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Tips for Packing Before You Start Moving

This guide is designed to make packing fun and easy. Follow our suggestions and your moving experience will be an easier one!

 

Planning and preparation

  1. Plan what you will pack. Items that you do not use on a regular basis should be packed first.
  2. Generously line the container with paper and/or bubble wrap, as you will need to provide good cushion for your items. Use only clean newspapers, as old ones often leave ink marks. Pack all cartons tightly and securely with professional packing tape.
  3. Pack breakables and non-breakables separately and clearly label these cartons as "FRAGILE".
  4. Indicate which boxes contain essentials such as toiletries, utensils and non-perishable food, so that you can find them easily after the move is complete.
  5. List the contents on the outside of each carton.
  6. Never pack flammable items or perishable food.

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China

  1. Layer the box with bubble wrap, leaving space at the top of the box to fill in with wadded newsprint.
  2. Individually wrap each piece in newspaper, then bundle them together with a double layer of paper.
  3. Make sure there is no unfilled space by surrounding each bundle with crushed paper or plastic peanuts.
  4. Protect the rims of plates with an additional 2-3 inches of crushed paper on top, simultaneously creating a base for the next level.
  5. Smaller china like Saucers, soup bowls and small plates can make up that second layer.
  6. Place cups or glasses on top, upright as if you were placing them on the table.

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Silverware

  1. Bundle silver together and then wrap the bundle in padding.
  2. Cushion the padded packs in the silver chest.
  3. Wrap the chest in clean paper.

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Soft Goods/Bedding

  1. Separate your pillows and sheets with layers of paper and pack them in lined containers.

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Shoes

  1. If you still have the original shoebox, use it and then put the boxes in a carton.
  2. If the original shoebox cannot be located, individually wrap each shoe in a bundle of paper.

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Clothes

  1. Use special wardrobe boxes. They will allow you to leave all your clothes on hangers and avoid wrinkles and tears.
  2. Tip: You can use some of the clothes and bedding as a cushion in other boxes.
  3. Tip: Store lampshades or other lightweight items together or with other soft goods to prevent damage.

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Lamp Shades and Bases

  1. Stack the shades inside one another with a clean sheet of paper separating them.
  2. Handle lampshades carefully by their wire frames.
  3. Wrap cords around lamps and cover them with bubble wrap.
  4. Tip: You can place your lamp inside the washer or dryer! Refrigerators can also provide a good space.   Make sure those appliances are unplugged, drained and cleaned.

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Mirror

  1. Place tape across the glass surface. This will hold the pieces in place if the mirror breaks.
  2. Wrap the mirror with cardboard and or bubble wrap and tape tightly.
  3. Use a well-padded flat box.
  4. Seal the box and mark it "FRAGILE".

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Stereos

  1. Check the manual for specific instructions concerning moving. You may need to tighten certain screws.
  2. Use sturdy boxes and thick padding to pack electronics.
  3. Use the original cartons for your equipment if you still have them.
  4. Color-code cords and cables to make installation easier.
  5. Place individual components in separate bags to keep plastic peanuts and dirt out of your stereo system.
  6. Seal boxes and mark them "FRAGILE".

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Computers

  1. Color code wires and cables to make reconnecting them easier once you arrive at the new location.
  2. Use the original boxes for storing all the components.
  3. If you do not have the original boxes, make sure that there is plenty of newspaper and other padding inside the box.
  4. Ensure that cords and components are wrapped so they will not scratch the equipment.
  5. Make sure that the monitor is well cushioned with Styrofoam or blankets. The printer can be packed in a similar way, but you should remove the cartridges to prevent leakage.
  6. Tip 1: Do not forget to back up all your files and programs.
  7. Tip 2: Do not transport your computer CD's in a same box with magnetically active equipment.
  8. Seal boxes and mark them "FRAGILE".

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Paintings/Pictures

  1. If you have glass picture frames, place tape across the glass surface. This will hold the pieces in place if the glass breaks. Tape bubble wrap around the painting.
  2. Place in a well-padded box.
  3. Seal boxes and mark them "FRAGILE".

