Essential Moving Supplies: 5 Must-Have Items for Every Move

May is National Moving Month, so in honor of that, we wanted to share our list of 5 essential moving supplies you should have at the ready when gearing up for your next move.

Moving? We’ve all done it. Back in your college days you tapped a friend with a pickup truck, recruited some others with the promise of pizza and beer, and then proceeded to haphazardly throw everything you own into the back, hoping everything made it in one piece.

Now you’re all grown up (or at least pretending to be) and you’d rather not roll the dice on whether your hard-earned possessions make it to their new home intact. Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned moving professional, having the right tools for the job is critical to a successful move. Luckily, US Cargo Control has everything you need in one place.

So, in the spirit of National Moving Month, here is a run-down of 5 essentials you should have on hand for your next move.

1. Moving Blankets

Protect your furniture with the best moving blankets around. With many different options of weights and sizes, you can easily find the right fit for your moving needs. We also carry a large selection of furniture covers and our new TV Moving Bag will keep your big screen safe and sound.

We highly recommend our Supreme Mover 12-Pack for a strong and durable option that will come in handy time and time again. Plus, they’re machine washable!

2. Furniture Lifting Straps

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If you’ve ever tried to manhandle a large piece of furniture, you will appreciate these genius Team Strap moving straps. Save your back, keep your friends, and make sure you have these beauties at the ready before your move gets underway.

One of our top sellers and a customer favorite is the Shoulder Dolly Moving Strap. You’ll feel like superman with these on!

3. Hand Trucks

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Cut down on the number of trips to and from the truck with a quality hand truck. These make quick and easy work of moving larger boxes, while also being a great tool to move multiple smaller boxes at once, and even some types of furniture. A true must-have for any mover.

Two of our favorite options are the Aluminum Convertible Hand Truck and the Steel Appliance Truck with Double Auto Recoils. Both are fantastic options and make tough moves a lot easier.

4. Mover Bands

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Our moving rubber bands are perfect for securing your items during a move. Use them to keep moving blankets or pads in place around furniture and other items during transit or storage. They work great at keeping dresser drawers from flying open when you take a tight turn in the truck, too! They are extremely versatile and best of all, they’re reusable!

Check out one of our top selling sets here.

5. Stretch Wrap

In addition to our mover bands, stretch wrap is another must-have essential you’ll want to have nearby to help keep your items secure and in place during your move. One of our favorites is our Pre-Stretched Wrap 4-pack. It’s lighter than standard rolls, which means you don’t have to apply as much pressure during wrapping. But, don’t think that means it’s not as strong. This stuff still delivers an extreme hold, so you can rest assured your stuff isn’t going anywhere.

Whatever the size of your move, the dedicated team at US Cargo Control is ready to help you save time, energy, and most of all, keep your items safe and secure during transit. So, when gearing up for your next move, make sure your plan includes a stop at US Cargo Control to stock up on these essentials and more!

Looking for more moving tips?

Check out some of our other moving posts for great tips to help you move like a pro!

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3 Accessories Every Enclosed Trailer Hauler Should Have

Make sure you have these three items to secure and protect your cargo load for the long haul.

Whether you’re hauling items in an enclosed trailer or van, here’s what you need to ensure your cargo arrives intact.

When driving an enclosed trailer, it might seem that there is little to worry about. Unless you forget to close a door, your cargo won’t be flying out of the trailer or exposed to outside elements anytime soon. So why even bother to secure your cargo, right?

Although enclosed trailers offer inherent protection that flatbed trailers can’t, there is still a strong chance you will experience damaged cargo at some point, and securing your cargo with the proper equipment is the quickest and smartest way to prevent this.

Make sure you have these three items to secure and protect your cargo load for the long haul.

1. Moving Blankets

Moving blankets, also known as moving pads or packing blankets, provide a thick covering that helps prevent damage to your cargo or valuables. Moving blankets can prevent dents, scratches, or abrasions that can occur while you are driving and your cargo is potentially shifting. For even better results, consider using ratchet straps, moving straps, or another type of tie-down to secure the load better.

These blankets come in quantities of a single pack, 4-pack, or 12-pack, and they are very durable and machine washable. What is also unique about our selection of moving blankets is that you can choose from various fabrics, weights, and binding materials. This choice allows you to select the moving blanket that is best for your needs.

2. E-Track Straps

E-Track straps are common straps to use for cargo securement in enclosed trailers. You can use these straps in trailers, cargo vans, moving vans, enclosed semi-trailers, and other applications. These are different from an L-Track strap as L-Track has a lower profile and are typically used in a pick-up truck. E-Track is more heavy-duty and overall stronger. This makes it a great installment to use to keep your valuable cargo, equipment, and even vehicles tied down during transport.

We carry E-Track Ratchet Straps and E-Track Cam Buckle Straps, in 2′, 5’, 8′ and 10’ sections. They come in colors yellow, blue, and grey.

Learn more about the differences between L Track Straps and E Track Straps

3. Cargo Nets

Besides straps and moving blankets, we also carry cargo nets that will keep cargo from moving during transport. Also known as a bungee net, they can be easily attached to nearly any section of your enclosed trailer. We carry heavy-duty cargo nets used for enclosed trailers and light-duty cargo nets that are used for pick-up trucks. The other difference between these nets is that the heavy-duty cargo net is made of 2″ black polyester webbing with a break strength of 10,000 lbs and the light-duty cargo net is either made of a high-quality bungee material or a tough, 2” wide polyester webbing.

If you cannot find a cargo net that meets your needs, we can create a custom net for your specific needs! To learn more about the cargo nets we carry and create, watch the video below.

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We also carry load bars and cargo bars, D- rings, and L-Track systems. Learn more about all the Enclosed Trailer Accessories we carry on our website.

