Packing for a move is physically difficult and time-consuming, but it’s pretty straight-forward, right? After all, you just need to grab everything you own and put it in a couple of boxes. Well, you couldn’t be more wrong! Packing a house can be a nightmare if you’re not properly prepared and organized. Before you even think about starting, you should get some packing supplies. When we say packing supplies, we don’t just mean boxes either! There’s a whole lot of other things you will need. And that’s why Spyder Moving Services has prepared a checklist of the packing supplies you should have ready before you start putting things away.
Packing supplies checklist
As moving day gets closer and you start preparing for the relocation, you need to begin thinking about packing. To avoid any distractions and delays, it is best that you get all the supplies you need before you start packing. Here’s what you should get:
- boxes of various sizes (small, medium, large, extra large)
- different kinds of tape (and tape dispensers)
- cushioning material (such as bubble wrap, packing peanuts, packing paper or newspaper)
- labeling supplies (sharpies, markers, printed labels and the like)
- various packing tools (including scissors, box cutters, gloves, plastic coverings and anything else that comes to mind)
You can obviously buy all of these in your local hardware store or online. But there’s a variety of other ways to get your hands on them too which is especially important if you’re on a tight budget. Check with any local stores or businesses if they have any boxes they’re willing to part with, for example. And don’t forget to look on social media either! You can find a variety of local Facebook groups that aim to help with moving whose members may be able to provide you with packing supplies for free or at a low cost.
Packing supplies: boxes
Boxes are the most important thing you’ll need when packing. You’ll need anywhere between 30 and 130 of them depending on the size of your place, the number of people moving and the amount of stuff you’re packing. To be on the safe side, always get more boxes (and other supplies too!) than you think you’ll need. Try to find sturdy boxes in a wide variety of sizes and never fill them up too much.
If you’re not sure about the type and amount of boxes you’ll need or where to find them, check out the residential moving services of your chosen moving company. Most movers offer packing services and can provide you with packing supplies at a reasonable cost!
Packing supplies: tape
You’d be surprised by how much tape you go through when packing! You’ll use it to reinforce and seal boxes, tape down wrapping and put on labels. Don’t skimp too much on tape either – a few dollars extra for higher quality can go a long way! Instead, buy tape in bulk to make sure you’ve got enough without breaking the bank. Use a tape gun or similar dispenser to make things go faster.
Packing supplies: cushioning
You’ll be moving a lot of fragile things during relocation. Plates, glasses, mirrors, picture frames and appliances: you can’t just put them in any old box and be done with it. To protect them during transport, you’ll need cushioning materials that absorb vibrations and fill the empty space in the boxes so the stuff inside doesn’t move as much.
The most common materials you’ll use for this are bubble wrap and paper, but you can also get packing peanuts and all kinds of fabric. Wrap breakable dishware and appliances that you don’t have the original packaging for in bubble wrap, packing paper or newspaper. Line boxes with old blankets, towels or clothes. Use shredded or crumpled paper, newspapers and packing peanuts to fill up boxes.
Packing supplies: labeling
Remember that everything you pack must be unpacked too. Especially in cases of long distance moving, this will be your worst challenge after the big day. But labeling boxes properly will make unpacking so much easier! Always write down which room the stuff in the box is from and try to make a quick list of the items inside. This will make it easier to separate boxes to their respective rooms and find what you’re looking for when you start unpacking.
Packing supplies: odds and ends
There’s a ton of things you’ll use while packing that you already have around the house. Scissors and box cutters, plastic bags and tarps, rope and gloves – these are just some of the things that come in handy when you’re packing. For the most part, you won’t need to buy these. But when you’re gathering all your supplies, remember to add them to the pile!
Other things you will need when packing
When you’re moving, it’s not just the clothes and the plates and the photo albums that are coming with you. You’ll be moving much larger, heavier and bulkier things too. You furniture, mattresses, and large household appliances all need to be packed and moved too. Some of those require special supplies too.
Tools for moving furniture
One of the best tips for making relocation easier is to use the right tools. Things like furniture slides, moving dollies, hand trucks, and shoulder dollies will make moving furniture infinitely easier. You almost certainly don’t have these lying around the house so plan your move in advance and buy the tools you’ll need!
Packing supplies for furniture
While your furniture can’t be neatly put in a box for the move (unless it’s IKEA in which case you’re in luck), it can still be packed and protected. Use mattress bags, furniture covers and stretch film to make sure your pieces survive the relocation.
Not only will you be moving some things that you probably haven’t moved for as long as you’ve had them (who looks behind the fridge anyway, right?), but you will also be moving into a whole new home. That includes a lot of cleaning on both ends. So make sure you have some basic cleaning supplies handy on moving day. You want to close the door on a clean house and start in a freshly cleaned home too!packing tips