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Ruben & Christine Peters

Okotoks, Alberta

Office:(403) 995-0204

Cell: (403) 861-9520


Packing Instructions

Before You Begin

Getting Started

Lamps/Art

Electronics

Kitchen

Appliances

Office

Clothing

House Plants

Garden Plants

Pets

What To Pack Last

Frequently Asked Questions


Costs

What can I do to keep costs down during my move?
How is the cost estimate determined on a local move?
Is labour the only moving cost I will experience?
Are there any "unexpected" costs I should be aware of?
How accurate will the cost estimate for my move be?
Should I tip my movers?


Safety

Can the kids "hang out" and watch the move?
Can the movers transport my pets?
Can I ride in the cab of the moving truck with my movers?


Preparation

What should I do with my household plants and garden shrubs?
What should I do with hazardous items?
I have some items I'd like to keep, but they won't fit in my new home. Should I store them?
I want to do some packing and moving of small items before the movers arrive. What areas would be most helpful?
I'm on a limited budget, and can only afford to hire professional movers for a portion of my move. What should I ask them to do?
What can I do to ensure that my belongings end up in the correct room?
What items should I pack, and what should I leave for the "professionals"?
I've got a lot of paperwork in my home office. Do I need to empty out my filing cabinets?
What do I need to do to prepare my appliances for the move?


Moving Day

How will the movers know what items to take and what to leave behind?
What should I do with last-minute kitchen items?
What should I do with the food in my refrigerator and other perishables?
Can the crew members arrange the furniture to my liking in my new home?
I've got a few prized possessions that I want treated with special care. How can I guarantee this?
If I have items that I absolutely need on move day, should I point them out to my crew?


Miscellaneous

I'm scaling down to a smaller home. I know my furniture will fit. Does that mean I'm all set?
Can the moving company dispose of excess trash?
Is it possible to move during inclement weather?


Q:What can I do to keep costs down during my move?

A: If you're engaging professional movers, you should mention your cost concerns during your initial call with a sales person. Similar to airlines or hotels, most moving companies have a sliding scale of prices that reflect supply and demand on a particular day. Generally, the summer months are the busiest. Saturdays and the beginning and end of each month are busy year-round. The less busy times tend to be Monday through Thursday in the middle weeks of the month. If you are flexible with your move date-an overlap between when you need to be out of your old home and are able to get into your new home helps- you're certain to get the best value. Additionally, your sales person can provide advice on other cost-saving measures, including efficient preparation in advance of moving day.

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Q: How is the cost estimate determined on a local move?

A: Most moving companies base their estimates for local moves on an hourly rate, which includes drive time from the moving company to your original home to your destination and back again to the moving company's home base. Some customers are surprised by the extent of the drive time costs, which result from the fact that moving trucks can not travel as fast as passenger cars on the highway, and are often excluded from non-truck routes, resulting in longer trip mileage and travel time.

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Q: Is labour the only moving cost I will experience?

A: Labour represents the majority of the moving expense. However, you should also budget for packing supplies-boxes, tape, bubble wrap, pads, etc. Generally speaking, moving supplies can run approximately 20% of your labour costs.

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Q: Are there any "unexpected" costs I should be aware of?

A: Generally, unexpected costs result from a breakdown in communication between the customer and the moving company. Do not be in a rush when you are booking your move. Taking the time up front to talk to your sales person will make both parties better aware of the situation they will encounter on moving day. For example, have you remodeled your house since you moved in? If so, some of the furniture that went in originally may not come out the same way. Have you purchased any furniture that had to be assembled in your home?

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Q: How accurate will the cost estimate for my move be?

A: Most moving companies' estimates are non-binding. This means the actual cost may vary a little or a lot from the original estimate. The best way to ensure that your move comes in on-target with your estimate is to offer as much information as possible at the time of the estimate. Since costs are projected based on an hourly rate, neglecting to mention an ancillary piece of the move at the time of the estimate does not mean that your move will cost less, but rather that your moving crew will be less prepared to do it. They may show up with fewer movers or trucks or equipment than they would have brought had they known up front what the situation would require, which may in the end escalate costs. Because you're paying by the hour, if the move takes less time than was estimated, your actual bill will be reduced accordingly.

