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Packing & Loading Moving Tips

First and foremost, proper packing is essential for a successful move. When packing your possessions it is important to remember to plan carefully, effectively and efficiently. So give yourself plenty of time! Doing so will save you time, money and a lot of stress!
You need to have the right packing materials. You should have a number of supplies to pack, protect and organize your possessions such as:
1)   Thick sturdy boxes of all sizes to pack your goods. (Boxes can be purchased from one of the Flexible Move depots across Canada near you). You can also use plastic containers with lids, which are great for keeping after your move for storage.
2)   Newspaper or brown paper wrap (typically unprinted, so that any print does not rub off on your goods) to wrap things such as your dishes and/or ornaments. You should put some crushed newspaper at the bottom of each box for extra cushioning!
3)   Bubble wrap to protect your valuables such as electronics and frames.
4)   Tape! And lots of it. This should be used to seal boxes and hold the furniture blankets/pads in place, which are supplied in your Flexible Move container.
5)   Sticker Labels are very useful to stay organized. Label all boxes, this way you know what and where everything is to be placed in your new home.
6)   Set-up Box: This is a great box to keep all the small parts and kits required to assemble your furniture. Clearly labeling one box your “set-up” carton, will allow you to easily find parts needed to set up your new home.
Once you’ve packed your belongings it’s time to think about packing your container. It is a good idea to plan ahead how the container should be loaded this way you can use your time loading effectively and efficiently, while staying organized with your plan in mind.
In each Flexible Moving container we provide you with plenty of moving blankets and moving skins for your move. (Skins are a more durable type of blanket that can be used to wrap things that are sensitive to scratching -like workout equipment or garden tools). You can use these for inside your home and when packing your belongings into the container. The quilted furniture blankets can be used for wood furniture pieces and upholstered items such as chesterfields and chairs.
Now when moving your things out into the container keep in mind the following steps when loading:  
1)   Move the largest and heaviest items first. Longer items such as box springs, mattresses, sofas, long mirrors, headboards, wall units, etc. should be placed against the walls, which will keep them upright and save space. Loading the heavier furniture pieces on the bottom.
2)   Next, start loading the biggest and heaviest boxes, placing the boxes on top of appliances and/ or furniture. (Make sure to fill any open spaces).
3)   Then, transfer the lighter boxes and items; stacking them on top.
4)   Finally, place fragile items on last, ensuring that they are cushioned through-out transport.

Lastly, your reserved container is equipped with straps. These straps should be used to tie off your shipment once all of the items have been loaded in the container(s). There are clips on the inside of the container walls to attach the straps. This will ensure additional safety through-out transport and help to minimize shifting in your container.
The main key when moving is pre-organized planning, with caution!

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