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Tips and Advice

Expert Advice for Planning Your Move

How to Prepare for a Move Within Canada or Abroad

Make sure to pack your belongings carefully to avoid any breakage during transport. Our professionals can take care of the packing for you, depending on the rate plan you choose. If you have the time and want to pack your belongings yourself, follow these tips to make the job easier.

Our Tips for Easier Packing

The Most Efficient Way to Pack

  • Gather all of the necessary packing material in a large room

  • Cover your working surface to prevent scratches

  • Form an assembly line to make the work go faster

  • Your boxes should weigh no more than 50 lbs so they are easy to carry

  • Make sure that pairs of items are packed together

  • Start with objects that are not currently in season

  • Next, pack the items that you don’t use often

  • Designate a box for the items you will need as soon as you arrive at your destination. This box should contain the essentials, like what you need to make coffee or tea, paper plates and cups, paper towels, a first aid kit, light bulbs, fuses and a few tools (hammer, screwdriver, tape)

  • Pack the contents of one room at a time

  • If possible, set aside a few days for packing your things

Make Good Use of Your Wrapping Paper

Stack two to four breakable items on top of each other, placing them upright. Separate them with an extra layer of paper to prevent them from rattling against each other. Stuff hollow items with newsprint. Add an extra layer of newsprint for irregularly shaped objects like cups, pitchers, etc.

Clearly Mark Your Boxes

If you are wrapping your belongings yourself, write the letters E.P.C. on your boxes to tell our employees which boxes were packed by you. This information is important for our teams when they unload the truck or container. Also, write your name, what the box contains and which room it should be placed in at your new home. We also recommend writing “Fragile” and “This Side Up” for fragile items.

Seal Your Box Like a Pro

Seal your boxes with 1 ½ or 2-inch tape. You can either buy this tape from us or at a hardware store. Make sure to secure the top and bottom of your containers. Remember to keep a pair of scissors handy.

Some Items Cannot Be Packed

It is important to avoid packing flammable or dangerous products. These items include propane tanks, lighter fluid, paint, oily rags, ammunition, matches, charcoal, pool chemicals, bleaches, fertilizers and battery acid. You should also avoid packing aerosol cans. Contact us if you are concerned about a particular item.

Likewise, never pack valuable items. Move your jewellery, jewels, collectibles and any items with sentimental value yourself or make other arrangements to bring them to your new home. For security, consider insuring the transport of these valuable possessions.

Ask us for tips on packing plants and perishables. Eat as much of your food as possible before moving. Liquids must be placed in an airtight container which is then placed in a tightly sealed plastic bag. We can also tell you the laws governing the international transport of canned and other foods.

Astral Moving and Storage

Newfoundland and Labrador

402, Hamilton River Road

Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador A0P 1E0

Phone: 709-896-2002


2694 Boulevard Talbot 

Quebec, Quebec G3C 1J5 

Phone: 581 702-2090

Toll free

Service Areas

Quebec | Newfoundland and Labrador | Canada | United States | Overseas


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