PACKING FOR YOUR MOVE
Movers Of Ottawa moving companies recommend that you pack as many of your items as possible before the move, this may help you save money on the total cost of your move. Following moving and packing tips prepared by Movers of Ottawa moving companies will help you learn how to properly pack your items for a safe move.
Selection of Packing Materials:
Selecting the right packing material for each item is one of the most important part of packing. When you select packing material for your moving items, please remember these guidelines:
1. Always use strong, double corrugated moving cartons with tops or flaps that fold shut.
..iPlease do not pack your items in used boxes from local grocery store etc. These
..iboxes are often flimsy and many times carry insects because food stuff surrounds
..them. Always use double corrugated moving boxes, not single. The stronger your
..moving boxes, the better chance your goods have of surviving any mishaps, should
2. You can use old newspaper for packing material, just be careful the ink may rub off or ..i stain certain items. It is better to use plain blank packing newspaper that can be ..i ..i purchased from any packing and moving supplies store. Our moving supplies listings ..i page has more information about moving and packing supply companies in Ottawa.
3. Use original packing materials for all your electronic items such as TV, Computers,
..Printers, etc. Lot of Moving Companies do not provide any coverage for damage to
..ielectronic items, if these items are not packed in their original packaging.
4. Most Ottawa Moving Companies recommend that you use plastic covers for
..imattresses, couches, chairs etc. This will prevent them from being marked or
..iscratched during the move.
5. Get specialty moving boxes for mirrors, artwork and clothing.
6. You may need other packing materials before your move. Ziplock Plastic bags and
..ilabels for parts storage and identification. Packing peanuts, Styrofoam pellets or
..i”popcorn” for added protection, tissue and Kraft paper, corrugated paper rolls for fragile
..iitems, furniture wrap, heavy-duty packaging tape (1-1/2 to 2 inches wide) for sealing
..imoving boxes. Movers usually recommend that you do not use duct tape.
Before You Start Packing:
After you have collected all packing and moving materials as outlined in our guide above, you should select a room in your house
that has a work area large enough to handle different sizes of moving boxes. Make sure you have enough space for all your
packing materials, moving boxes and items to be packed for moving. We recommend that you choose a strong work surface.
Most Ottawa Moving Companies suggest that you pack one room at a time and mark each moving box with room and box number to
facilitate unloading and unpacking at your new home. Make sure you have plenty of “filling/stuffing” material available; whenever
in doubt, using more is always better then less. Ensure that the bottoms of all moving boxes are firmly secured and will hold the
weight of the items inside. Always pack heavier items at the bottom of the moving box and lighter items at the top. Each moving
box should not weigh more than 50 Lbs/ 20Kgs, keep in mind heavy items should be packed in smallest moving box possible.
How to Pack Different Items:
This section will provide you with guidelines on how individual household items should be prepared for moving. Some items, such
as grandfather clocks, hot tubs, etc., must be packed by a certified professional. There are certain items that Move-Ottawa
Movers will not move, including jewelry, antique coins, mortgage papers, bank documents, stamps and other similar items of
high-value. If you include these items in your shipment, Most Ottawa Moving Companies has the right to deny any claims for loss or
damage. These items must be moved personally.
All clothes and items must be removed from inside the furniture. This includes all desks, dressers, armoires…etc. It also limits
wear and tear to your furniture during the move. Be careful NOT to leave fragile items and anything that might spill or leak. If
clothes or other items have not been removed prior to the move, movers may ask you to remove them on the day of the move
and an extra charge may apply. All drawers and any removable or attachments should be removed and packed separately.
Most Ottawa Moving Companies will wrap all your large furniture items in moving blankets. We suggest that you add another layer of
protection by wrapping your furniture in protective furniture wrap.
Packing China, Glass & Crystal
Most people prefer to have their household possessions, especially fragile items, professionally packed by a moving company.
However, if you decide to pack these items yourself, remember that the basic principles of good packing include wrapping the
items individually, providing plenty of cushioning and making sure items are firmly packed. Be sure to select a sturdy container
with a lid. Place a 2 or 3 inch layer of crushed paper on the bottom of the carton as a cushion. Wrap each item individually with a
soft material to provide a safe, protective “padded nest.” Pack the heaviest items on the bottom, empty items next, filling in
empty spaces with crushed paper. Place dishes on edge and glassware on rims for maximum protection. Mark the moving box as
“Fragile” and list the contents on the outside. Most Ottawa Moving Companies do not take responsibility for poorly packed items incase of
Appliances and Utensils
Wrap and place small appliances and utensils in sturdy moving boxes with heavier items on the bottom. Have an authorized
serviceman prepare all large appliances such as refrigerator, stove, freezer, washer, dryer, etc. for moving. Please be sure to
defrost, clean and dry as needed all major appliances before the arrival of the moving crew. Please allow 24 hours before
plugging-in major appliances at your new home.
