Bad Credit or No Credit? You May Still Be Able to Buy a House

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Article written by: Charles Simmons at Tosellortostay.com

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When you’re looking to buy a house, you can expect that lenders will immediately look at your credit history. The better your credit history and the higher your score, the more likely you are to be approved for a good mortgage.

So, what do you do if your credit history leaves a lot to be desired or simply doesn’t exist? Well, don’t give up hope just yet because you may have options. From getting your debt under control to applying for an FHA loan, below are some tips to help you land that mortgage so that you can
move into the home of your dreams!

Know your credit score.
The first thing you should do is obtain your credit reports, which will show you your credit score and history. Each of the three credit bureaus — Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion — will provide you with one free report per year.

Once you get the reports, thoroughly look them over to check for errors, and be sure to dispute any errors should you find them.
Once you have an understanding of your credit score and history, you will have a better idea of what kind of mortgage you should pursue. For instance, a conventional fixed-rate loan requires a minimum score of 620, while adjustable-rate loans require at least a 640.

Get debt relief.
If you are carrying a substantial amount of debt, you will probably need to get a grasp on it before applying for a mortgage. Explore debt relief and assistance in your state, and hire a debt relief specialist to help guide you through the best ways to manage your debt. Factors like your total debt and employment status will play a role in choosing the right solution.


Build your credit first.
This may not sound too fun, but you might consider building up your credit before buying a house. Even if you get accepted for a mortgage with a low credit score, chances are that mortgage will not prove cost-effective in the long term. If you apply for credit cards and consistently make your payments on time, you can get your credit score up within a few years.


Turn to smaller institutions.
If you have no credit history as opposed to poor credit history, you may be able to find a smaller bank or credit union that is willing to work with you on a home loan. However, start with any banks where you have been a long-time customer.

Ask someone to cosign.
Another way you could possibly score a mortgage if you have little to no credit history is to find a cosigner, such as a parent or a partner. In short, a cosigner will assume legal responsibility for your home loan in the event that you default on your payments or your debt goes into collections. If you have already been approved for a mortgage, using a cosigner can also land
you a higher loan amount and a better interest rate.


Research FHA loans.
Finally, it might be worth your time to look into FHA loans. These are popular home loans for individuals who have no credit history and/or low incomes. To determine whether or not you qualify, the FHA (Federal Housing Administration) will review your payment history for bills like
car insurance, rent, utilities, and so forth. Therefore, if you’ve been consistent with such payments, you stand a better chance of getting approved.


It may require a little more work, but you can still get a mortgage if you have bad credit or no credit. Remember to check your credit score and look into all of your debt relief options. Also, consider taking time to build your credit, seeking a loan from smaller banks or credit unions, and using a cosigner on your mortgage application. Lastly, if you have a history of paying your bills on time, apply for an FHA loan.


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7 Things to Look for in a Moving Company

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There are a variety of important factors that you have to take into account when you’re preparing for a move. In addition to gathering supplies and figuring out logistics, you’re also likely going to be looking into hiring a moving company.

Hiring movers is a great way to simplify the entire moving process. While it definitely ups the price tag, moving is back-breaking work, and there’s a lot to be said for the relief that comes with passing off the responsibility. Professional movers won’t just take the heavy lifting off your hands, they’ll also make the whole day run smoother and free up your time for other important moving day activities.

Throughout my many moves, I have always had an aversion to asking friends for help. As soon as I could afford it (and fine, even before I really could) I relied on movers to get my things securely packed, transported, and reassembled. And I never regretted it. While I could have gotten away with paying in pizza and beer if I’d just asked some friends or family members for moving assistance, the money I dropped on professional movers was always well spent.

Fortunately, I’ve had nothing but good experiences with movers, but there are horror stories. Heading to Google and typing in a quick search for “moving company near me” will get you a list of names, but you should do more digging than that when choosing who you trust with your most valuable possessions. Here are the 7 things you should always consider when you’re looking for a moving company.

