Moving Blankets vs. Sound Blankets: What’s the Difference?

Moving blankets have gained a reputation as cheap acoustic treatment for recording studios, do-it-yourself vocal booths and other audio/video production areas. However, if you’re looking to effectively block out or dampen noise for your home, basement, garage or music studio, it’s important to choose the right tools for the job. Not all blankets are constructed the same!

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Moving Blanket

Ordinary moving quilts are typically easy to find and relatively inexpensive, but as their name suggests, they’re designed for just that: to wrap around furniture and fragile items to prevent nicks and scratches during transport. They are not designed or tested for sound absorption.

Sound blankets are engineered to reduce the amount of noise reflecting off walls and ceilings, which is critical for producing quality recordings. A woven cotton/polyester shell and 100% recycled cotton filler allow for superior sound absorption.

Sound Blanket
Sound Blanket

Woven polyester binding adds durability to sound blankets, and preinstalled grommets along the top edge make for quick, easy mounting and removal.

Check out these great uses for sound blankets:

Rehearse without disturbing the neighbors. A sound blanket is an excellent alternative to costly acoustic foam, panels and curtains. Fewer echoes and distortions improve the clarity of vocals and instruments, while their soundproofing quality means you won’t wake up the neighborhood. They’re portable, as well; easily take them down and fold to carry along to your next gig.

Use around the house. Hang over windows to darken a home theater and block unwanted outside noise from street traffic, neighbors and lawnmowers. Drape over the top and sides of a dishwasher or washing machine to muffle loud cycles.

Ready to order? You’ll find all of our moving blankets on our Moving Blankets & Moving Pads page. Find the right tool for your next home or studio project!

Need help deciding which moving blanket will work for you? Call our dedicated moving supplies team today: 800-989-4863.

Moving Quick Tips

Moving is never easy, but having the right products and knowing some quick tips can make it go as smooth as possible. Have a tip to share? Let us know in the comments below or post to our Facebook page: US Cargo Control Facebook.

1.) Maximize how you use moving blankets

Moving blankets, or pads, are typically used to cover and protect furniture and other belongings, but they can also be used to help move heavy items. Simply spread the blanket on the floor, place the item on the pad and drag it. This tip will help if the heavy lifting becomes too much and you want to relocate or rearrange items in the house.

2.) Invest in stretch wrap

Protect your items like a pro with this handy tool. Stretch wrap, unlike tape, is stick free and easy to apply and remove. Wrap furniture, cover drawers, keep cabinet doors closed and bundle awkward items together. Stretch wrap can also be used to wrap moving blankets and pads around furniture and other hefty items. The uses are really unlimited.

 

3.) Use furniture covers

Quilted furniture covers will protect your expensive furniture from rips, tears and stains during a move. The covers fit snugly over your furniture offering premium protection. They can also be used if you ever need to put furniture in storage. Moving blankets, or pads, are a great alternative if you don’t want to invest in covers.

4.) Get Moving Bands 

Moving bands are like giant rubber bands. They stretch over your furniture keeping your drawers in place, saving you the hassle of having to pull them from your furniture. Bands are also often used instead of sticky tapes to wrap moving blankets and pads around bulky furniture to ensure optimal protection.

Shop US Cargo Control for all of your moving supplies needs. If you have any questions give one of our moving supplies experts a call at 800-867-1210. Happy Moving!

8 Uses for Burlap Moving Blankets

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Burlap Moving Pad, Large: 72″ x 80″

As one of the newer types of moving pads on the market,  burlap moving blankets are becoming more and more popular thanks to the wide-ranging versatility that comes from combining two different fabrics in one blanket.

While moving blankets come in a wide range of quality levels – from a simple moving skin to the thick, high quality of a Supreme moving blanket, all of them typically have very similar fabric on both sides.

Burlap moleskin moving blankets are different in that they features two different fabrications: a more rugged burlap on one side and a soft cotton moleskin on the reverse. The double sided design makes it extremely useful in a variety of moving and storage applications (and it also explains why it’s sometimes called both a moleskin moving blanket and a burlap moving blanket).

