There are a lot of choices to be made as you start working out moving day and how to get the supplies that you need. In many instances, you are going to be exploring a lot of different ways in which you can work out what is necessary in relation to everything that you need to accomplish.
Even before you hire your state to state movers, you need to start looking at your home and working out precisely what it is that you’re going to do with all of the things that you need to move. How can you be sure to work out the details in the most accurate way? And how much are you going to need, anyway?
In this blog, we’re going to share some tips and information that you can use in order to work out the details around your moving supplies and ensure that you’re doing what is best for your purposes.
Forming Your Moving Supply Shopping List
One of the first things that you need to do is start putting together a shopping list of what you’re going to need. You want to be absolutely sure that you have things to pack in, so you need to know as much as possible about how many boxes or other similar moving containers that you’re going to want to get your hands on.
Another thing on your list is what you’ll need in terms of paper products. Labeling all of your boxes is absolutely necessary in the process, so you want to be sure that you have all sorts of labeling supplies to make that happen more easily. Sometimes, if you buy moving boxes, you can get labels for free or for a lower cost than in other contexts.
Writing utensils are something else that you’ll need, of course. Not only will you want markers so that your labels stand out, but you may also want to get pens and a pad of paper so that you can put together an inventory list. You can also do something similar on the electronic device of your choice.
You never want to leave a lot of room in boxes, so packing materials (which we’ll talk about in more detail in a minute) should also be on the shopping list.
Also, if you have people helping you, then your shopping list is also going to include a handful of other things. Be sure that you have cold water and other drinks on hand so that your helpers can get a drink. You also want to consider what it is that you’re going to feed them for their help – plan on ordering in pizza or putting together something simple in the crock pot is probably your best option.
Once you have your shopping list together, you can take some time to look at the finer details so that you can determine what is best for your particular moving supply needs.
What About Packing Your Fragile Items?
Fragile items take a lot of work to pack up, and you want to be sure that they aren’t flying around and bumping into each other throughout the entire trip. So, because of that, you’re going to want to spend a little bit of cash in order to get packing materials.
Most people don’t suggest using newspaper here, because the ink can often come off and end up staining the items that they’re trying to protect. You can use newspaper as filler, as long as you wrap the items in something else, like bubble wrap or foam.
You can look around at all sorts of options and figure out which materials will be best for your purposes. If you sort out the details ahead of time, you can also be sure that you go ahead and get a little extra based on what you think you need. We’ll also talk about some alternatives later in this article.
How Many Boxes Do You Even Need?
There is a general rule of thumb for most places that you’ll need to pack. In general, you will need about 10 small boxes, 8 medium boxes, and 5 large boxes in order to pack an entire room. The problem is – that’s more of a rule of thumb than anything – every room is a different size and different rooms may have a different amount of stuff.
If you have a room that is more than 150 square feet, you want to add 2 small, 1 medium, and 1 large box to that number, at the very least. When you’re looking at rooms that have a lot of books or other heavy items, you’ll want to err on the side of having more small and medium boxes.
Take an inventory of your home and start looking at just how many boxes you think you need for each room, using that 10/8/5 model as a base, and going from there. You’ll be a lot more likely to get an accurate estimate.
What About Packing Kits?
In some instances, you may be able to buy what is called a “packing kit.” Packing kits are designed to be an affordable “all in one” kit that you’re able to use in order to pack up everything in a home of a certain size. These are typically purchased by the number of bedrooms in your home, and they’re based on common estimates.
These kits are typically going to have a number of products in them, including a certain number of boxes (based on the size of your home), writing utensils, labels, tape, and a variety of other things that you may need in order to complete the packing process for your home.
In many cases, these are a pretty solid option. They typically have a lot of stuff and they can save you money. But, you will find that they usually underestimate how many boxes you will need. If that’s the case, you can supplement that by buying more boxes or going to an office supply place or liquor store to get free ones.
Are There Alternatives to What We’ve Listed Here?
Absolutely! If you have any sort of storage bins in your home, you can always use them for packing instead of getting more boxes. It’s about fitting as many items as you can into as few boxes as possible. So, if you’ve already got some box-shaped things, fill them up and label them like you would a cardboard box! On top of that, it can be good storage while you’re unpacking or after.
Another consideration is packing material. A lot of people will use clean clothing (especially socks) to cushion all of their fragile items. This allows you to find space for those items while also saving you some money because you don’t need to buy quite as much packing material to protect those items with.
And, lastly, instead of getting a moving wardrobe, you can just put multiple hanging pieces of clothing into a garbage bag that you tie at the bottom. That way, they take up less space and they are just as safe while they’re being transported from your current residence to your new home.
There are all sorts of creative ways that people pack their items, so if you look on moving forums and other resources, you can likely find a lot of different ways in which you’re able to go ahead and get what you want or need.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much should I budget for moving supplies?
Your best bet is to put aside $100 to $300 for moving supplies. The $300 end is quite high, but it will ensure that you have enough money set aside for everything and that you’re able to take care of whatever moving supply prices may arise in the meantime.
Can my movers pack for me?
Many moving companies will offer some sort of packing and unpacking service as part of what they have to offer to their customers. It will be an extra charge (unless you’ve chosen a moving package that includes it), so you want to be sure that you keep that in mind before you decide whether or not it’s best for your family.
How soon should I start packing up?
As soon as you know a move is on the horizon, you want to be certain that you start the packing process. That way, you can know how many supplies you need, you can work out what is staying and what’s going, and you can be sure that you’re ready to go when moving day comes along. It’ll relieve a lot of your stress and anxiety if you start early!
Time to Go Shopping!
It’s finally time to go shopping for those supplies! Now that you know what you need and where you need to look for them, you can start the process of comparing prices and shopping for whatever it is that you may need. Take some time to look around and find the best prices for your efforts.