  1. Recommendations from people you trust Google may not be the most reliable place to start your moving company search, but your friends and loved ones definitely are. You likely know quite a few people who have used moving companies in your area, so reach out to them and ask about their experiences and who they would recommend. It’s possible that someone you know had a bad experience with an otherwise highly-rated company, or was hit with a bunch of unexpected fees that aren’t listed anywhere on the company’s website. Likewise, perhaps someone had a wonderful experience with a relatively new company that doesn’t have a strong web presence. If you start with friends and family, you might glean some important insight that you won’t find online.
  2. Good reviews Once you’ve got the names of a few companies to look into, use online reviews to learn more about them. People generally leave reviews if they’ve had a really good or a really bad experience, and both of those are important to know before you hire a moving company. You can easily read moving reviews through Moving.com to learn about other people’s experiences with a company, and it may even clue you in on some important variables you wouldn’t have known about otherwise.
  3. A successful track record There’s something to be said for giving a leg up to a new business, but a moving company that has been in operation for at least a few years is often the way to go. Based on information you find online, you should be able to discern a general idea of their record as far as being on time, keeping rates fair, and maintaining the condition of possessions. Unless you have a couple of really glowing recommendations about a new moving company, stick with the ones that have proven their competency over time.
  4. License and insurance Never use a moving company that isn’t licensed and insured. Any group of people can buy a truck and call themselves a moving company, but only those who are officially licensed and insured are legally bound to protect your property. For interstate moves, movers are required to register with the U.S. Department of Transportation, after which they’re given a unique USDOT number. You can ensure a company has a valid DOT number, as well as insurance, by searching this database, provided by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Regulations for intrastate movers are on a state-by-state basis, though most states do have licensing requirements as well. Research intrastate licensing laws in your state, and then verify that your moving company abides by them.To simplify the process of finding trustworthy movers, search our moving company directory, which features information about more than 600 reputable movers across the nation, including Better Business Bureau data and customer reviews. You could also search the American Moving and Storage Association’s ProMovers List. You’ll find a list of movers in each state that have already been vetted, so you know you can trust them.
  5. Transparent rates When you call a mover to book service, they’ll give you a rate based on the number of hours and number of movers you’ll likely need from them. However, keep in mind that this is a base rate, and it doesn’t include additional packing materials you may need, potentially higher rates to move large, heavy objects, or other incidental add-ons. Moving companies can’t give you a set estimate on the phone, but they can give you a general idea of how much you’ll be spending. Be sure to ask about what constitutes an extra fee, and if the company isn’t forthcoming with the information, move on to somebody else.
  6. A good fit for your individual needs Every move is different. Whether you’re moving a four-bedroom house or a studio apartment, you need to make sure that the moving company you hire can accommodate all of your things. Think about your individual needs, and then ask the right questions to ensure you’re picking the right fit. Some things to consider are:
    • Whether the company has a moving truck that is the right size to both fit all of your boxes and furniture and abide by any physical constraints of your property.
    • Whether the company can provide additional packing supplies as needed, such as moving blankets, bubble wrap, garment boxes, etc.
    • Whether the company is available in a time window that meets your needs and can guarantee pickup and delivery dates and times that are convenient for you.
  7. Beware of rogue movers Millions of people move every year, and while only a small percentage experience moving company fraud, it’s not unheard of. To verify a moving company is legitimate, check for an active license, look up their service records, and make sure they have a valid physical address (and not just a P.O. box). You also want to be wary of any mover that asks for a deposit, especially if they’re asking for more than 20 percent. The Federal Motor Carry Safety Administration offers additional tips for making sure that you hire a legitimate moving company.

Competition is fierce in the moving industry, and regardless of where you live, you’re bound to have quite a few options to choose between. Do your research, ask around, and don’t hesitate to look elsewhere if a company raises any red flags. Overall, you want a company with a proven history of safety, reliability, and a high quality of service. You may only be using the company for one day, but a lot can go wrong. The more work you put into choosing the perfect moving company, the less work you’ll have to put into dealing with potential mishaps.

7 Green Moving Tips for an Eco-Friendly Move

Joshua Green December 26, 2018 Moving Guides

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You do care about the environment, don’t you?

In that case, has it ever crossed your mind that the home moving process can prove to be harmful to the environment?

