Vancouver Moving and Packing Tips – this video explains how long it takes to pack a typical home and gives practical advise on how to set yourself up for packing success. Learn more about Ferguson Moving and Storage at https://fergusonmoving.com. This moving tips video will answer questions for your moving needs: Average days in advance to prepare for moving day. What to pack and what not to pack first. How many boxes to pack a typical kitchen. How many days to pack…etc.
How do you move toys and kids’ rooms? You may be surprised to hear this, but there are children in this world who will throw a fit if they lose their toys. And moving day is asking for toy losses.
Take this boy, on the popular blog-turned-book, Reasons My Son Is Crying: He is mad because he threw his toys out of his pen, and now he has no more toys to play with.
Imagine the tantrum and heartbreak that will ensue if, during a move, you lose your child’s favourite bunny or blanket! Disaster! And no, buying a replacement probably won’t work (them little munchkins are so smart!).
But I mean, realistically, toy-moving is going to mean purging at some level, right? You know the clean-up is coming. So there must be some decent and reasonable ways to do this with your kid.
Ok, so, how do parents safely, carefully and with caution move their child’s toys and play rooms?
Before moving day, ask your child to organize their toys and decide what they don’t want anymore
We hear your giggles. You think this won’t work. But you’d be surprised. There are kids who can understand that they don’t want old stuff anymore (like toys that are actually for ‘babies’). And, if you show them that their toys may help another kid be happy, they may want to donate them. There are also children who will help you pack!
If you’re having a hard time with this, you could go the desperate-parent route and incentivize them with newer (but fewer!), better toys after they move. Or a new bunk bed.
But first, you need to organize the toys.
First things first: we are guessing that while toys may be sprawled everywhere around the house, they probably do have a spot. Or so the theory goes.
Try to clean up, so that toys are in their bins and boxes and on their proper shelves.
Next, go through the picks of keeps and throw-aways.
You’re going to find broken pieces and mysterious pieces of toys that look like they belong to other toys. Ask what they are if you’re not sure (in case you render a Transformer or train set useless by accident). But if they’re truly garbage, start a recycling bin.
Bundle the small piece toys – like legos blocks, or beads – into zip lock bags or small plastic containers with lids.
Now, your toy room should be sort-of-good-enough organized for packing.
Ok, now imagine how dirty your child’s other toys. Maybe there is mould on the inside. Maybe there are just gross germs on the outside. Or maybe you’ll be bringing sick germs with you to your new home after you move – and no one wants that. HealthLink BC has an article on cleaning toys, because it’s that important. If you don’t like the idea of using bleach or chemicals, there are natural cleaning solutions available online. The DIY mom bloggers can help you with that.
Now, you could argue that toys will get dirty during the move. That’s fine. You can clean them after you arrive at your new home. But chances are, the kids will want to play with their toys right away, and you’ll have a lot of other things on your mind too.
Try picking up plastic bins with sealable lids that you can place all the clean toys in. Remember to keep the contents of these ‘toy moving bins’ completely dry, to avoid a mould situation like that mentioned above. This is especially so if you are doing a long-distance move.
Identify toys that can sell as antiques before packing them for a move, or throwing them away
We’re not talking about Beanie Babies. There are toys that are actually worth money.
Next, it’s time to read up on how to spot the toys that could be valuable for some extra change in your pocket.
Don’t forget: the kid has to be ok with this. Or you will have bigger problems to deal with. Like a heartbroken child. Recall when Woody accidentally ended up in the garage sale in Toy Story 2? So sad.
If you think you’ve got an old toy that has been passed down, that you don’t have an emotional attachment to, you may want to call some professionals in for an appraisal. Or, you can start of by doing some reading. For example, these articles:
Now, if you’re feeling a bit amused that there are die-hard toy collectors out there. Don’t be. You ain’t seen nothin’ yet. People sell antique jeans for thousands of dollars too.
