Moving in London Ontario: Packing 101
Are you moving in London, Ontario? Read our quick packing tips before you get started. Packing can be overwhelming, but if you start ahead of time and work efficiently, you can save yourself a lot of grief! Have you already deciding that packing is just not for you? Read about our full service packing!
Get the right materials: Don’t be fooled into thinking all boxes are the same. You may pay for it later when your belongings are damaged in transit. It’s important that boxes are sturdy and properly sealed. By investing in moving boxes, you can ensure that all the boxes are the same size and therefore easy to stack and sort in the moving truck.
Moving materials you may need are:
- Moving Boxes
- Box Tape
- Mattress bags
- Wardrobe Boxes
- Mirror and Picture Cartons
Leave enough time: Save not only time, but money by starting to pack at least 6 weeks ahead of time. By carefully planning, you can save money in materials, moving time, and the number of hired helpers needed. Best of all, you can save yourself the stress and late nights just by packing for a few 20-30 minute sessions a day. Buy multiple rolls of packing tape and leave them in different rooms, with some boxes and scissors. That way, if you’re doing something in that room you can easily pack a box or two when you’re done.
- Keep an inventory: Most moving companies in London, Ontario have insurance in case boxes are damaged or lost during the move. You can only make a claim if you know what was in the box, so it’s important to keep a list of items that are in each box. If you tape a list to each box, you can collect all the lists on moving day and keep them with you. When you re-tape them to the boxes upon moving to your new location, you can see if there are any extra lists that do not have a box to attach to.
Put small parts in a baggy: Put small parts in small baggies and seal them properly. Label the baggy with the coordinating piece of furniture or electronic device and put in a “parts” box. It may be tempting to keep the pieces with the actual piece of furniture, but this is an easy way for those parts to be lost forever. It’s very difficult to replace these parts and in many cases, the furniture needs to be replaced because the pieces are never found.
Put heavy items in the bottom: Make sure you put heavier items in the bottom of the box. This will help balance the box and ensure other items are not crushed underneath. Save soft fabric items to stuff into small spaces in the box that cannot be filled with other items.
Seal Liquids in Waterproof Bags: When moving liquids, such as toiletries in your washroom, ensure they’re in a seal-able container and further transfer them to a waterproof bag placed upright in a box. Not doing this can result in a soggy box, breaking and spilling the messy contents in the moving truck, on the sidewalk, or in your new home
Pack an “essentials” box and label it “Unload First”: Pack things you will need right away such as a tool kit, hand soap, ect. in a box to be put in the moving truck last and unloaded first. This way you’ll be ready to start putting together furniture as soon as that box is unloaded.
Bring a box with you: Put things such as toothbrushes, medications and first aid kit, animal accessories, an extra outfit of clothing including extra socks, your personal address/phone book and secure documents. Keep this box with you during your move. If something happens to your moving truck, or new home, you don’t want to be stuck without the essentials you need for a day or even two if you have room.
NO folding boxes or standard garbage bags: Folding boxes instead of taping them, and using standard garbage bags for clothing are risky as they break easily, spilling belongings. Moving companies in London Ontario prefer that you limit garbage bags. A few make good furniture protectors, but too many may be awkward to place and fit in the truck efficiently.
Make a list and hand it out: Delegate tasks such as packing certain rooms or taking furniture apart. It can be a daunting task for one person to take all the furniture or electronics apart, but a few pieces spread between household members is more manageable. Plan a schedule for moving day and give it to your moving company in London, Ontario too. That way they will know who to approach for different tasks, or at least everyone will know where household members are.
Following these 10 Tips for Packing in London Ontario will help alleviate stress and keep everyone working together to move efficiently, safely, and smartly!
By Kate Veinot
Robson Cartage 2000 Inc
1500 Global Dr #4 London, Ontario N6N 1R3