Everything You Need to Know About US Cargo Control

 

Check out our updated “About Us” video and read more about everything we have to offer below.

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Video Transcript

At US Cargo Control, “what you want, when you need” is more than just a slogan or philosophy. It’s the foundation on which we were built. With humble beginnings in our founder’s garage, it was always our goal to make our customers feel understood and taken care of. Even now, more than 10 years later, with in-house manufacturing, thousands of cargo control products, and a 133,000 square-foot facility; our goal remains the same. To understand our customers better than anybody, and to get you what you want, when you need it.

In the trucking, rigging, and moving industries- product and service needs are time-sensitive. Getting you what you want, when you need it looks a little different for every customer.  Our dedicated teams allow us to be highly responsive in finding the right solutions for all of our customers.

Whether visiting us at uscargocontrol.com or speaking to your dedicated service representative over the phone – we always strive to get you what you want, when you need it.

 

What’s important to you?

Here are more details on how we can help deliver the cargo control products you want when you need them.

 

US Cargo Control team

Dedicated Teams of Cargo Control Experts

Throughout the years, we have carefully assembled a dedicated staff that thrives on being product and industry experts. Every last one of them seeks to make your job safer and easier, and your equipment allocation more efficient. We are always happy to take your calls and promptly answer any questions about product, price, shipping, or custom order needs. Let us know what’s important to you, and we’ll do everything we can to make it happen.

 

US Cargo control tie down strapQuality Products with Custom Capabilities

We offer thousands of cargo control products, both foreign and domestic. From quality moving supplies to lifting and rigging gear, and of course a huge selection of heavy-duty trucking and transportation equipment– more variety means more choice for you. In addition, we manufacture custom tie-downs, cargo nets, tarps and more in our 23,000 square-foot manufacturing facility. Don’t see what you’re looking for on our website? Just ask and we’ll do everything we can to get you what you want.

 

 

custom pricing for cargo controlCustom-Pricing Programs

We understand your business and its goals are unique and believe our pricing should reflect this reality. Bulk orders, special shipping requests, and payment plans. Partner with us and together we can create pricing programs that work for your individual needs.

 

 

 

US Cargo Control warehouseSwift Delivery

Our central Midwest location means delivery time is just 1-3 days to most of the United States. With thousands of items in-stock and to ready to ship, orders placed before 4:00pm Central time ship out the same day. Plus, you get free shipping on orders of $199 or more.

 

Your Single-Source Cargo Control Supplier

At the end of the day, actions speak louder than words. So what are you waiting for? Put us to the test and challenge us to deliver on all your cargo control needs.

Shop our website anytime, or call us at 866-444-9990.

7:00am – 6:00pm Monday through Thursday (Central time)

7:00am – 5:00pm Friday (Central time)

 

 

Unpacking Moving Industry Trends: Why, When, and Where Americans are Moving

According to U.S. Census data, 11.2 percent of Americans move each year on average. That’s over 35 million Americans who will make the big decision to pack up and move on this year. 

The big questions are: what makes Americans want to move, when are they doing it, and where are they going? Continue reading to understand moving industry trends that will better prepare you to make tough moving decisions. 

Why Americans Move 

According to U.S. Census data, most Americans move specifically to change their current housing situation. This includes a desire for new or better housing, housing that is their own, or cheaper housing.  

Meanwhile, other Americans are moving due to a new job or for personal family reasons.  

Other less common reasons include a change in marital status, leaving for college, seeking a neighborhood with less crime, retirement, or just wanting a change of climate. 

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According to 2016 U.S. Census Data

When Americans Move 

Among those using a professional moving service or renting a moving truck (those that are trackable), Fridays are the most popular day to move. According to My Moving Reviews Annual Data Report, 20 percent of moves in 2017 were done on a Friday.  Moving on this day allows more time to unpack and be ready for work on Monday. 

The least popular days to move? Sundays and Tuesdays. If you can move on either these days, you will most likely get better prices on moving services. 

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Friday is the most popular day of the week for moves

The summer is by far the busiest time of year for moving. The overall busiest moving month? June, with about 13 percent of total moves. Interestingly, the overall busiest moving day of 2017 was June 30. The second? Just one day later on July 1.  

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June is the most popular month for moves

Where Americans Move 

So, which states are Americans heading to, and which ones are they leaving?

Top inbound states for 2017:

  1. Vermont 
  2. Oregon 
  3. Idaho 
  4. Nevada 
  5. South Dakota 
  6. Washington 
  7. South Carolina 
  8. North Carolina 
  9. Colorado 
  10. Alabama

Top outbound states for 2017:

  1. Illinois 
  2. New Jersey 
  3. New York 
  4. Connecticut 
  5. Kansas 
  6. Massachusetts 
  7. Ohio 
  8. Kentucky 
  9. Utah 
  10. Wisconsin

 

Green = top 10 inbound states for 2017. Orange = top 10 outbound states for 2017

Moving Advice 

If you’re thinking about moving, whether it’s across town or across the country, make sure you have plenty of moving supplies and set time aside to plan and prepare. Start by getting tips on how to remove the stress of moving.

