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Dollar store hacks for your next home move

What to buy before moving, the dollar store edition

Moving is stressful, we’ve said it a million times. But you know what’s more stressful? Forking out the money to pay for moving supplies. It adds up! So being able to save in any way can really help. And who doesn’t love a good bargain any day, right? Our previous post had 5 things to buy before moving. But, here we thought we’d give you some ideas of dollar store hacks for your next home move.

1. Shelf liners to spruce up an old home before you unpack

A lot of people call these contact paper. They are also referred to as PVC paper, and they can be made of vinyl, flexible plastic or a rubber-like material. Some of them stick and can be removed easily (though you should always test a patch first). Nonetheless they can be used for a variety of things to spice up your new home and make it livable or ‘like new’ again. For example:

  • Lining shelves and drawers (duh!)

  • Covering walls or built in millwork shelving (yes, people use these as a wallpaper substitute – but make sure it’s removable or test a little before you go all out! Especially if you’re renting!)

  • Making windows frosty (get the frosty kind, Con-Tact brand has these varieties)

  • Covering holes and gaps on utility shelves (some shelf panels are not solid, so plastic sheets can help prevent things falling through the cracks)

Plus, if you like being a little crafty and Pinterest-ey, you can look up the way some clever folks are using marble contact paper to create a high-end look on side tables, vanities and desks. Maybe a Craigslist furniture reclaiming project for later?

2) Containers and organizers to make space in your new home

The dollar store can give you great bargains on things that don’t necessarily need to be ‘name brands’ to be good quality. Plastic bins, garbage cans, drawer organizers, and even tupperware can help you create segments out of your new closets and kitchen cupboards on your next move-in. You’d be surprised how easily you can create extra space with the power of stacking containers. Tip: think vertical instead of horizontal. And, if you like things to look clean and purposeful, try to keep the containers consistent in colour and size. We also recommend using clear containers for the stuff you’ll put away and not look at often; the see-through bins don’t require opening up to see what’s in them.

3) Rope, masking tape and markers for moving day

Classic moving-day supplies you’ll need, that you can get at the dollar store, are rope, masking tape and markers. The dollar store may also have cardboard boxes for packing up your home. These will most likely be smaller boxes for the little trinkets (like your nail polish collection or your silverware). But the masking tape and rope can hold larger moving boxes together, while the markers can help you label the boxes so you know where things are when it’s time to unpack. In fact hey, why not grab a pack of dollar store office labels to make things stand out a bit more on those moving boxes!

Bonus tip: try looking for mailing paper wrap at the dollar store in case you need that extra protection on your boxes, or would like to mail things in advance for long-distance moves.

4) Hardware, tools, outdoor gloves and knee pads for moving in and settling in

For the rough and heavy work, you’ll need to make sure you have things that will make your life just a bit easier. Grip gloves can help you move large and heavy things (especially if it’s wet outside). And, if you need to do handy work around the house again, you may find another need for them later. If not, they’re cheap enough at the dollar store you could toss them if you don’t need them, or they last just for themoving day.

You’d also be surprised how many variants of tools and hardware you can find at the dollar store. From screwdrivers to picture hanging hardware, and even electrical surge protectors or light bulbs, the dollar store has a lot of cheaper options you’ll want to shop for before going to a traditional hardware store. You’re going to need to find places to hang your old light pendants, or plug in your computer at your new desk station, and so on. So try the dollar store for when you settle in after moving day.

Knee pads can be kind on your knees for cleaning, or anything that involves kneeling while you’re moving in or moving out. If you plan on painting, or installing closet shelves in your new place (or uninstalling them at your old place), knee pads can soften that experience. Also great for cleaning lower areas. They can be found near the gardening section of the dollar store, and of course can be used for pulling out those weeds the old tenants may have left behind!

5) Cleaning products for moving in or moving out

Cleaning is part of every move, and the time when you notice things behind other things that you didn’t know about! Great news is, the dollar store can sometimes carry even name-brand cleaning products. From window cleaners to Lysol disinfectant, you can try your chances at the dollar store for these essentials. And if it’s the cheap stuff, it probably won’t matter much for the rough and dirty clean to get initial grime off. Later you can go over your area with the better stuff, if you’re concerned about ‘how clean is clean’, or any chemical residue.

The dollar store fun doesn’t end on moving day!

We’ve given you a few ideas to get you going for moving day at the dollar store. But of course, it doesn’t have to end there. Dollar store hacks can be useful for other life situations after you move. Like for office supplies, party supplies, kids toys, gifts and other cool stuff for the home.

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5 Things to Buy, Before Moving

Things to pick up at a hardware store for your next moving day haul

If you like life hacks, or just being a handy kind of person, you might like knowing about some products that can make your next moving day, or move-in easier. We find these typically at hardware stores, but a department store with a hardware section in it may have these things as well. Here is our list of things to pick up at a hardware store before moving day, or to prepare for moving day.

