Tips & Tricks for Moving with Burgess Transfer

Packing a box

House & Home

  • Tour your house from top to bottom. Decide what is to be moved, and what is to be donated or given away.
  • Do not pack your valuables in the boxes with your household goods.
  • If you are planning a garage sale, do it now.
  • Have your rugs and draperies cleaned. Leave the rugs rolled and wrapped.
  • Obtain a written appraisal of antique or valuable items to verify their value.
  • Don’t wax or oil wood furniture before moving because some products may soften the wood, making it vulnerable to imprinting from furniture pads.
  • Have floor plans of your new home handy. They will be helpful when moving in!
  • Leave a note in a conspicuous place so the new occupants can forward any mail.

Family and Pets

  • Plan a going away party for your children and their friends.
  • Arrange care for the baby and youngsters during the busy days of packing, moving in and moving out.
  • Plan menus to use up present stocks of canned and frozen foods. Donate excess non-perishable food items to your local food bank.
  • Ask your veterinarian about inoculations, certificates, quarantine and entry regulations for your pets if you are moving abroad. Arrange for transportation unless you are taking them with you.
  • Make hotel reservations, if necessary, and confirm them one week prior to your move.


  • Make a to-do list or we can provide one for you.
  • Keep all documents and correspondence that relates to your move in a safe and easily accessible location.
  • If you are moving long distance or overseas, cancel or transfer any memberships.
  • Become an AIRMILES® member if you are not already.
  • Prepare your car for transportation, whether you’re driving or shipping it.
  • Collect any items that are out for repairs or cleaning.
  • Drain fuel from the lawnmower and other machinery. Safely dispose of all gasoline, matches, paints, ammunition, aerosol cans, etc. listed in our guide “Handling Dangerous Goods”.
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