Packing is an important part of the moving process. The more importance you give to packing the more chances that most of your household belongings will arrive in an undamaged condition. Calgary movers have experience of all that could possibly happen and offer tips here to avoid any damage in packing and transit.
Packing can take one to two days. Plan ahead, a month before so you can get organized and get it right.
Proper packing is essential to prevent damage in transit to your belongings.
Inventory your house. Segregate stuff into three-four different categories and a separate one for fragile and expensive stuff. You could get help from Calgary movers www.matco.ca about planning and use of right packing supplies. They may do it for you at extra cost.
Use right packing supplies
Based on your inventory you can plan on procuring the right packing supplies.
Experts recommend that you buy thick, multiply strong cartons for fragile items like glass and ceramics.
Use 2 cubic foot small cartons for heavy items, 4 cubic foot boxes for general articles like utensils and toys, 5 cubic foot cartons for light weight items.
Keep a generous supply of newspapers at hand. Ball them up and use them as cushions inside the boxes and also to wrap fragile items. Procure foam pellets and foam sheets.
Follow the right process
Layer the bottom of the box with foam pellets before placing anything inside.
Wrap each crockery, glass and picture frame individually with newspaper and foam and tape it securely. Tape together glass items and crockery, wrap another layer of foam and place in a cushion of styrofoam pellets inside a strong box.
Fill gaps with balled up newspapers to prevent movement. Use tape to seal the carton.
Use space inside refrigerators, cupboards and table drawers to pack in stuff. Fragile stuff can be placed in between clothes and then secured in polybags that go into the spaces.
Make use of towels and blankets as protective packaging for expensive stuff. If you want absolute safety you can buy styrofoam sheets and place them at the bottom of the box, put items on the sheet and then fill gaps with blocks of foam.
Make sure to leave some gap around the items and between the walls. Pack foam inside the gaps or put in balled up newspapers. Put heavier and stronger stuff at the bottom of the box and lighter and more fragile items at the top.
Fragile items can be packed in smaller boxes that can then go into a larger box with similar cushioning. Foam mattresses can be used as packing. Roll them around delicate stuff and put the entire mattress inside a large plastic bag and tape it securely.
Pack mirrors and picture frames vertically inside a box with foam padding all around. Bottles with liquids are best put inside a polybag and sealed. Do not pack jewelry and similar precious items. Carry them with you.
Special care for special items
Large mirrors and glass tabletops, for example, need special care. Wooden crating is best. In this process, the mirror or glass slab is encased in rigid foam and then put inside a wooden frame and transported in a vertical position.