Ugh, moving. Just the thought of it makes you pout. With your house on the market, you’re so wrapped up in finding a buyer and making sure the house is always clean, you’d like to blissfully put off the last step of this whole process.

Problem is, if you concoct last-ditch plans for how to make moving easier, you could end up spending hundreds (or even thousands!) of dollars to hire out all that work. Do you really want drop serious cash from your hard earned home sale profits on that?

Not when you can keep more of your money with simple planning.

So about 30-35% of your house should be packed up and in storage before it’s even on the market.”

Begin by collecting the essentials that will launch you into productivity. If you forget (or run out) of anything you need, you’ll have to drop what you’re doing and spend precious hours in transit. So, we put together this list to make moving easier on your back and sanity with just one run to the hardware store.

The most important thing is to be organized. So the idea of pre-ordering and and having the materials you need is a great idea.

Your hardware store shopping list to make any move easier

1. Storage for important documents

Before you throw everything into boxes, you need an easy way to keep track of all of your critical documents, receipts, and personal records in one safe place.

Grab a binder, heavy duty folder, or small storage container for any files or paperwork that you can’t afford to lose in the move.

Here are some examples of items you should organize into your handy dandy record keeper:

  • Home sale documents
  • Tax forms
  • Receipts for home maintenance costs
  • Passports
  • Birth, marriage, death certificates
  • Social security information
  • Health records
  • Veterinary records
  • Kids’ school records
  • Put anything that’s irreplaceable (or will cause loads of stress if lost) into your new document storage system. Then put that binder or folder into a locked compartment or at least tuck it away somewhere safe. 

    2. The essentials for packing up household items: boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap and more

    Stock up on all of your moving essentials. If you’re packing up a whole house, it’s better to have extra packing materials than not enough. Once you get into the steady rhythm of packing, you won’t want to stop to go buy more boxes.

    Here’s a list of household packing essentials that you don’t want to forget at the hardware store:

  • Heavy duty boxes in various sizes
  • Packing tape-dispensing guns (one for each person that’s packing, plus one or two extra in case they get lost in the chaos)
  • Bubble wrap or packing paper for fragile items
  • Dish foam for dishes
  • Markers to label each box

    3. Vacuum seal bags for clothes and linens

    Use vacuum seal bags to save space for clothes, linens, and pillows. With a strong squeeze or vacuum suction, the bags will compress the air out to reduce the storage size. Stack the compressed bags into a box or just pile them into the backseat of your car to save space between trips.

    4. Tie downs and ratchet straps for your car or truck

    Whether you’re using your own car or renting a moving truck, you’ll need strong straps to protect your things between point A and point B.

    Grab a 100 foot line of ¼ inch nylon rope to tie furniture and boxes down so they don’t get damaged during the move. Get some ratchet straps with hooks on the ends to secure items to internal walls of a moving truck.

    5. A hand truck or dolly for heavy items

    For that massive wall-unit that weighs a ton or the box of old ethics textbooks you can’t bring yourself to get rid of, a hand truck is your saving grace. Save time (and your lower back) with wheels that do the work for you.

    6. A portable ramp or plywood to move heavy items down steps

    Imagine your defeat as you wheel your dresser to the front door only to remember those pesky front steps! Luckily, you can buy (or rent) a portable ramp to lay over your steps.

    7. Furniture covers, sliders, and straps for protection

    Keep your furniture, walls, and floors free of dings and scratches.

    Buy moving blankets to cover furniture and protect it from getting scratched, ripped, or dirty throughout the move.

    Furniture sliders help to push heavy items across a hard floor, so you don’t hurt your back or scratch up the floors.

    Don’t forget furniture straps to hold the furniture in place while you move it. Your local hardware store should stock these items to help with your move.

    8. Portable speaker for music

    OK, this isn’t a necessity to make moving easier… but it does make moving fun!

    Get a portable speaker to move with you as you go.

    Turn up your favorite tunes to keep the energy high as you pack up your house, and keep it on while you bring items back and forth to make moving a little less painful.

    8. Portable speaker for music

    OK, this isn’t a necessity to make moving easier… but it does make moving fun!

    Get a portable speaker to move with you as you go.

    Turn up your favorite tunes to keep the energy high as you pack up your house, and keep it on while you bring items back and forth to make moving a little less painful.

    Make moving easier on your back, mind, and wallet

    The average American moves 11 times in their life, according to data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau, and each move involves a lot of stress, pain, and exhaustion. The cost of moving adds up quickly, too.

    Jot down this complete list to get everything you need to make moving easier in one trip to the hardware store.

  • Storage for important documents: a folder, binder or container
  • Packing essentials: boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap, and markers
  • Vacuum seal bags
  • Hand truck or dolly
  • A portable ramp or materials to build one
  • Furniture covers, sliders, and straps
  • Portable speaker
  • Car charger and mount