Packing Tips

  • No carton should be so large that it will obstruct the view when carried or be over 23kg (50lbs) when packed. You want to be able to safely lift and move your belongings.
  • Do not over fill or under fill cartons; this practice increases risk of damage to your goods. Tops must close flat and be sealed with tape.
  • Pack heavier items on the bottom and lighter items on the top. Pack articles snugly so they will not shift.
  • Cushion every carton with clean, crushed paper; on the bottom between layers, at the top, and in any empty spaces between articles.
  • Pack small articles in small boxes and nest them into a large box.
  • Wrap fabrics and china in clean newsprint.
  • Wrap all items separately to protect fine surfaces.
  • Wrap small articles in coloured paper so they will not be discarded with packing material.
  • If you must ship liquids, fasten and tape lids, seal in a plastic bag and place upright in a carton.
  • Record the contents of each carton in a notebook. Label each carton with your name and room location.
  • Tape small pieces and screws to the item they belong to or put them in a carton labeled “Set-Up Carton” for easy access at destination.
  • Place items from desks and drawers in small, labeled cartons. Loose clothing may remain in dresser drawers (if you are having professional movers moving your goods).
  •  Place a “Do Not Move” sign on items which are to remain in the house.
  • Assign a place for suitcases and other items that are not to be loaded in the moving van or container.
  • Send your valuables (jewels, furs, important papers, etc.) by registered mail or security carrier, or carry them with you. We cannot accept responsibility for their shipment.
  • Roll and tie electrical cords so they will not tangle.
  • Prepare a “Load Last – Unload First” carton for things you will need as soon as you arrive in your new home.
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Our commitment to “A Higher Standard of Care” is evident in every move we make. Approaching our sixth decade in operation, United Van Lines is Canada's largest network of moving companies and the only Canadian van line that is 100% owned and operated by its Members. United has a network of 151 privately owned moving companies who make up our Member Community. Together, United and its Members provide a seamless network to move you anywhere in Canada, the U.S. or around the world. Our leadership is not defined by being the largest van line in size, but by pioneering and being on the cutting edge of moving technologies that have changed the industry and the way people move. United Van Lines (Canada) Ltd. is the only van line or moving company to be named one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies. We have the only woman President of a van line and she is one of Canada’s Top 100™ Most Powerful Women in business today. With our insight and experience in moving, we are with you every step of the way, no matter where life takes you. Our goal is to provide you with the perfect move.

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