New Snap-Loc® Industrial Moving Dollies Added to Line of Professional Moving Supplies

Sarah Watson, Director of Business Development – Moving Supplies
Sarah Watson, Director of Business Development – Moving Supplies

The moving supplies category of products continues to expand with the addition of new Snap-Loc moving dolly products.

The new items were brought in to better serve our growing customer base of professional moving companies, and were based on suggestions from current customers.

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Snap-Loc Moving Dolly Panel Cart

We’re always open to adding products that are suggested by our customers. Our team takes great pride in developing our product line tailored for our customers. We consider them to be the ultimate feedback providers, equipment inventors, and field experts.

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Snap-Loc Moving Dolly Push Bar Platform Truck

The new products include a Snap-Loc Panel Cart and a Snap-Lock Push Bar Platform Truck. Both products feature the heavy duty Snap-Loc dolly, which boasts a 1,500 lb. capacity, but the two new handle configurations offer users easier and safer methods to maneuver the dolly. The Snap-Loc carts also feature E-track singles on the sides of the cart, which accept tie down straps with spring E-fittings to make it easy to secure a load to the cart, or to secure the cart to an E-track rail installed in a trailer. A Connector Strap can also be used to connect two carts together to increase the working surface area.

72" Pallet Band
72″ Pallet Band

Heavy duty pallet bands were also recently added to our  Moving Straps & Mover Bands category, offering customers three larger options in addition to our popular rubber mover bands.

More new products are also planned for the first quarter of 2015, including an appliance truck with a new kickback feature, black floor runners, and reflective seatbelt covers.

Custom stenciling options for our popular line of tie down straps is also a new feature that will be available in 2105. Straps stenciled with a company’s name are an excellent way to create a professional image, as well as offer a method of loss prevention, so we’re extremely excited to be able to offer this option to customers.

Do you have a suggestion for a product or service we could offer? Please let us know! Give our moving supplies team a call at 800-867-1210, or send us an e-mail at MovingSupplies@USCargoControl.com.

Moving Tips: 12 Uses for Stretch Wrap

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3-Roll Pack with Dispenser Handle. #3SW-PK

If you’ll be moving soon, don’t forget the stretch wrap when purchasing packing supplies. Once used primarily by only professional movers, this handy plastic wrap for moving is now available in various sizes and gauges and perfect for any DIY move. With no sticky residue like tape, it’s easy to apply and even easier to remove. It’s also recyclable so it’s environmentally-friendly too.

When choosing stretch wrap, there are a few choices to keep in mind:

65 Gauge vs 80 Gauge

The higher the number, the better the protection, so pick up 80 gauge wrap for securing and protecting larger items. For smaller, lighter jobs, keep 65 gauge stretch wrap on hand.

Blown or Pre-Stretched?

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4-Pack Pre-Stretched Wrap. #SW181500-PS-4PACK

Pre-stretched wrap is a newer product and is lighter weight than regular stretch wrap. Because it’s pre-stretched, it doesn’t require quite as much pull as traditional blown stretch wrap when wrapping larger items like furniture. If you’ll be moving multiple large items, pre-stretched may be the way to go. If you have few large items, regular blown wrap will work just fine.

Handle or No Handle?

While handles make it easier to apply the wrap, the design does limit the width of wrap available. Our handled stretch wrap is 3″ wide  so it’s good for smaller items, but pick up a larger non-handled roll which, at 17″  and 18″ will offer more than five times the width for wrapping large pieces of furniture, appliances, etc.

Click over to see all of our stretch wrap options:

 

1. Wrap jewelry displays. Have one of those pretty wall displays for your jewelry? No need to pack your necklaces and bracelets away, simply wrap the entire piece with wrap to keep jewelry safe inside and ready to hang once you’re in your new home.

2. Cover drawers. No need to unload dresser drawers. Simply pull the drawer out and wrap with an 80 gauge wrap to create an instant “box” that keeps contents inside.

