The first rule to moving is to be organized. Lists can be helpful, they will likely save you time and money. Make sure you know where large or heavy furniture is to be placed. Use labels on the doors at your new home to identify the rooms. This will help expedite placement of your boxes if they are clearly marked for each specific room. This method is faster than the movers having to ask “where is this going?”.

2-4 Weeks Before Moving Day

Several weeks before moving day, take your time and go through your home including the garage, attic and basement. Gather what you don’t need and have a garage sale, or better yet, donate these items to a charity of your choice. Lightening your load will decrease your shipping costs and will make packing and moving much more efficient. Begin packing unimportant goods and seasonal items. Remember it takes time to pack, so give yourself ample time to pack. You don’t want to run out of time or still be in the packing process on moving day..

Do not forget to arrange the transfer of school records.

1-2 Weeks Before Moving Day

Start to dismantle home gyms and swing sets.When you disassemble furniture and other items, make sure you tape all parts to the main base. Ensure all pertinent addresses and utility changes have been prepared and sent out where necessary. For example hydro, gas, driver’s license, banking information and credit cards. Reserve the elevator and parking if necessary. Make arrangements for small children and pets to be taken care of on moving day.Pack important and sentimental documents so they are easily accessible, for example passports, health records, insurance information.

Last Week Prior to Moving

Pack from the least to the most important! Make sure to leave hand tools and cleaning supplies last. Drain fuel and oil from motorized tools and lawn mowers. Leave the cap off the lawn mower till moving day. Have the grandfather clock pendelums removed. Begin to disconnect computer and stereo systems. When packing boxes, try to keep them between 20-25 pounds. Please remember, the heavier the item, the smaller the box you should be using. i.e. Books, DVD’s etc. 2 cubic size boxes work best for linens, 4 cubic sized boxes for towels. Have your beds disassembled and collapse your bed frames. Have your mirrors off your dressers. Empty your filing cabinets. Have your appliances emptied and disconnected at least a day before moving. Roll up your carpets and have them tightly taped. Tape in bundles of 5′s for any hockey sticks, brooms, shovels, rakes etc. Take arms of treadmills.

Moving Day

Arrange to have the moving truck as close as possible to your front door or to the loading dock. Have your driveway, walkways and stairs shovelled clean (place salt down if necessary). Have your appliances disconnected. Place the goods you need first and identify these boxes with clear lables or bright stickers. Advise the movers of these boxes and see if they will be first off the truck. Items that you will need first include: hand tools, toilet paper, toiletries, garbage bags, cleaning supplies, alarm clocks, coffee maker and your children's favourite toys. Disassemble beds and collapse bed frames. Clear all pathways to furniture. Customers are not permitted on the moving truck. This is not only for insurance purposes, but also for our customer’s safety. If possible try to send children and pets to relatives or friends for the day.

If applicable in apartments have the elevator on service with pads up before our arrival.

At Your New Residence

Begin unpacking the boxes that are labelled bathroom. Most likely, everyone will appreciate having the toilet paper in use as soon as you arrive at your new destination. Then we suggest unpacking each room one at a time. This way you do not forget to unpack anything and will not have to be concerned with boxes cluttering your home. Once you book with Door 2 Door Movers™, we can refer you to a company that will deliver all your packing supplies to your home before you move and collect the boxes after you have moved into your new residence.