As you are making a financial commitment to buying or renting a new space, it’s likely that you are doing what you can to save money throughout this process. While most things can come with you from one space to another, there are items you should plan to purchase before or after you move. Let’s look at some of the most common things you’ll spend money on during this life change.
1. Storage Bins or Bags
Cardboard boxes are a necessary moving supply, but the benefit of having plastic storage bins or vacuum-sealed bags is often overlooked. Some items are better suited for a sturdier container, such as things you plan on storing in your new space. For example, if you have seasonal linens or decor, a plastic bin is a better option for keeping moisture and bugs out of your belongings. Vacuum-sealed storage bags are a great alternative to throwing pillows, blankets, and clothes into a garbage bag. These bags make transporting and organizing your softer items much easier since you can clearly see what each bag contains.
2. Packing Supplies
To save yourself from having to run back and forth to the store, start a list early of the supplies you need for packing your belongings. Here are some of the most commonly-used packing supplies you will need:
- Boxes, bins, and storage bags
- Scissors and packing tape
- Foam cushions or bubble wrap
- Tools to label boxes, bins, and furniture (such as adhesive labels and a marker)
While you may have some of these already around your home, it’s likely that you’ll have to purchase supplemental materials. Before going to buy anything, take some time to think about how you will pack different spaces to help determine what you will need. For example, fragile items, like dishes and glassware, will require careful packaging. You may want to buy specific boxes or cushioning to keep these safe. To make this easier for you, Fox Moving offers packing supplies that are delivered straight to your door!
3. Cleaning Supplies
Even the most well-kept living spaces require a good cleaning when someone is moving in or out of the home. If you’re moving into an apartment complex or other home owned by a landlord, they will likely have cleaned the space prior to your arrival. However, you should be prepared to wipe down surfaces regardless. For those buying a home, the space may need a more thorough cleaning depending on how the previous owners left it. Make note of each space in your home and the potential cleaning supplies you will need. Some staple cleaning supplies include:
- All-purpose cleaner
- Countertop or surface wipes
- Toilet bowl cleaner
- Sponges and rags
- Floor cleaner
- Kitchen-safe cleaners (stovetop, oven, and other food surfaces)
4. Last-Minute Home Necessities
It’s easy to overlook the smaller items in the moving process, but you should plan to purchase a few last-minute necessities when you arrive in your new space. Bathroom items such as toilet paper, a plunger, and hand soap are all things you may not carry from one home to another. You may also choose to buy a new mop, broom, and toilet brush to prevent old dirt and grime from coming into your living space.
There will be small items you don’t realize you need until you get to your new home, so be prepared to make a trip to a nearby store. Consider purchasing disposable plates and cutlery if you don’t think you’ll have time to unpack your dishes in the first few days after moving. You may also notice different lights in the home that have gone out or air filters that need to be replaced. You can purchase light bulbs ahead of time, but waiting until after your move will help ensure you get the right size and wattage.
Moving Made Simple With Fox
The moving process can bring many unexpected costs. At Fox Moving and Storage, we are committed to price transparency, so you know what to expect from our team. We also know how overwhelming the packing and moving process can be, so we offer full-service moving options. Our team at Fox Moving will pack, load, and unload your belongings to help your move be as stress-free as possible. Maybe you just need packing help or packing supplies. We can do that too! We will deliver packing materials right to your door or come in and help get your belongings ready to go. If you’re in need of moving services in the greater Knoxville, TN area, contact us today for a free, no-obligation quote. We are standing by to answer your questions!