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Lock and Load: Getting Prepared For Moving With the Right Gear


When you’re getting ready to move to a new home, you can either approach the situation with anxiety or relaxation. It’s entirely up to you. But preparation is the key to moving from one side of the spectrum to the other.

There are some easy things to collect before you start the physical moving process. You need to get tarps and hooks if you are taking anything by your personal vehicles. You need to gather information about proper packing techniques. You should research the difference between professional and DIY moving choices. Also, you should buy as many blankets and cushions as you need to make sure everything gets transferred safely.

Tarps and Hooks

 Usually, when you’re moving, you ask friends if they have a truck with a bed. Typically, you plan on putting things in there that you don’t want to put in a moving van for some reason. What that means is that you will need to tie down the back of that truck safely. And you may not be perfect with generic tarps and straps that you could find in your garage. You may need more specialized tarps and hooks that are guaranteed to be safe for as long as you use them correctly.

Packing Techniques

 One of the ways to take some of the frustration out of moving is if you pack your belongings correctly. It’s easy just to throw things in boxes. It’s harder but more practical to learn good packing techniques and have a plan from beginning to end. This approach will prevent boxes from being too heavy while also preventing them from falling apart. If you know solid packing techniques before you start organizing all of your stuff, the entire move will go that much more smoothly.

Professional vs. DIY Choices

 You can handle your move yourself, or you can have the professionals move your things for you. One way is cost-effective. The other way is less anxiety-inducing. One way you have more control over what happens. The other way you don’t have to worry about what’s going on – you just show up at your destination and everything is there.

Blankets and Cushions

 When you’re putting your belongings in a moving van, you’ll quickly realize that you don’t want to damage a number of your things. This perspective is definitely true about electronics and certain types of furniture. If you don’t want things crashing and rubbing into each other, you need to buy moving blankets or get cushions that fit between everything. Especially if you’re going a long distance or are going down the highway where you’ll be moving at high speeds, you need to make sure that not only is everything secure, but that if it shifts, it’s not going to damage anything else in your truck or van.