3. Wrap cabinet doors closed. Have a wardrobe, media center, or other piece of furniture with doors? Place a piece of wrap around the entire cabinet to keep doors from opening during transit.

4. Bundle long awkward items together. Curtain rods, brooms, and more can be placed and secured together to make them easier and faster to carry.

5. Keep it rolled. Once rugs, mats, etc. are rolled, wrap with stretch wrap to keep them that way.

6. Bubble wrap buddy. Bubble wrap is great for small fragile items, but not when the bubble wrap comes off during unpacking. Add a length of stretch wrap to keep bubble wrap in place until you’re ready to remove it.

7. No spills allowed. In the kitchen and bathroom, remove the caps or tops on bottles or jars, place a large piece of stretch wrap over the opening and put the cap or top back on.

8. Keep ‘em stacked. Bundle forks, spoons, etc. and other items that can be stacked and secured; it will take up less space in the moving box.

9. Handle the large but light. Toss pillows, stuffed animals, etc. are easier to tote when bundled together into one easy piece.

10. Lid insurance. Stretch wrap around plastic storage tubs ensures the lids stay on, even during the jumble of a move.

11. Cord keeper. Wrangle all those electric cords, electronics accessories, phone chargers, etc. easily with a quick wrap.

12. Furniture saver. Wrap pillow-back sofas to keep all of the pieces in place. Secure moving pads with stretch wrap to keep the layer of protection in place (the ultimate protection for leather furniture!).

 

3 Reasons Why Your Business Needs Custom Moving Pads

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Carla Weeks, Moving Supplies Sales Specialist

Customized moving pads are becoming a hot item for our professional moving company customers. Why? Let us tell you!

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Company name can be placed on quilted cover as shown here, or along the outside edge binding

1) Professional image. Using supplies imprinted with your business name shows your investment and pride- a great way to show off your commitment to your company and customer. We can add your company name to either the binding or the quilted cover.

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2) Loss prevention. When supplies are imprinted with your company name, they become much less enticing for others to keep as their own.

3) Endless options. While we already offer 10 different moving pads ranging from our top-of-the-line Supreme Moving Blanket to our one-time use Moving Skins, our customization option means you can also have them made to your own specifications. Options include: color, fabric, size, weight, and binding options. We even offer rolls of material if you’d like to cut and sewn your own sizes as needed.

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Supreme Moving Blanket

Ready to order custom moving pads?

Give us a call at 800-867-1210 and we’ll walk you through the ordering process. If you prefer e-mail, drop us a line at movingsupplies@uscargocontrol.com

There is a minimum order quantity of 150 dozen, and lead time is typically 90 days. You can see our full line of moving blankets here: Moving Blankets & Moving Pads.

 

 

Must-Have Moving Supplies, Part 2

iStock_000009587805MediumWe’re kicking off National Moving Month with an overview of some of our most popular moving supplies and the questions we receive about them.

If you’re a DIY mover, check out the first post in the series: Must-have Moving Supplies for the Do-It-Yourself Mover.

If you’re a professional mover, read on!

Our professional moving customers count moving pads, dollies, stretch wrap, and hand trucks as essentials.

Which Moving Pads are best for long-term use?

Supreme Moving Blankets
Supreme Moving Blankets

Moving pads (another term for moving blankets), range from lightweight to ultra-heavy weight.  Most professional movers will use pads in either our “Better” category or our “Best” Category.  These pads are designed to withstand the day-to-day use of professional movers and will keep your clients’ items protected.

To see all of our moving blankets pads in a side-by-side comparison chart, click over to the Moving Blankets & Moving Pads page.

Which H-Dolly is most popular?

We have four types of H-style moving dollies:

The two most popular styles are the standard H, which includes a flat top with rubber tread and 800 lbs. capacity and the rubber cap, which is also an 800 lbs. load capacity and has two end caps for securing large items – also known as a Chicago Dolly.