Unlike a lightweight skin, it features a finished binding that adds durability and strength. Unlike a heavier cotton or cotton-blend moving pad, it’s more cost effective, lighter weight, and less likely to stain.MBBURLAP-Burlap-Moving-Blanket_2_640

Because this blanket can be used in so many different ways during a move or for storage, we’ve rounded up our top four uses:

1. Protect outdoor items. Even though you may think outdoor items like lawnmowers, garden decor, and patio furniture don’t need padding or protection during a move since they normally withstand harsh elements, don’t forget about protecting other items close by from scratches and scrapes. The burlap side offers just enough protection- without the loft (and expense) of higher-end moving blankets.

2. Create a protective foundation. Placing blankets on the floor of a truck bed or enclosed trailer before loading quickly and easily creates a lightweight yet durable layer to protect the floor and cargo from scratches should shifting occur during transit.

3. Take a seat. This style of blanket is excellent for protecting upholstered or leather seats in a vehicle. If you’re hauling box, a pet crate, or any other heavy item that could damage or stain interior fabrics,place a blanket on the seat first, moleskin side down.

4. Box filler. For large boxes that need a soft filler when moving, burlap blankets are ideal since they’re lighter in weight (and cheaper!) than heavy duty, all cotton pads. The wide weave of the burlap also makes it bend and fold easier than all cotton moving pads.

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I’m done moving, now what?

The best thing about moving blankets is their endless uses for after the move, and the moleskin / burlap moving pad is no exception. Our mini list of uses includes:

5. Outdoor storage. Here in the Midwest where there’s four distinct seasons, we store away our motorcycles, bikes, water skis, and other outdoor warm weather toys during the winter. There’s no easier and cost-effective way to add a layer of protection than with a burlap /moleskin moving blanket.

6. Pet bedding in an outdoor shed or dog house. The burlap lays nicely on cement or dirt floors, while the moleskin side is soft, comfy, and warm for those 4-legged friends.

7. Boating, fishing, camping, and hunting. Fold it over so the soft side is on the outside and you’ve got a comfortable layer to sit on. The burlap won’t absorb water like an all-cotton or cotton/polyester blanket, so it’s much lighter in weight when wet and easier to handle. The burlap will also dry more quickly than a similar blanket made of only cotton or a cotton-blend. The smaller-sized, 54 x 72 size is perfect if space is tight.

8. Outdoor sporting event. Great for laying on the ground to sit on, or fold over a bleacher. Simply shake to clear debris or dirt.

Ready to order? You’ll find all of our moving blankets on our Moving Blankets & Moving Pads page.

Need help deciding which moving blanket will work for your situation? Call our dedicated sales team today: 800-989-4863.

 

 

What Happens When Moving Blankets are Machine Washed and Dried?

US Cargo Control is your one stop shop for moving supplies. The company sells several styles of moving blankets, also known as moving pads, and sorts them into three categories for easy selection. We placed each category of blanket in the wash-machine and dryer (despite manufacturer instructions) to see how they held up.

 

The Best Category

The blankets featured in the best category are considered top of the line, premium moving pads. According to the manufacturer, they are all safe to wash in a wash-machine, but are recommended for line- dry not the dryer.

The Supreme moving blanket features heavy duty construction for exceptional durability. It is made with a woven cotton/ polyester blend fabric and is bound with woven polyester. When pulled from the wash-machine the Supreme remained in great condition. When the dryer cycle was complete it came out soft. However, it did show some signs of fraying along the binding after the dryer.

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Pro Mover

 

The Pro Mover moving blanket is a softer pad and is made with microfiber fabric. It is bound with woven polyester. It mirrored similar results to the Supreme style. It too looked good coming out of the wash-machine, but frayed a little on the binding after a round in the dryer.

The Performance moving blanket is a lighter pad made from a woven cotton/polyester blend of fabric and bound with woven polyester. It came out of both the wash-machine and dryer fuzzy, though the binding remained in good condition.

All three styles featured in the best category took 48 minutes to dry.

 The Better Category

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Mega Mover

The moving pads featured in the better category are a more middle-of-the-road blanket. The manufactures do not recommend putting these blankets in the wash-machine or dryer.

The Mega Mover moving blanket is made with a woven-polyester fabric and is bound with non-woven polyester. This style of blanket appeared unharmed after a round in the wash-machine and dryer. It did not experience any fraying or fuzz.

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Multi Mover

The Multi Mover moving blanket is made with a woven and non-woven polyester blend and is bound with non-woven polyester. It also appeared unharmed after cycles in both the washer and dryer; no noticeable fraying or fuzz.

