10 Supplies You Will Need on Moving Day

moving day Moving into a new home brings happiness but it can also bring on some stress. Whether you decide to hire movers for your big day or you decide to take the DIY route, we want to help make the big day a little easier for. If you have decided that you have enough trusted friends or family members to help with the move and want to go the DIY route here are some tips and tricks you should know to help the move be as stress-free as possible.

Boxes, lots of boxes!

This one is pretty obvious but we still thought it was worthy of making this list! When you are doing the moving by yourself (heavy lifting), it is much more difficult when you are  using flimsy boxes from odds and ends places that have no durability. It is best to go to your local moving company where they sell durable, heavy duty moving boxes with matching lids. They also carry speciality boxes for items such as mirrors or artwork and they have wardrobe boxes complete with hanging racks (this will save you so much time!) that will help to put your closet back in order in no time.

Packing Tape

In order to seal all of those boxes  you’ve just packed you need some good packing tape. This tape can be pricey but the higher the price usually indicates a higher quality. The cheaper tape tends to be flimsy and ends up not doing the job it is supposed to therefore requiring you to use more of it. The heavy duty tape is usually one strip and you are good to go! A little tip would be to buy this in a bulk quantity as it usually prices out cheaper per roll that way.

Moving Blankets

You might be wondering why you need moving blankets but trust us when we say, you will want or need them! As careful as you may think you are, moving heavy furniture and loading it onto a moving truck to add dings and scrapes to your nice furniture. What is worse is getting a grease stain or tear on a beautifully upholstered couch (ouch!) The blankets will provide a cushion in between your boxes and furniture ensure a safe trip to the new home. Simply tape the blankets (with that heavy boxing tape that you just bought in bulk) and you will have a better peace of mind with your furniture.

Stretch Plastic Wrap

If you are wondering what this is you probably aren’t the only one! This comes in a roll and it stretches and clings itself to your items (think of it as a large roll of Saran Wrap!) You can use this to wrap around multiple items or boxes and keep them tightly together. The best thing about this plastic wrap is that it does not leave a sticky residue.

Bubble Wrap

This is another must-have when it comes to moving day. Bubble wrap helps to provide cushion between delicate china and other glassware and dishes. This is a must if you want to ensure that no dishware gets broken during the move. The larger the bubbles, the more cushion it will provide. Plus it is a great stress reliever if you just want to pop it after the fact!

Packing Paper

This is different than your standard tissue paper and much more durable. This flexible, thin, but very durable paper is great for filling in those extra gaps in the boxes. This will help keep your items in one place and not move around inside the boxes. If you have a lot of delicate items in one box but still plenty of room for them to possibly move around and break this paper will be your best friend!

Paper or Cloth Towels

When you go to pack your coffee mugs and drinking glasses stuffing paper towels in between them will help to avoid cracks or breaks. They also come in handy when you need a towel to clean up a mess. The best part is when  you move to your new place you can use those paper towels for future messes that need cleaning! If you are looking for a greener tip we suggest using your clean dish towels between your cups.

Carpet Protection

Most DIY movers don’t think of this one, but using it will make all the difference. This is a plastic protection that you put on your carpet to help easily drag heavy furniture items. It won’t drag on the carpet and it will protect the carpet from the constant walking in and out of the house. This is extremely important if you have someone moving into the home and want to preserve the look of the carpet.

A Moving Dolly

If you are enlisting the help of your friends and family you want to make sure they don’t get hurt while helping you. It is important to invest in those little disks that go underneath furniture to help move it across the floor. This take the stress off the back and hopefully will prevent any injury. Dollies are great for lifting several boxes at a time because we all know the number lifting heavy boxes can take on your back!

Utility Knives

This one is a no-brainer when it comes to unpacking those boxes. The last thing you want to realize is that you packed all of your scissors away and have nothing to cut open those boxes! Keeping a box cutter on hand will make the unpacking process much easier.