Fold and pack all pillowcases, sheets and towels in clean, moving boxes. Pack blankets, quilts and comforters in large moving
boxes. Dismantle all your beds before the moving day, Most Ottawa Moving Companies can re-assemble items at an extra charge at your
new home. Protect your mattresses by covering them with mattress covers.
Pack books in small moving boxes. Make sure that each individual box does not weigh more then 50 lbs/ 20Kgs.
Canned Goods and Other Non-Frozen Foods
Pack upright in small moving boxes with the weight not exceeding 50lbs/ 20Kgs. Please do not try to move perishables. Wrap
boxes food and glass containers individually and pack in small moving boxes.
Grandfather clocks should be prepared for moving by an expert serviceman.
Wardrobe moving boxes are available for moving clothing. Hang clothing inside wardrobe moving boxes and tape them closed. All
other clothing should be folded and packed in clean moving boxes.
DVD and CD Players
All electronic items such as DVD and CD Players should be packed in their original packing material whenever available. If for
some reason original packing materials are not available, refer to the owner’s manuals for further information.
Artwork and Photographs
All photographs or artwork with frames should be individually packed in specialty moving boxes. If specialty moving boxes are not
available, use blankets and shrink wrap each piece individually. Label boxes “Fragile” and “This Side Up.”
Curtains and Drapes
Hang drapes in wardrobe moving boxes or fold and pack in clean moving boxes. Remove curtains from rods; fold and pack in
clean moving boxes.
DVDs, CDs, Software Discs, Records, Audio Cassettes and Video Tapes
Start by placing crushed paper at the bottom of a small moving box. If sleeves or cases are not available, Most Ottawa Moving Companies
recomend purchasing empty protective sleeves or cases for these items. If you choose not to purchase empty sleeves or cases
wrap these items in tissue paper or plastic wrap. Stand CDs, software discs and records on edge in cartons, DONOT LAY THEM
FLAT. Provide support on either side by using pieces of cardboard, this will also help fill in any gaps. Audio cassettes and video
tapes may be packed vertically or horizontally on layers of crushed paper. Fill in with crushed paper as needed. Be sure to mark
“Fragile” on the moving box.
Most Ottawa Moving Companies do not move firearms.
Home Theater Systems, Plasma and LCD TVs & Entertainment Systems
It is best to use the original packaging when available. Consult the owner’s manual for specific instructions on your equipment.
Most Ottawa Moving Companies recommend using a third party professional to properly prepare plasma and big-screen TVs and
entertainment system for moving.
Lamps and Lampshades
Secure the cord, remove bulbs and shades. Wrap Lamps with bedding and place upright in a clean moving box. Wrap shades in
tissue, and place upright in large, tissue-lined moving boxes.
Fold neatly and place in clean moving boxes.
Pack computer equipment in original packaging when available. Otherwise, use strong, corrugated moving boxes and place
protective padding on the bottom and top of the moving box. Wrap cords separately, label them to identify their usage and place
in a plastic bag away from delicate surfaces. Non-detachable cords should also be wrapped. Place cords between the padded
computer and the moving box.
Roll large rugs before the arrival of moving crew.
Silverware, Knives and Sharp Items
Wrap each piece in plastic, newspaper or packing tissue paper and securely pack in a double corrugated moving box. Please make
sure all sharp items are individually double wrapped in cardboard and properly secured in a double corrugated moving box.
Tools and Lawn Equipment
All power tools including lawn mowers, brush cutters, snow plows etc must have all flammables completely drained. Pack hand
tools in small, double corrugated cartons.
Most Ottawa Moving Companies will not accept responsibility for safely moving your plants because they may suffer from a lack of water and
light as well as probable temperature changes while in the van. We recommend that you transport your house plants in the family car.
Moving Companies usually do not move Pets.
Moving Jewelry And Other Valuables
Most Ottawa Moving Companies do not move any items of extraordinary value such as jewelry, money, antiques, mortgage documents,
bank documents etc. We strongly recommend that you carry irreplaceable and expensive articles with you, or make other
arrangements for their transport.
Items Not Allowed To Move
Before your possessions are packed and loaded for moving, it is important that you understand which items cannot be moved
because they represent a hazard or are perishable. Listed below are some common non-allowable items that you will need to
address prior to your pack and move dates: HAZARDOUS MATERIALS – items that are flammable, corrosive or explosive.
Examples include: Aerosols, Fireworks, Nail Polish, Ammonia, Gasoline, Batteries, Paint, Kerosene, Lamp Oil, Pesticides, Lighter
Fluid, Loaded Guns, Motor Oil.