It’s the exhaust gases that will be released while the household items are being transported to the new residence.

It’s all the unwanted things that may get discarded without being recycled properly.

It’s the hazardous materials found in each home that may be disposed of in a very eco-unfriendly way.

It’s all the packing supplies that may be just thrown into the garbage after the move without a single care in the world.

Luckily, it’s not too late for you to reduce your environmental footprint the next time you move house. That’s right, there are a number of proven things you can do to make your move more eco-friendly, and thus make a difference in the end.

Don’t just do things the old way. Instead, research your green moving options and act accordingly.

Read these 7 eco-friendly moving tips to find the best ways to move to a new home in a much greener manner.

1. Declutter your home the eco-friendly way
The thing is, you’ll have plenty of good green moving options before you from the very start – you only need to recognize those eco-friendly moving ideas and use them to your advantage.

When organizing a green move, your priority task should be to declutter your home first so that you can take with you ONLY the things that you like and the things that you will need and use in the foreseeable post-move future.

It’s pretty straightforward: the less stuff you pack and move (a smaller shipment), the smaller space you’ll need on the moving vehicle (a smaller truck and possibly fewer trips), which in turn will mean less fuel and less carbon emission during transport.

The best thing about being eco-conscious when moving is that, in addition to lowering your environmental impact with your move, you’ll be able to save money as well. It’s simple – the fewer items you’ll have to pack and move, the lower your packing and moving costs will be.

Help nature to help yourself.

However, you shouldn’t just dump your unwanted items in the garbage – doing so will only make things worse because your useless stuff will end up in the nearest landfill site. Instead, do the right thing and declutter your home in an eco-friendly manner.

How to declutter your home for a move

2. Sell, gift or donate lightly-used items
Now that you know why packing and moving only the most essential items will help reduce the harmful carbon emissions during the haul, let’s see what you can do to keep your unwanted but still usable items away from the local landfill.

Donate some of your unwanted items to do something good for your community.
GIFT to friends and family members some of the items you’ve decided not to take with you. Moving to a new home is the perfect opportunity to show generosity and consideration toward the people you love, and to prove that you still care about the environment.

DONATE some of the unwanted things when moving to make your next move a green one. There are many charitable organizations where you can donate furniture, appliances, electronics, clothes, books, children’s toys, food and so on. Some charities will even come and pick the unwanted items from your home at a pre-arranged day and hour. Show that you care about your community as well. (Where to Donate Used Items When Moving)
SELL the things you’re leaving behind but make sure they are still in excellent or good condition. Such items may have ceased to serve you well but they can still prove to be very useful for other people. You can choose to organize a profitable garage sale before the move or sell that stuff online. Either way, you’ll earn some fresh cash to boost that moving budget of yours.

3. Dispose of hazardous materials in an eco-friendly manner
Whether you realize it or not, some of the items that you will be moving may be harmful to the environment. And as such, those hazardous materials are not allowed to be moved between homes due to the high risks of fire, corrosion, explosion or other types of serious damage during transport.

Federal laws prohibit professional moving companies from transporting any flammable, corrosive or explosive items, and you shouldn’t try to move them too if you’re planning a self-move. Therefore, to show that you care about the environment and to make your next move a green one, you’re going to have to dispose of such dangerous goods, and do it properly.

Materials that can be harmful to the environment include acids, ammonia, gasoline, kerosene, motor oil, antifreeze, engine oil, dyes, pesticides, fertilizers, weed killers, paint, paint thinners, cleaning supplies, and even aerosol cans.

Follow the disposal instructions on the dangerous items you own to get rid of them without harming the environment in any way. Give away to neighbors and friends some of the items forbidden for transport, or contact the regional office of the Environmental Protection Agency to get advice on how to dispose of your hazardous materials in an eco-friendly way.

4. Use eco-friendly packing materials
When you’re organizing a house move, your greatest contribution to preserving the planet will be to use eco-friendly packing materials to pack and protect your prized possessions. All in all, you are strongly encouraged to use recyclable and biodegradable packing materials for all your packing needs.

