Moving Tips

Get organized

Moving can be one of the most stressful experiences in life. Getting yourself and your family organized will take the stress out of the day and allow you to focus on the fun stuff - like the fact that you’re moving into a great new home!

Here are a few quick pointers for an easier move:

  • Co-ordinate your move to avoid storage or delays. Give your mover plenty of notice to ensure that you secure the time and date you desire. It would be better to move on a weekday when things like the bank are open.
  • If you require packing, notify your mover immediately.
  • If you require storage, plan for extra supplies such as sofa bags, mattress covers, shrink wrap, etc. If you need to store items, always inspect the storage place first to ensure that there is climate control and that your possessions will be safe from damage.
  • Unless already arranged, make sure all possessions are packed and ready for moving day.
  • If you are moving in or out of an apartment, remember it is your responsibility to book the elevator in advance to ensure you secure the desired time and day. Loading time is longer than unloading time.
  • When booking your mover, inform them of any parking restrictions.
  • To speed up unloading at destination please have a copy of the floor plan so that the movers will know where put your possessions.
  • To speed up moving time, prepare to have all of your things unloaded into a room near the door, but make sure there are clear paths and that nothing is being blocked.
  • Movers do not accept responsibility for items of unusual or extraordinary value, so remember to get transit insurance.
  • When moving a washing machine put plastic bags around the hoses and secure them with rubber bands. This prevents leakage in transit. Also, for electrical appliances, ensure they are emptied and disconnected.
  • Label boxes you will need upon arriving.
  • Set aside items that you will be using and need until the last minute.
  • If there is something that is going to be left behind or that you would like to move yourself, attach "Do Not Move" labels to them.
  • Dispose of anything you no longer want or need.
  • Empty the fuel from the lawn mower, power tools, kerosene, lamps and barbecue. Do not take paints, bleach, lighter fluids, matches, ammunition, or any type of combustible products. Moving companies are not able to move flammable materials or livestock.
  • If possible it is best to have your pets and children occupied on moving day.
  • Movers can transport plants at the risk of the owners.
  • If required, movers can disable mirrors, beds, or dressers. If you do this yourself it is helpful to put all nuts, bolts and screws in a small zip lock bag and tape it to the furniture.
  • The freezer must be emptied to avoid riping the liner. This is the perfect opportunity to clean all of those appliances.
  • Tie mops, curtain rods, and broom handles together, shrink wrap would be perfect for this.
  • Always double check your home for forgotten items.
  • Turn off lights, check furnace and windows before you leave.
  • If you are moving in colder weather allow your electronics to acclimatize before plugging in.
  • Always recycle your moving supplies.

Professional Packing Tips!

  • Use good quality, closed top boxes and seal them with packing tape.
  • If you are wraping items in newspaper, use unprinted ones as the ink can ruin the items you are trying to protect.
  • Ensure that the bottom and top of the boxes are filled with unprinted newspaper or foam chips. Boxes should be packed all the way to the top to prevent them from getting crushed in traffic. But, give fragile items room to breathe.
  • Wrap items in paper before packing and ensure that heavier items go in the bottom of the box.
  • Pack toiletries separately and secure the caps and corks. Have boxes labelled.
  • Books should be packed horizontally in 1.5 cubes.
  • You must have spare boxes on moving day, just in case there is any last minute packing.
  • Use your linens as fillers for other items.
  • You do not have to unpack your dressers. But ensure that breakables, spillables, heavy items and valuables are removed.
  • Clearly identify fragile boxes.
  • Do not pack heavy and bulky items in with china. Things like small kitchen appliances should be packed separately in a larger box.
  • Use smaller boxes for heavy items and larger boxes for light items.
  • When using bubble wrap to pack, make sure you pack with the bubble side out.
  • Cartons should not weigh more than 50-60 lbs, with the exception of heavy duty boxes.
  •  Table lamps should be packed in a carton. Remove bulbs and pack lamp shades separately with clean, non-printed paper.
  • Plates should always be packed on edge (like in a dishwasher). Drinking glasses should be packed upside down.
  • Never use grabage bags for packing. These could be mistaken for junk and be disposed of.
  • For your hanging clothes, take them straight from your closet and into a wardrobe container. This will allow you to unpack wrinkle free clothing.
  • Tape an 'X' of masking tape across mirrors and paintings framed with glass. Wrap each item in bubble wrap and place in a mirror carton.