Whether this is your first move or your fiftieth, one of the biggest challenges seems to be getting through the process without uttering the words "oops, I forgot". Hopefully this section on moving tips will help reduce the risk of saying those words.
The two biggest ingredients in having a successful move are allowing yourself enough time to plan it and picking the right moving company to assist you. By doing these two things you eliminate the stress factor and may actually find yourself enjoying the process. Following are some tips you should find helpful.
Remember, it's not just about the destination, but enjoying the journey there.
8 to 4 Weeks Prior to Moving
Tour your home including the attic, garage, and storage shed, and decide which items should be discarded or donated to charity. Consider a garage sale.
Contact us and request a guaranteed estimate of your moving charges.
Begin to use up frozen food and staples. Buy only what will be used before moving. It is inadvisable to move frozen goods on the van over long distances.
Make your travel reservations for the trip (if necessary) - airline, hotel, rental car.
Arrange for transfer of records, i.e. school, medical, etc.
3 Weeks Prior to Moving
Arrange for transportation of pets, including kennels. Check with your veterinarian.
Return library books, video tapes, and other borrowed items. Collect anything lent out or in for repairs.
Dispose of flammables - paint, matches, pressure cans, cleaning fluids, etc.
Notify post office, mail order accounts, etc. of your pending change of address.
2 Weeks Prior to Moving
Draw up a floor plan of your new home and indicate furniture placement. It makes moving in twice as easy.
Start packing if you have planned to do some of it yourself.
Arrange a babysitter for moving day.
Plan to discontinue utilities, delivery services, etc.
1 Week Prior to Moving
Prepare for car trip. Finish packing all suitcases and basic essentials. Plan to carry valuable documents, currency and jewellery with you.
Drain water from garden hoses and oil/fuel from lawn mower and other machinery.
Defrost and wipe dry fridge and freezer. Don't overlook the defrost water pan. If you have a front load washing machine make sure you have a blocking kit for it.
Take down curtain rods, shelves - items that are attached to walls. Dismantle large power tools such as lathes, grinders, etc.
Confirm that you have important papers, keys, medications, plane tickets, and appropriate clothing for your trip.
If you are having us do your packing:
Have a clear workspace available for packers.
Point out fragile valuable items, items you will be taking with you and anything to be left for new owners.
Moving Day (Out)
Plan to stay home until the moving van has left.
Tour house with van operator, confirm new address and delivery date.
Be sure to check destination contact phone numbers.
Do a final check for overlooked items.
Make certain windows and doors are locked, utilities are discontinued or turned off, keys transferred and lights out.
Moving Day (In)
Verify utilities are connected and floor plan correct.
Check items being unloaded are placed where you wish them.
Make arrangements for installation of appliances if required.
Confirm unpacking requirements with van operator if needed.
Change of address
Bank and insurance co.
Doctors, dentists, lawyers
Utilities (water, oil, gas, hydro)
Telephone / cell phone
TV cable / satellite
Friends and relatives
16. Label your boxes and bins with a list of contents and a room location in your new home.
2. Try to avoid moving into your new home on your "closing" day. Sometimes there are delays in the closing or the former owners may be late moving out. There's nothing worse than having the moving truck sitting idle, running up extra charges.
3. Go through your home from top to bottom before the moving consultant(s) comes in to do their survey. Decide exactly what is being moved and what will be sold or discarded. Make a list so that you can discuss it with the moving consultant. Similarly, make a list of any items stored or kept at another location including any items on loan to friends or family.
4. If you are doing some/all of your own packing, arrange to get started well in advance of the move. Packing is much harder work than most people realize and unless you do it for a living it will take you longer than you expect.
5. Use up food from your freezer and pantry. Plan to clean your freezer and refrigerator at least 24-48 hours prior to the move in order to give these appliances time to properly dry. Put a charcoal filter, baking soda fridge pack, or other such item inside to keep the appliance fresh. Leave lids and doors open until they are dry.
6. Movers do not remove items affixed to ceilings and walls, therefore if you are taking drapery tracks, curtain rods, blinds, or other items, remove them before the packers/movers arrive.
7. You can leave lightweight items in dresser drawers but do no put books, linens or other heavy items in them. Be sure to remove valuables like jewelry and fragile items including bottles of perfume.
8. Always allow yourself lots of time to arrange your move so you end up with the company you want.
9. If your move is large (a three or four bedroom house), it is a good idea to have a moving consultant do a visual survey. This will allow you to know not only the costs involved for your move, but the time that will be required to complete your move. There is no cost for this survey.
10. If you are moving from a building requiring an elevator, it is your responsibility to ensure that an elevator has been reserved for your move.
11. Check your homeowners insurance to see if your goods will be insured while being moved or if you require the moving companies insurance. Ask about deductibles!
12. Most movers will move plants, but they are moved at your risk. (If you are moving during freezing temperatures it is best to just give the plants to a neighbor for they will not survive the cold).
13. Make sure appliances are clean, empty, disconnected, and ready to move.
14. Remove propane tanks from barbecues.
15. Empty gasoline from lawnmowers, etc.
17. Do not stack cartons in hallways or doorways.
18. Do not pack aerosols, paint, bleaches, flammables, etc.
19. Do not leave cartons half empty or flowing over.
20. Do not fold-lock cartons, tape them instead.
21. Do call us for supplies or advice anytime!
Packing is a very time consuming process and on a local move will usually at least double your cost should you elect to have the moving company do your packing. Subsequently, should you do your own packing, you are cutting your relocation costs down substantially. Further, when a house is well packed, it will save time on moving day which is also a very cost-effective measure if you are paying by the hour.
