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What Moving Supplies Do I Need Besides Boxes?

Whether this is your first time moving house, or if you would simply like to have a better experience than you had last time, it is helpful if you have all your moving supplies handy from the start. This guide will fill you in on all the moving supplies you will need, other than boxes, of course!

  • Tape – Good packing tape is important, especially to make sure the bottom of your boxes hold together. You can use scissors to cut, but then you have to constantly try to find where the roll begins again. Do yourself a favor and splurge a few extra dollars on a dispenser.
  • Labels – A marker is imperative. This will allow you to write room names and special handling instructions on the boxes. You can also use colored stickers to label boxes according to room, and for the most organized move, use packing labels.
  • Covers – Mattress covers are essential! They usually run around $10, depending on size and they will protect your mattress as it is dragged across a muddy lawn or rained on. You can also buy covers for sofas and chairs, as well, but these items do not seem to ever take the abuse a mattress does. Do not forget one for your box spring, too!
  • Packing Products – Most people looking for a list of moving supplies needed in addition to boxes know they need packing products, but are not quite sure what. Bubble wrap, packing peanuts, and glass packs all generally come to mind. However, you probably have a lot of supplies around the house you can use, as well.
  • Scissors or Knife – You do not necessarily need scissors or a knife for packing, but you do want to remember to pack one in your essentials box, so you have something to cut boxes open with at your new place.
  • Moving Blankets – The best moving companies will have these available to wrap your television, glass cabinet, wood table, etc., but they will likely charge for them. It will be cheaper to just buy them.
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First Time Home Buyers: Moving into Your New House

If you are a first time home buyer then you are likely anxious to get settled into your first house. Of course, since you have never done this before, you can probably use a few helpful moving tips that most people forget the first time around.

  • Get Keys Made – First of all, if you did not change the locks already, this needs to be done. You never know how many spare keys to your home are floating around out there. You should also get extra keys made now while you are thinking about it. KeyMe is an app you may find helpful.
  • Install an Alarm System – Don’t wait to have an alarm system installed. You will feel so much better knowing your home is protected from the very first night.
  • Cover Windows – Even if you intend on buying window treatments in the near future you should still cover the windows now for the time being. You do not have to invest in anything expensive. Simple curtains will ensure thieves will not be peaking in to see what the new homeowners have.
  • Have a Toolkit Handy – If you have a toolkit already, then great! If not, you can assemble one with the essentials that you will need, such as a tape measure, hammer, nails, level, and power drill. A ladder will come in handy, too!
  • Check for Signs of Pests – Before you hire a moving company to load everything into your new house, you should do a final check for pests. If you need an exterminator, now is the time to hire one.
  • Move In Day Tips – If you are a first time buyer, moving into your new house, you are probably running on adrenaline. However, you will hit a wall eventually. One of the first things you should do after your Austin movers leave is make the bed and hang the shower curtain. So, when you suddenly feel your energy deplete, you will be able to jump into the shower and finally enjoy a night of rest in your new home.
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Moving Out? Guide to Getting Your Security Deposit Back

Many people just assume that they will not get their security deposit refunded to them, so they do not even bother trying. This is unfortunate. Even if you only get a portion back it will still help offset the cost of your moving truck rental, or professional movers, if you hire them. Do not let your landlord keep your hard-earned money. All you need is a few tips to get back your security deposit.

  • Don’t Break Your Lease – Obviously the one thing you do have to do is make sure you honor your lease.
  • Clean – Spending a few hours scrubbing the place from top to bottom is vital. You do not want to know what your landlord might say it will cost him to hire someone. Sometimes it is close to $250! Clean as much as you can before you move, so it doesn’t seem like such a big job.
  • Clean the Carpet – Cleaning the carpet is not a huge job. You can rent a carpet cleaner at many grocery stores, and you can typically do an apartment or small house within hours. Again, your landlord will likely take several hundred out of your deposit to cover this, even if it only costs him a fraction of this.
  • Handle Minor Repairs – One of the easiest things you can do to ensure you receive your rental deposit back is take care of minor repairs. Fill holes in the wall, replace the screen your cat scratched, and the molding your dog chewed. Even if you have to hire a handyman for an hour or so, it will be money well-spent.
  • Take Pictures – After you or the movers have removed everything and the place is clean, take photos of every room to prove what it looked like when you left it.
  • Schedule a Walk through – If your landlord lives out of town or if you are moving house to another state, a walk through may not be possible. However, if it is, arrange for a time when you can go through the place together. Do make sure you hand in all sets of keys and garage door openers, as well.
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