Essential Packing Tips for Moving Homes

Essential Packing Tips for Moving Homes

After weighing the pros and cons of trying to move yourself, you have decided to hire a mover. This is an excellent decision regardless of whether you are moving across town or across the country. A promise of pizza and beer is no longer enough to entice family and friends to help you move. You have come to understand that the stress and strain of lifting all of your furniture and boxes (not to mention the chance of injury!) is just not worth it. Leaving the job to the professionals will pay off big time in terms of satisfaction with the relocation process.

Now you have to decide if you are going to do all, some or none of your own packing. Proper packing (especially for a long distance move) is an essential component of a successful move. You can find packing tips for moving on hundreds of websites and blogs. You may be surprised at some of the outlandish information that is out there. An example is a site that recommends you pack your dishes wrapped inside your sweaters and your glassware inside socks!  

By contrast, the advice given by professional movers will provide practical information that will help you decide how much of the job that you want to take on yourself.

Packing is hard work, and it is time consuming for the average person. Another reason to consider having your moving company pack or crate your breakable or most valuable items (like china, crystal, collectibles, artwork, antiques and other delicate possessions) is the fact that the mover is not responsible for damage to customer packed contents unless there is exterior damage to the carton. Poorly packed cartons (especially with breakables) are a recipe for broken belongings.

If you do decide to do all of your own packing, then at least take advantage of the packing tips for moving that can be provided by your mover.  Many moving companies have step by step ‘How to Pack for Your Move’ guides that can be downloaded. Knowing how to professionally pack specific items will help to keep your valued possessions safe during transport.  

Using professional quality packing materials will make your job easier and will provide the best possible protection for your belongings. It is well worth the money to purchase your cartons, packing paper, bubble wrap, tape and other materials from your mover or from a moving supply store. There are specialty cartons available for nearly any item in any home.

Types of Cartons and their Use

China Carton              

Specially designed, thick walled carton for dishes, glasses, bowls, lamps, small pictures and other delicate items.

2 Cube 

Use for heavy or thick items like books, shoes, canned goods, kitchen canisters and hand or small power tools.

4 Cube

General purpose carton for items like toys, lampshades, pots and pans, kitchen utensils.

5 Cube

For large, lightweight items such as pillows, bedding, and large stuffed animals.

6 Cube

Similar to items in a 5 cube - especially good for bulky bedding like duvets.


Heavy duty, tall carton with a bar designed specifically for hanging clothes or draperies to keep these items clean and wrinkle free during transport. They make excellent boxes for out of season clothing storage after the move. 


These telescoping cartons come in small and large size for pictures, mirrors and glass tabletops.

TV Cartons

Heavy duty, double walled cartons designed for plasma, LED and other flat screen televisions.  Includes protective foam inserts.

Gun Carton

Specifically designed, long, narrow carton for shotguns or hunting rifles.

Mattress Bags    

Manufacturer grade, heavy duty plastic bags for mattresses, box springs or foundations. These bags are available in a variety of sizes to fit any bed.


Other Packing Tips for Moving

Start EarlyPacking is very hard work for the average person, so be sure not to leave this task to the week (or even worse a few days!) before your move. If you are trying to do this job on evenings and weekends, then the earlier you get started, the better. Begin with items that you don’t need for daily living and purge as you go along.

Try to Do a Room at a TimeIf possible, do not mix the contents of various rooms in the same box. This will make the unpacking and settling in process more difficult. Label each carton identifying the room it came from and a general description of contents. Consider colour coded labels.

Pack a Last On-First Off Box – When you get to your new home there will be items that you will need just to get settled in. Pack of box of these essentials and clearly mark the box.

Items that Cannot Go on the Moving Van – Items like aerosols, caustic drain cleaners or flammables cannot be shipped on a moving van for safety reasons. Make sure you review a non-admissible items list in advance. Also, items of a personal or irreplaceable nature should be kept with your luggage. A few examples include jewellery, deeds to property, stock certificates, photo albums, coin collections.

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