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Camo

The Camo moving blanket is unique in that it comes in a green camouflage pattern. It is made with woven polyester fabric and bound with non-woven polyester. It too came out of the washer and dryer in good condition – no fuzz or fraying.

All three styles featured in the better category took 48 minutes to dry.

 

The Good Category 

The moving blankets featured in the good category are the most cost conscious blanket styles. Our manufactures do not recommend placing these blankets in the wash-machine or dryer.

The Econo Deluxe moving blanket is made from a non-woven polyester fabric and is bound with non-woven polyester. It did not hold up well in the wash-machine and produced a lot of fuzz. It came out of the dryer soft, but was still in tough shape.

The Econo Mover moving blanket is made from a non-woven polyester fabric and is bound also with non-woven polyester. It produced fuzz coming out of the wash-machine and dryer. Overall, it wasn’t in good shape after a full laundry cycle.

 

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Econo Saver

The Econo Saver moving blanket is made from non-woven polyester fabric and is bound with non-woven polyester. This style also produced mass amounts of fuzz in the wash-machine, but the dryer cycle was the most concerning. The blanket appeared to fuse with itself – causing some damage to the integrity of the blanket.

All three good styles took a mere 18 minutes to dry. Considering the amount of fuzz and dust produced it likely isn’t a good idea (for the sake of your wash-machine and dryer) that you risk putting these blankets through a full wash-cycle.

Conclusion 

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In conclusion, it is likely best to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and only machine wash moving blankets featured in the best category (line dry). Some of the blankets did decently well in the washer and dryer, but we can’t guarantee that will be the case the first time, or every time after.

Wash and dry at your own risk.

Customer Feature: White Glove Movers

For more than a decade, White Glove Movers has been in the business of moving. From residential to commercial moves, the company prides itself on its commitment to customer satisfaction.

A White Glove Movers truck parked and ready for a move.
A White Glove Movers truck parked and ready for a move.

“The very best part of the job is getting complimentary notes,” White Glove Movers Co-Manager Tom McCartan said. “We get a lot of referrals and a lot of repeat business.”

White Glove Movers is based in Marion, Iowa and offers a full line of moving services ranging from residential to commercial moves. The company’s team of trained, professional movers will also pack boxes, pods and trucks – even rental trucks. Just about anything moving related, White Glove will do it.

The company is equipped with four large trucks, two vans and one small truck. The movers take on about 750 moves per year, with 60-70 percent of business happening during the summer months.

“That’s when things get very hectic and busy,” McCartan explained. “It’s great.”

The company’s setup process is simple. The office receives moving inquiries, and then schedules an estimate with the prospective customer. After that, the move is booked and put on the calendar.  Then, on moving day, a team of professional movers will carefully pack, load and unload the truck.

Many people underestimate the workload involved when moving and will attempt to do it themselves. White Glove Movers believes people should really consider the risk-reward of taking on a move without the proper equipment and training.

“Moving is very stressful, it can cause injuries that are very hard to recover from,” McCartan said. “We just think let us [White Glove Movers] take the risk. The cost is just not that prohibitive, it’s a lot less expensive than recovering from an injury.”

White Glove Movers rolling a heavy tool kit into the truck.
White Glove Movers rolling a heavy tool kit into the truck.

Moving is especially challenging when people lack the proper tools to do it safely. White Glove Movers utilizes a long-list of moving supplies and trusts US Cargo Control to provide its staff with safe, quality moving equipment.

The company purchases products ranging from protective padding like moving blankets, banister covers and door covers to transport supplies like dollies and straps.

“When you take on the responsibility of handling someone else’s possessions you really need to do it right,” McCartan said. “You better have the right equipment and the right protective gear so when the move is done they [the customers] are in a position to send you a note of compliment.”

US Cargo Control began providing White Glove Movers with professional moving supplies in 2013. The White Glove management team was drawn to USCC because of its competitive pricing, but company leaders soon learned it is the customer experience and service they enjoy the most.

“Working with US Cargo Control has been easy for our Office Manager, Mindy. They treat her with respect and get things done when they are supposed to be done,” McCartan said.

If you are interested in learning more about White Glove Movers or inquiring about a move visit the company website or give them a call at 319-393-3000.

Professional Movers Provide Peace of Mind

At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®/INTERNATIONAL, Inc., we are experts when it comes to packing and moving. While most people only move a few times, we do it every day. A team of movers will provide expertise and professionalism, while bringing you peace of mind during a stressful time.

