How to pack and prepare your belongings to save you money on moving day
A well organized and well packed home is hands down the most important aspect of your moving day. Here are some tips to help you pack your boxes effectively:
1. Start Early! Begin packing well in advance of your moving day. Give yourself enough time to pack everything properly without rushing or feeling overwhelmed. All of your belongings should be ready to go a couple days before moving day.
2. Get Packing Materials: Stock up on sturdy moving boxes in various sizes. You can purchase them from a moving supply store or ask local businesses if they have any spare boxes. Additionally, gather packing tape, bubble wrap, packing paper, markers, and labels. You can even use some empty boxes to protect your mirrors or valuables in advance for the movers as well.
3. Get rid of things you don’t need, want or use anymore! Before packing, go through your belongings and declutter. Get rid of items you no longer need or use. This will not only reduce the number of items you have to pack but also make unpacking easier at your new home!
4. Pack Room by Room: Pack one room at a time to stay organized. This will make it easier to unpack and sort items in your new home. Start with rooms that are used less frequently, such as guest rooms or storage areas. As you start to get closer to moving day you can start packing your dishes and items in your kitchen. Packing up the kitchen usually takes the most time so keep that in mind.
5. Use the Right Size Boxes: Place heavy items in small boxes and lighter items in larger boxes. This will prevent boxes from becoming too heavy to lift and minimize the risk of items getting damaged. Not only will your movers be very happy but this is by far the most efficient way to utilize boxes properly.
6. Wrap Fragile Items: Wrap fragile items, such as dishes, glassware, and electronics, in bubble wrap or packing paper. Place these items in sturdy boxes and fill any empty spaces with packing material to prevent movement and breakage. Don’t be stingy with the packing paper or newspaper! Each cup, plate, vase etc. needs to be wrapped individually and packed tightly for transport.
7. Label Boxes: Clearly label each box with its contents and the room it belongs to. This will make it easier to unpack and locate specific items in your new home. You can also use color-coded labels to quickly identify which room each box should be placed in. Another cool trick is to identify the doors on each room so the movers will know which room belongs to which box. This will minimize questions between you and the movers.
8. Pack Heavy Items at the Bottom: Place heavier items at the bottom of the box and lighter items on top. This will ensure that the box remains stable and prevent fragile items from getting crushed. Indicate in the box if it has fragile content inside. This will let your movers know if they should be using that box at the bottom to stack on or at the top if it us fragile.
9. Keep Important Documents Separate: Keep important documents, such as passports, birth certificates, and financial records, separate from other boxes. Carry these documents with you personally or place them in a secure and easily accessible folder or box. Make sure the box you put them in properly closed and labelled.
10. Fill Empty Spaces: Fill any empty spaces in the boxes with packing material, such as packing peanuts or crumpled paper. You can even use towels, clothes, pillows etc. The point is to have everything in the boxes so secured that you don’t feel or hear any movement when you pick them up or move them! This will prevent items from shifting during transit and reduce the risk of damage.
11. Secure Boxes with Tape: Make sure the bottoms of each box you made is tapped closed! Crossing your boxes at the bottom to pressure lock them is NOT enough.
12. Create an Inventory List: Keep a detailed inventory list of all the boxes you pack. Number each box and write down its contents. This will help you keep track of your belongings and make it easier to locate specific items later.
13. Take Care of Hazardous Materials: Dispose of or make special arrangements for hazardous materials, such as flammable liquids, propane tanks, or aerosol cans. Residential Moving companies can’t transport these things so make arrangements to out them into a secured box and into your private vehicle if possible.
14. Ask for Help: If packing becomes overwhelming, don’t hesitate to ask for help from friends, family. They can assist with packing and ensure everything is properly packed and labeled.
15. Get proper permits! This can be easily forgotten but can be so important. If you love in narrow city centers with no parking. Reserve your parking spot in advance with your city so that the movers can actually park the truck in the most efficient area!
16. How to skip step 1-15 and save yourself all this work: Hire G&P Move! We have a packing service; we provide all the materials and have staff who have done these steps thousands of times! Save money, time and peace of mind with G&P Move inc.
By following these packing tips, you’ll be well-prepared for moving day and make the unpacking process in your new home much easier.
Moving day checklist:
Moving day can be a stressful and overwhelming experience, but with careful planning and organization, you can make the process much smoother and more manageable. Whether you’re moving to a new home or relocating to a different city, here are some essential steps to help you get ready for moving day.