Snap-Loc Moving Dolly
Snap-Loc Moving Dolly

Lately, we’ve received a lot of requests for dollies with large load capacities and we’re happy to  be able to offer the Snap-Loc Dolly. With a 1,200 lbs. load capacity, e-track compatibility, and an available Connector Strap to connect two together to increase surface area, it’s perfect for professional movers.

 

 

What are my options on stretch wrap?

We currently stock two different styles of stretch wrap, both can be purchased in case quantities of four rolls per box or pallet quantities (96 rolls per shipment):

  • Blown Stretch Wrap comes in an 80 gauge strength.  This is a more traditional style, often used by professional movers to secure moving pads around couches and hardwood furniture.
  •  Torque ® Pre-Stretched Stretch Wrap is becoming the top-choice for our customers in the moving industry.  The roll is about 1/3 lighter than the weight of the blown stretch wrap. Plus, it’s already stretched and the amount of pressure required to wrap items is reduced which makes it much easier to apply.  One of the best features of the pre-stretched style is the double hemmed edge on the rim of the roll.  This makes it stronger and more damage resistant.  Accidentally drop a roll of this stretch wrap off a truck and it will not dent like traditional stretch wrap!

What style of Hand Trucks are available?

The Hand Truck is an essential piece of equipment for all movers.  Our universal US Cargo Control Hand Trucks allow you to choose the style that best suits your needs.  Handle options include: vertical loop, pin, round top and double grip.  We also both standard and wide noseplates availalbe.  Accessory items include: stair climbers, an extension nose plate and Hand Truck covers. With so many options available, we’re happy to discuss with you what might work best for your needs.

As always, you can call us or drop us an e-mail:

Phone: (800) 867-1210
Email: movingsupplies@uscargocontrol.com

Happy moving everyone!

 movingteam

 

Moving Season is Here!

boxHello to all of our professional movers and brave do-it-yourselfers!

Moving Season has kicked off and generally runs from Easter to Halloween.  In fact, May is National Moving Month and US Cargo Control is fully stocked for the season with over 15,000 dozen pads, 3,500 mover bands, 1,400 H-dollies, and 750 cases of stretch wrap!

As always, we’re available to help you select the best products for your particular job or project. You can see them all here:

US Cargo Control Moving Supplies

And of course you can call us with questions: (800) 867-1210

Our moving supplies team includes a trio of experts: Tonya Kramer, Carla Weeks and myself – Sarah Watson.

We’d like to highlight some of our most popular moving products so you can prepare your moving in advance and feel confident you’ve selected the right supplies for the job.

Because the best products can vary between professional movers and DIY’ers, we’ll first talk about the sure bet items if you’re tackling the move yourself.

Must-have moving supplies for the Do-It-Yourself mover

The Do-It-Yourself Movers will typically purchase moving pads, quilted covers, lifting straps, packing paper and tape.

What type of moving pads should I buy?

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Econo Deluxe Moving Blankets

This depends on the items you’re wrapping and the type of move you’re completing.  Fragile items such as antique furniture, pianos and grandfather clocks may require extra padding in which case we suggest the Supreme Moving Pads.  For basic furniture and lighter jobs, a mid-weight pad such as the Econo Deluxe will serve well.  If you’re planning to simply cover your items to be put into storage, try our Econo Savers.

To compare all of our moving blankets and pads, see: Moving Blankets & Moving Pads

Quilted Chair Cover
Quilted Chair Cover

What are the advantages of quilted covers?

Quilted Covers are form fitting and can easily slip over your existing furniture, washer or dryer and refrigerator.  This will save you time and offers a convenient solution for protecting your items in storage.  We suggest taking measurements to ensure the particular cover will fit your furniture.  Each cover has a different color binding making them easy-to-identify during your move.

What equipment should I use to lift a heavy piece of furniture?

