Choosing the Right Moving Supplies…

Moving-SuppliesWhen it’s time to move, you want to be sure that all of your possessions not only make it from point A to point B, but that they also arrive safe and sound.  There’s nothing worse than arriving at your new home or place of business to find that some of your belongings were either damaged or lost during the move.

One way to avoid loss or damage is to use the right supplies when packing and preparing for the move.  Choosing the right moving supplies will ensure your items are packed correctly and make it to their destination in one piece. Here is a list of some of the essential moving supplies you should have for your next move:

Boxes – Big, Small and Plenty

Having boxes on hand during your move always prepares you for success.  Boxes are the go-to method for packing almost anything. They help keep your possessions organized and offer a layer of protection to prevent damage.

A common mistake when it comes to buying or renting moving boxes is to only get one size of boxes. It’s a good idea to get boxes in different sizes based on what it is you are moving.  While large boxes can hold quite a bit, they are not always practical for smaller items. You also don’t want to load boxes so heavy that they can’t be lifted or come apart during the move. Be sure to give yourself some choices when it comes to box size.

Remember to have plenty of boxes on hand as you begin to sort and pack before your move. You’re better off having a few unused boxes at the end rather than trying to cram too much in because you don’t have enough.

Dish Packs

Some of the items you will be moving are much more fragile than others. Using the right packing supplies can make a huge difference in making sure those fragile belongings arrive safely and undamaged. Dishes, for example, should be packed with care, wrapped in paper or cloth and placed in dish pack boxes. Packing dishes in this type of box adds additional protection and keeps your valuables secure. A dish pack is perfect for moving fragile items such as fine china, crystal stemware, porcelain figurines or antiques to name a few.

Strong Tape

As you finish packing your boxes up, you’ll want to be sure to use good strong packing tape to keep your boxes closed. When choosing tape, find tape that is specifically made for packing and moving. Using cheap tape or tape that can be easily broken might result in boxes spilling open during the move, which could lead to broken or lost items. Don’t chance it! Pay the extra for good strong tape that you can rely on.

Blankets and Saran Wrap

If you’ve ever watched a professional moving company work before, you’ve probably seen them use both blankets and saran wrap to protect furniture and secure other items into moving trucks. These are very important moving supplies that help keep your possessions safe from start to finish.  As you begin to pack up your belongings, keep a pile of blankets out to use when you start to load your moving truck. You might want to stop by a local hardware store or moving company to pick up a roll of saran wrap as well.

Article written by Wendy Cracchiolo at “Get Your Move On” She can be reached at


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Phoenix, Arizona home price gains lead the nation (again)

Phoenix Business Journal by Kristena Hansen, Reporter Phoenix Business Journal

Date: Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 2:48pm MST

Arizona home prices are up 20 percent from a year ago.

Not so surprisingly, yet another national housing report — this time from the Federal Housing Finance Agency — has determined that home price gains this year in both metro Phoenix and Arizona have once again far outpaced the rest of the country.

The FHFA data released Tuesday shows Arizona landed the No. 1 spot for the biggest year-over-year increase — about 20 percent — in median sales prices in the third quarter. The District of Columbia trailed behind in second place with a 15.5 percent jump during the same period, followed by Idaho’s 9.5 percent rise, according to the report.

Arizona’s home price appreciation was also significantly greater than the national year-over-year average of 4.04 percent in the third quarter. However, the Grand Canyon State was still notably down — by almost 37 percent — from the boom times in 2007, the report said.

The FHFA report also ranked home price appreciation in the nation’s 25 largest metropolitan areas and Phoenix clenched the No. 1 spot there as well — and by a long shot — for both year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter gains.

The Valley’s 26 percent spike in median prices from the third quarter last year was way ahead of the Houston and Miami metro areas, which both saw gains of roughly 10 percent.

Phoenix’s 7.2 percent jump from just the second quarter of this year also far outpaced the second-place ranking of 3 percent in the Oakland, Calif. area, the report said.

While housing data from different research entities almost always has some degree of variation, the FHFA figures seem to be in line with some previous reports this summer from Zillow Inc. andCoreLogic. Both ranked Phoenix and Arizona as having the biggest upswing in home prices.

Andrew Leventis, principal economist at the FHFA, said in Tuesday’s report that home appreciation in the third quarter mirrored the springtime this year, which is traditionally the busiest in real estate, but said the housing recovery is still somewhat hampered.

“The past year has seen consistent price increases, but a number of factors continue to affect the recovery in home prices such as stagnant income growth, high unemployment levels, lingering uncertainty about the macro economy and the large number of homes in the foreclosure pipeline,” Leventis said.

His latter point — foreclosure backlogs — is less applicable to Arizona.

In fact, I wrote a story about that very topic on Monday based on a recent study by Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business, which determined Arizona’s less-restrictive mortgage laws have played a big part in the rapid recovery of its housing market this year.

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