Moving those awkward items

   piano

Place saran wrap under the lids on all of your liquids and spices to prevent leaking. Use duct tape to seal any open boxes you have such as pancake mix, baking soda or rice. 

   plants

Most moving companies will not allow live plants to be loaded into their trucks / vans. If you are only moving a short distance, consider a separate trip. Be sure to keep your plants inside as much as possible, as this is the climate they are used to. Too hot or too cold of weather for extended periods of time can cause your plants stress. 

   artwork & mirrors

When packing mirrors or prints with glass covers, the first step is to use masking tape to create an 'X' shape across the front. This won't protect your mirror / art from getting damaged, but it will help to prevent shattering if it were dropped. Then, cut two pieces of cardboard to fit about a half an inch over the front and back of the mirror. Use old linens or bubble wrap to gently wrap the mirror and the cardboard. Secure with packing tape. If you have artwork that doesn't have a glass cover, use a couple of lawyers of plastic wrap to protect the painted surface from friction damage before wrapping it.  Mirrors should be placed on their sides with nothing on top of them, laying them down flat is just asking for trouble. 

 TIP:
If your artwork is very valuable, ask your mover about extra insurance. Make sure it’s on a value basis and not with the usual weight-based insurance.  

   Scuptures

Start by covering the sculpture in plastic wrap to protect the finish. Use smaller pieces and get in and around all the nooks and crannies to provide support. Continue by rolling up strips of bubble wrap and wrapping them around the vulnerable parts of the sculpture. Once you’ve built up the fragile areas, use more bubble wrap to wrap the entire sculpture. You should end up with a sphere or egg shape that you can place inside a box, and brace with padding.

   TV's

Start by taking a picture of the back of your tv before you unplug it. This will come in handy when you attempt to set it up in your new home. Next, remove and label the various labels with painters tape. If you want to get really fancy, you can put different coloured pieces of tape above each input used on the TV and then wrap a piece of matching tape on the cable that should be connected there. Be sure to pack the cables and remotes separate from the tv, as they could shift around and cause damage. 

Now to pack the TV itself. The absolute best way to pack a television is in it's original box. However, if you don't still have it then consider the following:

  • Heavy-duty boxes can be purchased from most moving companies, hardware stores or moving retailers. They are sold based on the size of your tv. 
  • Wrap your tv with a soft (preferably thick) blanket or bubble wrap and then use packing tape or shrink wrap to secure it. 
  • Flat Panel TV's should always be transported upright to avoid placing pressure on the lightweight glass. 
  • Clearly label FRAGILE and THIS SIDE UP on both sides 

   antiques & collectables

Wrap fragile items in bubble wrap, and then packing paper. Wrap smaller items in brightly coloured tissue paper so that they do not get lost or accidentally thrown out. 

Gently pack items in a box with other fragile items and use crumpled paper, house linens, etc. to fill in the gaps. Clearly label the box as FRAGILE. 

   firearms

Before you pack it, fill your slow cooker, mix master bowl and other similar items with spices and baking ingredients. Use your oven mitts or pot holders to store your sharp knives. 

   PLATES

Protect your plates by placing styrofoam plates between them when packing. Consider storing them vertically like records in order to optimize space and protect against breakage.