Plastic bins (made from recycled plastic) can be re-used up to 400 times.
Cardboard boxes. You should definitely re-use old cardboard boxes instead of rushing to the store to purchase brand new ones. Keep in mind that standard cardboard containers can last between 4 and 7 uses before their life cycle ends and they are good only for one thing – recycling. Firstly, ask your friends and neighbors if they have cardboard boxes they won’t ever need again, and if they do, get them. Secondly, visit a few local stores and speak with their managers about getting free cardboard boxes. And thirdly, check websites such as Craigslist and Freecycle to look for free moving boxes in your area. (Where to Get Free Moving Boxes: Complete Checklist)

Plastic bins. Plastic bins are great eco-friendly alternatives to standard cardboard boxes. In general, plastic goods are bad for the environment, but this time it’ll be different. Why? Because you’ll want to purchase plastic storage bins that are made from recycled plastic. It’s important to note that purchasing or renting plastic containers for your move will be a good investment because 1) they can be re-used hundreds of times without sustaining any damage and 2) they provide an outstanding protection for your belongings.
GREEN bubble wrap and GREEN packing peanuts. Whenever possible, use the green alternative (up to 40% recycled content) to traditional bubble wrap. Also, if you plan on using packing peanuts when packing for a move, make sure they are the biodegradable type, made from vegetable oils and cornstarch.
When purchasing new cardboard boxes for your eco-friendly move, make sure you only buy boxes made from recycled cardboard.

5. Use packing supplies you already have in your home
One excellent way to organize an eco-friendly move – one that will also help you save a good amount of money in the process – is to use the packing materials you already have in your home but haven’t noticed until that moment. The idea is to get creative and use some of the things you plan to move anyway to protect the other items that you will be taking with you too.

Here are some examples of how NOT to pay money for packing supplies you don’t really need, including traditional non-degradable packing materials such as plastic wrap and packing peanuts.

As far as moving containers are concerned, make good use of

Buckets, baskets and laundry hampers. Good for holding clothes, bed sheets, pillows, bathroom items, toiletries, and so on.
Trash cans. When clean, garbage cans can hold all types of household items.
Suitcases. Naturally, suitcases are great for transporting clothes, but you should seriously consider packing books in them, especially if you have rolling suitcases with wheels on the bottom. Why? Books are extremely heavy when packed together.
Bags. Bags can be very versatile when it comes to holding household items when moving.

TRASH BAGS (clean) can be used for packing hanging clothes straight from the closet.

VACUUM SEAL BAGS can be used for packing bulky clothes and bedding such as jackets, winter coats, blankets, comforters, pillows and so on. ZIPLOC BAGS are great for keeping small (fastening) elements from getting lost during the move.
Jewelry boxes. For best results, keep your expensive and valuable jewelry pieces into your dedicated jewelry box and take it with you during the move – do not hand your valuables to movers.

Who knew that socks could be great eco-friendly packing materials…
When it comes to wrapping and cushioning materials, feel free to use

Blankets. Regular household blankets can be used as an alternative to the specialized furniture blankets that professional packers and movers use all the time. Blankets have great protective qualities and should be used to protect delicate furniture pieces and easily-breakable items.
Towels and bed sheets. Towels and bed sheets can be used instead of plastic bubble wrap for packing fragile and breakable household items. Also, they are great space fillers inside boxes when the contents need to be immobilized for safety reasons.
Socks. Thick winter socks can be used for protecting fragile glasses, especially the ones with stems (stemware).
Newsprint. Plain newspapers can be used instead of packing paper for filling the empty spaces inside the moving boxes. Newsprint is virtually free of charge (today’s newspapers are tomorrow’s packing paper) but you should not use it to pack things with delicate surfaces as the ink can leave bad stains and marks.
Remember: Using packing materials you already have in your home will help you save money without burdening the environment with extra packing waste.

6. Hire an environmentally-friendly moving company
When trying to organize a green move, one of the most significant things you can do to minimize your environmental impact is to hire a moving company that also cares about the environment. And it seems that more and more of the top moving companies in the country invest in and commit to eco-friendly practices and products for a better and cleaner world.

