Packing Tips, Tools & Materials

Packing for a move can be a very tedious and time-consuming task. In all reality, it is a process that takes a lot of skill and requires specific materials in order to achieve a quick and efficient move. In order to experience a stress free, and seamless move we recommend that you entrust the professionals at Westmount Moving to pack your belongings for you. Our team is trained in all the proper procedures, and have the right skills, materials and know-how to have you packed and ready in a quarter of the time.

In particular, we strongly recommend that we crate and pack specialty items for shipment so that you can be sure your precious items are safe. These items include:

  • Marble furniture, glass tabletops, heavy ornaments and mirrors 40" x 60" or larger
  • Pool table slates
  • Bulky, fragile items such as trophies, statues, chandeliers and other items that require custom crating
  • Delicate antique furniture

Items you Should Pack and Keep Close

Some items are extremely valuable and require a higher level of personal attention. Belongings such as cash, securities, jewelry, firearms (consult local laws), personal papers and legal documents (such as birth certificates, insurance policies and deeds), medical prescriptions, coin and stamp collections, family photographs and videos, moving-related documents should be packed by the individual. Make sure that all these items are packed safely and securely. We also recommend that you personally transport these items for peace of mind.

Useful Trade Secrets

Trade Secret #1

Purchase your moving boxes, cartons and packing materials such as unprinted newspaper, bubble wrap and tape from your local Westmount Moving agent. Our team will help you select the right types and sizes of boxes and packing materials so that you can pack your items safely and securely. You'll save valuable time, and be assured that you’re using strong, top quality packaging supplies for your precious belongings. These cartons are specifically designed for packing household goods and are far superior than traditional supermarket boxes.

Trade Secret #2

Wrap all your fragile items the way the professionals do by using two layers of unprinted newspaper per glass, dish, figurine, etc. Wrap each item firmly, but loosely enough to provide a cushioning effect. Place all wrapped items into a box with supplementary packing paper surrounding the items to allow for added cushioning.

Trade Secret #3

Pack your items into boxes, but don't overcrowd them! Professionals pack boxes in such a way so articles cushion each other. The top of the box should close with slight pressure, but should never be forced to a close – this is how you break things. Don't mix incompatible items (like books with glasses). As well, make sure to pack your clothing in our special wardrobe containers as they allow your clothes to hang straight and stay clean, virtually wrinkle-free.

Trade Secret #4

Pack all your glassware standing on end, upside down, and not on their sides. Also, stack dishes on edge, and fill empty spaces with wadded unprinted newspaper. This will allow for the most usable space per box, and provide a safe storage solution for your dishware. Before packing each dish packbox, layer the bottom of the carton with crumpled unprinted newspaper for added cushioning and protection.

Trade Secret #5

Pack all of your specialty items and uniquely shaped belongings in custom designed boxes. Items such as lampshades, mirrors, and pictures, can be packed in special cartons that are designed for their particular dimensions. Ask your Westmount Moving representative for guidance and more information on specialty boxing solutions.

Trade Secret #6

Tape all your boxes across tops and edges for added security and also make sure to seal every opening tightly. (See Types of Boxes, Tools & Materials You'll Need below.)

Trade Secret #7

Pack your belongings room by room so that it makes unpacking easier. Label each box with your name, your Westmount Moving contract number, the specific room the box goes to, and a brief description of the contents inside. Mark the items you'll need right away with "Unpack First," and mark your delicate items with "Fragile."

Trade Secret #8

Canadian law forbids all residential movers to transport flammable goods. This means we cannot allow customers to pack paints, turpentine, pressurized cans, corrosive items or any flammable liquid for their move. Properly dispose of or give away any of these items, and remove all belongings that could cause fire or damage.

Trade Secret #9

When packing a desktop computer or laptop, we strongly recommend that you use the computer's original carton and packing materials. If you don’t have them, use a box that is both strong and big enough to hold the computer, and pack it with unprinted newspaper.

Moving Tools & Materials

In order to prepare for your big move, you’re going to need the following tools and materials:

  • Unprinted newspaper and tissue paper (newspaper ink can soil and even damage some items, so avoid using old newspapers for packing)
  • 2" plastic tape (to assemble and close box cartons)
  • Utility knife
  • Scissors
  • Permanent markers

Types of Boxes

1.5 cu. ft. in U.S., and 2.0 cu. ft. in Canada (book box)

these boxes, often called “book boxes” are used for heavy or dense items including books, DVDs, shoes, canned goods, kitchen canisters, small appliances and power tools. These are great for packing your smaller items, and for use inside of larger boxes.

3 cu. ft. in U.S., and 4.0 cu. ft. in Canada

These general-purpose boxes are great for toys, lampshades, pots and pans, kitchen utensils, etc. This medium sized box is one of the more popular varieties we provide.

4.5 and 6 cu. ft. in U.S., and 5.0 cu. ft. in Canada

These boxes are designed for large, lightweight items such as pillows, bedding and toys. These boxes should not be overloaded, as they can become extremely heavy and difficult to move.

Wardrobe boxes

These boxes are equipped with a bar for hanging clothes, curtains and draperies. It is important to note that the bottom is not designed to support weight, so make sure not to pack other items in the bottom of these cartons.


These boxes are specially designed for transporting dishes, glasses, bowls and other kitchenware. They are also great for lamps, small pictures, knick-knacks and light appliances.

Mirror boxes

These boxes are telescoping, and come in both large and small varieties. These specialty boxes provide an added level of protection for items such as mirrors, large pictures, and glass tabletops.

Mattress bags

Designed to keep your mattress clean and protected, these specialty bags are available in crib, twin, standard, double and queen/king sizes.

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