Get the right packing material for toys
Toys can break in transit, especially if they are tossed around a lot. Do not crush Barbie heads due to bad packing. Somebody will get upset.
If you have it, you can use original packing of toys. But you likely won’t have thought to keep these around. It’s ok. You can use bubble wrap, or wrap them in clothes or cloths. Or, pack the plastics with the plush toys.
You also want to avoid toys getting wet – especially stuffed animals. That can be hard to clean. So again – consider plastic bins. The bins can be re-used as toy organizers when you arrive at your new home after your move.
To conclude: packing and moving toys is no small feat!
As you can see, toys need a lot of consideration. They may be meaningless to you, but they have a lot of meaning to your child. Or to an antique collector (let’s hope so, right?!).
When you pack toys to move, be sure to do so in a way that will ensure the longevity of the toys, which will help your wallet in the future. We know that must be motivating to do it right.
The checklist above doesn’t mean you don’t have to pack! It’s just a list of things other than packing that you have to take care of when you move. You might soon realize there is more to it than you think (or remember from last time), and planning in advance is key!
Whether you use the ones we found above, or make your own with modified checkboxes, this is a handy tool to make sure your mail and bills are going to the right place after you move. You can save so much hassle by doing this. And, you might be able to save money by not going with a forwarding address service, since you’ll have told everyone who needs to know what your new address is.
Checklists for monthly and weekly stages of packing before a move
These checklists help you identify the things you really, really could be packing up early. They lead up to the things you use more often as the moving day gets closer. Planning a move in advance will save you so much stress compared to packing all at once a week before you move. You’d be surprised how much stuff you actually have when you start packing, and how many boxes they could take to fill up!
When you move, especially out of a rental, you’ll need to prep the place for the new tenants. Hopefully your next home will have been cleaned out by its previous dwellers, as an equal courtesy to you. But cleaning when you move can reveal a lot of messy areas you’ve been ‘hiding’ unintentionally with your stuff. There is dirt you probably don’t even see on a daily basis. Or, there could be dirt and dust you didn’t mind living with, but no one else would find acceptable (our ‘own’ dirt just feels cleaner, doesn’t it?). So you’ll want to give this one time. And make sure you’ve checked off all the boxes in the above list, to save on your damage deposit!
Speaking of clean up, when you get packing, you’ll notice you need to tidy out your stuff by decluttering. Otherwise, you’ll be moving unnecessary items to your new home, creating more of a mess. But it’s hard to know what to bring and what to toss. The checklist above is a great help to get you started.
You’ll also want to check out our article on minimalism for this one, which may have more resources and inspiration for you to start your decluttering checklist:
When you arrive at your new home after moving, and all you see are boxes and boxes of stuff, it’s hard to know where to begin unpacking. Take it one step at a time. The checklist above guides you through your first night in your new home. For example, you need toilet paper and eating utensils for sure. So start with that!
Printable planning checklists for moving, to cover all the things you didn’t think of
Checklists that you can print off are probably the greatest idea since sliced bread, don’t you think? The ones above include budget spreadsheets, and a sheet for writing down names and price quotes of moving companies. Very handy.
The checklist you need to make on your own: the unpacking list
Surprisingly, there aren’t a lot of these on Pinterest (that we could find) – probably because most of the stress is getting moved out on time, and that’s where checklists come in handy. Plus, you know what you need most when unpacking. That said, there are plenty of lifehacks for moving on Pinterest that can help you make your own unpacking list.
We hope you enjoyed these helpful resources from our Delta movers!
You might think this topic doesn’t need a ‘how to.’ But you’d be surprised what the Internet can teach you when you do a little digging. Call it a ‘hack’ if you will. We’re about to teach you how to pack kitchen food when moving in or out of Vancouver.
