Riteway recommends that you have our professionals pack for you. We’re trained in the proper procedures, have the correct materials and pack in a fraction of the time. However, if you wish to save money by doing it yourself please use the following recommended procedures, and remember that cartons are specifically designed for packing household goods. Purchase cartons and materials(including unprinted newspaper, bubble wrap and tape) . We can help you choose the sizes and kinds you’ll need. You’ll save valuable time.
- Wrap fragile articles using two layers of unprinted newspaper for each glass, dish, figurine, etc. Wrap firmly but loosely enough to provide a cushioning effect.
- Don’t overcrowd boxes. Articles should cushion each other. The top of the box should close with slight pressure. Don’t mix incompatible items (like books with glasses).
- Pack lamps had es, mirrors, pictures, etc. in special cartons designed for these items. Tape boxes across tops and edges. Seal every opening tightly.
- Pack your belongings room by room to make unpacking easier. Label each box with the room the box is designated for with a brief description of the contents.
- Mark items you will require immediately, and mark delicate items "FRAGILE".
- Don’t pack paints, turpentine, pressurized cans, corrosive items like bleach or any flammable liquid. The law prohibits movers from carrying flammable items. Properly dispose of items which could cause fire or damage.
- Use unprinted newspaper or tissue paper. Newspaper ink can soil and even damage some items. Two inch plastic tape and a utility knife are recommended.
- When packing computers, use original cartons when possible. If not, use a box strong enough to hold the computer and pack it with unprinted newsprint. Do not use bubble wrap or any material that could cause static. Remove all ink cartridges from the printer.
- Ensure there is adequate parking for the moving van.
- Arrange elevator times for both your origin and your destination.
- Remove glass shelves from cabinets.
- Secure lids tightly on all liquids.
- Defrost and clean fridges and freezers prior to moving day.
- Tape open foodstuff boxes and bag them in plastic grocery bags for extra security.
- Bundle brooms, mops, skis and garden tools together for easy handling.
- Secure loose cords with garbage bag ties and take them with you.
- Take jewellery, valuable or fragile items, unwrapped floor lamps, currency, documents, collections, pets and any open cartons in your own vehicle.
- Mark all boxes and especially the "need-right-away-items" for when you arrive. Plan to eat out, or order your meal in – for the first night.
*Don’t pack paints, turpentine, pressurized cans, corrosive items like bleach or any flammable liquid. The law prohibits movers from carrying flammable items. Properly dispose of items which could cause fire or damage.