So, you have to move. The date is set, and the cars and movers are ordered. It’s time to start the most time-consuming part of the move: packing the items. It may seem like a simple task, but in reality, there are many things you need to consider. After all, it is reliable packing that will ensure the safety of your furniture and objects, simplify loading and unloading, as well as unpacking, which means adjusting to a new place.
With many years of experience and proven packing technology owned by its customers, Déménagement Laval et Rive Nord has compiled a list of important aspects and simple rules.
Choosing the right packaging materials
The first thing to decide is, of course, the packaging materials. Poor quality or inappropriate packaging specifications will negate all your extra effort.
- The most universal type of packaging is specialized boxes made of dense multi-layer corrugated cardboard, with detailed fields for marking.
- An important point – provide material for different tasks. In addition to standard boxes of various sizes and tape, stretch film, wardrobe boxes for transporting clothes on a hanger, bubble wrap, protective profiles, and corners may be needed.
Marking your boxes
Marking will make the process of unpacking your belongings in a new home much easier.
- If the boxes you purchased don’t have special fields for marking, don’t be too lazy to mark yourself. The more you sign the box, the more convenient it will be to search for the necessary items. Indicate the room/room from which these items were collected; furniture (items from a chest of drawers, wardrobe, or bedside table, for example), type of objects (clothes, dishes, documents), and which of the family members belongs.
- Also, for clarity, you can use different colors of tape or markers, giving each room its own color. Thus, even at a quick glance at the box, everything will be clear: the objects from which the premises are packed.
- Mark the boxes with fragile and brittle objects with the indication “fragile” or special icons (a glass or an exclamation mark).
- All boxes must be signed on several sides.
Making a List
Don’t overlook this simple rule! Be sure to make a numbered list of all boxes with a brief indication of what is packed. Such a document will also help you a lot on moving day (it’s convenient to check if everything was loaded in the car and if everything arrived at the new address) and it will save a lot of time and effort to find the right little something afterward.
Packing your goods well
So you’ve chosen quality containers. Now it’s time to pack.
- Watch the weight of the boxes, don’t overload them. This is both an inconvenience when moving them and a risk of breakage.
- The general principle for packing any item: place heavier items on the bottom of the box and place them more easily on top.
- Medium-sized boxes (in our online store, this is suitable for packing light bulk items – clothing, bedding, and children’s toys.
- It is best to pack dishes, books, and other heavier items in small boxes to avoid overload.
- It is very convenient to carry and transport clothes “on the shoulders” in wardrobe boxes – nothing is forgotten or dirty.
- Fragile objects, utensils, and vases should be secured with several layers of bubble wrap, secure with tape, and then fold them carefully into the boxes.
- Small potted houseplants are simply put in an appropriately sized box, filling the gaps between them with packing paper, for example. The key is to monitor the temperature during transport!
- Packaged items immediately try to place them compactly inside. Most likely, there will be a lot of boxes, and they should not clutter the space. Do not stack heavy boxes on top of each other – the lowest one may not support the load.
Prepare your furniture for the move
- Cabinets and racks that won’t fit in an elevator or car are best disassembled before transport. Be sure to mark all items, mark the top and bottom, and securely tie a dense bundle with small fittings directly to the furniture – this way nothing will be lost and not mixed up. After disassembly, wrap the individual parts with stretch film, the corners can be protected with cardboard or several layers of bubble wrap.
- Chairs, cabinets, coffee tables, and other small furniture can not be disassembled, just unscrew the legs, handles, and other protruding elements, if any. Then simply wrap several layers of film.
- The film will help protect the upholstered furniture from moisture and dust. Additional protection of corners, individual pieces, or legs – cardboard, special “corners” or several layers of bubble film.
- It is best to invite professionals to disassemble and wrap the furniture embedded or complex.
Protecting household appliances
- TVs and monitors should be covered with bubble wrap, then corrugated cardboard, the corners reinforced. The screen will protect an extra sheet of cardboard, and place it in the first layer, before the film.
- If your refrigerator requires “defrosting”, take care of it in advance. Then remove all containers, shelves, and drawers. Lock the door – use tape for this. You can protect the walls with cardboard and film. Remember – the refrigerator is always transported in an upright position.
- Small appliances should be wrapped in several layers of “bubbles”, then simply fold each item into a box to fit.
- Wires and cables are optimally packed with the items to which they relate (television – with a television, from a laptop – with a laptop).
Generally, collecting and packing items is not such a difficult task, although it does require a lot of energy and some skill. If you are not willing to spend enough time and energy packing the belongings, we can take care of these tasks.
If you plan to hire professionals for your move to Laval, North Shore, Montreal, or West Island, we will professionally calculate the required amount of packing of each type, deliver the boxes in advance or on the day of the move, pack everything safely, mark it, load it into a car and transfer it to a new address. For your convenience, the specialists can also help you with unpacking and arranging the items, and then remove all the packing materials used – a truly all-inclusive service!