We suggest the TeamStrap or Shoulder Dolly lifting straps for tall and/or heavy furniture such as bookcases, armoires, sleeper sofas or washing machines.  If you’re trying to move a mattress, try the Forearm Forklift or our canvas mattress carrier. Check out this video to see our lifting straps in action:

Do you offer packing supplies?

Yes! You can find a variety of boxes, packing paper, tape, and more, all in our Moving Boxes & Packing Supplies category. The number of boxes you need depends on the amount of items you’re packing and remember, the heavier the item(s) like books, the smaller the box you should use.  If you plan to pack a set of light items such as blankets or pillows, you may use a larger box.  As you pack your kitchen, take the proper precaution and wrap them up!  Use our packing paper roll to protect your dishes and glassware.

For more packing tips, click over to this article: More Moving Tips

If you see an item on the website and you’re unsure if it will work for you – please don’t hesitate to call us.  We love talking to our customers and helping them find the exact item they need.

Phone: (800) 867-1210
Email: movingsupplies@uscargocontrol.com

Happy moving everyone!

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Next up:  Must-Have Moving Supplies for Professional Movers

 

 

Don’t Get Duped: How to Avoid Moving Scams

shutterstock_109668389Moving can be a very exciting time, but it is also stressful.  Even the normal stresses can add up from buying the right moving supplies, getting delicate or breakable things packed up, planning every detail from one place to another, and coordinating all the timing so it happens on top moving from point A to point B.

One of the last things you want to think about during such a busy and stressful time is worrying about moving scams.  It’s a story we’re hearing more and more: the moving “company” you hire loads up all of your personal belongings, and then essentially holds it all hostage until you pay more money to get everything back.

The good news is there are simple steps you can take to protect yourself.

1. Don’t just pick a random moving company. Ideally you will know people who have hired a moving company personally and can attest to some good ones, and steer you away from ones that were disasters.  Asking your Realtor for advice is generally a great starting point in your research.

2. Research, research, research. Thanks to the internet, this should be relatively easy. Sites like MovingScam.com features a “Super List” which has listings of reputable movers by state, as well as a list of endorsed movers who they’ve vetted and know to be good, reliable movers.

3. Shop around. Get at least three estimates. This should show similarities in prices and one that seems like a low-ball could be a red flag. Even reputable movers may require a small deposit upfront to reserve the time frame, but never pay the full amount up front before the move.

4. Request a visit. Make sure the moving company representative comes to your home to do a quick inventory before creating an estimate.

5. Demand the estimate in writing. Legitimate movers will do this without asking. Be wary of the companies that balk on this suggestion. Remember that in many states verbal contracts are not legally binding, and even where they are it’s hard to enforce since any disagreement becomes a case of “he said, she said.”

6. Be prepared. Be sure that written contract outlines any supplies you may be responsible for, or may be required to pack yourself. Some companies may offer different packages based on how much you want to do yourself, such as packing. Obviously it’s best to clarify this as far in advance as possible so you can purchase any moving supplies such as moving boxes, piano moving equipment, moving blankets, etc. up front. Some companies may also require you pack and move flammable, hazardous, explosive, or corrosive items yourself, so knowing this up front can you plan ahead.

7.  Check estimates. Be sure to check the estimates to ensure you are charged by cubic footage instead of weight.  First of all – this is even illegal as of 2005, so all quotes should be in weight.  Second, anyone quoting cubic footage will almost certainly try to jack up the price ever.

8. Ask about damage claims processes. It’s nearly inevitable that something may be dinged, scratched, or broken during the moving process. However, a legitimate company will have a plan in place- and in writing- outlining the proper channels that will protect you.

 

 

What’s the Best Way to Protect Furniture and Appliances when Moving?

Today’s answer comes from our resident Moving Supplies Expert, Sarah Watson. 

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Sarah Watson - USCC PhotoI truly think of myself as a Moving Supplies Superhero – saving the world, one moving blanket at a time.  My colleagues even call me SWatson which I believe sounds very special agent, superhero-like. Questions?  Call me at (800) 867-1210! Need a photo of an item, a specific measurement or a special quantity?  Ask me!