1) Sturdy moving crates

Usually made of wood, but also of plastic, you can find moving crates to hold the heavier, bulkier items you need to move. When a cardboard box won’t do, spending the $10 – $13 or so to get a sturdy wooden box for moving day may just be worth the investment. You won’t want your wine collection, for example, to break on moving day.

And, if you ask nicely, the store may also have some moving pallets that can come in handy for the really big moves, like for large heavy planters, and so on. These pallets are usually used with special moving equipment. If you’re doing a more industrial move, however, you may need these anyway.

2) Moving dollies of various shapes and sizes

A dolly is not just a dolly. Certain dollies can be made for different uses, like for appliances or boxes. Especially if you plan to move again, you may want invest in the right type of equipment that will allow youmove things more easily on wheels.

You may also want a dolly with a flat surface, or a wagon, to be able to pull things more easily and make fewer trips to your moving truck or car when it comes time for transporting.

These are not always cheap, so see if the hardware store can rent these out. They can usually rent out tools, and dollies may be part of that offering. Or, check Craigslist or your good friend who owes you a favour!

3) Boxes, bungee cords and moving blankets or pads

Yes, there are blankets devoted to the use of moving! There are also all sorts of bubbly, soft padding products made specifically for moving. Some things needs that extra TLC, like your electronics or breakables. Here is what the Home Depot sells in this department, for example.

Plus, the hardware store can carry more typical moving supplies, like moving boxes. And specially-made moving boxes can be useful because when they are all the same size, they stack more easily. Some may be more sturdy than others as well. We would of course suggest going green with a company like Frogbox, so sturdy plastic containers can be re-used, instead of cardboard boxes creating more waste (even if they are recycled later). But for some, cardboard is just the way to go when moving. The hardware store can carry these at some reasonable prices too.

And don’t forget, Ferguson Moving and Storage also has moving supplies! When you hire us to do your move for you, you can also pick up moving supplies from us, making one less stop for you.

4) Power washers, wet dry vacs and other tools and equipment to use before you move

Sometimes you just need the heavy duty stuff around to be able to work faster or take care of the jobs that need more effort before you move. And oftentimes, renting the equipment is only a tad cheaper than buying it straight out (though we encourage you to do your own cost comparisons). For example, for your move, you may be able to make use of:

Power washers can help you clean the outside of your home, or your concrete or driveway a lot faster than trying to scrub by hand. This can help stage your home for a sale as well.

Wet dry vacs are industrial style vacuums that we’re sure some homemakers or clean freaks will absolutely love and want to keep. They can clean up really messy big pieces of dirt and debri from construction waste. But when you’re dealing with dust, and a lot of in-and-out foot traffic on moving day, these can help a lot. If you crack a glass on moving day, grab the wet dry vac! If there’s mud on moving day(because of rainy Vancouver, no doubt), use the wet dry vac! Plus they can suck up dirt around the corners of your walkway leading to your door, paper and plastic pieces and other junk that could easily clog up a ‘regular’ vacuum.

Drills and other power or hand tools will also come in handy when you need to do things like remove door pegs to be able to take out doors so furniture can move in and out more easily. They can also help with uninstalling or installing shelving, wall nails, cabinets, light fixtures, high-end fire alarms, or other household items you invested in over the years and want to take with you on moving day. You can also take apart IKEA furniture more easily this way, if you desire to flat pack it all over again, and then put it together at your destination (we know, slim chance, but we thought we’d mention it anyway!).

5) Home repair materials for moving in or moving out

Inevitably there are going to be holes in the walls from the pictures or art you’ve taken down that will need spackling. And there may be some electrical outlet covers you’ll want to replace. Or you may want to fix a broken switch you never got around to before you had to move.

To prepare you home for its new tenants, you may want to pick up some inexpensive home repair material at the hardware store before you move. Drywall hole filler material can be just a few dollars, and there are even kits that come with everything you need to fix patches. Here is just one example.

If you know the paint code or name of your walls, you can buy small buckets of paint that cost less than $10, to do some patch ups (word of the wise: not all whites are equal!).

Some easy wood glue can fix some peeling moulding or baseboards too.

There is also such a thing as silicone remover, like this product, so you can easily re-do the silicone caulk in a bathroom or kitchen before you move, or after your move-in.

And of course, the list goes on! That’s what the hardware store is for, after all!

Need Extra Help?

Call us for advice on what to buy before you move! Ferguson Moving and Storage in Vancouver, Richmond, Surrey, Coquitlam and Langley offers professional moving services, and that can include letting you know our best tips and advice for prepping your home before or after moving day. Give us a call at 604-922-2212 or contact us through our website.