If you’re getting ready for a move-out, I’m sure you’re already feeling the excitement and butterflies fluttering in your stomach.
Relocations are always a happy event to look forward to, but the packing stage might bring feelings of frustration due to the overbearing workload you may have to complete.
The good news is that a move-in supplies checklist will be what you need. Full moving services will make creating a packing supplies checklist a breeze. But, if you’re considering a DIY approach, you’ll want to create your list as soon as possible.
Purchase Packaging Kits
Before packing up your home, you want to think of ‘protective organization’, especially for your fragile wares. These protective gears are what we call the packing supplies. They offer cushioning effects and serve as a safe haven to prevent damage to your belonging from environmental factors.
Some packing kits you need to consider include:
- Boxes: a box is your foremost priority because it serves as a house or shelter to hold fragile homewares during the rainy and sunny climate that may arise on the move.
- Tape: it is a solid adhesive device that helps you seal your boxes so the items in it won’t fall and break.
- Scissors or Utility Knife: you also need a piece of equipment that helps you make a clean cut on cardboard boxes and even tapes. The utility knife or scissors accounts for this need.
- Permanent marker: After packing your box, you need to label them, so you won’t lose track of its contents. The permanent marker is a writing device that helps you pen down important information on the box.
- Ziplock plastic bags: This is a plastic bag that helps you keep small items like screws and bolts, so they don’t get missing.
- Bubble wrap and packing paper: They come in plastic and paper material respectively, to wrap homeware and prevent gaps in your box.
Kits You Need to Move Your Items
While the packing kits are essential, you’ll also need some moving kits to help transport your packed boxes and heavy furniture to your new home. A good moving supplies checklist should include equipment like:
- Moving Truck: a transport vehicle that helps ship your belongings to your new place.
- Bungee Cords or Cargo Straps: these are strings or ropes that help you secure your boxes, large furniture, and other heavy items onto the walls of the moving truck so your items won’t tumble on the drive.
- Mattress Bag: Whether your bed is new or old, you want to keep them free from stains and other sand-like pollutants. The mattress bag acts like a blanket to shield your mattress from these damaging elements.
- Blankets: a blanket is also called a furniture pad. They serve a similar purpose as the mattress bag. But, their use is mostly for your furniture.
Supplies for Heavy Lifting Chores
If you’re considering a DIY option, it means you intend to do the heavy lifting and carrying chores yourself. You know you might have items like a Piano, a large desk, and cabinets. So, to prevent injuries while you transport them to the truck, consider getting supplies like this:
- A Dolly: you’ll find several variants of dollies depending on what you need them for. But, you want to stick with dollies with two and four wheels. They help you push the bulky item straight from its sitting position in your home to the moving truck.
- Workers Gloves: these gloves are usually thick so they can prevent injuries to your hand.
- Lifting Strap: You’ll need to eventually carry the bulky item off the dolly. This strap ensures the weight is well portioned, so you don’t fall under the bulky item.
- A Ramp: if you need to push the item through staircases, a ramp will be vital.
The Basics for Choosing Suitable Packing Kits for Your Next Move
When considering the best supplies list for your move, you’ll find numerous options. For instance, you might consider getting a hand truck or back brace. A quick fact you should know is that every supply won’t always come useful. You’ll only end up spending so much money on unnecessary gear you don’t need.
So, before you spend so much money on something you won’t use, consider these factors:
· Create an Inventory of Belongings
First things first, you need to catalog every item you want to ship to your new home. This step gives you a clear idea of the supplies you’ll need for general and specific purposes.
· Create Your New Apartment Supplies List
After taking inventory of your housewares, you now have a general idea of what you’ll be moving to. So, draw up your supplies list based on the items you have in your inventory.
· Choose Superior Grade Boxes
As mentioned earlier, boxes are the most important supplies you can’t do without. But, no matter how well you tape the box, if it isn’t sturdy enough, it may leave your belongings in a hazardous situation. So, before you use any box, be sure they are strong and without tears so they can endure well on the ride.
How to Pack Up Your Home for the Long Haul
We’re glad you now know how to choose your packing supplies. But, you also need to learn how to pack up your home so you won’t be side-tracked on the scheduled day.
· Create a List and Stick with It
We’ve been hitting on the word list since the beginning of this article because it is an essential part of the packing phase. While you may be determined to make your list, sometimes sticking with it can be challenging with the number of things you need to organize. But, a list is that one thing that helps you stay organized with less effort. So, you need to maintain it.
· Arrange an Exit Packing Station
The chances are that you may not have time to enter each room and haul your boxes out. So, after sealing them, arrange them by the door side to allow easy access.
· Avoid Damage with the Right Size Boxes
You’ll always have that one item that seems too big to fit in a box. So, make one by cutting out cardboard pieces from a different box.
· Photograph Electrical Appliances before Dismantling Them
If you’re less familiar with the right assembly for your electrical fixtures, the best way to get them connected again in your new apartment is to take a picture of its before and after phase to serve as an assembly guide.
Packing is no light work, but with hacks like this, you’ll be 50% sure of a stress-free transition.