Packing Tips


Packing takes time and energy

To save money, some customers prefer to pack some, or all of their own goods. This can be economical if you have both the time and the proper materials. Our experience has shown that it takes two people at least two to three days, without professional assistance, to prepare and pack the contents of an average 3-bed room home. It is also very important to use the proper packing and wrapping materials. Improperly packed items can be easily damaged or broken. Odd size cartons constructed of improper materials or without lids take longer to load and move, increasing your moving charges and risk of damage. We recommend that you purchase proper packing materials from your mover.

Deciding what to pack

Your Starline consultant can help you decide which items should be professionally packed. We recommend that all breakables to be professionally packed and extremely fragile items such as marble should be crated in protective wooden cases. It is important to discuss and full understand the exclusions to your insurance policy before you being packing and how it affects insurance coverage.

Choosing the right materials

We can provide you with containers and packing material designed specifically for moving. Please contact your representative for your requirements.

How to pack

•  Before placing items in cartons, make sure they are adequately wrapped in unprinted newsprint.
•  Place a cushion layer of crumpled paper at the bottom of the carton.
•  Always pack heavier items at the bottom of the carton.
•  As you pack, layer your goods, packing the same or similar sized items in one layer.
•  Do not pack higher than the top of the carton, as it must be closed and sealed.
•  Identify your cartons by contents, name and location. Do NOT number the cartons as this will create confusion with the inventory that Starline will prepare
•  Be sure to identify fragile cartons and place arrow which direction carton should be loaded.

Packing dishes and glassware

Wrap all pieces individually with enough unprinted newspaper to create a cushion effect. Do the same for decorative pieces or bric-a-brac.

Other items

Items that cannot be packed in cartons, such as brooms, mops and garden tools, should be tied into neat bundles. It is not necessary to remove clothing from dresser drawers-these can normally be moved with the contents intact.

What not to pack

You should move valuables, such as jewelry, furs, coins, and stamps personally. Do not pack any hazardous items, including paints, aerosol cans, explosives, corrosives, propane tanks, firearms and ammunition.

Ask your consultant

If you have any questions regarding packing methods or materials, rely on your Starline Consultant for helpful, friendly information. Our experience will help to make your packing job easier and faster.

We service all of Alberta including Ft. McMurray, Red Deer and Lethbridge!

Our Affiliates


Edmonton International Movers
14490-157 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB
T6V 0K8

Tel: (780) 447-4242

Calgary International Movers
320 28 St N.E.
Calgary, AB
T2A 5R2

Tel: (403) 720-3244