Before the Move
Make a list of all the services you need or may need from your mover including: items to be
moved, packing materials needed, items to be packed and unpacked by the movers, items
to be dismantled and reassembled by the movers, and special services such as handling a
piano, antiques, light fixtures, appliances, etc.
Inquire about all requirements and restrictions at both the pick-up and delivery locations,
such as building protection, days and hours in which access is not permitted, parking
restrictions, etc. Contact the building management or super, when applicable.
Get an estimate from 3-5 moving companies.
Select a mover based on customer service, reliability, professionalism and reputation. The
lowest estimate does not mean the most cost-effective move.
Reserve a moving day with your moving company.
Make arrangements for transporting pets and plants.
Call your moving company for confirmation a few days before the move.
• Loose Items: All loose items must be placed in boxes.
• Heavy and Light Items: Heavy items, such as books, should be placed in small boxes. Light
items, such as linens, may be placed in larger boxes.
• Breakables (Dishes, etc.): Make sure to cushion the bottom of the box before placing any
breakables in. Wrap each item separately, using packing paper or newspaper, make sure
that one item does not touch the other. Bubble-wrap may be used for special pieces. Note
box as fragile.
• Side Tables and Small Cabinets: May remain full only if they are packed with light items,
such as linens or clothing.
• Desks, Large and Antique Cabinets: All drawers must be emptied.
• File Cabinets: If there are no stairs in your move, all vertical file cabinets will be moved with
their contents and do not need to be emptied. Lateral file cabinets, up to two drawers high,
will be moved with contents; all drawers above the second drawer must be emptied. If your
move involves stairs, only two-drawer vertical file cabinets may remain full.
• Bookcases and Wall Units: All bookcases and wall units must be emptied. The movers will
separately pack all loose shelves.
• Computers and other electronics: Back-up computers. Unplug and mark the different wires
to ensure easy reconnection. Pack well in a heavy-duty box using cushioning materials.
• Artwork and Mirrors: Artwork, such as statues and small wall hangings, should be placed in
boxes and noted as fragile. All medium and large hanging artwork should be packed in
special picture boxes or crated.
• Table Lamps: Separate shades, bulbs, and bases before packing. Note the box as fragile.
• DO NOT PACK: Money, jewellery, important papers, perishable items and flammable
Moving is a good opportunity to get rid of unneeded items, such as old clothes, magazines,
unused toys, dishes, etc. Leave these items behind. It will save you money and time, as well
as provide you with a fresh start and more space at your new home.
Label or mark each box with the proper room for easy placement at delivery. Mark boxes
containing fragile items in large easy to read letters, "FRAGILE."
On Moving Day
Each move is supervised directly by a Foreman. The Foreman is in charge of the other
movers and is responsible for fulfilling the moving agreement in a professional and smooth
manner. Refer to the Foreman with all remarks, questions and last minutes requests.
Offer the movers something to drink. Do not offer alcohol.
Make sure the movers have directions to their destination.
While unloading, tell the movers the new location of every item. Many customers prepare a
"Floor Plan," prior to the move. If you have one, give a copy to the movers. Placing all
furniture and boxes in their new location, will save you valuable time and make your moving-
in process smoother.
After the Move
Start unpacking and get adjusted to your new home. There is still a lot do, such as finding
out about local medical and health services, libraries, classes, as well as getting involved
socially and with your community. We wish you good luck!