Professional movers come with an arsenal of items that you probably didn’t even realize you needed when it comes to moving. Since you are the ultimate DIYer we hope that this list has armed you with everything you will need to make your moving day go smoothly. We know how exciting it can be to move into your new dream home therefore eliminating any stress that comes from moving is always nice! Congrats on your new home!

Tips for Moving into Your New Home

new home Moving into your new home is a very rewarding feeling but it can also come with some stress in the beginning when getting settled in.  We want to help make this process a little less stressful for you so that you may be able to enjoy this happy moment. Here are some things you can do before your big move that will help make the transition less stressful for you and your family.

Update Your New Address Before Moving

When you move into a new home you want to make sure that everyone who needs your new address has it. The easiest way to do this is to fill out a change of address form at your local post office. This will ensure that your mail will begin to get delivered to your new home as soon as possible. You will also want to make sure that you update your drivers license, voters registration, insurance, bank information and credit cards to reflect your new address. To further eliminate any stress, have all of your utilities transferred to your new address or set up new accounts if needed. If  you have any subscriptions to magazines or newspapers don’t forget about these too! The post office does forward these types of things but only for a limited amount of time.

Keep Important Documents Somewhere Safe

You know that new big screen TV you just bought or the washing machine you just had to replace? Those probably came with important warranty information and it is crucial that you keep these in a safe place. Remember it all just looks like paper when it is in a big pile and you would hate to throw something important like that away. A good idea is to get some kind of safe deposit box or safe that you can put all of these documents in so that they will not get mixed up with yesterday’s junk mail. Maybe you are moving across the U.S for work and the moving expenses are tax deductible; you do not want to lose your receipts. Make sure to keep these in a safe place as well.

Add Some Security

If your new home is not already equipped with a security system, you may want to consider setting one up. A new home is a new environment and knowing you are protected will give you peace of mind. If you are not moving into a newly built home it is also wise to change your locks so that your key is not the same as the previous owner’s key.

Do a Final Walk Through 

Here at P&D Builders this is a standard practice right before you get your keys. Doing a walk through will ensure that all the necessary repairs and updates were made before taking complete ownership of the home. You can find out more about our White Glove Guarantee here.

Get to Know Your Home 

A new home is a new surrounding, new walls, new floors and usually a whole new setup. That is why you need to take some time and get to know  your new home. P&D makes sure that you know where every outlet is, every light switch and circuit breaker by giving you a thorough walk through of  your home and answering all of your questions for you. Think of it as a ‘New Home Orientation’. It is important that you get all of your warranty information and operating manuals on the new appliances/features of the home. Also this is an important time to create an emergency plan for your and your family in case of a fire or other emergency. Since this is a new home for your kids too, make sure that they are familiarized with everything as well.

Home Owners Association (HOA)

Regardless of how you feel about homeowners associations, if you live in one you will want to make sure you are familiar with the HOA rules. Each community has different rules and regulations. Find out what you can or cannot do if you do live in a homeowners association. This is also a great time to find out what the trash and recycling collection times are and other important “need-to-knows” and events in the community.

Get to Know Your Neighborhood

When you move into your new home you are likely to have neighbors as you are probably living in a community (unless you are moving to a rural location). Don’t wait for your neighbors to come to you, reach out and meet them. It is also good to get to know your neighbors as this can add a sense of security to the community and your home. They can help watch your home when you are away, you can arrange play dates with their kids and most likely end up becoming great friends with one another. Embrace your new community and you will find that it can be a very welcoming experience for you and your family. Once you become more acquainted collect addresses and phone numbers from your neighbors in case of emergencies. Also if you have pets, find out where the veterinarian and pet hospital are located. The more you know about your neighborhood, the more assimilated you will feel.

Once you are all settled in, you have met the neighbors, and have become acquainted with your new home, you will feel much more at ease. This is the point in which  you break out all the necessary items to plan your housewarming party and invite everyone over for a celebration!



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