The best green moving companies in the industry

use bio-diesel for their green moving trucks (not necessarily green in color),
have a fleet of modern fuel-efficient moving vehicles that reduce the environmental impact,
use GPS devices in their moving trucks to plan the most direct and fuel-efficient route to the destination homes,
pack with eco-friendly packing materials – recycled cardboard boxes, recycled re-usable plastic bins, and biodegradable bubble wrap and biodegradable packing peanuts,
consolidate shipments, whenever possible, to save resources and offer better prices for their customers, and
buy back any unused packing materials from their customers or offer to recycle for free any excess supplies left after unpacking.
So, when you’re looking for green moving services, be brave enough to ask the moving companies you’re reviewing what specific measures they take to preserve the environment. If you’re not satisfied with the answers of one mover or if you don’t get a meaningful answer at all, then you should seriously consider hiring a more eco-conscious moving company.

In the long run, the constantly increasing demand for environmentally-friendly moving services will force more and more professional moving companies to re-evaluate their environmental policies.

Get your moving costs estimated – the very first step in finding the best eco-friendly moving companies in your city or town.

7. Go GREEN at your new home too
Our eco-friendly moving tips will end with the post-relocation period – here’s what you should do after moving into a new home to show your consideration toward the environment:

KEEP some of the packing materials for a future move after you’re done with unpacking. You can use the strongest cardboard boxes for your storage needs too;
GIVE AWAY the packing supplies that are still usable – do something good for your community and list your excess cardboard boxes and bubble wrap at Freecycle or Craigslist (the free section);

Make sure you recycle your unwanted cardboard when unpacking after the move.
RECYCLE properly all the packing supplies that nobody can possibly want or need anymore. Ask your eco-friendly moving company if they will be willing to recycle the leftover packing materials for you;

CLEAN your new home with eco-friendly cleaning supplies. Stay away from any toxic cleaning chemicals on the market and make your own eco-friendly cleaning supplies from white vinegar, baking soda, and water. A solution of white vinegar and water will help you clean your hardwood floors and bathroom, while baking soda will enable you to remove any dirt around the bathroom shower or kitchen sink;
HAVE experts come and assess the level of efficiency of the new place. Then, take the necessary steps to make your new house or apartment more energy-efficient;
INSTALL energy-efficient LED light fixtures throughout your new home;
UNPLUG appliances when they are not in use because many devices will still consume power in standby mode;
USE only non-VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) paints for your home decoration and remodeling needs. Keep in mind that some VOCs are dangerous to human health and can cause harm to the environment as well.
Note that all the steps you take to have an eco-friendly move can also contribute to a more eco-friendly lifestyle after the move.

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6 Things to Know When Moving During the Fourth of July Holiday


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In addition to backyard barbeques and watching fireworks, many Americans will be taking advantage of time off from work this Fourth of July holiday week to move. While relocating on or around a holiday will certainly save you a few vacation days, it can also present several unique challenges. Here are 6 things you should know before moving during the Fourth of July week and on most other holiday occasions.

Travel

First and foremost, traveling during the holidays means dealing with traffic – and plenty of it! In fact, AAA (American Automobile Association) stated this year’s Independence Day holiday would result in 1.25 million more travelers in the U.S. than last year. According to the association, a record-breaking 44.2 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home, meaning that this week is the “most traveled Independence Holiday weekend ever.” AAA also reports that the vast majority of travelers – 37.5 million Americans – will be on the road this week. So what does this mean for your move? Well, for starters, get up and out as early as possible. Make sure to check travel apps, such as Waze and Google Maps, to gauge the amount of traffic you’ll be dealing with. If you can, try to also avoid peak travel times and heavy rush hour traffic when driving through metropolitan areas.

Timing

It’s no secret that summer is one of the busiest travel seasons of the year. In fact, what is considered “peak moving season” stretches from Memorial Day to Labor Day, with roughly 70 percent of all moves taking place during this time. With this in mind, make sure you book a professional moving company as early as possible. If you’re planning to move during a holiday, such as July 4th, you’ll need to start your moving company search several months in advance. Planning a DIY move instead? Don’t think this requires any less preparation. You’ll need to reserve a rental moving truck well ahead of time and double-check whether the rental company is open during the holiday week.