Step 1: eat your food before you move in or out of Vancouver
This is important. Don’t buy more food at the grocery store until you make a serious commitment to go through your pantry, shelves, spice drawer and fridge. You will be amazed at how much food you have accumulated and not eaten. On the one hand, this can make you sad about the money you wasted. On the other hand, this can help you get creative by looking up recipes specifically to use all your ‘odds and ends’ food ingredients. Won’t that be fun?
Food is heavy. If your mover has quoted you based on weight (which we think they shouldn’t), then moving food can get expensive. So if you don’t eat your food to save your money, you’ll need to consider whether getting rid of it is going to be cheaper than buying new food at your new home.
Also, as a resident (or soon to be resident) of Vancouver, moving food is not as simple as you may think. We’ll get into that.
Step 2: reduce and categorize your food to plan for the cost of the move
As movers in Vancouver, we would strongly not recommend you take the approach of ‘dumping’ all your food into cardboard boxes and hope to ‘deal with it’ later. In fact, while you’re getting an estimate, you should be telling your moving company about how much food you want to transport in their trucks. If it’s unreasonable, this can affect the quote you get – even if it is a binding quote from an in-person visit. Don’t forget, the in-person quote that a mover gives you won’t be able to take into account how much food you will have stored in your cupboards on moving day. So be wise, and talk about that in advance with them, to avoid disputes.
The best thing you could do is to start reducing your food, either by eating it up, as noted in Step 1 above, or by getting rid of it. You can throw away the about-to-expire foods. And, while we don’t want to promote food waste, if you’re keeping a cereal box around because it has a snack-size serving left at the bottom of it, maybe don’t plan on keeping it.
You also will want to categorize your food so that you can properly plan for moving it later. Heavy things will transport differently than lighter things, and the way they get packed can affect how well they do in transit. You won’t want to pack up a bunch of dry pasta only to find out it got crushed in the moving truck when you arrive at your new home. That would feel like a waste of effort.
Perishables should be kept somewhere where they can easily be put into a cooler on moving day. Or…left behind. Remember, movers won’t realistically be able to move your fridge or deep freezer if it still has food in it.
If you want to go all survivor-mode and learn how to doomsday prep your food for long term storage – even if it’s dry foods – check out this article on how to do that:
That way, if your kitchen is full of a farm-sized pantry you planned on using to feed 13 kids for the next 20 years, you won’t lose your investment during the move. But on a serious note, that blog post above has some really good pointers about preserving shelf-life on the foods you didn’t think would perish so easily.
Glass food containers
Foods in glass containers are another story. Those will have to be very carefully packaged upright with lots of padding, or otherwise thrown away (though this article suggests getting rid of them altogether). Another option is pouring their contents into sturdy plastic containers, but that may not be practical depending on how far you’re moving. Some moving companies may say no to moving glass bottles.
What about food you medicines4all.com store in glass canisters you paid good money for? Good question. These decor items should be treated like your plateware. You may want to empty their contents so you can pack them as carefully as your fragile items. Sorry, but the food needs to go somewhere else…unless you’re willing to take the risk (which is more doable on a short-distance move, or when you can pack them in your car).
If you’re holding kerosine around for your BBQ, or other flammables meant for cooking, the moving companies will likely give you a flat out ‘no’ to putting them in the moving truck. So just forget about it. You’ll need to find a new home for them, or legally dispose of them.
Spices, flours, teas, coffees and other dry goods:
Some dried herbs and cooking ingredients need to be kept at certain humidity levels to stay useful. This is where moving in Vancouver is a bit tricky. The region has different seasons depending on what time of year you’re moving. And on any given day, humidity levels outside can change. So you’ll need to take care when packing these kitchen foods for moving – even if it’s just across town.
While convention would say to just tape them up and make sure they are sealed before the move, experience may remind you how easily they can either clump, or go stale depending on temperature and humidity. And, as this article notes, spices can be expensive, especially when you consider how many years it took you to accumulate them.
