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Moving Blankets, Bubble Wrap, and Wrapping Paper Help Ensure a Successful Move

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By : Joel Sussman    99 or more times read
If you’ve ever hired a moving company, been a moving company, or attempted to move furniture and appliances yourself, then you’re probably all-too familiar with Murphy’s Law. Although that adage takes a lot of different forms, it all boils down to this: “If anything can go wrong, it most likely will go wrong, and at the worst possible time!” While that outlook may seem a bit exaggerated or pessimistic, few would disagree that moving household furniture or office equipment can turn into a nightmare if a few simple precautions are not taken!

One thing to keep in mind as you prepare for a big move is that a lot of breakage and loss can be avoided by having plenty of bubble wrap, blank newsprint paper, and moving blankets on hand. The main advantage of using blank newsprint paper instead of old newspapers for padding is that newsprint won’t get all over your hands when you’re scrunching it up. Having a stack of old newspapers at the ready, however, isn’t a bad idea, in case you run out of the blank stuff.

Cushioning materials can come in a lot of different forms, and are called everything from bubble wrap, wrapping paper, cushioning roll foam, and protective corrugated wrap to vault pads, furniture pads, and moving blankets. You can also buy Styrofoam packing material at a craft store or moving supply store. Although it’s easy to overdo it when it comes to cushioning your breakables, it’s better than unpacking broken or cracked computers, monitors, TVs, dishes, vases, or other valuables when you arrive at your new home or office.

For those planning on moving furniture, wooden desks, statues, or anything else that’s easily scratched, chipped, or gouged, it’s highly recommended to have a good supply of moving blankets. No matter how careful you think you’re going to be, things fall, get dropped, or bang up against each other.

Large multi purpose moving blankets (72 x 80) are not only excellent for wrapping big appliances, such as refrigerators, but they also remain useful after the move has been completed. Clean moving pads can be used for everything from family picnics to protecting the back seat of your car from pet mishaps and shedding. After they’re not so clean, the pads come in handy as a drop cloth for painting, changing motor oil, or gardening.

If you’ve hired a team of professional movers to pack or transport your stuff, they will probably take the necessary precautions to avoid damaging your belongings; however, if they’re careless or in too much of a rush, then be prepared for some wear and tear! And of course, there’s no guarantee that all the members of your moving team are going to handle your belongings with kid gloves. Actually, if you don’t check out prospective moving companies with the Better Business Bureau and get a couple of comparative quotes, the opposite may end up being true.

So while there are no iron-clad ways to protect yourself against the possibilities of Murphy’s Law, there are plenty of steps you can take to reduce the likelihood of anything major going wrong.
Joel N. Sussman is a content writer for Mountain Media, a web development company that provides ecommerce services to clients, such as JL Moving Supplies, an online merchant providing moving blankets, warehouse shelving, aluminum dollies, and lifting tools.

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