Moving is one of those activities that can combine excitement and dread into one. The stress of packing, loading, and… Well, it’s enough to make you end up rocking in a dark corner, sucking your thumb.
So, how do you pack an EZ-Move Moving Container? How many will you need? What tools and supplies will you need? These are all questions that we’re going to answer for you in this guide. Let’s begin.
1. Know what tools and supplies you’ll need?
Knowing what tools and supplies you’ll need to pack an EZ Move Moving Container is one part of not ending up in a corner. The following list is not an exhaustive one but will give you an idea of what you may need. Remember every move is different and unique.
Used to secure larger items in the container preventing them from moving around. Our 6′ and 10′ containers come with many mounting points for you to attach to.
Also known as furniture pads, moving blankets are thick, heavy cloth covers. You can use them to protect furniture, appliances, or other sizable items when moving.
Also known as stretch wrap, this is an especially useful item to have at your disposal and has many uses. One common use is for wrapping furniture with drawers, to secure them. Another use may be wrapping items to prevent them from getting dirty during the move.
This may be the most useful tool to have in your arsenal when moving. Especially you need to move larger furniture, appliances, or bulky items. There are several types of dollies, such as: Utility, Appliance, and Furniture.
- Utility Dolly – The utility dolly, or hand truck, is an upright, l-shaped dolly. It has two wheels at the bottom and a handle. You can use it to carry packing boxes, totes, and other containers.
- Appliance Dolly – The name says it all. You can use this to move heavy or bulky items like refrigerators, stoves, or washers and dryers.
- Furniture Dolly – The furniture dolly is a flat dolly with four wheels and doesn’t have a handle. Once you’ve loaded the item on top of the dolly, you push the item.
- Shoulder Dolly – The shoulder dolly is a two-person lifting strap. It distributes weight across the shoulders and hips so lifting heavy items is easier.
2. Having a plan for packing your container
A good plan makes all the difference. Once you know you’re going to move, start planning by asking these questions.
What size container do you need?
This is an important question you’ll need to ask yourself. EZ Move offers the following container sizes for moving:
- Six foot – An excellent choice for filing, storing sensitive documents and small equipment, and fitting into small spaces.
- Ten foot – The preferred choice for storing household appliances, furniture, and business materials.
How will I pack the container?
Creating a visual map of how you will load your container is an essential step that may initially seem trivial but will prove invaluable, saving you considerable time and minimizing frustration throughout the process. As you embark on this task, it is crucial to conduct a comprehensive inventory of all the items you intend to move and meticulously categorize them based on their size, weight, and fragility.
With your visual map in hand, plan the loading sequence of your items.
3. When packing, keep heavy items on the floor
When loading furniture and boxes into a storage container, start at the back and gradually move forward in small sections, creating a solid base by loading heavy, sturdy, and bulky items first, then stack lighter items towards the top while ensuring standalone items are loaded last and securely fastened to prevent damage during transit.
4. Make a path and keep it
It’s important to keep a clear path when packing an EZ Move container for accessibility and safety reasons. A clear path allows easy access to items during loading and unloading, saving time and effort, while also reducing the risk of accidents or injuries.
5. Secure your belongings to the moving container
We don’t have to tell you how dangerous it can be to open a door and have an avalanche of stuff attack you. Earlier in this guide we talked about ratchet straps and how valuable they can be. Every EZ Move container comes with anchor points inside the moving container.
As you load your moving container secure your straps to these anchor points. When anchoring to the points you want to create “X” across the front of each section. This will keep things snug as a bug in a rug.
Not sure if you should anchor things in other places? Think about those sudden breaking moments and visualize how the contents will react. As you do, find ways to secure those individual items as needed.
6. Place a secure lock on your moving container
You’ve done the challenging work. Now it’s time to give yourself peace of mind. Out of the box each of our containers comes with a heavy steel lock box. For the greatest protection invest in a high-quality lock, such as a disc lock.