1. Set a Moving Budget: Determine your moving budget by getting some free estimates and allocate funds for expenses such as hiring movers in Montreal, renting a truck, purchasing packing supplies, and any additional services you may need. It’s important to have a clear idea of your financial limitations to avoid overspending.
2. Declutter and Downsize: Moving presents an excellent opportunity to declutter your belongings and get rid of items you no longer need or use. Go through each room and sort your belongings into categories: keep, donate, sell, or discard. This will not only reduce the amount of stuff you have to move but also make unpacking in your new home easier and quicker. When your movers come it will also decrease the time of your move resulting in a smaller bill as well. Some things that you have never used before or are collecting dust, would be a great time to part with.
3. Hire Professional Movers or Plan a DIY Move: Decide whether you want to hire professional movers or organize a DIY move. If you choose to hire movers, research reputable moving companies, get quotes, and book them well in advance. Try to look for movers in your area that have a good number of reviews with more positives than negatives. Also make sure your movers are insured and are equipped with protective blankets and tools. If you decide on a DIY move, start gathering packing materials and enlist the help of friends and family, the more the better! Depending on the time of year you may need to book your rental truck well in advance for your DIY move. Here in Quebec our moving season bottle necks into July 1st which makes it extremely busy to rent a moving truck let alone find a company who has availability.
4. Change Your Address and Notify Utilities: Inform the post office of your change of address and update it with relevant institutions, such as banks, credit card companies, and subscriptions. Also, remember to notify utility companies, including gas, water, electricity, internet, and cable, about your upcoming move to ensure a smooth transition of services.
5. Pack Strategically: If you decided to DYI start packing well ahead of schedule. If you have a full house that you’ve lived in for 20 years. it would be wise to start packing and discarding items 30 days in advance. If you hire a team of professional movers, it can get done in less than half the time and stress free. Start with non-essential items and gradually pack room by room. Label each box with its contents and the room it belongs to, making unpacking way more efficient.
6. Arrange for Moving Day Logistics: Moving day logistics can be overlooked in some cases. For example; you’re moving from downtown Montreal on a one-way street and you’re moving to another condo on another narrow one-way street… If you don’t get a permit at your pickup location and drop off location for either your movers or your own rental truck, this can turn your day into a disaster right out of the gate. Having no parking or parking that is far away from your destination can easily 2x the time and energy needed for your move. Moving day logistics can also mean following up with your rental company or movers in advance to confirm your move and time agreed upon.
7. Take Care of Pets and Children: Moving can be stressful for pets and children. Make arrangements for their care on moving day to ensure their safety and well-being. Consider hiring a pet sitter or asking a trusted friend or family member to look after your pet or child while you focus on the move. As much as our staff adores animals, it can sometimes pose as a safety risk for the movers and pets.
8. Clean and Prepare Your New Home: Before moving day, make sure your new home is clean and ready for your arrival. If possible, arrange for professional cleaning services to save time and energy. Also, measure doorways and hallways to ensure furniture will fit through easily. This is a key point as well, if you know in advance that your bed or your fridge door needs to be taken apart. This forward-looking preparation can alleviate loads of time and stress if you can get it done in advance. Especially if you’re using a moving company near you, taking things apart yourself and reassembling as well can easily save you a couple hours. Which translates to money saved of course!
9. Pack an essentials box or bag: Pack a travel bag or box to bring into your personal car. Maybe you have a baby who needs his bottle or medication, important documents Put whatever you may need immediate access too at your new home.
10. Take Photos of Valuables: Before packing, take photos of valuable items for insurance purposes. This will provide evidence of their condition in case of any damage during the move.
11. Relax and Take Breaks: Either it be you and your buddy’s or the professional moving company you hired! Taking breaks and staying hydrated is a must. A professional moving company staff like G&P Move is acclimated to this type of work and working at a certain pace that compliments both productivity, safety and efficiency. Asking friends is feasible for sure, it is in my opinion a lot to ask for sometimes as some moves can be very tiering, long and for sure dangerous if you don’t have the proper tools, lifting technique and physical capacity to endure this type of labour.
By following these steps and staying organized, you can make moving day a much more manageable and less stressful experience. Remember to ask for help when needed and keep a positive mindset.
Good luck with your move!