Photo Courtesy: TWO MEN AND A TRUCK International Inc.
Photo Courtesy: TWO MEN AND A TRUCK International Inc.

Acquiring a Moving Estimate

Developing an estimate is an important part of the moving process. Be sure to tell the customer service representative everything you need moved, including items in your attic, storage unit or shed.

You cannot offer up too much information. Tell them if your furniture is unusually large or heavy, especially if items weigh more than 350 lbs. That means they may send three movers instead of the traditional two. Let them know if you have a small entrance, narrow stairways or halls. The more information you offer, the more prepared the movers will be – making the move more efficient and stress-free.

Protecting Your Items

Upon arrival, the movers will walk through the home with you, spending time inspecting and documenting any damages. This process can be expedited if you look over your items ahead of time to get an idea of what should be noted.

The movers will carefully wrap your furniture with pads and stretch wrap to protect it during the move. They will also cover all banisters and doors to protect the entrances and exits. You can ask the movers to put down floor coverings to keep your carpets and hard floors clean and blemish-free.

Once the movers begin to load the truck, you are welcome to bring items to a central location like a living room or garage. This will speed up the loading process saving you time and money. However, you are not required to do so.

Communicating with the Movers

You can ask the driver to share his or her cellphone number with you, so you can reach the crew at any time during transit. Having a direct contact will provide further peace of mind. You can also call the office at any time for updates and to answer questions. The movers will do everything they can to keep things moving smoothly.

Make sure you are available while the movers are unloading the truck so you can tell them where you would like your furniture. The movers will also stay and rearrange furniture to your liking. The crew will place all boxes in the appropriate rooms and, upon request, will put together beds, dressers and other items that require minor reassembly. Before you know it, your move will be completed and you will continue to enjoy peace of mind as you settle in to your new home.

Consider TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®/INTERNATIONAL, Inc.,

There are many perks to hiring a professional moving company. At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®/ INTERNATIONAL, Inc., we have a 96% referral rating which has been achieved due to our commitment to customer service. We strive to exceed our customers’ expectations on every move, regardless of size. We are always looking for ways to surpass your expectations and ensure you are at your happiest during what can be a very stressful life event. We want you to keep a peace of mind with the help of our professional moving services. Visit our website and request your free moving estimate today.

About the author: Arika Ford is the Marketing and Communications Training Specialist  for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® / INTERNATIONAL, Inc., the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward!

Hump Straps Help Prevent Moving Injuries

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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.

 

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 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.

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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.

Hiring Professional Movers? Five Quick Tips for a Smooth Move

If you’ve never used a professional moving company before, you may just feel like you are living in the lap of luxury. Professional movers are trained not only in customer satisfaction, but in moving furniture efficiently, courteously, and carefully. While the movers will gladly disassemble and reassemble items for you, there are many things you can do in advance to prepare for them.iStock_000009587805Medium

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Big dressers, entertainment centers, or other bulky furniture? Take a few minutes before the movers arrive to take off mirrors, glass doors, or other fragile or breakable pieces. No need to pack up your clothing or other items inside since the movers will pad and stretch wrap the drawers and doors— and their contents— closed for you. Bed frames can also be broken down beforehand so they’re ready to load immediately.

Clear the way
You can also prepare by removing any railings that may hinder the smooth movement of furniture up or down stairs. Just be sure not to remove anything that could create a safety hazard. Make sure there is a clear path to and from every room in your home.

Cut the trip short
Try to bring as many of your belongings to one central location in the home. That way the movers can easily grab items and load them onto the truck. This location should be a room on the ground level of the home, or even the garage. This will save time, which in turn will save you money.

Easy out
Any debris outside can slow the movers, cause injuries and possibly damage your items. Make sure all cars are parked in the street so the movers can pull the truck right up your home or business and get as close as possible to the exit.

Communication is key
It’s imperative you talk with a customer service representative (CSR) to ensure they have your most up-to-date inventory list. If there is an attic, storage shed, or basement, make sure you tell the CSR. Be sure and let them know if you have a particular piece that is overly large or awkward to handle so they can bring any additional tools or straps they might need. Also be sure to share with them any obstacles with parking or spiral staircases. If there are trees or plants you are concerned about, please share with your CSR and the message can be communicated to the driver and mover.