In addition to early planning, you’ll need to get an early start on moving day. Getting up and out as early as possible will save you time and travel headaches later on. Most professional moving companies will want to arrive during the 8 to 10 a.m. time window during the summer months, anyway. This is because movers are hoping to beat the heat by moving during the early morning hours when it’s substantially cooler outside. Keep in mind that the intensity of the sun and UV rays are strongest from the hours of 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. So moving during this time frame is not ideal.

Pets

Those moving with pets should make sure they’re furballs are safe and secure while moving during the July 4th week. This is because the loud, banging Independence Day fireworks can send pets – particularly dogs – into a panic. In fact, the day after the Fourth of July many animal shelters are inundated with pets that panicked, ran away and got lost after hearing the holiday fireworks. It’s for this reason that you keep a watchful eye on Fido during a holiday move. PetMD.com suggests keeping pets inside at all times during the fireworks. You should also have them properly identified before the move. You can do this by microchipping your dog and attaching a tag with your contact information to their collar.

Weather

There’s little you can do to control the weather on moving day, but plenty you can do to prepare for it. Here are a few tips to help you move during the sweltering July heat:

  • Wear lightweight, loose-fitting and breathable clothing. Fabrics like cotton and linen absorb sweat and allow faster evaporation, so that you stay dry and cool during the move. Avoid wearing anything made of rayon or polyester. Also, stick with whites and neutrals, and make sure to cover your face with a hat.
  • The July sun can be dangerous. If you’re spending even a small part of the day outside, make sure to apply plenty of sunscreen. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends choosing a sunscreen that is water-resistant, that offers broad-spectrum coverage, and that has an SPF of 30 or higher. Apply the sunscreen 15 minutes before heading outside and reapply every few hours.
  • Drink up! Avoid dehydration on moving day by keeping a full day’s supply of bottled water near you throughout the move. The stresses of lifting boxes and coordinating a move can leave you sweating buckets. So make sure you (and your movers) guzzle plenty of H2O all day long.

Cost

While moving during a holiday may save you “vacation” days, it most likely won’t save you on costs. If you’re hiring a professional moving company to do the heavy lifting, be aware that they’ll probably charge you more to work on or around a holiday. This is due to higher demand during many holiday weeks, and higher demand in the summertime in general. If you’re moving yourself, know that gas prices may rise as well. AAA reports that while the national average gas price is currently cheaper than it was last year, the prices tend to increase slightly during holiday weekends.

Packing

When packing your belongings this Fourth of July holiday be aware that not all items will fare well in the summertime heat. Anything that has the potential to melt should be kept off the truck as long as possible. Make sure to pack electronics separately and try your best to keep them in an air conditioned environment. My advice is to label any boxes containing these items, so that you can get them inside to your new place as soon as you arrive. If you’re trying to figure out how many boxes you need you can get an estimate with our packing calculator.

Moving during an upcoming holiday week? Whether you’re relocating to a new state or across the street, Moving.com has you covered. To find the best moving company to handle your upcoming move, check our extensive network of reputable and reliable movers. All relocation companies in our network are licensed and insured, so you can rest assured that your move will be in good hands. Good luck and happy moving!

The 13 Different Kinds of Boxes That Every Move Needs


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When moving to a new home, nothing is more crucial than having the right moving supplies on-hand. Of course, out of all the moving supplies needed, moving boxes are the most important. Fortunately, many different kinds of moving boxes exist to make your life (and your move!) easier. From corrugated, cardboard boxes to large, wooden crates, there’s a moving box available to fit every item in your home. For a quick run-down on the different kinds of moving boxes you should purchase when moving to a new home, check out our comprehensive list below.

13 different kinds of moving boxes that every move needs

  1. Small cardboard boxes

    When ordering moving supplies, make sure to purchase plenty of small cardboard boxes. In fact, we recommend that the majority of your moving boxes be a small size. The reason? Smaller boxes are easier to load and carry when moving. They are also perfect for small, heavy items such as books, appliances, kitchenware, pantry items and more. These small boxes typically measure 12 to 14 inches long.

