When moving, one of the most common pieces of moving advice you will hear is to “pack items you don’t use frequently first”. This is true, but there are a few exceptions. Moving creates all sorts of opportunities to use items which usually stay in storage – especially your tools.
Even if you are the type who never uses tools, you are going to want to have a tool box on hand for moving day! These are important for tasks like taking apart and reassembling furniture, removing nails from walls (you do want your security deposit back, right?), opening boxes, and making minor repairs.
Tools you need for moving:
• Extra roll of packers tape + tape gun: There is always one more box which needs to be closed!
• Screwdrivers: For taking apart furniture and large items
• Hammer: Good for tasks like prying things apart and getting nails out of walls
• Wrench: In case you need to tighten plumbing fixtures
• Hex Key: A lot of furniture requires a hex key to disassemble
• Utility knife/box opener: Makes opening boxes so much easier
• Tape Measure: To double check measurements making sure furniture can fit inside the home
• Painter’s Tape: For securing drawers/doors shut without damaging the finish, for taping corner guards (pieces of cardboard) onto walls without damaging paint
Always make sure your tools are packed in your “essentials box” – the box which contains all of the items you will need immediately upon arriving to the new home. The essentials box should be clearly labeled and give the movers instructions to pack it last so it comes off the truck first.
You can save money by dismantling your own furniture. However, you will save yourself a lot of headache if you have the movers disassemble and reassemble furniture for you. These are professionals and they can get the job done a lot faster than you can!