If you follow this advice, you will be in good shape prior to move day! Get ready to kick your feet up like royalty and let the pros take over. box

About the author: Arika Ford moving expert for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® / INTERNATIONAL, Inc. the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward!

Moving Supplies Checklist: is your truck or trailer ready?

Stocking a moving truck with the right moving supplies can be a tough task – and we want to help make that process as simple as possible. At US Cargo Control, our experts have put together an equipment recommendation guide to help you furnish your truck or trailer with the moving supplies you need.

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Check out our handy guide pictured. It breaks down the types and number of recommended equipment depending on the size of the truck or trailer.

Let’s start with moving pads, also known as moving blankets. Pads are essential moving items you’ll definitely use. Our pads offer premium protection to keep your customer’s possessions safe during the move. US Cargo Control recommends our supreme moving pads, they are made from a heavy-duty cotton and polyester fabric blend. These blankets are durable and can be used over-and-over again. They are also machine-washable.

Moving skins are a must. They are good pads to have on hand for light-duty protection and packing. Skins are made of non-quilted, recycle cotton fabric filler. They are also an extremely economic choice; 24-skins come per pack

Stretch wrap is another great protector – used to bundle and secure loads, it resists puncturing and tearing even on the sharpest corners. Mattress bags are another smart buy, used to combat dust, spills, moisture and stains.

Moving isn’t just about packing – professional movers also need the right tools to help them lift heavy furniture and appliances out of the house and into the truck.

We recommend several different types of dollies including a four-wheel dolly, a box dolly and an appliance truck dolly. Our four-wheel dolly is made of hard-wood and features carpeting, foam or rubber to protect the item it’s hauling. Both box and appliance styles are two-wheeled, designed to be loaded, tipped and rolled. The appliance-truck style will help with super heavy refrigerators and washing machines.

Moving straps and bands are also good for moving hefty or bulky items. The straps can help prevent injury by working larger muscle groups like shoulders, thighs and forearms, taking strain off the neck and back. Bands will keep drawers closed and secure moving pads to protect furniture during the move. A rubber band holder is a smart buy to keep the bands organized and off the floor of the truck.

Movers are often asked to haul the heaviest of items, including a piano or car. A piano board will help crews get the expensive instrument out the door and to its next location safely. The board features three slots on each side for quick and easy attachment of e-track straps. The board is also padded to protect the piano. You’ll need a piano moving strap to secure it to the board. If you’re responsible for moving a vehicle, auto tie downs are necessary. Make sure you know the specs for the type and style you select.

A professional mover is expected to leave the house the way they found it.

Stock upon  door jamb protectors, door covers and floor runners. These products are in inexpensive way to prevent damage. Full covers protect the front and back of the door, while jamb protectors can be adjusted to fit almost any door. Floor runners keep floors clean, damage-free and provide a non-slide surface for crews. The runner also wipes clean and can be rolled-up and stored until the next job.

Items need to be safe and secure during transit.

US Cargo Control offers E-track straps and shoring beams to tie-down your customer’s belongings. Shoring beams, also known as decking beams, are used to lock cargo in place and prevent items from sliding around inside the trailer. The beams are lightweight and can be adjusted to fit many trailers. Straps are available in variety of styles and lengths. Bulk orders come at a discount and can be customized with color and stenciling. Customization is a great way to show-off your brand and can help prevent loss or theft. Rubber Tarp Straps should also be in the truck for light-duty tie downs. They come in a variety of lengths and bundles. Finally, you should padlock the truck to keep thieves away from your customer’s possessions.

Safety is key in maintaining a reliable, reputable moving organization.

Keep wheel-chocks on the truck and use them to secure the wheels when movers start loading. Break-downs and other emergencies do happen, so keep a set of emergency or safety triangles on hand to warn other vehicles you’re stopped on the roadway. Have a first-aid kit ready in the event of injury and a fire extinguisher around should you ever encounter flames.

Some final supplies to consider: keep a toolbox in the truck or trailer in case you need it on-the-go. US Cargo Control offers a 116-piece all inclusive tool kit and carrying case.  A double sided ladder is a good investment for tall jobs and a ramp or walking board is useful for loading boxes and furniture into the trailer. Those items can be purchased at almost any hardware store.

We hope this list helps as you stock up for the busy moving season ahead. Our moving supplies team is happy to help with any questions.

Give them a call toll free at (877)-339-1588.