General Information about your DIY asking

A few general things you need to know about packing:

  1. Most people underestimate the number of cartons and time needed for packing. We strongly recommend that you use good quality cartons and packaging materials and be prepared with extra supplies so that you do not fall short.

  2. We recommend you use clean moving cartons specifically designed for moving. Second-hand boxes obtained from grocery and liquor stores are not always clean and may not withstand the weight of items you'll be putting in them. Their odd sizes also tend to make it awkward.

  3. Begin packing in advance of your move date to avoid the stress and strain of a last minute rush. Any items that you don't need for your daily living routine should be packed first.

  4. Make sure you use Moving Essentials sturdy cartons that won't tear or strain - this makes the packages easier to handle and provides better protection to your belongings. Also use clean unprinted newsprint paper. Do not use old newspapers because the ink may rub off onto your items. Order your
    newsprint paper from Moving Essentials.

  5. Identify the contents of each carton for easier unpacking after the move. Mark cartons that contain delicate materials as "fragile" - this alerts you and the movers to take special care of these items. When marking cartons, write the information on the top and side for easy identification.

  6. Don't over-pack your cartons! Keep cartons to 15 lbs (small), 30 lbs or less. This will make it easier to lift / move after your mover has delivered them to your new address.

  7. Pack heavy, non-breakable items at the bottom of the cartons. Pack less fragile items on top of these, with light items on top. Fragile items should be boxed individually or with lightweight items only.

  8. Pack flat breakables:  pictures, mirrors, shelves, trays, plates, platters, large serving dishes in an upright position (on their side). Do not pack these items laying flat.

  9. Don't apply tape directly to polished or painted wood finishes. Removing the tape could ruin the surface.

  10. Mark your cartons by room, so you know exactly where everything goes. Color coding or using a number system works great (i.e. red stickers for bedroom or 1 for bathroom.)

  11. Pack all important documents in one place: Bank statements, legal documents, medical records, school records, taxes, employment records, mortgage records, veterinarian records, passports, marriage certificates, birth certificates, stock certificates, insurance papers, receipts and pictures of valuable items, vehicle registration book, etc.

  12. Important: Pack a box of essentials - toilet paper, a telephone, toothpaste and brushes, snacks, coffee and a coffee pot, soap, a flashlight, a screwdriver, pliers, a can-opener, paper plates, cups and utensils, a couple of pans, and paper towels - so you can get them quickly when you arrive at your new home.

Important Things:

Important items (such as photographs, wills, jewelry, home videos, and any other important documents) should be packed separately so that you can personally carry them with you on moving day. Another alternative you might want to consider is placing these belongings in a safety deposit box until after the move.

Hints and Tips

Packing Tips: Generals
Do-it-yourself packing is a big job, but it can be a worthwhile way to save money on your relocation costs. With the right materials and a little help from Moving Essentials in the form of packing tips, you can achieve professional results and maximize the protection of your possessions. Packing tips are extremely useful when it comes time to box up your household. By packing things appropriately and in an organized fashion, damage can be prevented. Plus, the better you pack, the easier it will be to unpack at your new residence.

Tips For Packing: Preparation
First, we recommend you start with professional materials, including:
     Tissue paper
     Packing paper (plain newsprint)
     2? or 2.5 packing tape
     Masking tape
     A utility knife
     Permanent markers
     Professional quality boxes

Tips for Packing: Choose the right packing materials
Moving Essentials have a wide range of boxes and professional packing materials available for purchase to help you organize and safeguard your belongings, including:
Pack A (Small Carton) For packing of heavy items such as Books, CDs
Pack B (Medium Carton) Heavy duty carton used dishes /china, crystal and or glassware.
Pack C (Large Carton) Heavy duty carton used dishes /china, crystal and or glassware.
Pack D (Flat Carton) For packing of casual and clothes.
Hanging Wardrobe For packing of suits and cocktail dresses and formal wear
White Newsprint For protection and separation of items during packing.
Tissue Paper For packing of silver, porcelain and glassware.
Stretch wrap A special plastic covering that safely adheres to furniture and protects it from snags, tears, and dirt
Adhesive Tapes To assemble cartons
Sachets of Silica Gel For prevention of mould and mildew.

Check with Moving Essentials on materials available for purchase
Use newspaper only for cushioning-never place newspaper against items as the ink will rub off. It can get embedded in fine china, so be wary!