Or, call our team of experts at 800-404-7068 if you have any questions or need more information.

4 Ways to Prevent Damage to Your Furniture and House When Moving

If you’re one of the many people that will be moving this summer, here are the best tips for how to prepare.

Moving season is hot as ever, and will continue until September. Moving can be a stressful situation as you are working hard while also being cautious and attentive to avoid damage to your house and belongings. Seems like the best option would be researching moving companies or professional movers to help you move to a new place or store your items away. But, sometimes you might not have the time or money to invest in that. Instead, check out our moving equipment that is great for protecting your furniture and house.

Moving Dollies & Hand Trucks

Our hand trucks and moving dollies are a great tool to use when you need to move furniture or heavy items easily. If you are struggling to lift a heavier item like a refrigerator, stove, or chair, then put that heavy item on one of our dollies or hand trucks and give it a roll!

We carry quality 2-wheel hand trucks with a load capacity of 550 pounds, which perform well on stairs, bumps, ramps, etc. Our furniture moving dollies can perform any heavy-duty job, holding up to 1,500 pounds.

To learn more about the different hand truck and dolly options, see our Types of Dollies for Moving post.

Moving Straps

Our moving straps are great to use when you need to carry furniture or heavy, bulky items without risking strain on your back or neck. Not only is moving furniture injury-prone, but it can be time-consuming and challenging to move your heavy/bulky items. To avoid this, we recommend using furniture lifting straps to get the job done. We carry forearm forklift moving straps to carry from your forearms, and shoulder dolly moving straps to carry from your shoulders.

A moving strap is the single most important item you can have when moving large, heavy, and bulky items like furniture, mattresses, or appliances. Big items like these are not only difficult to get a good grip on, lift, and walk with, but the bending and twisting puts an enormous strain on back muscles.

Learn more about why moving straps are the best insurance for your move.

Furniture Covers

The worst part of moving heavy items out of storage is the damage that could potentially happen. Something could be dented, scratched, marked, or broken, and this will only add stress to your move. To make your moving process less stressful, consider our furniture covers for storage and moving.

Our furniture protectors work in many situations. You can use furniture covers for storage and for moving out or into a new place. You can choose to use our quilted furniture covers or plastic furniture covers. Both covers are easy to slip on or off, and you do not have to worry about abrasions.

Learn more great ways to protect furniture and appliances when moving.

Moving Blankets

Besides using furniture covers to cover your furniture or other items, we also carry moving blankets. These blankets, also called moving pads or furniture moving pads, are another tool to use to prevent damage and abrasion to your valuables. These blankets provide a thick covering that you can wrap just about any item with, and they are very durable and easily washable. What is also unique about the pads is that they are different in terms of fabric, weight, and binding material. Some blankets come in different weights and fabrics (non-woven polyester, woven polyester and cotton/poly blends), and the binding material has different fabric as well (woven, non-woven, and synthetic).

Our furniture moving blankets can be used for short-term or long-term storage, but keep in mind your end use and reuse. If you are interested in our moving blankets, we carry quantities of single-pack, 4-pack, 6-pack, or 24-pack.

If you find you have trouble deciding on a type of moving blanket see our post on how to choose the perfect moving blanket for your needs.

Start Moving Like a Pro

Equipped with the right tools and knowledge, you’ll be moving like a pro in no time. Looking for more great moving tips? Check out our other moving posts:

Moving Checklist: Remove the Stress of Moving in 15 Steps

Moving Quick Tips

College Moving Tips: How to Move like a Professional Mover

US Cargo Control attends TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Annual Meeting

image of moving supplieAs a preferred vendor for moving company TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® (TMAAT), we’ve had the great opportunity to meet many of the TMAAT franchise owners at the company’s annual meeting. This year, our very own Sarah Fare, VP Business Development, and Sarah Watson, Moving Supplies Sales Specialist for US Cargo Control, even made an appearance in the TMAAT video from the show held in March in Jacksonville, Florida:

 

 

US Cargo Control became a preferred level vendor for TMAAT in February 2012. A preferred level vendor is a unique relationship that allows franchise owners to purchase moving supplies from US Cargo Control at special prices. We benefit by receiving valuable feedback from franchisees about our products, and how we can make them even better. An example: we redesigned and began offering more styles of moving dollies, based on information we gained from the TMAAT professional movers using our moving dollies and hand trucks. We’ve also added many products, such as neoprene floor runners and piano moving supplies, and even created an entire new category of moving company supplies based on what we’re hearing from TMAAT.

Says Fare: “With the feedback we’ve heard from the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise owners, we’ve been able to really focus on making our moving supplies category the very best it can be. It’s been an exciting partnership so far, and we look forward to continuing to expand our great working relationship.”

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Whether we’re working with large moving companies like TMAAT or hearing from DIY movers, our goal is to help our customers find the moving supplies they need. If you’re looking for a particular product for moving but don’t see it on our website, let us know and we’ll try our best to find it. Give us a call at 800-867-1210 and let us help you today.

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:

New Warehouse Space Nearly Complete

The big news at US Cargo Control really is big- as in a new warehouse space to house USCC products. Another 42,750 square feet has been added, which nearly triples the current warehouse space.

Several new products have been added to the US Cargo Control merchandise line-up recently, including replacement tie down straps, tire chains, rope, hand trucks, reflective tape, and even a line of premium heavy duty tie down straps, BlackLine. The new warehouse space will allow us to keep more inventory on hand so customers can receive orders more quickly.

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We’ve also added a trailer set to use for filming instructional videos about our products. Let us know if there are any US Cargo Control products you’d like to see in our videos.

Keep checking back for even more pictures as we add in racking and products in the warehouse, and create new videos with the trailer set. Stay tuned!