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Sculptures

  1. Place the sculpture wrapped in bubble wrap in a center of the box.
  2. Fill Styrofoam peanuts around it on all sides.
  3. Make sure the installation does not touch the sides of the box.
  4. Seal boxes and mark them "FRAGILE".

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Collectibles

  1. Wrap items in waded paper or bubble wrap and tape securely.
  2. Place in a well-padded box.
  3. Make sure there is protected space between all individual pieces.
  4. Seal boxes and mark them "FRAGILE".

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Books

  1. Place books in a well padded box.
  2. Make sure that the books are placed flat and that the spines and the open sides of the books alternate each time. Separating individual books with paper will prevent them from sticking together.
  3. Tip: Use smaller cartons, as books tend to be very heavy. Make sure you keep the weight down!

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Washing Machine

  1. Check the manual for any specific moving instructions.
  2. Drain all the water and dry the interior.
  3. Remove all fittings, accessories and attachments and pack them separately.
  4. Place pillows, linens and clothes inside the basket. If you have small children, the basket will provide a safe heaven for their staffed animals.
  5. Add a box of baking soda to prevent mold.
  6. Place a towel between the sides of your washing machine and the tub, so that the tub is fixed in one place. You do not want anything moving during transport.
  7. Do not forget to tape the electrical cord and lid down and apply some outside padding to those areas.
  8. Do not forget to wash all your clothes 3-2 days before the move.

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Dryer

  1. Check the manual for any specific moving instructions.
  2. Disconnect the exhaust hose, roll it up and place it inside the dryer basket.
  3. Tape the dryer door, electrical cord and the screen.
  4. Pad the outside of the machine.

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Refrigerator

  1. Tip: Never take any perishable food items with you when you move.
  2. Check the manual for any specific moving instructions. If your refrigerator has leveling rollers you might have to change their position.
  3. One or two days before the move, empty and defrost the refrigerator.
  4. Disconnect and drain the icemaker.
  5. Empty and clean the drainage pad underneath.
  6. Wash inside walls, compartments and shelves, then tape shelves and drawers down.
  7. Tape the doors and the electrical cord.
  8. Pad the outside of the machine.

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Stove

  1. Clean the stove inside and out.
  2. Take out the oven racks and tape them down, also tape the burners and pans underneath the burner.
  3. Tape the oven door and the electrical cord.
  4. Pad the outside of the machine.

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Dishwasher

  1. Check the manual for any specific moving instructions to determine how to drain the water hook-up.
  2. Tape down the racks and the utensils basket.
  3. Tape the electrical cord and the hose to the outside of the dishwasher.
  4. Tape the door.
  5. Pad the outside of the machine.

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Air Conditioner

  1. Shut down the air conditioner a day or two before the move to let it dry.
  2. Tape the cord to the side of the machine. Do not tape it to the coils in a back.
  3. Pad the outside of the machine. Make sure the coils are protected.
  4. Tip: If you are using a padded box to transport your air conditioner, do not use plastic peanuts because they can get inside the machine and harm it.

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Lawnmowers

  1. Make sure that you drain all gas and oil out of your lawnmower. To get information on appropriate fuel disposal methods contact the Environment Canada.

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Armoires

  1. Empty all the shelves and drawers.
  2. Lock the doors and tape them shut. (Make sure you do not apply tape to delicate finishes that could get damaged).
  3. Pad the outside with blankets.
  4. Tip: If you are moving armories and other large furniture, you can use the empty spaces inside by filling them with some small items such as lampshades and pillows. Do not forget - you still have to pad them with bubble wrap or blank newsprint.

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Beds

  1. Take the mattresses off the beds and cover them with plastic.
  2. Tape the rails together.
  3. Take apart the bed frames.
  4. Color-code or mark the individual pieces to make reassembly easier.
  5. Place all bolts and screws together in a plastic bag and tape it to the rails.
  6. Pad the headboard and the footboard.

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Bureau

  1. Empty the drawers.
  2. Remove the drawers to make the bureau easier to carry.
  3. If you are leaving your drawers inside, make sure they are locked or taped, so that they will not slide open while being moved. Do not apply tape to delicate finishes that can   be damaged.

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