Besides allowing yourself lots of time, here are a few of the basics that you will need to get started:
Packing paper – newsprint and tissue.
Boxes of various sizes
Markers or labels
Try to keep cartons under 35kg or 80lbs.
Use coloured wrapping for small items that might get thrown out with the packing paper during the unpacking, such as sugar bowl lids, etc.
Do not under fill the cartons or they might get damaged/crushed when other cartons are put on top of them. Cushion every container with crushed paper on the bottom, between layers and in empty spaces.
Label each carton as to the room you want it to end up in at your new home, its contents, and any special instructions that may apply such as fragile, do not tip, etc.
As part of your packing process, label items in your house that are not to be moved. Remember what is supposed to be left. It is always a good idea to do a quick 'Once Through" the house before leaving.
Box sizes are important. Small heavy items such as books, canned foods, CDs, etc, go in smaller boxes (2 cubic ft.); lighter items can go into large boxes (4 cubic ft.); and very light items such as lamps, linens, etc, go into larger boxes (5 cubic ft.).
Do not pack aerosol cans of any kind, paint, paint thinner, fuel of any kind, any dangerous chemicals or liquids, bleaches, or anything flammable. Also keep in mind articles that will freeze such as canned and bottled foods if you are moving during weather conditions that could see the temperature drop below freezing.
Dresser drawers may be moved with the clothes left in them. Do take out any smaller or fragile items.
Use sturdy boxes with lids. Use tape to secure the top and bottom. Do not fold lock boxes. Plastic Rubbermaid containers can be used in place of or with boxes.
Common Items to Pack
China Plates and Dishes
These can be packed at the bottom of a china carton (or if you prefer in a smaller box). With a stack of packing paper on a table or counter, place a plate on the paper and fold one or two sheets diagonally over the plate. Place another plate on top and fold another one or two sheets over it. Add one or two more plates to form a bundle. Roll the bundle into another few sheets.
Place the bundle into the carton in a standing position (vertically) on edge and continue this until you have a row of wrapped plates across the carton. Keep the row snug and tight so the plates will stand up straight. If there are not enough plates to complete the bottom row, use good sturdy pieces such as bowls, etc, to do so. Then place another layer of crushed paper over the tier of plates.
As you fill the box, the items being packed should become lighter. Always keep each layer snug and cushion paper between layers.
Use one sheet (or even a half sheet) of paper per glass or cup. Place the glass in the corner on its side and roll it with the paper to the other side. Gently stuff excess paper into the glass and fold the other excess around the glass for extra protection. Place in the top of the carton on end (never on their side).
Very delicate stemware and expensive crystal is packed just like glasses, but use tissue and paper. Wrap first in the tissue, and then lightly in a half piece of paper.
If you find there are gaps for which you have no material, use crumpled paper. Remember to keep it snug and tight, but do not force anything. When packing smaller items (e.g. sugar bowl lids), wrap the bundle with tape so it stands out to the unpacker and does not get inadvertently thrown away. When you get to the top of the carton place crumpled paper on top so that there is a slight pressure when you close the lid.
Pack these in a separate box away from fragile items. Fill any spaces with crumpled up paper to prevent movement.
Pots and Pans
Pots and pans can be placed in a carton in any manner so long as paper is placed between each item so they do not get scratched, especially the non-stick coated items.
Make sure these are wrapped in paper and then tape them. Be sure to label these accordingly so the unpacker can be extra careful.
Remove the lampshade and pack separately. Remove the bulb/harp and wrap individually. Place these together in the same carton with the lamp. Use plenty of paper to cushion or use small throw pillows wrapped in clean paper to keep the lamp snug in the carton. Several lamps can go into one carton so long as they are wrapped individually. Do not allow the lamp to protrude above the top of the carton.
Lampshades should be packed individually in a paper lined carton. One lampshade per carton.
Books and Papers
Books and related items should be packed in smaller boxes (2 cubic ft.).
Small pictures should be wrapped individually and placed vertically inside a 2 cubic or 4 cubic ft. carton. Make sure there is crumpled paper at the bottom and top of the carton. Several pictures will fit in one box.
Larger Pictures, Mirrors and Sheet Glass
These items should be packed in mirror cartons. Our staff provides these at no cost during your move and will pack and unpack them for you.
Clothes can go into wardrobe containers. Our staff provides these at no cost during your move and will pack and unpack them for you.
In general, consolidate smaller boxes (i.e. shoe boxes, hat boxes, etc.) into larger ones.
How many boxes do I need?
Naturally this will vary from home to home, but here are some guidelines:
|Type of Home||2 Cubes||4 Cubes||5 Cubes||China||Mirror||Wardrobes|
|1 bedrm apt||8||6||4||1||3||2|
|2 bedrm apt||10||8||6||2||3||3|
|3 bedrm apt||12||10||8||2||4||3|
|3 bedrm house||22||18||15||3||8||5|
|4 bedrm house||28||24||20||4||10||7|