 

 

One of the most common questions we hear is “What is the best way to protect large pieces, such as soft sided furniture, hardwood furniture and stainless steel appliances during a move?”

Our advice is to pad-wrap them, which involves covering the furniture with several moving pads and blankets, securing the blankets with tape or Mover Bands, then wrapping with stretch wrap for a cinched, protected setup.

Our Stretch Wrap comes in two different styles.

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Blown stretch wrap

The first is our Blown Stretch Wrap which comes in an 80 gauge strength.  This is a more traditional style, often used by professional movers to secure Moving Pads around couches and hardwood furniture.

Torque® HandFilm Pre-Stretched Wrap
Torque® HandFilm pre-stretched wrap

The second style is our new Torque ® Pre-Stretched Stretch Wrap.  It is becoming the top-choice for our customers in the moving industry.  The roll itself is about 1/3 lighter than the weight of the blown stretch wrap. Plus, it’s already stretched and the amount of pressure required to wrap items is reduced which makes it much easier to apply.  One of the best features of the pre-stretched style is the double hemmed edge on the rim of the roll.  This makes it stronger and more damage resistant.  Drop a roll of this stretch wrap off a truck by accident and the roll will not dent like traditional stretch wrap!

Our moving pads (which we also call moving blankets), also come in different styles. Generally, we suggest a particular style based on the number of times you intend to use the blanket.

Supreme moving blankets
Supreme moving pads

If you’re a professional mover searching for the highest quality pad for repetitive use and extra protection, use our Supreme Moving Pads.

For the do-it-yourself movers who plan limited usage for the Pads, we suggest a lighter weight option such as our Econo Deluxe Pads.

Econo Deluxe moving blankets
Econo Deluxe moving pads

 

Ready to order? Visit the Moving Supplies section on our website and check out our full product line.

We know that shopping online is exciting, but can also be challenging – no worries, our Product Experts are available to answer your questions.  If you see a product on the website and you’re unsure if it will work for you – please don’t hesitate to call us at (800) 867-1210  We love talking to our customers and helping them find the exact item they need.

For now, I’m off to save the world – flying high in my Stretch Wrap uniform and Moving Blanket cape.

 

How to Choose a Moving Dolly

Sarah JHello to our US Cargo Control customers and USCC blog visitors!

I’m Sarah Watson, our resident moving supplies expert.

Whether you’re a large moving company or a do-it-yourself mover, I’m here to help you select the best product for your particular job or project.  I like to think of myself as a Moving Supplies Superhero – saving the world, one moving blanket at a time.  My colleagues even call me SWatson which I believe sounds very special agent, superhero-like.

Today (and everyday) I’m here to help!  Often, I’m asked about our moving dollies and how to select the right one.  In particular, I get a lot of questions about our four-wheel dollies (also known as H-dollies).  Choosing the right dolly is important!  Our goal is to help you select the best dolly for your particular application and safety is key, therefore pay attention to the load capacity of the dolly.  It can be found in the specifications section below the item’s photo.  At US Cargo Control, we stand behind the strength of our dollies.  If you want to see them in action, check out this dolly break strength video (you can also find it on the rubber cap moving dolly product page.

When shopping for a moving dolly, take note of the size.  Most dollies are a standard 18″ x 30″ with 4″ wheels, but you may want to measure the furniture, load or items you’re moving as well as the space you’re navigating through to guarantee an easy move.  Also, keep a close eye on dolly’s wheels.  For example, our most popular H-dolly is our mover grade H-dolly with flat rubber tread.

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Mover Grade H-Dolly

It has non-marking 4″ swivel wheels with double ball bearings.  These wheels will ensure your dolly moves smoothly along even surfaces without marking your floors (hardwoods, linoleum, tile, etc.).