Moving Checklist: Remove the Stress of Moving in 15 Steps

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Moving tends to be a combination of excitement and mind-rattling nerves. It’s a new adventure and a turn of the page. But, it’s also often a startling plunge into new and unfamiliar territory.  Above all else, it’s a lot of work. 

Believe it or not, the stress of moving is right up there with divorce, job loss, and death of a loved one.  

But, fear no more. Whether it’s your first move ever, or your fifth move this year, use this checklist to remove the guesswork and stress of moving.

Months Before Moving: No Need to Sound the Alarm 

  • Decide whether you’re going to hire a moving company, rent a moving van, or move yourself using your own equipment. Moving companies and moving vans can be booked solid for several months, especially during the moving season (May through August). The earlier you book, the better rates you’ll get. Just make sure the moving company is licensed with the FMCSA.
     
  • Submit a change of address form at usps.com. Also, don’t forget to notify banks, credit cards, insurers, and healthcare providers. Otherwise, the next person to move into your home could be getting your sensitive information.
     
  • Make any necessary repairs and touchups to your old home or apartment.
     
  • Start purging items that aren’t worth moving. Whether you sell them or toss them, some items just aren’t worth the cost or work of moving.
     
  • Make sure you have plenty of moving supplies. Using specialized supplies will increase efficiency and help prevent damage when moving.
     
  • Begin packing as early as possible, starting with your least-used items. Label boxes by room and contents. Then, for quick reference, create a comprehensive inventory of which items went in what boxes. Use colored stickers for added organization and less writing.
     
  • Give yourself some breathing room by scheduling time off work.
     
  • If you’re moving without assistance from professionals, enlist the help of family and friends. Don’t put all the work on yourself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weeks Before Moving: Don’t Resist, Keep Pushing 

  • Schedule your current utilities to be shut-off or transferred to your new address.
     
  • Continue packing as much as possible.
     
  • If you have access to your new space, make sure it’s clean. There will never be an easier time to clean or paint a wall than when the space is empty.
     
  • Remind your enlisted moving helpers of the day and time you need them. If you’re renting a truck or hiring workers, call the company to confirm dates and times.

The Day Before Moving Day: Fight the Fatigue 

  • Pack your essentials, like bedding, toilet paper, snacks, soap, plates, cups, utensils, and cleaning supplies in one box. Then, set it aside to be loaded last so that it will be the first box brought into your new home.
     
  • Finish packing all other belongings so you can start moving bright and early the next day.
     
  • Get plenty of sleep.

Moving Day: Embrace the Change

Once everything is packed and organized, it’s just a matter of moving it. If you’re doing it yourself, look at it as a chance to exercise. Stay positive. To pass the time, think of all the new people and places you will soon get to experience.  

Do you have any tips that help alleviate the stress of moving? Share your experiences in the comments below! 

Celebrate National Moving Month

National Moving Month is in full swing with people and businesses everywhere gearing up for making moves, big and small.

Moving is no easy task, and there are many things to consider when t­­aking on this job. This blog is going to focus on some moving supplies that people may not realize are available to help them move, but will help make a move safer and easier.

Moving Supplies that Help Prevent Damage

Lacy, Moving Supplies Specialist
Lacy

Lacy, a US Cargo Control sales specialist, recommends several products that will help prevent damage during a move. These items include door jamb protectors, door covers, banister covers, and Neoprene floor runners.

  • Door Jamb Protectors: Our quilted door jamb protector is an easy and inexpensive way to prevent damage to your belongings and to the doorway. With heavy-duty wire springs and our Performance moving blanket material, the jamb cover stays snug as you move through the doorway. The door jamb protector pad adjusts in height to fit the interior and exterior of almost any door.

    Door Cover Moving Supplies
    Quilted Door Cover
  • Door Covers: Quilted door covers offer the protection of a quality moving blanket in a design that easily slides on to doors (interior or exterior). Covers the door, front and back, and tightens using Velcro straps.
  • Banister Covers: The quilted fabric design of our banister cover has three hook-and-loop straps making it easy to secure to nearly any banister or railing and helps eliminate dings and scratches during a move. The fabric is similar to our popular Supreme moving blanket.
  • Neoprene Floor Runners: Floor runners are a carpet-protecting product that offer a layer of protection for floors during a move. They protect carpet, laminate, linoleum, tile, hardwood and other flooring from scratches, marks and dings as well as creating a flat, non-slip surface and can be cut to size.
  • Moving blankets are also a great multi-purpose product that will cover and protect your products from damage. Once done with a move, these blankets can be used as a cover for items you have in storage that need protected from elements and outside interference.

