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Moving Tips

Items not permitted on the truck:

 aerosol cans

pressurized containers



firewood gas/kerosene welding gases

lighter fluid

propane tank

charcoal varnish/shellac corrosives

chemicals turpentine

solvents bleach or ammonia




wood stains

lighter fluid


liquids acids of any kind




patio stones rocks


wine pressurized

containers fuels


fire extinguishers

firearms ammunition



pornographic material



Take with you:

cash securities



collections photographs albums

high value sentimental personal items

credit cards

personal records deeds, mortgages, bank documents

hardware or small parts from any disassembly

Simple Suggestions and Reminders:

  1. Ensure there is adequate parking for the moving van.
  2. Arrange elevator times for both your origin and your destination.
  3. Remove glass shelves from cabinets.
  4. Secure lids tightly on all liquids.
  5. Defrost and clean fridges and freezers prior to moving day.
  6. Tape open foodstuff boxes and bag them in plastic grocery bags for extra security.
  7. Bundle brooms, mops, skis and garden tools together for easy handling.
  8. Arrange to have icemakers, gas appliances, chandeliers and grandfather clocks serviced prior to moving day.
  9. Secure loose cords with garbage bag ties and take them with you.
  10. Leave folded clothes and linens in dresser drawers.
  11. Take jewellery, valuable or fragile items, unwrapped floor lamps, currency, documents, collections, etc. (see above), pets and any open cartons in your own vehicle.
  12. Mark all boxes and especially the "need-right-away-items" for when you arrive (toiletries, snacks, etc). Include a "special"box with a new game or book for each of the little ones to keep them occupied and give them something to look forward to). Plan to eat out, or order your meal in - for the first night.

Packing Tips:

  • Purchase cartons and materials (including unprinted newspaper, bubble wrap and tape).
  • Wrap fragile articles using two layers of unprinted newspaper for each glass, dish, figurine, etc. Wrap firmly but loosely enough to provide a cushioning effect.
  • Don't overcrowd boxes. Articles should cushion each other. The top of the box should close with slight pressure. Don't mix incompatible items (like books with glasses).
  • Pack clothing in our special wardrobe containers - clothes will stay clean and virtually wrinkle-free.
  • Pack glasses standing on end, upside down - not on their sides. Stack dishes on edge and fill empty spaces with wadded unprinted newspaper. Before packing the china carton, layer the bottom of the carton with crumpled unprinted newspaper.
  • Pack lampshades, mirrors, pictures, etc. in special cartons designed for these items. Ask a Phillips representative for guidance.
  • Tape boxes across tops and edges. Seal every opening tightly.
  • Pack your belongings room by room to make unpacking easier.
  • Label each box with the room the box is designated for with a brief description of the contents. Mark items you will require immediately, and mark delicate items "FRAGILE".
  • Don't pack paints, turpentine, pressurized cans, corrosive items like bleach or any flammable liquid. The law prohibits movers from carrying flammable items. Properly dispose of items which could cause fire or damage.
  • Use unprinted newspaper or tissue paper. Newspaper ink can soil and even damage some items. Two inch plastic tape and a utility knife are recommended.
  • When packing computers, use original cartons when possible. If not, use a box strong enough to hold the computer and pack it with unprinted newsprint. Do not use bubble wrap or any material that could cause static. Remove all ink cartridges from the printer.

Ask your consultant for more tips to make yours a smooth efficient move!

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