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Rubber Cap Moving Dolly

Our second most popular moving dolly is our rubber cap moving dolly.  It is suitable for large items, but is best for any items and loads you don’t want to shift when in motion.  Some of our US Cargo Control customers in the moving industry will use this particular style H-dolly in combination with our piano board and piano straps to move a piano. *NOTE to our do-it-yourself movers* We strongly encourage you to hire a moving company or professional piano movers to wrap, move and transport your precious piano.  Leave it to the pros on this one – we’ve seen far too many piano moving accidents on the web.

Other dolly options include our carpeted moving dolly which is best for large furniture items (armoires, bookcases, TV stands) or anything you don’t want scratched, but need secured.

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Carpeted Moving Dolly

Lastly, we offer our snap-loc heavy duty moving dolly which has a 1,200 lbs. load capacity.  This is the strongest H-dolly we carry and is typically used by residential and commercial moving companies.  However, if you’re seeking a dolly to last a long time and handle anything – this is the one for you!

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Snap-Loc Moving Dolly

As you browse through our website and you’re reviewing our H-dollies – just remember to pay close attention to the load capacity, size and wheels to be certain it’s a good match for your planned usage.  We know that shopping online can be challenging – which is why we have product experts available to answer your questions.  If you see an item on the website and you’re unsure if it will work for you – please don’t hesitate to call us.  We love talking to our customers and helping them find the exact item they need.

And…if you’re ever on the moving supplies section of our website, call (800) 867-1210.  I’ll gladly help you.

I’m off to save the world – flying away with my makeshift moving blanket cape – Happy moving everyone!

-Signing out-

SWatson

More Moving Tips and Tricks

shutterstock_109668389With May being the official kick-off to the moving season, it’s time to offer up some more moving tips. Here we’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks you may not have heard before. These come from our USCC customers and professional movers who purchase our moving supplies.

For even more moving tips on how to get organized for the big day, see this post: 20 Tips for Stress-Free Moving from Claire at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®.

 

  • Don’t pack away suitcases- use them to keep essentials for the first few days until things get unpacked: change of clothes, medicines, toiletries, etc. Also fill a suitcase with paper supplies: garbage bags, paper plates, paper cups, toilet paper, and paper towels. Other essentials: flashlight, night lights, shower curtain, towels, scissors, old sheets to use as curtains.
  • Labeling moving boxes is a given, but be sure and label the sides of the boxes too, so you’ll be able to read it once it’s stacked.
  • Create a spreadsheet with the contents of what’s in each box. Labels boxes with a number/letter combination, such as 1-MBR  for “Box 1, Master Bedroom”
  • Don’t waste box space packing items from dresser drawers. Instead, just remove the drawer and stretch tape across the top, or wrap it in stretch wrap to keep items inside. If you do use tape, use masking tape- it’s easier on furniture finishes.
  • Remove cords from electronics, label them, and box them together so you’ll have one box devoted to those items which will make it easier to find when unpacking.
  • Take pictures before you pack- snap a photo of the back of your computer so you’ll know what cords go into which outlets. Take pictures of how you have items arranged on bookcases or on the wall so you know how to place them in your new home.
  • When taping up boxes, place a string under the tape, leaving an inch or two hanging out. When it’s time to unpack, just pull the string to rip the tape off. With this method, you won’t have to use box cutters or scissors to get through the tape.
  • If you’ll be moving with pets, be sure to add an identification tag with your new name and address to their collar in case they get lost in your new neighborhood.

 

20 Tips for Stress-Free Moving

Thanks to Claire at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® for today’s guest post!

ClaireSNEWMoving is a very stressful time for everyone… your once organized home quickly becomes a disaster zone. In order to make your move and life easier, I’ve included a schedule containing tips many of us have learned over the years at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. Follow these tips so you won’t forget something important or have to scramble to get everything done at the last second.

