In this special episode of Today’s Homeowner Podcast, I’m talking to Trevor Stromquist, Sales Manager at 3M, about products that can make moving out less stressful.
Moving anywhere can be a stressful process. Whether it’s to a different country, a different state, or even just down the street — but planning the trip can take off lots of stress.
For instance, purging unwanted items and donating them or selling them can clear up space and leave you with less to pack.
When it comes to packing, you can find hundreds of 3M products at TheHome Depot to help make your move easy. Like painter’s tape, Scotch tape, packaging tape, products to fix your walls if they are damaged, and so much more!
Hang Things Without Damaging Your Walls
Beyond the task of packing, you may have to do some touch-ups to your home before moving. There might be some paint touch-ups here and there, or covering up nail holes left from pictures hung on the wall.
Instead of nails, Command Hooks are a great alternative that we absolutely love. The application and removal are easy and there’s no need to worry about damage.
There’s also a new product joining the Command Hook family for those heavier items you want to hang. The 3M Claw is heavy duty and can hang up to 50 pounds!
Using Packaging Tape That Won’t Fail
There’s nothing more frustrating about moving out than having the wrong-size box, or having a box that pops open during the trip.
3M has a full line of Scotch Packaging Tape to help with that. Scotch Box Lock Packaging Tape is heavy-duty and comes off the roll quietly. It sticks to any box and will keep your box closed so you don’t have to worry about your items falling out!
Want to quickly identify which box goes where? We all know about marking boxes with a permanent marker, but here’s a pro tip: Color-code your boxes for different rooms of your house.
That will make packing and unloading your boxes much more efficient!
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Moving from one home to another signals a new beginning, so it’s important to plan and pack well for a smooth, successful transition. Follow our moving checklist, brought you by3M, for tips to do just that!
1. Declutter Your Home
When you are preparing to sell your house, or even move out of your rental, you need to clean and start organizing your things.
Everyone has items that they no longer need that often end up in a junk drawer, attic or garage. If you haven’t used something for years, and have no plans to do so, now’s the time to get rid of it!
In fact, moving is the perfect time to curate your house so the new place has only the items that will make it your home.
So, grab three boxes and mark them, ‘Keep,’ ‘Toss’ and ‘Donate.’ You can add a fourth box and mark it, ‘Sell,’ if you have time for a yard sale or want tosell some items online.
The goal is to declutter and get rid of everything you don’t need — that way, you’ll have less to pack, less to move, and less to unload at the new place.
Best of all, your donated and sold items can bring joy to someone else’s home!
2. Order Moving Supplies
Unless you’re anextreme minimalist and can pack everything in a suitcase, you’ll need some moving supplies. In fact, you’ll probably need more supplies than you could imagine!
Home Depot sells all the 3M brands that help make your move easier. But whether you’re a curator — someone who carefully manages their home’s contents and tends to live with less — or a collector — someone who adds more to their home as the days, months and years progress — everyone needs the basics. Boxes, cushion wrap (for delicate items) and tape are necessities for your moving checklist.
However, don’t take chances and make blind estimates! No one wants to discover, halfway through the process, that there aren’t enough boxes.
Let’s face it, everyone wants to move to a new home, but no one enjoys packing boxes so they can leave their old home.
Here’s where a little prep work goes a long way.
If you’re too busy with work and other obligations, and need motivation to pack some boxes, here’s a trick. Place moving boxes in each room of your home as reminders to pack them, little by little, each day.
But don’t place the boxes against a wall or in a closet — those would be easy to ignore. Place them directly on the floor, in front of bookshelves, cabinets and drawers.
Then you’ll be motivated to pack stuff just to move them out of the way!
Moving is a long, exhausting process. To save yourself some stress, minimize the work you’ll have to do after arriving at the new location. To do that, add “clean everything” to your moving checklist.
Before you start to box up books or pack your knick-knacks, first clean them. Run a feather duster over picture frames, miniatures and trophies. Wipe down each hardback — top to bottom — from your bookshelves.
