Eat heartily before you move, why pay to pack and move a
large inventory of canned food when it all can be
replaced at your destination.
Clean out and organize your basement and garage. These
areas can be very time consuming if they haven’t been
Unused items can be sold, donated, or thrown away prior
to your move. This can reduce your moving cost
significantly if you have accumulated a large amount.
Many customers under estimate the amount of time it
takes to pack their belongings. If you decide to pack
yourself, be realistic about how much time you have each
day to devote to packing and get started well in advance
of your moving day. Unfinished packing can add extra
moving time to your bill.
Garbage bags are not suitable for packing; they tear
easily and do not protect your goods.
Keep a list of the contents of each carton through a
numbering system and a notebook. It will make it easier
finding individual items.
Pack your cartons with the top upright.
If you are doing your own packing, cartons should not be
overfilled. The tops should close flat and nothing
should stick out of them because they are difficult to
carry and stack. All cartons should be sealed with
proper packing tape, top and bottom.
Cartons, when filled, should not weight more than 23 Kg
or 50 lbs.
Do not use newspapers to pack items that cannot be
easily cleaned. The ink can transfer from the paper to
the items. We sell newsprint paper that is ink free.
Cartons should be cushioned with newsprint on the
bottom, between layers, at the top and in all empty
Pack heavier items on the bottom layer of the carton and
the lightest on top.
Fragile items should be packed separately and labelled.
Do not mark every carton as fragile; some boxes must be
on the bottom when loading the truck.
Do not mark the cartons with anything that will tell the
value of the contents or make it unique from other
Label each carton on the top as to its general contents
(books, dishes, lampshades, toys) and the room or area
where it is going.
Pack all contents from drawers of dressers, nightstands,
desks, wall units, entertainment units, coffee tables
and end tables to prevent items from falling down the
back and being lost.
Pack small loose items in a shoe box and then in a
Large breakable items such as mirrors, marble table
tops, glass shelving, chandeliers and works of art may
require special packaging. Please contact Robson Cartage
before moving day to arrange for protection of your
Breakable lamps, lampshades, mirrors, pictures and other
delicate items should be packed in cartons.
Certain items requiring servicemen, electricians or
carpenters must be dealt with prior to moving day. It is
recommended that you arrange to have large wall units or
entertainment cabinets disassembled, un-install
electrical components such as light fixtures that you
are taking, disconnect gas appliances and drain washing
We do not move freezers with food in them. Usually in
taking a freezer out of the home it is necessary for the
freezer to be tilted going up or down stairs and again
up and down the ramp of the truck. If there is food in
the freezer, there will very likely be damage to the
Make sure your refrigerator and freezer are defrosted,
clean and dry.
Place “Not to be Moved” tags on any items that are not
to be moved. Show these to the movers.
Put hardware from beds etc in a “SET-UP” carton.
Clean cupboard, windows and floors in your new home
ahead of time if it is empty.
Plan the placement of your furniture in your new home.
Make a floor plan, tape signs on room doors so that the
movers can place the furniture and cartons in the
If you are moving to or from an apartment be sure to
book your elevator. Pre-discuss time with mover.
Keys and prescription drugs are items that you should
store in a safe place so you can take them with you.
Before the truck arrives, for your own peace of mind as
well as their safety, we suggest that you arrange for
someone to see that children and pets are kept out of
the stream of traffic and away from the truck!
Make sure that all pathways, hallways and stairways are
clear at both locations.
Check all cupboards, behind doors and all storage areas
before to truck leaves. See that everything that is to
go has been loaded onto the truck and that those items
which were not to be moved are still on the premises.
Do a final tour with the driver to ensure everything is
Make sure that you are able to accept your goods when
our movers arrive at the destination by ensuring that
your new residence will be ready and someone remains on
site to direct movers.