A deeper dive into moving tips and expertise to make your move as smooth and easy as possible.
Becoming a Moving Expert
Having the right products, tips and professional know-how can level up your next move. Learn from professionals how to move more seamlessly, and try out a few ingenious hacks to keep your hardware and cords neat and tidy. Regardless of moving skill level, we recommend Scotch® Heavy Duty Shipping Packaging Tape. This tape is 20 times* stronger than acrylic tapes, keeping box bottoms from opening and top flaps closed securely.
Expert Tips from You Move Me
Without professional help, a big part of moving—and a big source of the accompanying stress— is making things up as you go along. Moving is such a big undertaking, we teamed up with Joe Devost of You Move Me to get some insider tips from the pros about how to make the process as simple as possible.
One of the most common moving mistakes is misuse of packing materials. If a box is overstuffed you won’t be able to stack it, and if there’s extra space it can get crushed. Joe recommends using packing paper and cushion wrap as filler to protect items if the box isn’t full.
The hardest items to move are the ones that don’t fit in boxes, and they’re often the last to get packed. With lamps, television sets, art and other large objects, you may have to get a little creative. To safely move a full-sized harp, Joe once had to stretch wrap it, put cushion wrap completely around it, and had to custom crate it by cutting the sides out of four wardrobe boxes and taping them together to create a box that would protect the instrument.
Although hiring movers is a small investment to ensure your belongings stay safe, the most important tip for the average mover is preparation. Make sure you pack ahead of time, wear comfortable clothing, stay hydrated and that you have the right sized truck as well as a plan for where to park it.
“The most important thing is to pack ahead of time. On move day, all you want to see are moving boxes.”
Joe Devost, Pro Mover
You Move Me
Joe Devost is Move Operations Field Manager for You Move Me, a company that aims to make the experience of moving as painless as possible for its customers. That means everything from providing a comprehensive checklist that starts four weeks before moving day to delivering a cup of your favorite coffee the morning of because your coffee pot (if you’ve followed the checklist) is already packed up. For more information about You Move Me, and to get more pro tips, check out their website www.youmoveme.com
Short, sweet and to the point, we’ve collected a trove of ingenious moving hacks to help make your transition as smooth as possible.
In the Bag
Small items are easy to lose track of and mix up. To avoid that, use coloured Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape to label plastic bags with small parts like table screws or shelf pegs. That way, you can tape the individual bags to the furniture they belong to with Scotch® Heavy Duty Shipping Packaging Tape.
Untangling electrical cables is the last thing you want to spend your first night in a new home doing. Use Scotch® Expressions Tape to keep cords properly rolled up. That way you can also label the tape, so you’ll know which room they belong in, and which appliance they are paired with.
For furniture and other large items that require disassembly, collect the small parts—screws, nails, washers, caps, etc.—and secure them in a strip of Scotch® Heavy Duty Shipping Packaging Tape. That way they’ll stay together, and you can label which piece of furniture they belong to or even just tape them to the item itself.
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*In shear holding power, compared to Acrylic Tapes based on ASMD3654.