Moving Tips

We would like to help make your move as enjoyable as possible.

General Guidelines

Here are a couple things things that will help you have a better moving experience.

Letting us know what you need to move and where. Letting us know how many bedrooms or offices are involved, how many square feet of space and how full that space is. Are there any heavy or difficult items?

Do you need to take certain items apart? Will all the items fit in the new place or do you need to store or dispose of items? This will let us know what size vehicle you need, how many people we need and what special tools we may need to bring.

Tell us how much work you want to do yourself. Some people enjoy being hands on in everything they do, others feel more comfortable delegating so that they may deal with other things. It’s important to let us know what you want to do and not do. We do request that your most important items like money, jewellery, passports etc… always be dealt with directly by you.

Let us know what items need special attention. We want you to do whatever makes you the most comfortable and be in control of how much time and materials are put into the move. The movers will always make sure that your items are moved and packaged safely but some items need more time and care with the packaging. Blanket wrapping in the truck is generally quite safe and is the fastest way to do a move. However, when special care must be taken not to mark the furniture or walls, then item specific protection must be used.

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  • We have different sized vehicles and experienced movers to help with what ever the situation you face.
  • We have experienced packers and packing supplies with reasonable pricing.
  • We can recycle, donate and dispose of whatever you don’t need.
  • We can recommend storage units and cleaners as needed.

Packing Tips

The Basics

Have some kind of room plan made and start room by room. Many people will mark on the boxes what is inside and what room it will go to. Some people will use moving stickers or coloured markers to help boxes and items make it to the right areas. If the item to be boxed is delicate than be sure to mark it as delicate and make sure it is well padded inside with clothing and other soft material. If items are needed right away make sure they are well marked and separated.

Expensive and important items should always be dealt with and moved by the owner directly if at all possible. Too many things can happen to take unneeded risks.

Hazardous or potentially load damaging items should always be taken in personal vehicles. Items like propane bottles and paint are common items that the owners need to take in personal vehicles.

All items must be cleaned before they are wrapped and put into the truck. If an item isn’t clean it will get the moving blankets dirty and possibly the rest of the load. Cleaning yourself will save you time on the move date however cleaners may do this or the movers as well. 

There are many good videos on u-tube and online showing different packing techniques.

Packing Boxes

Cross tape the bottom of the box a few times to ensure that the box stays secure. A tape gun speeds this up. All delicate or damageable items should be protected with packing paper, bubble wrap or other soft items and clothing. Heavy items should go in the bottom and lighter items on the top. The boxes should be filled to the top and the spaces filled if possible so that it may be stacked and moved without being damaged. Mark contents, room assignment and handling precautions as needed.

Packing Mirrors And Pictures

How valuable and delicate the item is dictates how you pack it. Packing paper, bubble wrap, card board and blankets or clothing may be used to pad and wrap before putting them in the picture cartons. Be sure to always leave the boxes on edge and protected. 

Packing Electronics

Items like TV’s should always be put in their original boxes if possible. TV boxes may also be purchased but may need to be altered if you don’t removes the stands. Electronics need to be packed in strong boxes and be well padded. There are times that labelling wires may be a good idea for easier connections.

Packing Wardrobe Boxes

Clothing that you want well kept and unwrinkled should be hung in a wardrobe box. The bottoms can be packed with other lightweight items.

Packing Dish-packs

Dish-packs are sturdy thick walled cardboard boxes made for your more fragile items- like dishes. Crush– or crumpled packing paper is often used at the bottom as a layer of pad. Small stacks of plates each protected by packing paper are placed on edge at the bottom with other heavier and padded items. Successive layers of padded and lighter items are put on top. Always make sure these fragile load boxes are marked so the movers know to show extra care.

Using Mattress Bags

All mattresses and box springs should be packed in a mattress bag. It is the safer, more hygienic way to move a mattress or box spring. Vancouver has a great deal of homes with bed bugs and often the home owners don’t even know they have them. It is a good idea to look online to find the markings these pests leave in the corners of beds. If you find that you have them then there are set procedures to get rid of them and special trucks that are treated that can be used to move items from these homes.