So whether it’s placing them in a climate-controlled cooler, adding moisture-suckers to their containers, or even using vacuum sealers to preserve them, be careful with these. That is, if they are valuable enough to you to do so.
Step 3: donate your unwanted food to charity before moving, or through your moving company
You can also then donate food to a charity, if you don’t want to take it with you. This is especially a good idea for canned or dry goods. And, this is something you’ll want to do on a long-distance move especially.
As movers, we have programs for donating food during our trips to service you. You can keep your donations separate for pick up. But ideally, you’ll want to clear out your space before the movers arrive.
See these articles for more info on donating food:
https://fergusonmoving.com/blog/packing-food-donation/ and https://fergusonmoving.com/blog/dec-1st-2013-participate-move-hunger/ and https://fergusonmoving.com/blog/fergusons-supports-local-food-bank/
Step 4: don’t bring foods that can get contaminated, and avoid contamination
If you’re planning on bringing a paper bag of flour, remember that if it’s been opened, or if it’s susceptible to tear, you are risking contamination. As the preservation blog noted above, foods with some shelf life won’t last forever, and insects can leave eggs in there too. The environment of the move will increase that risk all the more. Temperature also affects the lifespan of foods, especially perishables.
Also, cardboard boxes probably aren’t best for keeping food safe if it’s in plastic bags. Consider plastic containers, or companies that rent out plastic moving boxes, like FrogBox in Vancouver.
Step 5: don’t move illegal foods across borders
You may not be allowed to bring some vegetation across borders. So do declare them to your movers, or look up the rules in advance to avoid the hassle of finding them in the moving truck if you are told they must go after the fact.
Step 6: pack up and hand off to the movers
After you’ve gone through the steps above, it’s time to pack up the remaining food you want to take with you.
You can leave this part to the movers, or do it yourself. Either way, remember where your foods are, so they can be unpacked as soon as possible when you arrive at your new home. You won’t want them sitting under the elements too long.
If you have acompost you’ve been working on for a long time, it can be a shame to leave it behind when you moveashortdistance. While long distance moves can be preventative for bringing your compost with you (due to cross-country regulations on plants), it can be possible with ashortdistancemove.
Here are some options and tips we found on howtomoveacompostwhendoingashortdistancemove:
Find a way to contain the compost before you moveto your new home
This is a step that needs to be taken care of well in advance of moving day. The compost is going to be messy, maybe even slimey and smelly, and so it will take a bit of work to keep it contained before it goes into a moving truck or any vehicle. Unless you or a friend has a flatbed truck that can make the trip just for the compost, you’ll want to find a container for it. Or, some on this forum have used plastic bags, and suggested poultry or sandbags as alternatives. But they did mention that the higher volume bags may be too heavy to lift, so do consider that before you try to consolidate too much into one bundle.
Hence, moving acompost works well for shortdistance moves, rather than long distance ones.
Many compost bin products out there will have an opening at the bottom to let out the nutrient-rich stuff. There may be trap doors on them too. Generally though, these plastic bins might not be able to be completely shut for the move, to prevent spillage.
While paper bags may seem ideal, as they can biodegrade at the new home, remember that composts can be wet. So in addition to just containing the material, you’ll want to make sure toavoid leakage during the move. Or otherwise have your car or truck smell like garbage juice for a while!
Remember to care for the compost, and its critters before you move
Before your shortdistancemove, you’ll want to take care to do the following, to keep your compost, and your new home healthy:
Take this opportunity to make sure you have turned the compostto give it air, and to circulate its moisture. This is a method of composting that helps keep thecompost healthy and working well.
Composts contain living creatures, and they need water to work well. Ensure you are watering your compost during the move, so it doesn’t dry out. Yes – this will make it heavy during the move! So moving acompost with a weight-based moving company may not be the most ideal price-wise. Try lining the compost with cardboard (or just putting paper material in it), to help contain some of the water and absorb the smell. You don’t want it too wet, remember that.
