If you’ve ever thought to yourself “there must be an easier way to move” chances are, you’re probably right. By ensuring you have the necessary moving tools and equipment, you can cut down the time it takes for you to pack up your belongings safely as well as move them to your new place.
If you’re considering a DIY house move and aren’t quite sure where to start, we’ve listed some of the most essential moving tools below to help you get the job done effortlessly and in next to no time.
There’s nothing worse than carrying a box from your home to your moving vehicle (whether it be a truck or a car), only to watch the bottom of the box come undone and your belongings smashed beyond repair on the ground.
The good news is that this sort of scenario can easily avoided by using sturdy moving boxes. Unlike pre-used boxes collected from a grocery store or one that contained previous purchases, proper moving boxes are purpose-made to protect and store your belongings safely during transport and can withstand the rigours of a house move.
A great way to save your back during a house move is with a moving dolly. Moving dollys can take on the weight of your moving boxes, helping you to move them safely and effectively instead of straining your back and neck while carrying them on your own.
Got some delicate items that need TLC during your move? Bubble wrap will definitely help! Wrapping your precious items such as vases, glasses and porcelain knick-knacks in bubble wrap will help provide them with additional padding to prevent chips, scratches and breakage during transport.
In order to protect large furniture pieces or appliances such as couches, fridges or washing machines from unwanted dents and scratches, you can wrap them up in a large moving blanket. While moving blankets may not be the cheapest purchase, you’ll be glad you invested in them to protect your large valuable pieces.
Moving Straps And Ropes
Another tool that can help save your neck and back while lowering the risk of injuries are moving ropes and straps. These are perfect for helping to carry larger boxes as well as securing items onto a dolly or tying things down inside the moving truck itself.
Packing Tape & Scissors
An essential for all moving toolkits, packing tape is great for sealing up boxes and ensuring your items don’t fall out during your house move. Packing tape can also be used to secure bubble wrap and prevent it from unravelling, as well as to tape drawers and cupboard doors shut to prevent movement during transit. Packing tape can also be used to fix loose screws to the inside of furniture so it won’t go missing during your move.
Be sure to also keep a sharp pair of scissors on hand to cut your packing tape to size.
If you need a bit of help with moving heavy furniture and appliances down a set of stairs, a stair roller is quite a useful and worthwhile purchase. Not only will this tool save you time and effort, but you won’t have to worry about disassembling your furniture first before moving it downstairs.
It’s worth putting together a basic moving toolkit with bits and pieces that will come in handy during your move. These tools will make light work of taking apart larger furniture items for ease of transport as well as ensuring your move goes smoothly. Some handy tools to keep nearby include:
- Screwdriver – for taking furniture apart (and putting them back together)
- Pliers – to hold all those fiddly bits in place
- Small plastic bags – to store screws and small pieces during transport
- Measuring tape – to help you figure out if large items will fit through doorways and tight spaces
The most important tool of all to make light work of your move is your moving vehicle. While your car or van is ideal for moving the majority of your smaller possessions, you may need to consider a larger alternative like a truck or utility vehicle for transporting larger items like your fridge or couch.
If you don’t currently have access to a larger moving vehicle, you can also consider renting a truck, ute or van for the day. Alternatively, if you could do with an extra pair of hands, why not hire a ute and a driver.
Feel Like Moving On Your Own Is All Too Hard?
If the thought of having to go out and either buy or rent these moving tools and vehicles is too time-consuming or perhaps stressful, Giffen Removals are here to help!
We’ve got all the right moving tools at our disposal so you won’t have to go out and buy/rent them yourself. And not only that, we offer a wide range of moving services to suit different needs and budgets. Plus we’ve been around for over 30 years, so you can rest assured that your furniture and belongings will be in safe hands.
Give us a call today to find out more about our furniture pre-packing, removal and temporary storage services and discover why we’re Brisbane’s trusted movers.