also machine washable) check out the best section, our top seller in that category is the Supreme style. If you are looking for pads for a one-time move check out the good blankets, our top seller in that section is the Econo Saver style. If you want something in-between, visit the better section, our top seller there is the Mega Mover style.

Keep in mind; moving blankets are not just for moving. There are alternative uses for pads that will help justify the cost. Here are some examples from USCC customers:

  • Dragging heavy furniture and other objects in the house
  • Furniture storage
  • A blanket to sit on at the beach, during picnics or outdoor sporting events and concerts
  • Camping
  • Fitness mat
  • Seat covers for pets
  • Doghouse, shed or barn insulation
  • Hunting trips
  • Sound proofing

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    USCC customer Laurel purchased a Supreme moving blanket 4-pack to use for her dog, Tilly. She uses one in Tilly’s crate to provide a comfortable padded layer, and also in her vehicles to protect the seats.

 

Questions? We’ve got answers. Give one of the moving supplies experts as US Cargo Control a call toll free at 800-867-1210.