Moving Supplies for Wrapping and Protecting

Other items that are important in a move are ones that will help keep belongings wrapped tight and protected from damage or loss by coming loose. These would include products to keep drawers closed and boxes sealed.

  • Stretch Wrap: Our blown stretch wrap is high-quality, resisting puncturing and tearing even on sharp corners. Using this wrap is a great way to secure loads both uniformly-shaped and irregularly-shaped.

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    Rubber Moving Bands
  • Packing Tape: The best way to seal boxes and ensure they stay closed. We offer single rolls, or multi-packs, in 2-inch and 3-inch widths.
  • Rubber Moving Bands: These oversize rubber bands safely stretch to double their size to wrap around furniture, appliances, and anything you need to band together to keep safe during a move. Works great to keep drawers closed on dressers and like items.
  • Mattress Covers: Keep your mattress clean, dry and protected during a move with this plastic cover. These clear plastic covers add a layer of protection without adding extra weight.

Help make a stressful move easier by adding these products to your lineup. If you have any questions about any of these products or others, give us a call at 800-989-4863. We offer bulk pricing. To see our full line of moving supplies click here.

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 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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Click on the image for a larger picture.

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.

 

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.

Are Moving Blankets Machine Washable?

Sarah Watson - USCC PhotoWe’re often asked if our moving blankets can be washed in a washing machine.

Our “Best” category includes three machine-washable moving blankets. Their heavy-weight construction with woven polyester binding on all four sides allows them to be washed and re-used repeatedly. Keep in mind, even though these blankets are classified as washable, we do not recommend drying them.  Hang dry is the route to go if you want to extend the life of the blanket.

Our “Best” Moving Blankets are available in 1-Dozen, 4-Pack, and single quantities, and  include:

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1 Dozen Pack, $154.99

Supreme Moving Blanket

  • Cotton/polyester fabric blend
  • Woven polyester binding
  • Maximum protection
  • Black / white
  • Ultra heavy weight
  • Great for sound proofing or as pet bedding
  • Machine washable/hang to dry

 

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1-Dozen Pack, $149.99

Pro Mover Moving Blanket

  • Microfiber fabric
  • Woven polyester binding
  • Heavy weight provides excellent protection
  • Blue both sides
  • Guaranteed colorfast
  • Softer microfiber fabric is great for pet bedding

 

 

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1-Dozen Pack, $129.99

Performance Moving Blanket

  • Cotton/polyester blend fabric
  • Woven polyester binding
  • Mid-weight
  • Very high quality
  • Black / white
  • Durable for many uses

 

 

While moving blankets in our “Best”category are some of our top sellers, we also offer seven additional types of blankets which are great for moving, as well as a variety of other uses. Check out this article for some great ideas: Moving Blankets- Not Just for Moving Anymore.

Better Moving Blankets
Even though we don’t recommend machine-washing our group of “Better” moving blankets, they can be spot cleaned and are durable enough to be used over and over again.

Good Moving Blankets
Our group of “Good” moving blankets are designed for limited usage, but still provide excellent protection.

Moving Skins
Lightweight skins are comprised only of non-quilted, recycle cotton fabric filler. Because they are thinner, they are also sold in larger pack quantities: 24-Pack and 6-Pack.

US Cargo Control Donates Supplies for Move For Hunger’s First Annual Truck Pull

General FlyerUS Cargo Control has been named a sponsor partner in Move For Hunger’s Truck Pull fundraising event.

The event, to be held September 13th in Neptune, New Jersey, will feature teams of ten individuals pulling two 18-foot trucks in a timed competition. Money raised from the event supports Move for Hunger’s mission of alleviating hunger in America.

Move For Hunger is a non-profit organization that works with over 600 moving companies across North America to pick up non-perishable items during the moving process, and delivers them to community food banks.

As a bronze level sponsor, US Cargo Control will be making an in-kind donation of rope for the first annual event.

Sarah Watson, US Cargo Control

Sarah Watson, Team Lead in US Cargo Control’s Moving Supplies Division, says the company is excited to be able to donate supplies for the first annual event.

“We’re thrilled to support Move for Hunger’s first Truck Pull event! The organization truly appreciates their partners in the moving industry and continues to lead in unique ways to fulfill their mission of alleviating hunger,” said Watson. “We wish the participating teams all the best during the upcoming event.”

According to Kristy Redford from Move For Hunger, the truck pull event was created to mark the organization’s fifth anniversary and its recent milestone of having delivered over 3.5 million pounds of food to those in need.

“September is Hunger Action Month. The Jersey Shore Truck Pull event was created to bring the community together and raise awareness for the hunger crisis in America. We are grateful to US Cargo Control for their generous donation and sponsorship of this event, which will allow us to keep 100% of the proceeds for hunger relief efforts. It is in thanks to the collaboration and generosity of our supporters that Move For Hunger continues to grow and make an impact on hunger in America.”

To learn more about the Move For Hunger event, visit: http://moveforhunger.org/truckpull/

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?

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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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.