Do ask a moving company if they can help you move your compostto your new home, though. They may have special materials to do this with. Or, they may just give you the helpful advice, in advance, that they can’t take the dirty heap with them in their nice, clean trucks!
When you do the turning of the compost, ensure you are not bringing unwanted pests or neighbourhood ‘buddies’ with you. Remember – garbage attracts rodents. They could be buried in there, or using it as a tasty home. So shovel out your compost first! Don’t just lift the whole thing onto a plank and try tomove it whole!
While you want to get rid of rodents and unwanted pests, you do want to make sure you are bringing your worms with you! Worms are something that composters seekto find. So you won’t want to leave them behind.
Find a good spot to place the compost after you move
Strategically plan your compost position! It can help give the plants in the area some good fertilizer. You also want it in a spot where you can reach it easily, but where it won’t attract rodents, or create bad smells, too close to your home.
Compost after your move with your moving materials
Treehugger.com wrote an interesting article on howto ‘go green’ with your move, by composting the materials you used during the move. In the case of the aforementioned article, the movers did a sheet-mulching project with their cardboard boxes, to help create a new landscape. The cardboard boxes will eventually decompose into the ground, and can be topped with woodchips or other natural material to create a clean garden look.
Make things easier on your next shortdistancemove: consider an indoor, electric compost
This is by no means a promotion, but we thought we’d mention that there are such things as indoor composting bins, which run on electricity. This article explains more about them. It can be hard to start acompost if you move often, even if you want to get into it. This may be a solution to make moving acompost easier next time.
Too much trouble tomoveacompost? Ask if the new home dwellers want it
If all of this is sounding like a bit too much trouble for something you can start again – for free at that – then we have another idea: try leaving the compost behind. Some on a forum have suggested this. Composts are useful to gardeners. So it may just be that the people who will occupy the home you’re moving out of may want it. You could take some of your worms with you in a plastic food container, to help out your new heap after you move.
You may not want to leave it behind without permission though. Because remember – composts attract rodents! Do be respectful to the new occupants of the home.
Coquitlam movers find ideas on howtopackandmoveacraftroomandcraft supplies
If you’re an avid crafter, you likely have a lot of craft supplies. You may have organized your craftroom, or you may have left it crowded and cluttered. Either way, no matter what crafting personality you are, you’re going to want to keep in mind some tips when it comes time topackandmoveacraftroom.
This is because, when you add up all those few-dollar items, they amount toa lot! You wouldn’t want your craft supplies ruined on amove. As Coquitlam movers, we want to help ensure your belongings stay as safe as possible. But sometimes this may involve prep work on your end too.
We’ve searched the web and come up with a few ideas to keep in mind when packing acraftroom or art supplies room.
Create an inventory before you pack your craft supplies
As we mentioned above, craft supplies can be worth a lot. Especially if you have purchased high quality paints or canvases, this is important to take note of. And, if we’re also getting into sewing machines and sewing equipment, this can come to even more. Let alone cutting machines or stamp-making machines.
While you may be thinking that each little bottle of paint cost two or three dollars, imagine losing everything – all of it. It would take a lot of time and money to replace all that material. Especially considering that you’ve probably acquired it over several years. Acraftroom is basically a collection.
We recommended creating an inventory of your craft supplies before you move. This will theoretically help you make sure you’ve found everything when you unpack after moving. Although, you will want to be organized with your supplies anyway, which we’ll get into. But, if your insurance or moving company insurance covers this type of thing, you’ll want to make sure you have the proof of what these supplies were like, and what they cost.
Use some life hacks as moving hacks when packing your craftroom
When your craftroom is set up at home, a lot of things may be readily reachable. Maybe hanging on peg boards, or suspension rods. That’s great and helps keeps things organized when you’re settled in after moving. But when moving day comes, you’re going to want to tie up loose ends – sometimes literally.