Using Shrink Wrap

Shrink wrap is often used to keep drawers shut and offer mild protection. Items that you are more concerned about keeping unmarked should be blanket wrapped and then kept tight with a layer or 2 of shrink wrap. If there is glass under any part it should be marked off with an x of tape and reinforced with cardboard if you think extra protection is needed.

Using Sofa And Chair Bags

Blanket wrapping items offers good protection however the blankets are not always completely clean. For items that you don’t want marked with any dirt at all special plastic wrap or bags should be used.

Packing Lamp Shades And Other Delicate Items

Some items you may not be sure how to pack properly. The cube vans come with ten to fifteen 100 litre plastic totes that delicate items can be wrapped and packed into. If items need special care let us know what they are and we will do our best to take extra care with them.

Large And Difficult Items

There will be some items that need special care to be moved. Items like pianos etc… we will need pictures of with dimensions and weight. Sometimes we will need to know what tools were used to assemble items and what was done to make them or bring them in. Please let us know what these items are ahead of time so there are no surprises and the move can be completed properly.

Packing Plants

Plants should not be watered and fairly dry and clean before they are moved. Usually our movers pad them in our plastic totes and put them into the moving truck last.

Packing And Moving Barbecues

Barbecues can get quite dirty and make quite a mess in the moving truck if they are not cleaned properly. You will save time and money the day of move if they are properly cleaned and ready to move. Propane bottles should be removed and taken in personal vehicles. If they have a protective cover please have it ready to be used.

Packing Dressers

Generally clothes and other items should be removed to make the move safer. Sometimes light clothing is fine if the dresser is sturdy and not to heavy. Shrink wrap and blankets are used to protect nicer furniture and keep the drawers shut.

Packing IKEA And Other Particle Board Items

Some items are strong and safe only when in the position they were put together in. Particle board products are notoriously bad for not coming together properly when taken apart and taking damage when being moved. Our movers will do whatever you would like them to however we will not warranty particle board objects. It is often better that the owner deal with these items themselves so that when they are damaged they are not disappointed with the movers.

Planning For A Pleasant Move

Most small or medium sized moves comes with two movers.  Some customers may want to help themselves to save money however please be honest with yourself and your movers about what you do and don’t want to do. If you have large, heavy or awkward items please request at least two movers so that there aren’t complications and the move may go smoothly. If an item is very heavy or awkward- like a piano- be sure to get dimensions and weight and pictures of the item and dimensions of the access areas so we know how many movers we need and how we may plan to move the item. There is no point starting a move if we aren’t sure we can finish it without risk or damage or at least have an alternative plan.

For larger sized moves it may be a good idea to have an extra mover or two because of the wrapping and packaging that needs to be done, time constraints with elevators and such. As well, having an extra set of hands will help reduce the overall cost incurred from the hourly cost of the moving truck.

Factoring Time For Different Stages Of The Move

Deciding how much time you need for different aspect of the move can be quite important. Elevator booking can be unforgiving and some buildings only allow access for set pre booked hours. It is a good idea to have everything prepacked and prepared if you have a set window of time available or if you want to reduce costs.

Loading always takes much longer than unloading. Expensive items you may want to pad and tape or shrink wrap to keep the item and walls mark free. Stacking furniture safely in the truck is a process and takes time.

Off loads are much quicker. Taking off pad and unboxing is much quicker than packaging as well.

Access is an important factor. Knowing the shortest routes and saving parking spots or reserving loading zones will be quite helpful.

Reserving the elevator if possible is a must. Having it ready so the movers have access for when they arrive will save you time and money.

Knowing the time you will be on the road will help as well. Driving thru rush hour a long distance is not what you want. Avoiding driving from 8am to 9:30am and 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm will help cut your time.

When there is not much padding, wrapping, packing, there is not a huge amount of items to move, there isn’t to much of a drive to your new home than here are some sample times you may expect for a move.

Approximate Moving Timeframes

Studio1 bedroom2 bedroom3 bedroom4 bedroom
2-3 hours3-4 hours4-6 hours6-8 hours8-10 hours

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