Moving and Packing Tips for Your Next Move

Moving Tips

  • Make your reservations for movers two to four weeks before your move day.
  • For large appliances, be sure to check your owner’s manuals to see if there are special instructions for moving.
  • Pack a box of essential items that you will need immediately after the move and make sure it’s the last thing added to the truck.
  • Clean out closets, the attic and the basement as soon as you decide it’s time to move.
  • Make a “survival closet” of things for the last cleanup before you move out – broom, dust cloth, dust pan, mop.
  • Schedule disconnect times for about a week before your move day -- you don’t want to have to pay for cable, phone and utilities when you aren’t even there!
  • Cancel newspapers, cable, lawn services about a week before the move.
  • Mail in your change of address forms about a week before your move date.
  • The day before your move, defrost the fridge.

Packing Tips

  • Remember: the heavier the item, the smaller the box.
  • Avoid mixing items from different rooms in the same box.
  • Use wardrobe boxes to make closets easier to pack. Clothes in drawers can be placed in suitcases.
  • Use small boxes for books. They get very heavy very fast.
  • Never use newspaper to wrap fine china or other delicate items. It can stain.
  • Always stack dishes upwards when packing.
  • Pack important and sentimental documents separately to be easily accessible, including children’s health records, passports, family records, insurance information and photo albums.
  • Never use duct tape – use packing tape.
  • Clearly label all boxes on top and side.
  • As you take apart furniture and other items, make sure to tape all parts to the main base.
  • Try to pack all electronic equipment, like stereos in their original boxes. Otherwise use bubble wrap when packing these items.
  • Always tape boxes. Don’t interlock the tops.

For your next local move, make sure to contact Two Small Men with Big Arms Moving in Ottawa, Belleville or Kingston.

Service Area

  • 200 km radius from Kingston to Ottawa
  • Surrounding areas

Contact Us

Ottawa:      613-723-5557  
Kingston:   613-549-1888
Belleville:   613-968-9097


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Saturday: 8 AM - 12 PM

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