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Q: Should I tip my movers?

A: Moving is a service industry. While there is not a set amount of gratuity expected by movers as there is by servers in restaurants, for example, if you feel that the job was done efficiently and effectively, you should feel free to tip your movers accordingly.

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Q: Can the kids "hang out" and watch the move?

A: We recognize that children of a certain age are fascinated by the moving process, but for their own safety, we recommend that they stay with neighbours or friends on moving day. If you would really like to expose them to the excitement and frenzy of the moving process, be prepared to supervise them carefully to ensure that their safety is not compromised.

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Q: Can the movers transport my pets?

A: Unfortunately, there is no safe place in the moving truck for pets to ride. They cannot be transported in the cab for insurance reasons, and the box of the truck is inappropriate due to lack of climate control and the danger posed by potential shifting of heavy objects. Generally speaking, moving day is traumatic for most pets. The best way to ensure their physical and emotional safety during the move is to secure them at a neighbour or friend's home, or in a professional kennel if necessary.

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Q: Can I ride in the cab of the moving truck with my movers?

A: Unfortunately, most professional moving companies cannot transport customers for insurance reasons.

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Q:What should I do with my household plants and garden shrubs?

A: Such items can be moved if properly packed, but professional movers will not insure live plants, which can be traumatized by motion, temperature extremes, or transport time in the moving truck. And of course, plants cannot be stored. Additionally, if you're moving overseas, most countries do not allow the import of agriculture items.

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Q: What should I do with hazardous items?

A: Even professional movers do not move items such as propane tanks, firearms and aerosols. It may be better to dispose of such dangerous items than to try and move them to your new home. Alternatively, you may wish to simply secure them in a safe place on moving day. Additionally, make certain to empty the gas out of any gas-operated items (lawnmower, weed wacker, etc.) prior to moving.

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Q: I have some items I'd like to keep, but they won't fit in my new home. Should I store them?

A:If your items don't fit in your new home but you're only living there only for a finite period and then have plans to move to a larger home, storage may be appropriate. Or, if your items are high-value, you may wish to store them. If your items are older or less valuable, consider the monthly cost of storage versus the replacement cost of the items. Which option is more cost-effective?

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Q: I want to do some packing and moving of small items before the movers arrive. What areas would be most helpful?

A: Focus on packing, not moving. Don't waste time trying to move these items yourself. Rather, focus on packing boxes so when the help arrives, you're ready. You should prioritize your preparation into three areas:

  • Sorting and disposing of unneeded items through garage sales, donations to charitable organizations, or gifts to friends and family.
  • Pack non-breakables and areas you don't use often, such as basements, garages and attics.
  • If you have time remaining to move some items yourself, focus on pets, plants, pictures, collectibles and highly sentimental items.

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Q: I'm on a limited budget, and can only afford to hire professional movers for a portion of my move. What should I ask them to do?

A: Have your moving crew pack the dining room, the kitchen, any art you may have, and other fragile collectibles. And of course you'll want their help carrying heavier, larger items such as bureaus, desks, and sofas.

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Q: What can I do to ensure that my belongings end up in the correct room?

A: Pick a labeling system and use it consistently. You can either color code your belongings based on the rooms at your destination-bedroom: red; living room: blue, etc.-or label the boxes with some consistent shorthand to denote their location (DR for dining room, MBR for master bedroom, etc.) If possible, boxes should be labeled on 3 sides.

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Q: What items should I pack, and what should I leave for the "professionals"?

A: Many people feel that they should move their breakables and heirlooms themselves. However, if you've chosen to hire professionals, let them do what they do best, including assuming the liabilities associated with heavy lifting, negotiating stairs, and maneuvering fragile items. The moving crew has experience day in and day out packing delicate items such as crystal and collectibles.

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Q: I've got a lot of paperwork in my home office. Do I need to empty out my filing cabinets?

