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Moving Hints & Checklist from Ann’s Cartage & Piano Movers Inc.

The best way to make your move go smoothly and as stress-free as possible is to be organized on the day of your move. The more time you spend packing and organizing your belongings in advance of the ‘big day,’ the better you will feel and the quicker the movers will get the job done.

Things to Remember

1) As soon as you know you are moving, start looking at booking a mover. In the summer months, movers get especially busy and book up fast. To ensure you get the date you want, book your moving company as early as possible and pay a small deposit to confirm and hold your moving date and time.

2) Write out a checklist of things you need to do to get ready for your move, including but not limited to: calling utility companies, changing addresses, arranging finances and deciding what you are moving and what you wish to dispose of, sell or donate to local charities and friends.

3) The better prepared you are on moving day, the faster and easier your move will go. Don’t be afraid to call us to ask questions in regards to the best ways to pack and prepare for the ‘big day.’ We offer free and unlimited advice on how to best prepare for your move and how to pack.

4) If you are moving to a smaller home, check and double check to make sure everything is going to fit, or that you have adequate space to store it. If not, consider selling or donating items you don’t really need.

5) If you find when you are packing that you have a lot more boxes, bags, totes, etc. than you originally specified, call us so we can make adjustments. The last thing anyone wants on moving day is to not have enough space on the trucks to load everything. This results in more time spent on loading and unloading your items, or needing to dispatch additional trucks to fit everything, all of which will increase the original estimate.

6) If you need your appliances moved, please defrost, clean and drain them at least 24 hours before the scheduled move. Do not plug them in again until 24 hours after they are moved to allow any Freon gases to settle. For large appliances like washers, dryers, dishwashers, fridges and freezers, check the owner’s manual to make sure there are no special moving instructions. If there are, have them prepared for shipping by a qualified appliance service company, therefore ensuring that you have not voided your manufacturer’s warranty.

7) Most fitness equipment warrantees stipulate that the warranty will be null and void if not dismantled and reassembled by their own professional trained technicians. These items need to be prepared for moving in advance of your moving day.

8) If we are moving your piano, make sure that it will fit through the doorways and stairways of your new address and speak to our office ahead of time if you think there might be an issue. Remember that pianos can weigh in excess of 1300lbs and are supported by 1 inch cast iron wheels that will damage, crack or mark floors if incorrectly moved. Even under the best circumstances, floor damage may occur if the floor surface has not been professionally laid or if the surface if too soft, e.g. defective tiles or soft wood.

9) Make sure that your new location is accessible to the moving trucks. Look for low wires and branches, and make sure that the driveway condition is suitable for heavy moving trucks. In the winter, please make sure that the walkways and driveways are clear and salted to prevent accidents to your friends, family and our staff. When heavy furniture is being moved in snowy or icy conditions, the risks to the movers and your furniture is increased.

10) Limit all boxes and cartons to no more than 35 pounds. If you overstuff a box, it is more likely to collapse, resulting in your belongings falling out the bottom and breaking. All boxes should be well taped on the bottom and taped and sealed on top. Fill empty spaces in your box with padding to prevent shifting within the box, and clearly mark your boxes on both the top and sides to indicate what rooms they are to go into.

11) Please keep children and pets out of harm’s way, as both a safety precaution for your loved ones, as well as for the movers who are often carrying heavy items and are easily tripped by small children or animals that might get under foot.

12) It is against the law for moving companies to transport hazardous items such as gasoline, propane tanks, guns and ammunition or explosive materials. Any boxes or cartons containing these items as well as liquids, hazardous chemicals or cleaning products must be clearly marked and transported in your own personal vehicle.

13) All dressers, filing cabinets, nightstands, desks, china or curio/display cabinets and bookcases should be emptied of all glass shelves and contents prior to moving as the added weight can cause undue strain on the furniture and consequently damage them. Glass shelves are usually just sitting on pegs in the cabinets and are not permanently fixed, meaning they will move during transit.

14) Use the correct sized boxes for the task at hand, as half-filled boxes tend to buckle when stacked. Always make sure your boxes have lids that are taped shut. Never fold the flaps. Open boxes cannot be stacked and waste a lot of space in the truck. Smaller sized boxes are best for books, CD’s, records, dishes, glass wear and heavier items. Medium sized boxes are best for small kitchen appliances, pots and pans and children’s toys. Larger boxes are best suited for light weight items.