Use Scotch-Brite Reusable Wipes for more effective cleaning with less elbow grease. They’re more durable than paper towels and machine washable. Best of all, you can rinse and reuse these wipes up to 10 times, which stretches your household dollar.
Do the same for lamps, devices and media, ensuring that computers, printers and peripherals are dust- and grime-free before they enter the moving truck.
If you’re not sure what to do about gunk around your phones’ and remote controls’ buttons, trydipping a toothpick in rubbing alcohol and gently scrubbing around those narrow spaces.
Once you’ve cleaned the small stuff, turn your attention toward the big stuff, particularly upholstered furniture and mattresses. Run a vacuum brush attachment over them to suck up dust that could affect your new home’sindoor air quality.
5. Pack the Moving Boxes
There’s just one last thing to add to your moving checklist, and it’s the most important one of them all: pack!
Scotch Moving Boxes are easy to assemble and strong, when used correctly. Just follow the box’s directions and seal the seam on the bottom with Scotch Box Lock Packaging Tape. Then tape the box perpendicular to the seam for extra support.
Remember, moving is not the time to take chances. That’s why it’s important to use Scotch Box Lock Packaging Tape, which sticks instantly to any box, including harder-to-stick-to 100% recycled boxes.
In fact, it’s guaranteed to stay sealed with one strip of tape — you won’t need more layers. And it has the power of extreme grip to ensure boxes stay securely sealed, even during rough handling.
Plan your boxing strategy wisely, considering each box’s contents and weight. For instance, hardback books are heavy, so place them in small boxes to prevent back strain. Reserve big boxes for smaller items (like stuffed toys) that fill up a lot of space but aren’t a pain to pick up.
Also, wrap valuables and delicate items, like dishes, withScotch Cushion Wrap. It’s more secure than old newspapers and won’t leave imprints on your items. As for dishes? Stand them vertically, like vinyl records, not horizontally.
Boxes work best when they’re stackable, so fill them completely to prevent collapsing. And right after you fill and seal each box, grab a permanent marker and write the name of the room where items should go.
Finally, pack one last box — it will have everything you’ll need right after arriving at your new home. This includes coffee cups, snacks, toiletries and cleaning supplies. You won’t want to hunt for these things upon arrival.
Pack these essentials last and grab them as soon as you arrive at your destination.
Last, But Not Least…
When you finally move into your new place, there’s still a lot to do after unpacking. And you don’t want to miss a single step because tackling these home improvements now means you won’t have to think about them later. (Plus, your home will sparkle for the housewarming party!)
First, deep-clean your new home with Scotch-Brite’s Heavy Duty Scrub Sponges. Applying a mixture of soap and water with these powerful sponges removes stuck-on messes — and memories — left from the previous homeowners,
Next, it’s time to personalize your new home. First, cover the trim withScotch Blue Painter’s Tape with Edge Lock (on the blue roll) and give the walls a fresh coat of paint to reflect your personal style. Feeling creative? Block certain shapes and patterns with the painter’s tape for a designer look.
After that, decorate your new home, damage-free, with Command Picture Hanging Strips. Regardless of the frame type, there is a hanging solution for it that won’t leave holes, marks, or sticky residue on your walls.
Finally, organize your home with clean storage solutions. It’s easy when you use Command’s Broom Gripper, a damage-free, self-adhesive storage solution to get brooms off the closet floor.
Then you can get bottles of cleaning products off cabinet floors — and save that space for baskets and other items — with Command’s Spray Bottle Hanger.
Need to free up more storage space in kitchen cabinets? Command Wire Hooks hold up to 2 pounds — perfect for plastic bags of ingredients and anything else you need to keep close by for cooking.
And you can corral tangled cords between computer desks, appliances and entertainment centers with Command Cord Bundlers. They stick to paint, wood and tile, among other surfaces, and also leave no holes, marks, sticky residue or stains!
Now, thanks to the convenience of 3M products, your moving checklist is complete. So, all you have to do is get ready for a smooth move.
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