A: When the cabinets are made of metal, 2-drawer filing cabinets can be left full. The top two drawers of a 4-drawer cabinet need to be emptied. All lateral file cabinets need to be completely emptied. With wood cabinets, all drawers need to be emptied entirely.

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Q: What do I need to do to prepare my appliances for the move?

A: The moving crew will prepare these items for the move. However, you should make certain that your dishwasher, microwave, and washing machine are empty. Additionally, movers are not electricians or plumbers-you need to arrange for the appropriate professional to disconnect your washer, chandeliers, refrigerator with water connection, etc. Most importantly, movers are not licensed to disconnect gas.

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Q: How will the movers know what items to take and what to leave behind?

A: Keeping the lines of communication open with your moving crew is critical during both the packing and moving process. If you have some items that should stay behind at your old home and some that go to your new home, you must clearly mark which is which. In order to avoid inadvertently leaving something behind or discarding a valuable item, your moving crew will move ALL items in your home, unless instructed otherwise. It is your responsibility to walk through your old home and do a final check for any overlooked items before the moving truck departs for your new home.

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Q: What should I do with last-minute kitchen items?

A: If you are hiring movers, you probably don't want to pay them to wash up dishes. Decide up front with your sales person if you or the movers will be packing your kitchen. Based on the agreement you have arranged, either have your kitchen packed before their arrival, or have items neatly stored in cabinets if the crew is packing for you. This may necessitate eating off paper plates or dining out for the final few days leading up to your move.

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Q: What should I do with the food in my refrigerator and other perishables?

A: Arrange for a cooler to transport such items. Your refrigerator can not be moved with food in it.

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Q: Can the crew members arrange the furniture to my liking in my new home?

A: Absolutely. However, please remember that you are charged by the hour, so a significant amount of time spent rearranging the furniture will add to the total cost of the move. Having a plan in mind before arriving at your new home will save a lot of time and money.

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Q: I've got a few prized possessions that I want treated with extra-special care. How can I guarantee this?

A: For your own peace of mind, you should consider moving jewelry and other small valuables yourself in your personal vehicle. As for larger valuables, point these items out to your moving crew. Awareness breeds care, and you should feel confident that your movers will pay special attention to any items you have designated as having high monetary or sentimental value.

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Q: If I have items that I absolutely need on move day, should I point them out to my crew?

A: With essentials such as medication, cosmetics, toiletries, a change of clothing, bed linens, towels, and toilet paper that will be needed immediately upon arrival at your new home, you may wish to transport them yourself in your personal vehicle. Alternatively, mark these boxes and draw them to the crew's attention, giving them specific instructions as to where to place the boxes in your new home.

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Q: I'm scaling down to a smaller home. I know my furniture will fit. Does that mean I'm all set?

A: Unfortunately, possibly not. Many people overlook the space that smaller items such as knickknacks, photos, CD collections, books, spare clothes, etc. will take up. If in doubt, you may wish to consult with an interior decorator or other professional with experience in evaluating space.

Additionally, moves tend to get more complex the more destinations there are. If you're sending items to storage, shipping items to family across the country, or making multiple stops on moving day between your old and new home, you may experience challenging logistics. Ask a sales associate at a moving company, and talk to friends who have made similar moves. Both parties can be great sources of information. In order to simplify the logistics, you may conclude that it is simpler to address each destination as a separate move, scheduling them for different days, rather than trying to tackle multiple moves in one day.

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Q: Can the moving company dispose of excess trash?

A: Yes, but there is a charge for items taken to the dump, both for labour involved in driving to and from the dump, as well as a disposal fee imposed by the management of the waste disposal location.

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Q: Is it possible to move during inclement weather?

A: While it may be more pleasurable to move on a warm, sunny day, professional movers are prepared to move during rain, sleet, or snow. They come equipped with supplies to keep your belongings safe from the elements. However, in an effort to keep costs down, you may wish to shovel or rake or otherwise clear the access in preparation for their arrival rather than paying your moving crew their hourly rate to remove such obstacles.

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