Moving is intricate, multi-layered, and requires a good eye for detail. At least half of those reasons have to do with packing. Packing is one of the main challenges faced by most people during a move, and it’s one that, while in theory seems simple, has a lot of hidden complexities that you might not be prepared for. So, if you need a helping hand or professional advice, don’t hesitate to contact us – we’re certain to make the most out of your moving experience by guiding you along the way.
Beyond that, here is everything you need to know about packing supplies, which is just one of the many elements of packing that proves complicated. While you could, in theory, waive buying supplies entirely, and use what you have on hand, such as towels and newspapers, the practice has shown that the best approach is to use dedicated packing material.
What starts as saving money, quickly turns into a money-sink, as things get damaged and need repairs, replacements, or are simply gone forever. Instead, letting a professional pack them, using specialized packing utilities creates many opportunities to have your belongings delivered in perfect condition exactly where you need them to be. That’s why when you’re moving, packing supplies are one of the first things you should have on your list, to consider buying, leasing, or at the very least browsing, before coming to a definitive conclusion.
Here’s everything you could potentially need to know about the supplies you’ll need, and how we can help you get them at an affordable price.
When it comes to containers, you need to make sure they’re sturdy, reliable, and can hold the necessary weight of whatever they are moving. When moving, you’re going to be traveling across long distances, for a significant amount of time – and so will your belongings. Consider that, when deciding what packing material to use, a mistake will doom the move from the start.
Ideally, you will use the packing boxes used for the item originally. If you’re moving a TV, for example, the best possible packaging is the one it originally came in – it fits the size ideally, has all the foam necessary to protect it during the move, and you can always add a bit more to be certain. It’s simple, straightforward, and unfortunately, typically not the case.
The second-next best thing is to get dedicated cardboard moving boxes. These will often be reinforced, made custom-fit for moving, holding specialized labels for fragile items, where they should be placed after the move, and general information, such as which side they should be on. All of this is great to know for your movers and we can’t recommend it enough – some things are meant to only be carried on the side for instance. Knowing that can be the difference between a functional kitchen appliance and tens or hundreds of dollars down the drain. Be mindful of what you’re moving, and consider whether the risks of using whatever you have on hand are worth it.
Packing paper, bubble wrap, and wrapping rolls, as well as dollies and even moving bags, for specific cases. All these items are a must-have if you’re doing heavy-duty moving. While they might be unnecessary if all your belongings can easily fit in a bag, if you’re planning to move heavy furniture or protect fragile glass cups, you require these items to protect them.
By using moving materials, you’re preventing any damage from happening – which might not necessarily be limited to breaking. Even a scratch, dent, or pattern removal might be unfortunate and ruin your mood. By investing in packing materials, you can be certain that your items are protected as well as possible.
The added benefit is that these materials are typically used by experts and professionals in the field. That practically guarantees they’re good for the job and that cutting corners isn’t recommended, as competition already ensures this is the cheapest choice possible.
Keep in mind, if you plan to receive help from the insurance that moving with a California moving company brings, you typically must let them do the packing. That’s an unfortunate side effect of having insurance: added rules to pay attention to. In that case, you need to prove that all the necessary safety measures for moving your belongings were put in place. This involves your movers using dedicated moving equipment and material – there’s no way around it.
Luckily, when working with a company, and not buying them directly, they will cost you less, as movers buy them in bulk and get better rates as a result.
When moving furniture, exceptional care needs to be taken. The more unique the shape, the heavier the object, or the more parts it has, the more likely it is to be damaged during the move. If it’s not fitting well, or you’re balancing boxes on top of it, against your better judgment, please hire movers.
You will save more money that way. It’s no secret that moving is expensive, when adding movers to the process it becomes even more so. However, how expensive is furniture? Good furniture typically costs a significant amount of money, so if you have things you care about, whether they be antiques or just nice pieces, do yourself the favor of insuring them and letting professionals handle them.
You don’t want to move them with your back, risking your health and that of the people helping you. There are too many moving-related accidents happening every year – be wiser, and prevent them by paying that little sum of money upfront. Don’t wait until it’s too late!
As you can see, you need a specialized array of tools for moving, in addition to the packaging materials that go into it. There are many reasons why movers make for the best moves, overall, but these should be convincing. If not, maybe our highly attractive free quotes will. We hope to see you soon!