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How to pack like a pro

how to pack like a pro

by Chuck Resnick

Moving is a very personal thing and people who hire moving companies ask for varying levels of service.

Take packing, for example. Some clients want to pack their own items, while others prefer a turnkey solution where the mover does it all. There are, of course, advantages to each approach, so it is important to choose what’s best for you.

the professional packer
Most who choose to pack themselves do so because it saves money on the move. That is true only if the items make it from Point A to Point B in one piece. Moving companies will not be responsible for items damaged because of poor packing.

The most critical element in packing is taking into consideration how far and long the items will remain in the boxes and containers during transit. Consumers often underestimate just how much jostling their items will endure on the various highways and other roadways on their trip to your new home or business. Accessories such as lamps may seem to be packed well, but may shift inside the carton and break or chip as a result.

Professional packers have the experience to know exactly what is best for various categories of items, depending on the size and distance of the move, and they pack accordingly. They can also provide excellent advice on how to mark your boxes for ease of unpacking, and on the items to pack last and unpack first.

Having your mover do the packing offers you the peace of mind in knowing that if the unexpected happens, your possessions will be repaired or replaced.

the diy packer
At Two Men and A Truck, trained packing professionals help clients with as much or as little of the packing and unpacking as required, and we sell a full range of packing supplies. Those who are willing and capable of packing themselves need to consider the proper materials and containers that will help to ensure a successful move. There are also significant considerations to keep in mind, such as not packing explosive or flammable items in the general boxes.

Although you can obtain boxes from places like grocery stores, check with your mover, who may sell proper packing materials that will save you work and worry.

Some of the items you will need are tape dispensers, newsprint, markers, pads and bubble wrap – and there are many sizes and strengths of boxes available. There is a 1.5 cubic-foot box that is often referred to as a book or record box. It’s fairly small and is designed to hold small, heavy items like food jars or cans, flatware, CDs, etc. The next size up is a lamp or lampshade box, which is 3 cubic feet in size. The sizes go up from there, to 4.5 and 6 cubic feet for lighter objects such as pillows and stuffed animals.

These are just some of the moving materials that are available today. Whether you choose to pack your own items or have your mover do it, be sure you choose a company with a solid track record for providing topnotch service. Visit

— Chuck Resnick is vice-president, marketing and operations at Two Men and A Truck – Canada.

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