So you’ve rented a moving van, now what? In order to move, you can get away with just having a moving van, but you may end up damaging your body or, even worse, injuring yourself. There are a few extra accessories that you may need in order to perform the move efficiently and safely.
The following accessories you can usually either buy from a store or rent from the truck rental company. Whether you want to rent or buy the equipment really depends on how much you plan on moving yourself. If you think in the future you may hire movers, then there probably is no need for actually purchasing this equipment, because the movers will provide the equipment for you. If you anticipate moving often then you may want to consider buying some of the following items.
For Loading the Moving Truck
When it comes to loading a moving truck as a civilian to moving, you may only know of the one kind of dolly. There are actually multiple types of dollies for different jobs, and it is important to not mix them up. There is an average dolly that is just used for boxes and heavier items. There are also dollies for utilities and furniture. Using the right dolly for the right job ensures you won’t damage any of your items, yourself or the dolly.
Shrink wrap allows you to enclose items in protective plastic, so they do not get any dirt, dust, bugs, etc. on them. This is useful for things like clothes, curtains, mattresses, cushions, etc. You’d be surprised how dirty things can get when being moved, so this is really an important and inexpensive item you can get to save you a lot of money in the long run.
In the course of a move, everything in the moving van will shift, shake and slide just a little bit no matter how securely you tie everything down in a moving van. By padding your furniture you’ll avoid nicks, scratches and other damage that can come from this subtle movement that occurs in the moving van on the journey from your old house to your new home.
No one wants to lie on a dirty mattress, so it is a good idea to invest in a mattress bag for every bed in the house. If you want to be extra careful, consider getting them for the box springs as well.
Ties and Bungee Cords
Sometimes everything doesn’t fit as securely as we would like it to in a moving van, so it can be a good idea to provide extra support via ties and bungee cords. This will help ensure that nothing breaks or get damages during the transportation of your belongings.
This one is pretty obvious, but if you can afford it we highly recommend getting new boxes. A lot of people opt for used boxes, but there are two major flaws with doing this. One, the box can end up being flimsy, so it could break in the process of the move. The other major problem is that you have no idea what has been stored in the box before, so used boxes can potentially add germs and odors onto your belongings. Gross, right?
Old newspapers, magazines, socks, clothes, or whatever else can be used as packing material. Anything that will cushion your delicate belongings in a box will work. This is one of those that if you are creative, you can pretty much just avoid purchasing. The only exception to this is really expensive items, we recommend getting specialized packing materials.
Masking tape, duct trap or any other type of tape will not substitute for packing tape. Packing tape makes it easy to pack and open boxes, and it really isn’t that much more expensive than other types of tape.
Floor runners and carpet protectors will help make sure that you don’t damage your new home in the process of moving stuff in. It is really easy to damage the floor when you are moving around heavy objects, and taking this precaution can save you a lot of money in the end.
This is one of the tools that you don’t really appreciate until you don’t have one around when you are unpacking. When you have tons of boxes to unpack any substitutes like scissors and knives create a huge safety risk, and it can become tiring to your hands. Box handers are handy tools to have around at any time, so it is a worthy object to invest in.
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