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

Types of Dollies for Moving

Investing in a quality dolly gives you years of relief from moving stress and struggle. So let’s get rolling with the types of dollies we offer, and the differences between them.

Carpeted Dolly vs. Rubber Cap Dolly vs. H-Dolly vs. Snap-Loc Dolly

Rising temperatures tell us that moving season is right around the corner and backs everywhere are already starting to hurt. Moving heavy furniture and bulky appliances is certainly no easy task, so why not make it as easy as possible on yourself by using a heavy-duty moving dolly to lessen the load?

Even if you aren’t a professional mover or planning a move anytime soon, moving dollies are a handy and back-saving tool to have around for all types of jobs. Getting a new loveseat, pool table, or washing machine? A dolly makes removing the old and bringing in the new a whole lot easier. Or maybe you’re just rearranging furniture or storage boxes to get some spring cleaning done.

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Investing in a quality dolly gives you years of relief from moving stress and struggle. So let’s get rolling with the types of dollies we offer, and the differences between them.

Overview of Differences Between Dollies

Here’s a quick look at the key physical differences between the dollies we sell.

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H-Dolly Mover Grade

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With its heavy-duty design, thick rubber tread deck, and non-marking wheels, this H-Dolly is our most popular dolly. It holds up to 1,000 pounds and weighs just under 20 pounds. Great for all types of appliances and bulky items.

Carpeted Dolly

This type of dolly is our most economical choice. It has two raised carpeted ends that provide scuff and scratch protection for walls and doorways. This standard 20-pound carpeted dolly also has a handy cut-out that makes it easy to carry.

Rubber Cap Dolly

Moving heavy furniture is a breeze with this swiveling rubber end cap dolly that has a 1,000 pound load capacity and thick rubber ends. The non-marking double ball bearing wheels are safe to use on carpet, hardwood, vinyl, or tile.

Snap-Loc Heavy-Duty Moving Dolly

heavy duty moving dolly lasts longer snap loc features

Say hello to the Cadillac of moving dollies. Not only is this rugged dolly reinforced with a heavy-duty steel frame and high-density polyethylene molded body, but it’s also resistant to oil, grease, and other chemicals.

Perhaps the best feature of the Snap-Loc moving dolly is its ability to become joined to another Snap-Loc dolly using a connector strap. This gives you a larger working surface area for bigger objects. You can also connect E-Track straps to the dolly for extra hold on your cargo during transport.

Gear up for Moving Season

Looking for more cargo moving tools? Check out our selection of hand trucks. If you are moving this spring, don’t forget about moving blankets, floor protectors, and our complete moving kits.

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. 

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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. 

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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 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! 

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!).

 

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.