Plan a (Relatively) Stressless House Move
Whether your last move was across the country or across the street, it probably ended with two words: “Never again!” You don’t always have the luxury of staying in the same place forever. Sooner or later, you find yourself surrounded by cardboard boxes and packing tape again. With Commander Moving, you won’t ever have to utter those words again! We help to take the stress out of the move.
Below, you’ll learn a few tips on how to pack your belongings properly (and you can always have Commander Moving do the packing for you!) and how to do it all with relative ease. Take this advice and maybe the two words that’ll end your next move will be, simply, “I’m home.”
If you can’t afford to spend a lot of time getting from here to there, you’re moving a long distance, or you have a lot of stuff, hiring a full-service mover (like Commander Moving!) is your best bet. Good professional movers have the experience and equipment to move you quickly while avoiding damage to your property. A reputable company can also help you with determining how many boxes you’ll need (and you can buy them directly from Commander Moving).
What You’ll Need
When planning your move, don’t forget the packing supplies. You can expect to spend around $250 or more on what’s needed to move the belongings of a couple or a small family. And keep in mind, it’s always better to get too many materials than too few. You don’t need last-minute box-gathering trips adding to the stress of your move. Here’s a list of what to have on hand.
Regular boxes. If you’re moving good stuff―and why would you pay to move bad stuff? ― you should use good boxes. If you have used boxes and they’re in decent shape (not bent, torn, or damp), go ahead and use those. Commander Moving, however, recommends that you buy new boxes, made of strong corrugated cardboard (with an edge-crush test rating of at least 32 pounds per inch printed on the box). They cost from $1 to $5 each, depending on the size, but are less expensive when purchased in bulk. Whether you choose old or new boxes, make sure you have a variety of sizes to accommodate the different items you need to move.
So how many boxes do you need? That’s like asking, ‘How long is a piece of string?’. As a rule of thumb, you should count on using at least 100 boxes for a sparsely furnished three-bedroom home.
Specialized boxes. For dishes and other fragile or heavy items, make sure to use “dish barrels,” which cost between $5 and $7 and are made of double-walled cardboard.
Wardrobe boxes, with a metal bar for hanging clothes, greatly simplify the packing and unpacking. Commander Moving supplies you with free wardrobe boxes for your move, which we’ll collect once you unpack them. Expect to pay $7 to $15 each, depending on the size, if you have to buy them.
Long flat-frame boxes are ideal for protecting most large pieces of art and mirrors. These, too, may be provided by movers. If you’re moving yourself, you can purchase them Commander Moving.
Tape and tape guns. Brown packing tape, not surprisingly, is ideal. Never use masking tape or duct tape―they don’t stick well to cardboard. A couple of heavy-duty tape guns―one for you, one for your spouse or a friend―make taping and cutting a lot quicker. To pack up the contents of seven to eight rooms, you’ll need at least 440 yards of two-inch-wide tape. (Tape rolls come in 55- and 110-yard sizes.)
Packing paper. This is a professional mover’s secret weapon. Sold in 10- and 25-pound packages, packing paper (unprinted newsprint) is the most economical and versatile material for protecting nearly everything you’re moving. Use it for wrapping fragile items, and crumple it up for padding. “People think we use way too much paper,” Vansant says, “but it really creates the protection you need.” And unlike bubble wrap, it can be recycled. Many moving-supply companies sell specialized packing accessories―such as little foam bags and cardboard “cell kits” to protect glassware and other fragile items―but almost everything can be packed with simple packing paper.
Because it can stain, regular newspaper should be used only for extra padding around already wrapped items. For an average seven- to eight-room move, professional movers use as much as 120 pounds of packing paper.
Bubble wrap. It is expensive compared with packing paper but comes in handy to protect artwork framed behind glass and extremely fragile china and glassware, which should be wrapped in bubble wrap and then in packing paper.
Box cutters. They will help make unpacking a breeze.
Permanent markers. Get thick ones to mark your boxes for easy identification. Label boxes on the sides, not the tops, which may be covered by other boxes.
Mattress bags and furniture pads. If you’ve hired a full-service moving company, it will supply everything needed to protect your furniture as part of your total move cost, which Commander Moving does! If you’d like mattress bags, Commander Moving has them available for $10.
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