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If you’re packing for your own move, we’ve put together a helpful list of how-tos when it comes to packing and preparing for a move.
At First Rate Movers in Ottawa, we also offer professional packing services. It’s surprisingly affordable and can take a lot of the stress and headaches out of a move. Contact us today to find out how you can shift more of the burden away and focus on as stress-free of a moving experience as possible.
Should you wish to pack your own items, please check out the section below for Packing Tips from First Rate Movers.
Are you preparing for an upcoming Ottawa move? For local moves or moves to/from Ottawa, you can make
packing your things a lot easier with these simple techniques.
Pack one room at a time, labeling each box appropriately (on top and side) with a description of its contents and which room the box belongs in. Also label boxes containing breakable or sentimental items with “Fragile.” Keep a detailed list of items packed in each box to make unpacking easier.
Obviously, not everything will fit in boxes. As a general rule, furniture and major appliances will be wrapped and padded by your moving professional. Items requiring professional disassembly and/or crating (such as slate pool tables, chandeliers or large glass table tops) are best left to the professionals.
Empty all drawers of breakable or spillable items. To safeguard against unnecessary damage, it’s a good idea to put all furniture knobs, feet, screws, etc. in one container that you can keep with you so the parts won’t get lost.
Do not pack flammable goods or heat-sensitive items like candles, records, audio and video tapes, computer disks, propane tanks, aerosol cans, oil-based paints, and certain cleaning fluids.
There are a variety of materials available, including bubble wrap and tissue. However, most professionals use bundles of clean, unprinted newsprint. Plates, books and things of a similar shape, should be loaded vertically to utilize their own maximum structural strength. Don’t overload cartons; keep them to a manageable weight. Fill in any voids and top off loaded cartons with wadded paper, then tape cartons securely.
Make sure boxes are firmly packed, with heavier items on bottom and lighter ones on top.
Pack according to the season if you’ll be putting some boxes in storage. Mark boxes accordingly
Put heavy items in small boxes so that they’re easier to carry.
Plan ahead for what you’ll need the first day after your move. Packing a separate bag with your toiletries, a change of clothes, etc. will prevent unnecessary scrambling or a run to the local store.