  2. Medium cardboard boxes

    Medium cardboard boxes are the most popular type of moving box. This size box is ideal for moving small to medium-size household items such as pots, pans, vases, picture frames, stuffed animals, toys, clothing, bed linens and more. These boxes are small enough to carry to the moving truck but large enough to handle a wide variety of household items. Most medium cardboard boxes typically measure 14 to 18 inches long.

  3. Large cardboard boxes

    If you’re moving to a small apartment, you’ll only need a handful of large cardboard boxes. It’s important to pack these boxes with large, lightweight items such as clothing, pillows, bedding, blankets, toilet paper, paper towels and more. If you over-pack a large cardboard box with an abundance of heavy items, then you’ll have trouble lifting it during the moving process. Large cardboard boxes typically measure 18 to 24 inches long.

  4. Wardrobe boxes

    Planning on moving hanging clothes? If the answer is yes, then you’ll most certainly need several wardrobe boxes to carry your dresses and suits. These boxes provide an excellent way to transport hanging clothes without wrinkling them along the way. Wardrobe boxes come with sturdy, metal hanging bars – making it easy to hang clothing inside. For more tips on how to move clothes on hangers, check here.

  5. Telescope boxes

    If you’re moving artwork, mirrors or or flat screen TVs, we recommend purchasing several telescope boxes to fit your items. These cardboard boxes come with a separate top and bottom piece that fit together to form one box. You simply slide the smaller piece into the larger one until the entire item is protected by the box. These boxes are ideal for preventing cracks and damage to fragile, flat household goods.

  6. Flat panel TV boxes

    For small to medium-size, flat-screen TVs, we recommend using a flat panel TV box. These cardboard boxes are ideal for holding both LED and plasma flat screens. Flat panel TV boxes are typically long, rectangular-shaped cardboard boxes. Each flat panel TV box should indicate “this side up” in order to protect your TV while in-transit.

  7. Plastic bins

    Air-tight, plastic bins are the way to go when it comes to packing seasonal clothing, electrical items, cords, fragile items and more. These bins are also perfect for anyone who plans to store belongings after the move. Given that they are clear, you’ll be able to find specific items more quickly when packing with plastic bins. The waterproof material also protects belongings from rain and inclement weather when moving.

  8. Bankers boxes

    Moving your office? From file folders and binders to pens and papers, your office supplies should be moved using bankers boxes. These cardboard boxes come with handles and lift-off lids for easy moving of all paper items. They are also stackable, making it easy to organize your office items before and after a move.

  9. Dish and glassware boxes

    Dish and glassware kits are the easiest and most efficient way to pack plates, wine glasses and other stemware pieces. These kits usually include one small to medium size cardboard box and a set of cardboard dividers that fit right inside the box. The dividers are designed to separate and protect fragile items while also maximizing space inside the box.

  10. Lamp boxes

    Tall floor lamps can be tricky to move. Not only are floor lamps prone to breaking, but they’re also difficult to pack because of the large size and unique shape. Enter lamp boxes. These tall and narrow cardboard lamp boxes allow you to pack and ship a floor lamp in the most efficient way possible. Floor lamp boxes help ensure that your lamp base makes it to its new home safely and securely.

  11. Insulated foam containers

    Need to move refrigerated and/or frozen items? In addition to a cooler, we recommend ordering several insulated foam containers to help carry the load. These foam containers are inserted inside a cardboard box and are covered with a foam lid. They are designed to keep items temperature-controlled while traveling.

  12. Wooden crates

    Plan to move large, valuable items such as artwork, sculptures or antiques? You may need a heavy-duty, wooden crate to ship your items to the new home. Wooden crate panels are typically made of thick plywood and are secured with steel clips. The crate also comes with a removable panel for loading and unloading.

  13. Mattress boxes

    In many cases, a mattress bag simply doesn’t cut it when it comes to properly protecting your all-important bed accessory. If your mattress is going to be loaded into a moving truck and/or into storage for a long period of time, we highly recommend investing in a quality mattress box. These cardboard boxes help mattresses to stay in tip-top condition while in-transit.

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