Both residential and commercial moves can be a lengthy and challenging process. Without proper planning and adequate supplies, packing and moving is much more stressful than it needs to be. Such an undertaking can be streamlined with the proper tools, equipment and number of movers. Gathering and organizing essential supplies before you move will not only improve the experience but also protect your belongings.
Many of these supplies are quite affordable and easy to find in most stores and supermarkets. Having the right moving supplies and organizing them properly will ensure an effective and time-efficient move.
Here is a basic rundown of the moving supplies and packing materials needed when undergoing a commercial or residential move:
- Bubble Wrap
This is one of the important moving supplies you will need to protect your delicate belongings. Bubble wrap is a pliable transparent plastic packing material that consists of small bubbles of air that are designed to pad and protect fragile objects. It comes in small, medium and large sizes and lowers the risk of breakage during loading, unloading and transit, or in the event that a box or plastic crate is accidentally dropped. Bubble wrap should always be used when packing ceramics, glassware, antiques, frames, and electronics (or any other fragile and irreplaceable items of monetary or sentimental value). Small bubble wrap should be used for smaller items such as teacups, and large, anti-static bubble wrap for larger items such as televisions.
- Packing Boxes
Packing boxes or crates are crucial when it comes to moving – in fact, they are probably the most important item on your list of supplies to make your move easy and hitch-free. Boxes or crates are not only used to pack belongings but also to organize and differentiate so that items can be prioritized during a move. Small boxes are best used to pack kitchen items, stationeries, glassware etc. Big boxes can be used to pack large equipment, electronics, smaller pieces of furniture and so on. Packing boxes or crates can be purchased/rented from your moving company or from a packing supply store.
Although it may seem small and insignificant, tape can save you time and stress during a move, not to mention protect any precious cargo from breaking by sealing cardboard boxes and ensuring important items don’t fall out. Standard packing tape or strapping tape can be used to reinforce the bottoms of heavy boxes or for affixing labels and making them waterproof.
Pro Tip: To avoid any hassle, always purchase more tape than you think you’ll need!
- Marking Pen
When packing or moving, you don’t want items becoming mixed up in all the chaos - a marking pen is necessary to organize and label boxes and totes. A marking pen will help you or the mover identify which boxes contain fragile items, which boxes to prioritize and the contents of each box – because there’s nothing more frustrating than a heavy box being delivered to the wrong room. A king-sized Sharpie pen is recommended so that you can clearly see your labels. Make sure waterproof marker pens are used when labeling boxes so that inscriptions on the sides don’t smudge and become illegible.
Other Important Moving Supplies:
- Plastic totes
- Tape cutters
- Ziploc bags
- Stretch wrap
The above listed items are necessary to guarantee your next move is easy and stress-free. Contact us at BungoBox to secure your moving supplies.