Often-Forgotten Moving Essentials
We all remember the basic components of a move: boxes, packing tape, Styrofoam peanuts, blankets. But there are often essential tools for a move that many of us completely blank on until it’s too late. Here are some supplies you may want to get your hands on before your move to help things run more smoothly.
- Checklist: we like to tout the importance of a checklist when we can, as having one can make sure nothing gets overlooked and the move continues ahead on schedule. As tempting as it can be to try and juggle every component to the move in your head like a self-confident waiter taking orders, remember to use a checklist to save yourself a lot of aggravation.
- Tape measure: how wide is that doorway and how wide is that sofa? How tall are those boxes and how much interior space does that moving truck you rented have? These are questions that can come up in a move, and being able to maneuver items through the house or stack them efficiently can help reduce moving day hassles when they pop up.
- Packing labels: what’s in that box? And what’s in THAT box? What room does that box go in? Being able to label your boxes both for yourself and your moving team means speedier moving and less confusion.
- Cleaning supplies: if you’re moving out of an apartment, you may find yourself billed by your complex for any additional cleaning they have to do once you’re gone. Or during the moving process you may find items hidden away that haven’t seen light in a while, but plenty of dust. Have some paper towels, cleaning agents, and a trash receptacle handy to keep your move clean.
- Plastic bags: when you discover loose items while moving, you can’t just toss them into a box and forget about them, you’ll need somewhere to keep them for later.