15) Clearly mark your boxes for easy placement in your new home. Color coding your boxes is an easy way to pack. Always clearly mark FRAGILE boxes. Please make yourself available at the new address to direct the movers as to where you want things to go. This will expedite the unloading process of the trucks and save you time and money.

16) Ensure that all lamps, glass tabletops and glass shelves, televisions, computers, mirrors, pictures and paintings are wrapped and packed in proper boxes ready for transportation. Movers do not carry personal packing materials on the truck. They do carry wardrobe boxes, packing tape, shrink wrap and moving blankets to be utilized on the day of your move.

17) Plasma TVs should be packed in their original box. If that’s no longer available, they should be properly packed and wrapped in specialized TV boxes that you can purchase at any U-haul rental outlet, Home Depot or most public storage stores. They should never be laid flat.

18) Picture boxes are an ideal packing tool. You can individually wrap each picture, then house about two or three in each box provided they are bubble wrapped before putting them in the box.

19) Lampshades and light bulbs should be packed separately in their own boxes and marked accordingly. Lamp cords should be coiled up and tied to prevent tripping hazards. For floor lamps, the shades and bulbs should be removed and packed separately and the cord should be coiled and secure for easy transport.

20) Good quality clear plastic garbage bags are much cheaper than boxes and great for packing fabric items such as pillows, blankets, sheets, clothes, comforters, children’s stuffed animals and towels. With clear plastic, it is easy for you to see what is in them and also easy for the staff to load and unload from the higher level of our trucks. Make sure that you only put fabric in these bags, no hangers or sharp objects. These bags can be purchased at any large grocery store in the garbage bag section or at Home Depot in the garden section.

21) Grandfather clocks or clocks in general must be disassembled by the customer in advance of the move. Instructions on how to do this can be easily found on the internet. Chimes and pendulums should be removed, and weight chains should be secured tightly against the base of the clock with wire or strong string. Movers will not take apart or reassemble clocks.

22) Always pack dishes on their sides, not one on top of the other. Wrap each dish or glass separately in white packing paper or tissue paper before putting it in a box. Use crumpled paper to pad the bottom, sides and top of the filled box. When packing fine china, proper ‘China Cartons’ are recommended.

23) Furniture should be properly prepared for moving. Remove legs from beds, couches, and tables and either put them in clear plastic bags or tie them together. Bed rails should be tied together and numbered so you know what bed they belong to. If you wish for the movers to disassemble and reassemble your furniture, you need to arrange this before the day of your move and consider the additional time it will take them to do so.

24) Glass shelves and glass table tops should be bubble wrapped and taped together for easy transporting.

25) Empty all dressers, desks, wall units and file cabinets, and disconnect all entertainment systems, stereos and televisions, wrapping the cords to avoid trips.

26) Plants should be moved in your personal vehicle unless they are too big to do so. Make sure to advise us if you wish us to move large plants so that we can account for space on the trucks. Plants do not pack well in a truck and therefore take up a lot of space. Plants are moved at the owner’s risk.

27) If necessary, ensure that you have adequate insurance for any household goods that are going into a storage facility as no movers cover your contents once they are finished your move.

28) Due to insurance restraints, we can’t disconnect or hook up any gas appliances, washing machines, fridge water dispensers or icemakers. Please make arrangements ahead of time to have a licensed or qualified technician perform these tasks.

29) Any items that can be damaged by extreme heat or cold should not be packed on the moving trucks and should be clearly marked and moved in your vehicle.

30) When preparing your contents for moving, you need to be careful what type of tape you use. The impact of strings, tapes and fasteners can cause surface damage to your belongings leaving sticky adhesives, scratches or friction marks.

31) Our insurance protection does not cover damage to plants, marble, curved, stained, or antique glass, or slate, regardless of the way it is packed or moved.

32) All heavy-duty power tools, bench saws, drill presses, lathes, etc. must be locked into their safety positions and any loose parts must be removed or secured.

33) When the trucks are almost loaded, please walk through your home and check all the rooms to make sure that the movers have loaded everything. Once the movers have left the property, they are not responsible for anything that may have been forgotten or overlooked. After the trucks are unloaded at the new address and the move is complete, please make sure that boxes and furniture are placed where you want them to be. The movers are more than happy to rearrange things if you are not satisfied with the original placement.

For more information or to inquire about a free estimate, contact us today! We offer services to Halton Hills, Georgetown and all of Ontario.

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