Packing Tips From Professional Movers at Toronto Movers - We Move GTA
The proper preparation of your possessions for loading is essential to the success of your move. That is why most of We Move GTA - Movers Toronto customers prefer to book us to have their household goods professionally packed. If you elect to pack part or all of your goods yourself, read this page carefully.
BEFORE YOU START
• Responsibility for damage to goods in a box which you pack is difficult to establish if there is no visible damage to the outside of the box.
• We Move GTA packers can pack an average household in one day. It will take you much longer and you will have to start well before moving day.
• If your packing is improperly done, the mover can refuse to load the cartons until they are properly packed.
• Rigid heavy-duty boxes of different sizes with good lids. For green, reusable moving boxes, we highly recommend We Move GTA Moving Boxes
• Clean newsprint and tissue paper for wrapping and cushioning.
• Tape, scissors, felt markers, notepad.
PREPARE FOR PACKING
• Remember that a moving company would not move such items as gasoline, propane, aerosol cans not classified as personal toiletries, barbeque tanks, oxygen, fire extinguishers and fireworks, etc.
• Dispose of unwanted articles at a garage sale or donate them to charity.
• Your dry cleaner can give you drapery hangers with plastic strips to protect against chafing during transport.
• Sort and prepack the items you won't use before moving day.
• Make a list of the things that cannot be packed until the last minute.
Dresses, coats, suits—anything hanging in closets—travel best in reusable wardrobe boxes. Other clothes can remain folded in their regular dresser drawers or in suitcases and duffel bags.
Disassemble the bed frame. Tie rails and crosspieces together with rope or tape. Pad the ends of the rails in order not to damage other items. Use marked tape to show where pieces fit together. Use mattress protection bags to keep mattress clean. Wrap headboard in protective paper or bubble pack.
Bicycles, Tricycles and Baby Carriages
Loosen, lower and turn handlebars at right angles to save space. Clean and cover chains and pedals to protect other items from being snagged or soiled.
Use small boxes so they won't be so heavy. Pack books flat, alternating bindings, and fill empty spaces with wadded paper. Reinforce the bottoms of all boxes with extra tape to prevent them from giving out.
Bureaus and Dressers
Fill drawers with small breakable items and cushion them with loose clothes. Secure drawers with a pad or blanket (tape can remove the finish) and tie with rope. Do not overload drawers with heavy items.
Wrap arms and legs to prevent scratches. Bundle armless chairs in pairs, seat to seat, with a folded blanket or other padding between them. Tie seats together.
Curtain Rod Hardware
Put the hardware in a plastic bag and tape it to the rod or pack it in dresser drawers.
Individually wrap each piece. If you use newspaper, wrap the dishes first in plastic bags to save dish-washing later. Place saucers, plates and platters on edge. Do not stack flat. Cups and bowls may be placed inside each other and wrapped three or four in a bundle. Place the wrapped dishes in a box and fill any empty space with wadded-up newspaper.
Wrap each glass separately in newspaper or bubble pack. Pack in sturdy boxes—dish packs are perfect for glassware as well as dishes—and fill any empty spaces with wadded-up newspaper.
Pack small appliances in their original containers or in boxes cushioned with wadded paper or Bubble Pack. Do not use shredded paper—it can clog the appliance.
Pots and pans can be stacked in a box with a sheet of paper between them.
After disassembling lamps, pack small bases in dresser drawers surrounded by loose clothing, and pack large bases in boxes stuffed with wadded paper. Box shades individually in boxes with plenty of tissue paper for stuffing. Don't use newspaper—it will smudge. Pack light bulbs separately.
Drain fuel and oil before loading. Remove handle from hand mowers and place blade end in sturdy box. Mark properly.
Small mirrors can be well wrapped in paper and packed in boxes. For a large mirror, make a cardboard case by cutting pieces of corrugated cardboard. Mark "GLASS" on the outside to prevent mishandling.
Paintings and Prints
Place in mirror boxes, wrap individually in corrugated cardboard, or wrap in cardboard cushioned with thick blankets and tie the bundles with cord.