Some life hacks that can double as moving hacks in this area of your home are:
Using pill boxes, prescription bottles or spice containers to sort beads, paper clips or small items.
Using clam shell tool boxes as organizers that can shut tightly so pins, paper clips, beads, thread rolls, etc. don’t get mixed or tossed around.
Using plastic wrap around paint jars after the lid screws on, to ensure a tight fit. Do this also with modge podge and polyacrylic coating, etc.
Keeping paper packed tightly so it doesn’t get ruined. Folders, envelopes and paper-sized boxes will be helpful here.
Tying ink pads with elastic bands so they don’t open and dry out.
Making use of magnets to keep pins or metal pieces together as much as possible.
Removing or keeping casters on carts containing supplies – use your discretion here.
Roping or taping shut the drawers that may contain craft supplies.
Plus more. Don’t forget the obvious like taping down ribbon rolls and keeping the lids on spray paint cans. Also, ensure any sharp supplies won’t injure anyone. Exacto knifes and scissors can be sharp! Those jewelry pliers can also do some damage. If there are kids around, please take extra care topack these carefully and securely.
You may also want to invest in proper art supplies travel gear. They are specially made to hold paints, pastels, brushes and so on. Sometimes they look like suitcases on the outside, but unzipping them reveals the magic of an organized art supplies collection. Other times they are plastic totes with drawers and lids and the like. Find the one that suits you best.
Declutter as you pack up your craftroomand art supplies for moving day
This should be an obvious one. It’s something this blogger touches on a lot.
Moving is almost always a time for getting rid of stuff. And the craftroom can have a lot of small trinkets that you forgot you owned. Because after all, they’re good at hiding! This is the time to decide what to give away, and what to throw away. You don’t want topack junk to your new home. It’s a waste of time anda waste of space.
And yes, as our blogger noted in the article linked to above, this means planning in advance of moving day. You’ll want to give yourself a lot of time to sort out the ‘loose’ things that can easily disappear during amove anyway.
Direct the movers on moving day: they may not know howtomoveacraftroom
As this blogger points out, along with several other useful tips, you’ll want toclearly explain the needs of your craftroomto your movers. Be it Coquitlam movers or not, remember these guys are probably not attuned to the importance of keeping felt pens organized by colour (giving the example the blogger gave). It’s going to be up to you to do the prep work by bundling things together that go together. And you will need to take care of packing and boxing in this room if you want it done to your own specifications. Movers are on a time budget, so if they aren’t told otherwise in the estimating process, it’s possible your drawer materials will get ‘thrown’ into a box, mixed with other things.
Help your movers so they know if a box has to be kept upright, or if there are fragile items in there. And don’t be silly and assume that they’ll know craft materials are fragile. Pack for the unknown – several layers of bubble wrap or padding is necessary. Not only that, they can’t be responsible for leakages, so, as the above-mentioned blogger pointed out, it’s up to you topack your paints in plastic bags beforehand.
Keep temperature in mind for moving craft supplies or putting them in storage
As this forum poster mentions, storage is not always climate controlled. This can seriously affect your craft supplies.
Take that a step further and let’s consider the ride in the moving truck. If you are going long distances, you will want to prepare for this. You don’t want your expensive scrap booking paper or canvases getting ruined due to moisture. And you don’t want crayons melting in heat. You also don’t want powder paint to clump.
This may mean separating the material as you pack your craftroom. Some things may need to go with you in the car or plane (though that can be a nuisance). In other cases, you may want to seek out temperature-control solutions.
In short, don’t neglect the craftroom on moving day!
As you can see above, moving acraftroom or packing craft supplies can be more complicated than it first seems. Thankfully, if you’re crafting, you may already be a creative person with more ideas to add to our list of howtomoveacraftroom! And if not, don’t worry. Be sure to tell your movers well in advance that your craftroom may require special attention. They can then consider this when giving you an estimate or quote on the cost of moving.