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My family recently moved into our new house a few months ago, and I have found some of the best moving equipment to use. I also have some handy moving tips that you’ll find helpful!
If you followed along with our move you know that we decided to save money by not hiring a professional moving company, and it was so much less stressful than I expected! With the right equipment while doing it yourself, you can make it so much easier!
During our move, we used the Hart storage and moving supplies which helped us out tremendously. The storage bins are such a great option because they’re durable, heavy-duty plastic and stackable which makes them easy to transport and store. We liked this so much more than using moving boxes, especially because now we can use them for storage in our new house!
Another important piece of equipment for a move is a dolly. Dollies are great for moving heavy items and heavy furniture. The Hart dollies we used made moving these heavy objects easier, and have been awesome for moving heavy furniture at the new house, too! I don’t know how we have been homeowners for so long without a furniture dolly – now we use them for so many other things and it’s one of our must-have household items!
Before the big move, you’ll need at least a month to start preparing and getting everything boxed away. You’ll want to make sure everything is boxed up and ready to go on the day of the move.
You’ll be so grateful for all of your prep work when the big day comes. To help you prepare for an upcoming move, I’ve rounded up a list of important moving supplies.
One clever tip to make packing and moving clothes easier is to use garbage bags to move your clothes while they are still on the hangers. Start by tucking the bottom of your hanging items into the garbage bag, pull the bag up over the clothes, and tie it off at the top where the neck of your hanger is. This keeps clothes wrinkle-free and makes it easy to transport them to your new home. Instead of taking all of your clothes off of the hangers and folding them into wardrobe boxes, I’ve found that this is the best way so that you can create less work for yourself!
Stop labeling boxes with their contents! Instead, label the location of where to unload them in your new house!
Not only does this reduce shuffling around, but it also helps ease those first few days of living out of boxes because your things are where they (literally) should be. This will help make unloading the boxes at your new home much easier and more efficient.
Although boxes are important in a move, you’ll appreciate something that’s more durable and weather proof than cardboard boxes that need to be wrapped in plastic wrap for heavier items. However, stretch wrap may still be a good idea for moving things like large pieces of furniture.
I ended up getting so much use out of our Hart bins and am so happy I had more of these on hand than boxes. The bins are large, weather proof, and super durable which made our moving process so much easier than it could have been. They’re also a great option for repurposing later on.
There’s several different reasons why a storage unit is important during a move. Some people have to have a storage unit due to the timing issues. Sometimes people need to move out of their current home before they can move into their new one.
A storage unit can provide a place to store their belongings while they are in transitions.
Getting a storage unit can also help cut down on costs. Rather than buying a large moving truck, sometimes it’s best to get a storage unit and move the items in smaller trips rather than 1-2 large trips.
Having a storage unit during a move can also be pretty convenient. It can serve as a temporary holding place for items that you may not need immediately in your new home, but still want to keep!
Okay, I know this is an unpopular opinion, but hear me out! If you’re able to move yourself, I highly recommend going this route.
We used the Extra Space moving calculator to determine what it would cost us to move ourselves and realized we could save so much money!
Although moving ourselves was a lot of work, it allowed us to take on the cost of some extra renovations. This brings me to my last (extra) tip….do any and all major renovations that you can BEFORE moving in to your new home! And if you have two babies and a dog….you won’t regret it!
Having the right equipment can make moving day so much easier, even if it’s only a small move! Using my moving tips and the best moving equipment will make your moving process so much less chaotic. I found these tips to be so helpful for us to make for an easy move and I hope it makes your moving experience much easier and less stressful too!
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