Packing Tips

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Packing Tips

Beginning a new chapter in a new home is a wonderful feeling, but packing your life up is quite an undertaking and many people don’t know where to begin. Use these tips for a seamless move and start your life in your new home off right!

Make A Plan

Depending on your circumstance, you’ll probably have between 30 and 60 days to coordinate how you will get from point A to point B and make sure everything runs smoothly. Start packing as soon as possible and do a little bit week by week. Before moving day, you will either have to enlist some generous friends and rent a truck, or for longer distances start to price out moving companies.

Keep Movers In The Loop

If you have a lot of delicate furniture or a lot of unusual items or collectibles, communicate this with your movers beforehand. Once they are aware of your requirements and expectations, they will be able to give you a more accurate estimate of time and cost, and make sure they have enough people and the proper equipment the day of.


Choose The Right Transportation

Unless you’re moving a relatively short distance and can make more than one trip, you’ll need to make sure you have the right size truck to schlep your belongings in one go. In general, the contents of bachelor and one-bedroom apartments will fit a 16’ cube truck, which are available at most rental companies. Apartments or condos with two or three bedrooms will require a 24-26’ truck, and most houses will require at least one 24’ truck.

Learn Your Condo Rules

Moving into a condo isn’t as simple as pulling up to the front door and loading your boxes onto an elevator. Check with the superintendent what the moving policy is ahead of time. Some condos don’t allow move-ins on Sundays, and you may need to book a service elevator and a time frame before moving in, and the building may require a security deposit ranging from $100 to $500 to do so.

Transfer Essential Services

Make sure you understand how utility bills (gas, water, electricity) will be transferred over to you from a previous owner. Arrange to have your phone line, cable and Internet working if necessary.

Take Inventory And Purge

Moving is a great opportunity to organize your belongings and get rid of items you no longer use. If you plan to move in the spring or summer, hold a yard sale beforehand. Take the time to sort unwanted items to donate, sell on Craigslist or Kijiji, or recycle or throw out. Once you know for sure what you’re keeping and bringing with you, make a detailed list or a spreadsheet of your household items. This is especially useful if you’re hiring a moving company!

Label And Stick To A System

Make sure to label all sides of each box besides the top and bottom. Try labeling each side in marker so you can easily find what you need in a stack. Next, create a schedule for who is going to pack what and when. You may find it helpful to prepare inventory sheets so that one person can tackle each area or room.

Protect Your Valuables

Find a safe place to store your valuables on moving day. Insure anything that’s valuable or easily damaged if you’re using a moving company. Don’t forget to do a quick backup of important files on computers or tablets in case something happens to them in transit.

Make Arrangements For Your Pet

Remember to arrange for your pet’s safe transfer to your new home. If you have a pet who may be stressed out with the hustle and bustle of moving day, arrange for them to stay with a friend or at a kennel for the day. (See our article onmoving with kids and petsfor more tips!)

Make Your Move Green

To avoid generating a ton of cardboard, bubble wrap and newspaper waste, consider packing your stuff in reusable bins you can purchase at most hardware or department stores. This will help in the transition as a way to store certain items before unpacking everything. Use your luggage and dresser drawers as moving boxes, and you can use old linens to wrap delicate furniture and dishes.

Assemble A Moving Day Kit

Prepare a box of “essentials” that you won’t have to dig through multiple boxes for: things like cleaning supplies, light bulbs, toilet paper, garbage bags, a change of clothes, toiletries, etc. Think of it like a carry-on bag meets an emergency kit.

Be Ready For Your Movers

Whether you have friends or professional movers to help you, be ready for them when they arrive. Unless you hire packers through your moving company, scrambling for boxes at the last minute will delay your move and increase your cost. Make sure to have snacks and drinks available, especially on a hot day.

Check In With Your New Neighbours

Start off on the right foot by informing your immediate neighbours that you’ll be moving in and what kind of moving vehicles you’re using. If you’re moving on a weekday, make sure your truck isn’t blocking anyone’s exit and that there’s enough room on the street for one or more trucks. Clear your driveway of snow and ice beforehand if possible.