1. Make all arrangements as far ahead as possible.
2. Notify everyone of your change of address.
3. Try to move at times other than the beginning and end of each month, when the movers are busiest (and most expensive).
4. Before moving, dispose of any hazardous materials. It is illegal to ship them.
5. Drain items such as outboard motors and power mowers. Leave about 1/4 tank of gas in cars.
6. In cold weather, do not ship articles subject to freezing (plants, perishable foodstuffs, etc.) on the moving van.
7. Carry cash, jewelery, valuable papers and keys with you.
8. Have washers and dryers serviced prior to moving.
9. Defrost and empty refrigerators and freezers prior to moving.
10. Don’t leave loose trays or racks in fridges or stoves.
11. Tie or tape brooms, mop handles and curtain rods in bundles.
12. Be specific with the movers regarding items such as swing sets, tool sheds, etc.
13. Cages are available from pet shops - essential if you are traveling by air.
14. Cars shipped on the moving van during winter months should be cleared of all snow to prevent melting snow damaging other items in the van.
15. If packing yourself, start well ahead. Allow 3-5 weeks. Start by collecting all the necessary supplies. Do a major clean-up of the entire house - get rid of as much as possible (charities, food banks, garage sale, etc.).
16. Containers for packing must have lids. Tape seams for extra protection. These are available from the LCBO, most supermarkets, or may be purchased from most moving companies.
17. Identify contents of each carton as you pack it. Mark them on the sides and top with wide permanent markers.
18. Avoid over-packing the cartons.
19. Pack books and records on edge in small cartons. (Maximum 40-50 lbs.)
20. Remove heavy and fragile items from dresser drawers.
21. Have the movers pack glass table tops and valuable art work.
22. Pack table lamps in cartons. Pack lampshades with clean towels or tissue in separate cartons.
23. Use fragile stickers where appropriate.
24. In packing china, place heavy pieces on the bottom of the container, and all flat pieces on edge.
25. Pack small items in a small box, then place in a larger container.
26. Don’t use newspaper on items which may soil. Blank newsprint and bubble wrap is available from most movers.
27. Wardrobes, available from most movers, are the easiest way to pack closet contents. These are also good for moving drapes and curtains.
28. Leave furniture just as it is and where it is. The movers can move it best that way.
29. Check the entire house on moving day to ensure that nothing was missed.
30. Keep out a ‘survival kit’ - hammer, screwdriver, cleaners, sponges, towels, light bulbs, cap opener, scissors, essential toiletries, etc.
31. Kitchen: Bubble wrap glasses and stand on their rims.
Roll flatware in tea towels and secure with elastic band.
Wrap bowls in plain paper and nest inside each other.
Package small appliances together in large box with crumpled newspaper.
Wrap knickknacks in paper and tuck into large pots.
32. Bathroom: Put bottles and jars into self-sealing sandwich bags.
33. Bedroom: Pack shoes and accessories in separate boxes.
Leave folded clothes in dresser drawers.
Stow small items in dresser drawers.
Pack linens in a large box.
34. Living room: Get kids to help pack CDs, books, records, toys, etc.
Use lots of bubble wrap to protect TV, stereo, etc.
Dismantle shelving units, and tape hardware on one shelf.