 

 

Two months before

  • Photos. Before you do anything, take pictures of your home. My husband and I do this every time we move and I am so grateful. I know some day when we have kids, I will enjoy showing them pictures of where we lived.
  • Go through your belongings. Go through every room of your house and decide what you want to keep and what needs to go. Don’t forget the basement, attic and garage. This may seem like a lot of work but trust me, come moving day, you’ll be glad you did.
  • Take inventory. Take inventory of every valuable item you plan to move.  Include photos along with written descriptions.
  • Organize records. If you have kids, make arrangements with their current schools to have their records transferred. Make sure you have copies of everyone’s medical records as well as recommendations of doctors in your new community.
  • Talk to your kids. Moving is a very scary time for kids, especially if they are leaving the only home they know. Early on, begin including your kids in moving discussions and give them an idea of what will happen on moving day. Make sure they know they can talk to you about any fears they have about the move.

Five to six weeks before

  • Research. Now is the time to decide if you are going to try moving on your own or if you are going to hire a moving company. You don’t need to book anything yet, but it’s good to plan accordingly. When interviewing moving companies, make sure to ask if they are insured and bonded, if they hire full and part-time movers rather than temp movers, and how they charge.
  • Finalize real estate or rental needs.  If you are renting, make sure to communicate with your landlord about the upcoming move. See if they have any guidelines or polices you need to follow while moving out.
  • Order supplies. Order boxes and other packing supplies. Don’t forget plenty of bubble wrap and tape! Look into wardrobe and other specialty boxes as they make packing much easier. Whatever you do, don’t use food or supermarket boxes!  You never know what little critter is hiding in them or if the box will be strong enough to support your possessions.

One month before

  • Begin packing. Start packing up items you don’t frequently use. Make sure to clearly label each box with the name of which room it is for.
  • Choose a moving company. Now that you’ve done your research and thought it over, decide how you want to move. If you decide to use a moving company, make your reservations plenty of time in advance to ensure you get your ideal day and time.
  • Notify utility companies. No one wants to pay for utilities they’re not using. Make sure each company knows what day you are moving and arrange for your new accounts to be started when you get to your new house.
  • Change your address. To change your address, you can either go to your local post office or visit usps.com to fill out a change of address form.
  • Notify important parties. Contact your bank, insurance provider employer, and magazines or newspapers you subscribe to.  You can also announce your move in a fun way by creating moving announcements that will be sent out to all of your friends and family with your new address.

One week before

  • Finish packing. Remember to pack important and sentimental items separately so they are easily accessible. Plan on keeping this box with you personally when you move.
  • Confirm move. Confirm the time the movers will arrive as well as other specifics and make sure you have prepared exact, written directions to your new home for the movers. Also include contact information, such as your cell phone number.
  • Clean. The last thing you want to do before you move is clean everything in your house. In order to save you time, begin cleaning rooms you don’t use as often. It’s also a good idea to make a “survival closet” containing things for the last cleanup before you move out. For example a broom, dust cloth, dust pan, mop, etc.

Day of the move

  • Pack your suitcase. I highly recommend packing a suitcase for everyone in the family containing essential items and clothes for the day/night. You will be exhausted after the move and when it’s time to get ready for bed, you don’t want to have to dig through multiple boxes.
  • Eat a healthy breakfast. It’s going to be a long day so make sure you eat a nice, healthy breakfast to help you get energized in the morning.
  • Initial walk-through. Take some time and do an initial walk-through with the movers. Make sure they do a thorough inventory of your items and know what is going to be moved.
  • Lock up. Walk through the entire house and make sure everything is out. Also check to make sure the windows are locked, the lights are off and the doors are closed and locked.

About the author: Claire Schneider is the social media specialist at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®/INTERNATIONAL, Inc. the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States.

Moving Supplies Checklist

image of moving supplieMoving season is already upon us. If you’re planning a move this spring or summer, making a list of the moving supplies essentials you’ll need for packing can help you prepare in plenty of time. We’ve put together a handy checklist with some additional tips to make your move go as smooth as possible.

