You’re almost there! You’ve taken possession of your home and are ready to move in. Don’t take the moving in stage lightly, though. Moving in can be easier with some advanced planning.


When You Pack and Move Yourself

  • Start packing well in advance of the moving day.
  • Use only boxes with lids to avoid damage to your possessions.
  • If necessary, purchase boxes and packing materials from a moving company. Use linens and towels to cushion fragile items. Some supermarkets and stores also have surplus boxes that they give away.
  • Label all boxes with a list of contents, and which room they will be moved to in your new residence.
  • If a box has fragile contents, boldly mark the outside of the box “FRAGILE”, as well as the top and bottom sides of the box.
  • Leave clothes in drawers, but make sure that the drawers are tightly closed.
  • Use about four inches (ten centimetres) of crumpled paper in the bottom of every box loaded with fragile items. Wrap each item individually and add paper cushioning around it.
  • Wrap plates, saucers and china individually and then bundle in groups of three or four. Stand them on end in the carton; never lay them flat.
  • Wrap cups and glasses individually and pack them rim down in the box. If items are particularly delicate, pack one box inside another.
  • Don’t use newspaper to wrap fine china and other items that can’t be easily washed. Newspaper ink smears easily.
  • Put stereo and computer equipment in boxes to prevent damage.
  • Pack pictures and mirrors in boxes. These fragile and sentimental items might be worth having professionally packed to avoid damage.
  • Check to see that caps are secure on toiletries, medicines, laundry soap to avoid a mess!
  • As you pack small boxes, move them into a staging area such as the living room or the garage to make the moving day progress more quickly.
  • Make sure a few hand tools (e.g., hammer, screwdriver) are easily accessible if you have furniture to assemble right away after you have moved in.
  • Upright file cabinets with drawers can be left full. Lateral file cabinets and desks need to be emptied.
  • Do not pack any flammable materials or aerosol products, including hair spray, shaving cream, deodorant, insecticides, cleaning products, spray paint, nail polish remover, bleach, lighter fluid, fireworks and motor oil. In a moving van on a hot day, these items can cause a fire or explosion.
  • If you are moving your belongings into a storage unit, ensure that you get a large enough unit to have easy access to stored items.
  • Make sure your belongings are insured for an adequate amount.
  • Ensure that you have enough cash to cover emergency situations that may come up during your move.

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