You think you are ready for your move, but do you really have all of the supplies that you are going to need? Having some boxes and a bit of tape is not all you are going to need if you want to make your move as easy as possible. It’s time for you to step up your game and get all of the right supplies for your move. When you have the right supplies, it can make a big difference in how easy your move will be – and how safe your items will be during the move. Let’s look at some of the most important supplies that you will want to consider.

Boxes, Boxes, and More Boxes

When you are moving, there is probably no such thing as having too many boxes. However, there is always the struggle of not having enough of them. Fortunately, boxes tend to be relatively easy to get a hold of. Your friends and family will likely have some boxes that you can have, and you could even ask some local stores if they have boxes out back that you could have. Typically, they will just recycle them.

However, it is also possible to buy boxes. You can buy cardboard boxes, and you can even rent moving boxes that are made from plastic. Buying your own boxes can be helpful if you want them to be new, and if you need to have certain sizes. When you estimate how many you will need, it is better to estimate on the high side of things.

Packing Tape

When it comes to taping up the boxes, not just any tape will do. The scotch tape that is used for Christmas presents will not work. Neither will masking tape or painter’s tape. You need to have actual packing tape. It should be of high quality, and you will need to have a lot of it. This is used to build the boxes, as well as to secure them and make sure they are sealed properly. You will go through more tape than you realize, so have some extra available.

Plastic Wrap

Using plastic wrap can be helpful in several ways. It will help to ensure that certain types of items, such as your saucers or plates can be kept together and that they will not jostle around too much. It can also be used to wrap around the outside of the boxes in the event that it is raining or snowing on the day that you move. You will also find that wrapping it around the tops of various types of bottles will help to prevent leaks that could damage your belongings.

Bubble Wrap

Whenever you are moving items that are fragile, you want to make sure that they are protected properly. A great way to do this is to place some bubble wrap around them and tape it in place. If you know you will be moving, start asking friends and family to save bubble wrap from boxes they get when they order something. In fact, since they are moving, they should save the boxes for you, as well. You can also buy bubble wrap if needed.

Zip Ties and Plastic Bags

If you will be moving your electronic items, and you want to keep your cords all in order, you can zip tie the cords for your items together and then add a label to them. This way, you will know which cords belong to the television that goes in the living room and which cords are for the television in the bedroom, for example.

Plastic bags can be helpful, too. If there are any small items that you might lose, such as screws to your furniture, the bags will keep everything together. Just make sure that you label them properly. Otherwise, it will become a bag of “stuff you forgot about” that will go into a junk drawer. Anything that you can do to make things more organized will be a huge benefit when you are unpacking and trying to set things up in your new place.

Items for Labeling the Boxes

Packing the boxes is only part of what needs to be done, though. You also need to know exactly what is in each of the boxes that you have packed. Otherwise, you will find that it could be a real pain when you are trying to unpack on the first night in the new place and you don’t know where your electric toothbrush went. Labeling will help to solve this problem. A couple of black markers will be a good place to start.

However, don’t just use basic labeling. Make sure you know exactly what is in every box, not just random items for the kitchen or bathroom. This is easier to do than you might think, but it will take some time. You can make a packing slip that you affix to the top of the box that has a list of all of the items it contains. You could also keep this list in your computer or phone under a name, such as Kitchen 1A. Under that listing in your device, you would then list all of the items in the box.

Sure, this will take a few extra minutes during the packing portion, but if you start to pack long before the actual move, it will not be too much of a hassle for you. You will also be very glad that you put in this extra effort when it comes time to actually unpack the boxes in the new place. You will know where to find everything.

You Have the Supplies, Now What?

Now that you have all of the supplies, and you have taken care of downsizing, so you don’t have to move quite so much, what do you do? The next step is to get in touch with the professionals that can help to make the entire process of moving far simpler for you. We can help you find and compare moving estimates from quality movers that can help you move across Vancouver or from Vancouver to Montreal. We can also help you find maid services and cleaners, painting services, and more.

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Moving Tip

  • Get rid of the junk! Get rid of anything you don’t need or want, it will make packing that much easier and save you money.The more stuff you have will increase the time and or weight of the move and will cost you more money!
  • Do not move jewelry, money, coin collections, etc. Keep these items in your possession.
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