Based on our sixty-plus years of experience, we would like to offer you some tips for packing – everything from toys to computers and lamps. Ask us about mattress bags/wraps, which we can supply at a low cost to protect your crib, twin, double, queen and king mattresses.
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The following items are moved at OWNERS RISK (No Transit Protection) UNLESS properly disassembled, boxed or crated.
- Owner Assembled Furniture such as IKEA – must be disassembled by owner prior to move day.
- Glass, granite, marble – must be crated or boxed.
- Lamps, pictures, mirrors, electronics, computers, TV’s – must be boxed.
- Floor lamps must be boxed in wardrobe or lamp boxes (available on packing materials price list) with shades removed and separately packed.
Pauline’s Moving Tips
Pauline was a beloved home estimator for thirteen years until she retired from our company. People still remember her and ask for Pauline’s moving tips. So, here they are…still living on! Thanks Pauline.
Less Is More
Start purging, editing, recycling, donating. You don’t want to pay us to move something that you will subsequently dispose of at your new home (my motto is – “if in doubt, throw it out”).
Garage Sales are a huge investment in time for a small monetary return. If you have the time . . . great! If not, consider hiring someone to assist you.
Return, Recycle, Reuse
The North Shore Transfer Station is located on Riverside Drive in North Vancouver and accepts your paints, corrosive liquids, hazardous goods, books & clothing, recyclables, metal and garbage. The Bottle Depot located at 310 Brooksbank Avenue, North Vancouver, accepts TV’s and electronics.
If you don’t have the means to dispose of some of your larger items, for a fee, Edgemont Moving & Storage can make that dreaded trip to the dump on your behalf.
Don’t Keep It A Secret
Advise your family, friends, utility companies, charities, Doctor, Dentist, banks, newspaper, magazine subscriptions of your new address (or don’t). Most of these can be done online.
Start With The Garage
The last place most people want to deal with is the garage. This should be the first area to be organized as it can become your staging area. As boxes are packed, they can be stored in the garage which frees up space for you and your family, allowing your daily life to continue without the clutter. This also saves you money, as most local moves are based on time and this one simple step cuts down moving time, thereby saving you money.
Another ‘time saving’ tip (for those who can physically do this) is to bring all boxes to the level of the home closest to where the truck is loaded.
Deal With The Small Stuff
Ziploc Bags are so useful for that “junk drawer” desk drawer, or small toy pieces. Have these available on move day for those little pegs from your bookshelves, nuts, bolts and bits from any disassembled furniture.
Keep that camping cooler handy, usually found lurking in the basement, for those last- minute fridge and freezer items.
If you HAVE to pack allowable, nonhazardous liquids, make sure you wrap the bottles well in plastic and towels and place in a leak proof, Rubbermaid container or line a cardboard box with a plastic garbage bag which will contain any possible spillage/leakage.
Dry It Out
Outdoor furniture and potted plants, where possible, should be moved OUT OF THE RAIN prior to move day. Position furniture so any trapped water can drain freely before it goes on the truck.