Household Moving

At Van's, we know how stressful a move can be and we do our best to mininize it. Our trained and courteous staff are piano moving specialists who know how to care for your belongings. For your convenience, we can provide you with packing supplies Or, if you prefer, we can pack for you. Check out our Packing Tips and Moving Day Checklist to help you plan for your next move. For more information about how we can help with your next move contact us either by e-mail or call our toll-free number: 1-877-864-696.


Packing Tips

If you intend to pack yourself, here are a few packing tips which you may find helpful.

1. Keep boxes below 50 lbs.
Overly heavy boxes are difficult to lift and may break open, causing damage. Make sure the carton is securely fastened with packing tape. Do not use masking tape.

2.Pack boxes to the top
Use unprinted newspaper, if possible, to prevent ink stains to fill the carton to the top. Old cardboard is also useful. Half boxes tend to crush.

3.Mark your cartons well
Identify the room where each box is to be placed in the new home. Keep in mind that when boxes are loaded on the truck, they may be packed on their sides. Watch for bottles of perfume or other items that could spill. It's a good idea to prepare a "First Day" box which contains a few dishes, soap, towels, toilet paper, toys, a lamp, drinking glasses, pop, first aid, paper towels, etc.

4.Watch what you pack and how you pack it
Point cup handles and pitcher spouts towards the middle of the box and never next to the side of the box. Pack books in small cartons so the movers can lift them safely. Avoid packing liquids with lids that may come loose in transit or liquids that could freeze in transit. Do not pack flammables such as bleach, propane, aerosols, corrosives, gas from lawnmowers, plastic squeeze bottles, etc. It is best to take these items in your car. Food boxes and medicines should be taped shut and marked accordingly. Be sure to pack dishes on end -- side by side on the bottom.

5.What to do with the clothes in the dressers
Providing your dressers are not overly heavy to begin with, simply leave your clothes in the dressers. In cases that the dressers are too heavy, the drawers can be taken out and covered with newspaper.

6.Separate belongings you want to keep
Make sure any boxes you plan to move yourself (e.g. stereo equipment, computers, etc.,) are clearly separated from the boxes the movers will be taking to ensure they aren't accidently loaded on the truck.

7.What to do with the kids
For the comfort of the children, it is often helpful to have them stay with a friend or relative during the move.

8.Hazardous Materials
You must be aware that no mover can transport the following hazardous items:

  • Bar-B-Q propane tanks
  • acids of various forms
  • materials needed for loading
  • ammonia
  • charcoal briquettes
  • lighter fluids
  • flammable paints and stains
  • portable torches
  • varnish remover
  • gas & oil products
  • turpentine
  • welding equipment
  • and fire extinguishers.


Moving Day Checklist


Disconnect all Appliances and don't forget to disconnect the icemaker. Make sure to leave time for the freezer to defrost. Drain any hoses, such as those on the dishwasher and washing machine.

Note re refrigerators and freezers -Do not plug in fridges and freezers for at least 6-8 hours after they have been placed in your new home. If plugged in at the wrong time, you could burn out your compressor. Call a serviceman if you have any doubts.


Disconnect all Services - Turn off gas and water.


Empty all appliances, such as the dishwasher, washer and driver, of clothes or breakables.


Disconnect cords - Unplug cords on your TV, VCR, computer equipment, stereo, speakers, lamps, etc.


Reserve Elevators - Place elevator on service and make sure it is padded. Make sure the movers can park close to the elevators to save time.


Telephone disconnection/reconnection - Arrange to have your telephone disconnected at one home and reconnected in the new home. If possible, keep your telephone active on moving day.


Bank Accounts - If you are moving across town, you might consider changing your bank account location. Does your bank handle multi-branch banking? You may not have to open a new account.


Change of Address - Make arrangments with Canada Post to have your mail re-directed to your new address.Canada Post also has forms you can send to inform people of your change of address.


Extra Storage - If you have too much furniture, you may need additional storage. Check around for a reasonable price on the exact space you need. Check out the security aspects, ease of getting in and out, etc. Van's offers several types of storage to meet your needs.