Moving Made Easy: Essential Tools for Moving Day
When you are moving house without the help of a man and van or a moving company, there are some essential tools that you should have handy to make moving day as quick and easy as possible.
These tools can help you get all your stuff out of the house and into a rental moving truck, storage unit, or even onto a moving van. Take a look at some of these helpful tools below.
10 Tools You Will Want To Have On Moving Day
Here are ten of the most essential equipment and tools that you will want to have handy when it comes time to load up the moving vehicle:
This is one of those essentials. You are going to need a lot of packing tape on your move day and make sure that you buy enough for all your boxes, but also remember not just any packing tape will do. Tape that is not good enough will leave a sticky residue on your boxes and can ruin the surfaces of any items you place in them.
Moreover, you will find that you will need packing tape for other things on moving day, such as taping up furniture and even covering your boxes with plastic wrap to protect them from the rain or snow.
Utility Knife or Box Cutter
A utility knife is a great tool to have when moving because it can do many different things. It can cut through packing tape quickly and precisely, and it can also cut through other types of tape. It is often used to trim off the excess packing tape around a box when you are finished with your move or even to separate boxes that have been taped together.
This tool also comes in handy on moving day for cutting divider strips, rugs and carpeting into smaller pieces so that they can be fit into smaller boxes.
Alternatively, a box cutter is an essential tool to have when packing up your belongings for a move. It can easily and quickly cut through the tape on boxes so that you can open them without having to damage the box itself. This is a very handy tool to have, especially if you are boxing up fragile items.
Ruler or Measuring Tape
A ruler or measuring tape is another essential tool to have on moving day as it can help you measure the size of your moving boxes and ensure that everything will fit into them properly. When packing up furniture, it can also help you ensure that each piece will fit through any doorways or stairwells in your new home.
Pencil or Pen and Paper
You are probably thinking, why on earth would I need a pencil? It’s just one more thing to carry. Wrong! On moving day, you will find that a pencil or pen and paper come in very handy.
If you are using one of those big hand trucks to move your belongings around on the moving van instead of getting a man with a van, this is an essential tool because it can be used to mark boxes and furniture pieces while they are being moved. This way, you will always know where everything is when you are unloading.
It can also be helpful to take notes on the condition of furniture and boxes as they are being moved so that you have a record of what was damaged during transport.
An Electric Drill or Screwdriver
Another good tool to have on moving day is an electric drill or screwdriver. This can help you move furniture from one place and even disassemble it if necessary so that the pieces fit into your boxes properly.
Also, if you are doing any DIY work around the new house, such as hanging shelves in a closet, drilling small holes in walls for picture hooks, or even putting together some furniture, having your drill will save you a lot of time and hassle.
To be extra safe, you will also want to have a toolbox with all the tools you may need inside.
Moving day can be a very messy time, and you will want to wear gloves so that your hands do not get dirty or damaged. This is especially true when it comes to packing up your belongings, especially if any sharp objects are involved in the process. A pair of leather work gloves should suffice but make sure they are tough enough to protect your hands from any potential damage.
You will also want to prepare other personal protection gear like safety goggles, a dust mask and earplugs if you are working in an environment where there is a lot of noise. Also, make sure to wear comfortable clothes and shoes as you will be doing a lot of walking and moving around on the day.
A furniture dolly is a great tool to have on moving day as it can help you move large pieces of furniture such as couches, dressers and tables without having to lift them yourself. This will save your back from unnecessary pain and strain on moving day. If you do not have your own furniture dolly, you can often rent them from your local moving company.
Furniture sliders are another great tool to have on moving day as they can help you move heavy furniture around without having to lift it. This is especially helpful if you are trying to move a piece of furniture up or down a flight of stairs. All you have to do is place the sliders under the feet of the furniture and then push or pull it in the desired direction.
This is a very useful tool to have on hand when you are doing any DIY work around the house. It can be used for holding pieces of wood in place while they are being drilled or screwed into, and it works especially well with an electric drill because it will keep them steady while you work. You can also use it to hold pieces of wood together while you nail them or even tape the edges with some masking tape.
It is very useful for holding your furniture in place as well if there are gaps between the wall and where you want to place a piece of furniture because all you have to do is slide this tool into that gap, and it will hold the furniture in place.
A Step Ladder
A step ladder is another very useful tool to have on moving day. You can use it for a variety of things, such as reaching high shelves in your new home or even just standing on while you hang pictures and other decorations around the house.
It’s also good to stand on so that you can see what else needs to be done inside and outside of the house. For example, if you are painting the exterior of your home and need to get up high to do so, a step ladder can be very helpful in that situation.
Zip ties are a great tool to have on moving day because they can be used for so many different things. For example, you can use them to tie furniture together while it is being moved or even to hold boxes closed and together.
They are also very helpful for securing wires and cables together when you are trying to organize your cords. They are very durable and will not break easily, so they can be used repeatedly.
Another good tool to have on moving day is bubble wrap because it can help you protect your fragile items when they are being moved or packed up into boxes. This includes things like glassware and mirrors, which could potentially get damaged if they are not properly wrapped up with bubble wrap while being moved or packed into boxes.
These are just some of the handy tools you will want to have on moving day. Having these tools at your disposal will make the process a lot easier and less stressful. Make sure to pack them all up in a box or bag so that they are easy to access when you need them.
Meanwhile, if you are not quite sure about a DIY move, you may opt to hire professional movers or a man with a van. For more tips on moving day and your upcoming relocation, feel free to check out WhatManAndVan’s moving advice section here.