Moving in or to Vancouver? This blog post is for you – we’ll talk a little about how to pack furniture, clothes, decorative items and even what to do with the food in the refrigerator. With that in mind, we prepared this complete guide on how to prepare yourself when going to your new house.
Moving in or to Vancouver: where to start
The first step is to define exactly what you are going to bring to the new house. This is an important step and will help you to define which packages and the amount needed for your move. The best way to organize the inventory is to record everything in a spreadsheet. Thus, in addition to having a complete list, this control will also help you when requesting a quote for cardboard boxes or for transportation.
Necessary materials – Moving Supplies
The main materials you will need are:
– bubble wrap: provides resistant protection, reduces impact, protects against scratches, and insulates from odors and liquids. Look for versions with large bubbles and tough plastic that is difficult to break, as they will be used to protect furniture, sofas, beds, appliances, glass and mirrors.
– cardboard boxes: store basically all your small belongings, decorative items, kitchen utensils, clothes, books and a multitude of other things. The ideal is to buy different sizes and that are very resistant.
– duct tape, stylus, pen and label: they are needed to open, close and label boxes.
To avoid waste, buy the materials little by little. Start by packing less-used items in your day-to-day life, so you’ll already be aware of the quantities. As for boxes, buy different sizes to facilitate transport and avoid broken objects – put heavier ones in smaller boxes and lighter ones in larger ones.
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Packing furniture and appliances
Start by checking what can/should be dismantled, such as wardrobes and shelves – take this into account when asking for quotes from moving companies, as many of them also offer this service. Also remove the mirrors and glasses, pack them first with bubble wrap and then, if possible, place them in the cardboard boxes.
Also remember to secure the corners – this can be done with cardboard and masking tape – as these areas are often damaged in changes.
Dishes, glasses, jars and any other glass items, whether they are kitchen utensils or decorative items, must be packed very well. First, select a good cardboard box that can withstand the weight of the items. Once this is done, line the bottom of the box with bubble wrap. Ideally, cut the bubble wrap twice the size of the bottom of the box, so you can fold it in half and make a kind of pillow. The next step is to wrap each item separately in cardboard, newspaper or bubble wrap. This will prevent direct contact between them, which could lead to a possible breakage.
Personal clothes and bedding
Moving companies have specific clothes racks. This method makes it easy to remove clothes from the wardrobe, transport them and put them back in the closet in the new house. Without a doubt, this is the most recommended method, as it does not wrinkle the clothes and avoids its direct contact with the rest of the things, keeping them clean and free from dust and possible odors.
Food in the fridge
Definitely, the food in the fridge is a question that most people have when moving, as moving companies usually recommend turning off the fridge between 4 and 8 hours before transport.
This is because the freezer and even frozen foods can release water and wet the other items in your move. Considering this possibility, the best thing to do is to remove everything from your refrigerator. Thus, if it is a long residential move to another state, for example, it is recommended to plan so that on the day of transport you do not have any more food in the refrigerator.
If this is not possible, donate the rest to acquaintances or friends. However, if the move is short, you can store these foods in coolers and take them to your new home.
How to dispose of packaging?
If you are moving with a company, ask if they collect the packaging after. If they don’t do this work, do a screening yourself. Separate the types of waste and what can be sent for recycling, such as cardboard, for example, and give it the correct destination.