7 DIY Moving Tips for Preventing Damage

Heavy furniture, steep steps, bulky appliances, narrow doorways, and valuable breakables.  When you’re faced with moving all your possessions out of one home and into another, it doesn’t take much to cause costly damage. 

Without the proper moving preparation, you not only put your precious belongings at risk for damage, you could also put scratches on floors, gouges in wall paint, and dings in narrow doorways. Or worse yet, you could injure yourself.

Pack away these DIY moving tips to ensure minimal damage the next time you move. 

1. Shield your Floor

Whether your moving items over hardwood, tile, linoleum, laminate, or carpet flooring – start by obtaining floor covers. Not only do they prevent scratches and tears, they also protect against dirt and heavy foot traffic. In addition, floor coverings for moving protect you by creating a non-slip surface. 

2. Protect Doors and Doorways

Doorways take a beating during move-out and move-in – especially your front door. Everything you own will need to go through it. And if you’ve moved before, you know the struggle of maneuvering a couch or dining table through a narrow doorway. Protect all your doorways with a door jamb protector and cover doors in a quilted door cover for quick and easy protection. 

door cover for moving
Quilted door covers will protect against dings and scuffs.

3. Take Proper Precaution with Breakables

Nothing is worse than going through all the work of packing and moving, only to unpack and find that your dishes are broken, pictures are bent, and mirrors are cracked.  To ensure your most delicate items arrive in your new home the same way they left your old one, make use of the proper supplies. Start by wrapping breakables in plenty of packing paper. Use a double wall dish box and dish partition kit to ensure dishes stay properly positioned during the move. Remove bulbs before packing lamps and consider using a specially designed lamp box 

4. Construct and Pack Boxes Smarter 

All boxes are not created equal. Without a strong and properly constructed box, all your items could end up on the sidewalk. Construct your boxes with plenty of quality packing tape to avoid broken boxes and extra work. Tape the center seam twice and tape once along the bottom edges where the flaps fold in. The tape should extend four to six inches up the side of the box. To avoid overpacking boxes, it’s best to pack heavy items in smaller boxes and lighter items in larger boxes. 

constructing moving boxes properly
To properly construct moving boxes, tape the center seam twice and the bottom edges once.

5. Protect your Furniture 

Move, load, drive, unload, move. Moving day presents plenty of opportunities to ding your new washing machine or put dirt all over your white mattress. Wrap your expensive furniture in moving blankets and moving pads to shield against scratches, scuffs, and dents. To ensure they stay put during transport, consider putting stretch-wrap around the blankets, or use pre-shaped furniture protectors for a perfect fit around love seats, refrigerators, and more. If precipitation is in the forecast, plastic furniture covers will ensure everything stays dry. 

6. Take the Pressure off Yourself 

The average king size mattress weighs about 150 pounds. The average front load washing machine? 225 pounds. Moving all this is not only a lot of work, it’s potentially dangerous. But you don’t need to be an Ironman Champion if you have the proper moving tools. Moving straps take pressure off your arms and back and allow for better control and maneuverability. If you use a hand truck or moving dolly, you can simply push and pull many items into your new home. 

lifting straps for DIY moving
Forearm Forklift Moving Straps take the pressure off your back, making heavy lifts much more manageable.

7. Load Smart and Secure Cargo 

Take the time to load your boxes and furniture in a safe and smart manner. This means loading larger and heavier items first to avoid crushing. No matter how far you’re moving, you’re probably going to run into some bumps, potholes, and sudden stops. Secure any items that could shift around or blow away with bungee cords or tie-down straps. Below is an example of what not to do.

How not to move
Don’t get caught moving without quality cargo control equipment like tie-down straps and bungee cords.


Feeling overwhelmed with all that goes into moving? Don’t sweat it! Learn how to remove the stress of moving. 

Moving Straps: The Best Insurance for Your Move

May is National Moving Month, meaning moving season is getting ready to ramp up. We’ve got some ideas on how to help make your move easier and less painful – literally. The best insurance is the one that gets the job done and lasts. This is what moving straps can do for you during your next move. Find out how to avoid damage to your body and your belongings.

Why risk an injured back during your move? After all, there are a full array of moving straps available that use the law of physics to make moving large, bulky items easier. Don’t let pride, ego, or the lack of knowledge confine you to a hospital room or your bed. After all, a move is most often a temporary and infrequent event. Don’t risk a back injury that will possibly tug away at you for the rest of your life.

They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This is true in the area of moving as well. Prevention of injury through the use of moving straps is just plain smart. Also, prevention of damage to your belongings is also smart. Consider the ways the moving straps provide insurance for your moving activity.