 

 

Moving boxes

This is a given, but there are some tips to keep in mind. Not sure how many moving boxes you’ll need? A general room of thumb says for packing one to two rooms, plan on eight to 10 smaller boxes, three to five medium-sized boxes and three to five large boxes. Multiply these numbers by the number of rooms you’re packing and you should get a good idea of what you’ll need. TIP: Don’t overlook purchasing special purpose boxes for things like hanging clothes and dishes. Although they may cost a little more, they’ll protect your items better.

Packing paper

Sure newspapers can work as filler, but don’t use them if you don’t want to run the risk of find black markings on your items when you unpack. Instead, pick up some packing paper on a roll or in sheets when you’re buying your moving supplies. Tip: Most packing paper can be recycled so it won’t fill up your garbage bin.

Bubble wrap

Having bubble wrap on hand for extra fragile items is also a good idea. Be sure to use the right size for the packing. Small bubble wrap (3/16″ bubbles) is best for protecting surfaces from dents and dings. Medium bubble wrap (5/16″) protects surfaces and also provides general shock absorption so use it for breakable things like mirrors and art. Large bubble wrap (1/2″) is ideal for filling space inside a box. TIP: When wrapping items, be sure the bubbles are on the inside so they can absorb the shock and protect the item.

Tape dispenser

A tape dispenser is worth every penny during the packing process so it’s smart to invest in one or more when your buying moving supplies. TIP: Purchase some color stickers and/or colored markers to color code boxes by room.

Mover straps

If you’ll be doing the heavy lifting and not hiring movers, you won’t regret spending money on moving straps. The time you save will be worth it. Your back will thank you too. TIP: Check out this post with a video review of our moving straps to see which will work best for you.

Moving blankets

Moving blankets (also called moving pads) are another supply that you might not think you need, but the protection they provide will be worth the investment. And when the move is over, you can re-use them for camping, pet bedding, etc. TIP: Check out this post with a video about choosing the right moving blanket for your needs.

Mattress bags

These are an inexpensive way to ensure your mattress stays clean and dry during a move. If your items will be in storage for any length of time, these are a must. TIP: Items going into storage need extra attention when packing. For furniture and appliances, check into quilted furniture covers for the ultimate in protection.

Moving Must-Have: Hand Truck

Although it may not seem like it, spring is right around the corner, which means that the official start of moving season is almost upon us.

Whether you’re a professional mover or have plans for an upcoming DIY move, a hand truck (also known as a hand cart or box dolly) is a must-have for making any move easier and more efficient. We have a wide range of hand trucks with a variety of features, from stair climbers and extended nose plates, to different styles of handles and wheels. You can purchase a hand truck with these features, or buy them separately to customize your equipment as you wish. See them all on our Hand Trucks, Appliance Hand Trucks & Hand Carts page.

Hand truck features to consider:

Solid foam tire. Also called “run flat” tires because it’s designed to never go flat. Even tread creates easy maneuvering.

Pneumatic tire. Ball bearing design for easy movement and long wear. Rugged traction is great for a variety of surfaces.

Aluminum tire. Lightweight, with a bearing design for durability and smooth movement.

Round handle. A molded cover provides a better grip than a standard aluminum finish.

Vertical loop handle. Offers the option of using the rounded portion for two hand control on heavier loads, or the loop for one-handed maneuvering.

Pin handle. The best choice for maneuvering with one hand.

Double grip handle. Provides a sturdy, steady grip for heavier loads.

Stair climbers. Two lightweight attachments easily install on the back of the hand truck. They protrude out from the profile of the handtruck to rest against steps and easily slide when going up and down stairs.

Extension nose plate. Also called a box plate, this piece is attached to extend the surface area of the moving surface so wider and/or deeper items can be placed more securely.

Quilted, padded covers for hand trucks are also available with either a square top or a round top.

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Watch as our purchasing specialist Leslie, points out the features of one of our best-selling hand trucks, our aluminum hand truck with 10” pneumatic wheels and stair climbers: