Canadian Association of Movers

Canadian Association of Movers

June 05, 2012 15:01 ET

Packing for Moving Day is Done Best by Professional Movers

The Canadian Association of Movers (CAM) Recommends That Consumers Hire a Professional Mover to Do the Packing for Their Move to Help Ensure That the Experience is Faster, Safer and Less Worrisome

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 5, 2012) - Packing for Your Move

You've decided to move. Should you try to move yourself? Should you hire a few local men with a truck to save money? Or should you contract a professional mover who may cost more?

CAM can assist you in finding a reputable mover who will provide professional moving services and alleviate the stress of such a significant life experience.

Now who should do the packing? Packing is a big part of a move - gathering packing materials and packing the containers. And who will be responsible for damage that might result?

Customers can choose from a full-pack (the mover brings the materials and does all the packing), no-pack (the customer does it all) or a partial-pack service. Professional packing relieves the customer of all the work and relieves them from worry about damage that could result from their inexperience. The mover is not responsible for the condition of items in owner-packed containers. Customers should at least opt for a partial pack of their breakables, like china, artwork and mirrors.

Movers use special-purpose packing materials designed specifically to protect different types of articles.

Customers who decide to pack themselves should use:

  • china barrels for breakables such as dishes, china settings and crystal
  • wardrobe boxes for clothes
  • 2 cubic-foot boxes for heavy items (books, canned goods)
  • 4 cubic foot boxes for bulky items (lamp shades, kitchen items)
  • 5 or 6 cubic-foot boxes (bedding, linens)
  • picture cartons for art and mirrors.

And they should apply the basic rules for good packing:

  • large boxes should not contain heavy articles
  • standard-size cartons should be used for easy stacking
  • heavier items should be placed in the bottom of boxes, on their strongest side, with items separated by cushioning material
  • boxes should be filled completely so they don't cave in
  • cartons should be secured with tape and clearly marked.

Properly calculating the required packing materials is a challenge. Movers estimate a standard number of containers for a move then adjust for the customer such as for doctors who often have a great quantity of books.

Special items - statues, gun collections, crystal chandeliers - may require custom-made containers and special packing.

Movers cannot transport inadmissible items like explosives, ammunition, aerosol cans and flammables like gasoline, paints or cleaning fluids.

Movers take no liability for losses to high-value items - jewelry, medications, computer data, etc. Consumers must transport these irreplaceable valuables items themselves to avoid the risk of loss.

Contact CAM for assistance in hiring a reputable mover who will provide professional moving services - a mover that subscribes to CAM's code of ethics, meets CAM's business standards and commits to mediation in the unlikely event of a dispute.

For further information: Contact the Canadian Association of Movers, Canada's moving industry trade association. CAM helps consumers by identifying good movers and monitoring movers' performance. Consumers should contact CAM at 1-866-860-0065; visit CAM's website,; fax enquiry to 1-866-601-8499; mail to PO Box 30039, RPO New Westminster, Thornhill, ON, Canada L4J 0C6.

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