Moving Straps Use Your Whole Body

The Shoulder Dolly Moving Straps Makes Moving Furniture Easier
Shoulder Dolly Moving Strap

First, the obvious is that moving straps decrease the risk of injury to your back. The straps are designed to use alternate body muscles to do the lifting. For heavy items, shoulder straps attach to your body in a way that encourages the use of your leg muscles rather than your lower back. The muscles in your leg are less prone to getting tweaked and injured when you put additional weight on them.

There are also moving straps that use the muscles in your arms to do the lifting. This type of strap is appropriate for those larger, bulkier items that you may have trouble getting a grip on. Often it is by being thrown off balance that a back injury occurs. By employing a forklift type strap your hands are kept free to guide an unruly object to its destination.

Lacy, USCC Sales Specialist

“Forearm forklift is a very popular strap for professional movers or consumers wanting a versatile way to assist in moving items like a washer, dryer, mattress, or heavy wood furniture like a hutch,” recommends Lacy, a USCC Sales Specialist. “It is adjustable and takes the pressure off your back. Remember though, you can only lift what you are physically capable of carrying,” she adds.

Safer For Your Belongings

The second type of insurance is in the form of protecting the furniture or objects themselves. Rather than risk having to purchase or repair an LCD television set that slipped out of your grip and smashed to the floor, why not use the proper moving straps for the job.

Mattresses Made Easier

One final way to make your move a whole lot easier is to use a mattress carrier. Moving mattresses, especially king- or queen-sized mattresses, can be a handful. They are heavy and extremely pliable. Our canvas mattress carrier is designed with 9” handles on each side to distribute the lifting and lessen the bodily strain.

Moving straps are likely the most inexpensive insurance you can purchase to avoid injury or damage. However, unlike other types of insurance where a premium is paid and then lost, the straps become a piece of equipment that you can keep and use again. Check out our full line of moving supplies.

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?

Econo Deluxe Moving Blankets
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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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.

 

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 in the Moving Blankets

The moving in of moving blankets has begun at US Cargo Control. We keep thousands of our popular moving pads in stock, and now expect to have even more inventory on hand with our new warehouse space. Here’s a glimpse at the just the beginning:

If you’re in the market for any type of supplies for moving, from blue moving blankets to a heavy duty hand truck, or moving boxes, check out our entire category of moving supplies. Be sure to let us know if you’re looking for something we don’t carry on our website. Give our sales team a call at 800-867-1210 and they’ll do their best to find what you need.

New Moving Supplies at US Cargo Control

Professional moving supplies are some of our top sellers at US Cargo Control, so we’re always searching for the very best products to offer to our customers.

We’ve recently added some new items to our moving supplies category, as well as upgraded some of our moving essentials:

Hand trucks

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Aluminum handcart with foam fill tires and extension nose plate.

Our line of hand trucks has gotten the biggest update. We’ve added 12 new models with a range of handle and wheel style combinations. Some include stair climbers and extension nose plates, which are also sold separately. The three wheel types (solid foam tire, aluminum wheel, pneumatic wheel) and three handle models (round, vertical loop, pin) are also sold separately to make it easy to replace or upgrade parts.

Image of aluminum convertible handtruck
Convertible hand truck converts from a two-wheel upright model to a four-wheel flat cart style.

We’ve added a convertible hand truck that converts from a two-wheel upright style to a four-wheel flat cart design. The same convertible handtruck is also available with an extension nose plate to handle even bigger loads.

Our steel appliance truck with double auto recoils is also new. Most models on the market today have only a single auto recoil. Ours has dual straps and can handle up to 800 lbs., which is above industry standards for appliance trucks. Check out this video for a review of its great features:

 

Magic Sliders furniture sliders
Handy furniture sliders are a small investment that can tackle big jobs. Simply place under heavy or awkward-sized furniture like beds, dressers, desks, etc. and slide it where you want it to go. Works great on wood, carpet, tile, concrete or vinyl floors.The sliders have weight capacities that range from 1600 to 3200 lbs.

Image of round Magic Sliders
Round magic sliders with screws

Moving boxes
We’ve added a new mulit-size boxpack which includes 25 small boxes, 20 medium boxes, 15 large boxes and 10 X-large boxes. Our flat screen TV boxes are also now available in bigger multi-packs, like new packs of three flatscreen TV moving boxes.

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Boxpack is a 70 box multi-pack, including small, medium, large and x-large boxes.


Quilted covers
We’ve updated the construction of our quilted furniture covers to the same material as our popular Performance moving blanket.

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Quilted sofa cover in our popular “Performance” moving blanket fabric

This premium fabric is heavy enough to protect, but lightweight enough not to add extra bulk. Colored binding makes it easy to keep covers organized. Available in a sofa coverlove seat cover and chair cover. Appliance covers include a refrigerator cover and a washer/dryer or oven cover.

If there’s a product or a group of new items you’d like to see added to our website, be sure to let us know- either by a comment below or contacting us at 866-444-9990.