What To Do Before Your Moving Day – Moving Checklist

A month to eight weeks before the actual moving day:

Getting a precise moving estimate

For a moving estimate, contact Elephant Moving – movers Calgary

We would need a thorough inventory list of everything you would need to move (including any goods that would not fit in a box) as well as an anticipated number of boxes in order to ensure that the estimate is accurate. If you’re unsure how many boxes and items you’ll need, our moving specialists at Elephant Moving will help you make an estimate based on how much stuff you’re transporting, how many rooms and people are in the property, and how long you’ve been there.

Inform our moving expert of anything that has to be moved. Even though you were given a firm estimate, the price will increase if there are any things you don’t reveal or later add to the shipment.

Ask for an estimate both with and without the entire packing; this will help you decide if you want to perform any of the packing yourself or hire our professional packers to do it. With pleasure, our moving consultant will go through all packing options with you.

If your company is paying for your relocation, you can find out what services the mover is allowed to provide by consulting their moving policy.

Items That Can’t Be Transported

Hazardous Materials, which include goods that are combustible, corrosive, or explosive, are items that cannot be shipped because they pose a risk.

The following are some typical prohibited items that you must take care of before your pack and load dates:

Propane tanks, Paints, Poisons, Kerosene, Ammonia, Matches, Fireworks, Pesticides, Motor Oil, Charcoal, Cleaning Solvents, Ammunition, Aerosols, Liquid Bleach, Darkroom Chemicals, Lamp Oils, Gasoline, Fire Extinguisher, Charcoal Lighter, Nail Polish, Fertilizer, Chemistry Sets, Car Batteries, Pool Chemicals, Nail Polish Removal, Paints.

Items that the client should move on one’s own

Important paperwork, legal documents, jewelry, stamps, and money should all be handled personally. Keep them in your possession at all times.

– Firearms — Carrying handguns and ammo is your responsibility.

– Flammables and Combustibles — It is forbidden to load aerosol cans and flammable liquids. They may leak or even explode as a result of changes in temperature and pressure. For your personal safety, be aware that you, not your carrier, will be held responsible if you load these items and they harm your shipment or others. – Frozen Foods and Plants — Due to their fragile and perishable nature, carriers are not allowed to accept these packed items unless the shipment is travelling a distance of less than 150 miles and/or the delivery will take place within 24 hours of loading.

Tips For Specific Items Packing

Refrigerators & freezes

Before moving, defrost and completely dry your refrigerator. This is important for packing refrigerators and freezers. This has major significance. After defrosting, the doors should be left open for several hours to let air in. Remove and wrap separately any pans, trays, crispers, shelves, or other removable components. Service your refrigerator. Before transporting, the motor might need to be bolted down. Wait till it has been unbolted before plugging it in at the new place!

Lawn equipment & another tools

Empty the oil and fuel from power tools including chainsaws, trimmers, leaf blowers, and lawn mowers (do not ship flammables under any circumstances). Hand tools should be placed in compact, sturdy crates. If valuable, package separately.


Roll up the cord and take the bulbs, harps, and shades off. Place lights upright in a tidy, tissue-lined carton together with the bedding or wrap them individually. Wrap the harp and finial in packing paper, then tape them to the interior of the shade’s carton. Shades should be wrapped in tissue, not newspaper, and placed upright in large crates packed with tissue.


Remove any loose items from the oven, including glass shelves, carousels, and cookware. Wrap any loose items, then put them in a different container. To protect the glass, tape the door shut in a “X” design. If it is available, use the manufacturer’s original carton.

Mirrors & glass items

For complete protection, glass tops, glass shelves, mirrors, paintings, and pictures should be crates. They must be wrapped with bubble wrap or wrapping papers and put in a picture or mirror box when storing or shipping. Additionally, you can trust our skilled movers to safely handle all of your priceless and fragile belongings.


When possible, pack computers, scanners, printers, and other electronic devices in their original cartons. If not, use sturdy corrugated cardboard and add padding for protection to the bottom of the container, or wrap the items in bubble wrap. Put more bubble wrap padding between the carton and the PC. Don’t forget to put the sticker Fragile !

Tips to Ease Your Moving Day

We know- moving is a stressful period. We’ll talk about several ways to make the different details of your move go smooth and efficient. Once your moving day finally comes, you’ve to make sure that it’ll be non-stressful and easy.

Answers to all of your moving questions

As Well As A Few You Don’t! We would be pleased to impart our moving knowledge to you. We have all been in your shoes, so have a look at the advice we have provided below.

Preparing time

Preparing for moving day is half the way. Make sure you have a plan out what do you want to bring. Prepare a plan for your move to make your moving day more efficient and smart – sort out all unnecessary things, give something to friends, acquaintances, or try to sell. The main thing on your moving day is to be relaxed and on a positive note, even if something does not go according to your plan.

Check that it’s all secure

On the day of the move, when packing boxes – make sure all boxes are packed correctly and well-sealed with tape.  We also advise you to sign each box – indicate on it the name of the room and the name of the things that are packed in it – that will help movers put everything in its place and generally reduce the time of moving. If it’s necessary, you can box all your valuables (documents, medications, personal items on your own) things you would need on that important day.

Prepare the parking spot for the moving truck

A few days before your moving day – make sure there is an available truck parking space in front of your house or apartment complex.  You must have approximately 30 feet – this is the size of the parking lot for three cars.  Also, successful parking will speed up the moving process and simplify the work of movers – especially in wintertime or in bad weather conditions.

Asking for assistance

Finally, keep in mind that you don’t have to handle everything by yourself. Packing and getting ready for a big day like moving day will require a lot of work and time, whether you use our all-inclusive packing solution or enlist the assistance of friends and family, especially if you are packing last-minute.

At Elephant Moving, we are experts in both local moving and full packing services. From first call to all-inclusive packing and moving plans, we have options to suit your every requirement. Every customer receives individualized treatment from Elephant Moving.

How to reserve a service elevator for your Move and for what purpose

Elevator Reservations

Some condo and apartment complexes have a separate service elevator, but the majority have one that will be in service mode during your move. This indicates that the elevator is only available to you and your movers. The elevator will remain on the floor where you need it without being called to another location, and the doors will remain open for however long you need them to.

In order to reserve an elevator, you frequently need to fill out an application or request one from the concierge or building administration, specifying the day and time of your need.

During the elevator’s regular business hours of 9:00 am to 5:00 pm is the optimum time to reserve it.

We advise attempting to arrange movers this far in advance of your actual moving date, as is a best practice when hiring movers.
We usually advise two to four weeks.

Make Certain You Have Plenty of Time

Never underestimate the amount of time needed to rent a service elevator; always schedule the elevator for the amount of time your moving company estimates.

If your moving company is solely transporting your bulkier or heavier belongings, be sure to allow more time for any items that you will be transporting because you will need to travel between your old and new homes.

Make sure you are aware of the elevator’s waiting time at each of your sites.
This is crucial when moving into a new building since ill-planned reservations that don’t give you enough time to finish the pickup may cause you to miss the elevator reservation at your new building.

You will then need to wait for them to finish before continuing your transfer if another tenant has an elevator booking at the new address that comes after yours.
This circumstance would be both inconvenient and contribute to additional costs because you would have to pay your movers for the time they would spend waiting.