As far as boxes are concerned, you can buy them from a moving supplier or get a few free of charge from a Liquor store, or you grocery store, or sometimes on kijiji or Craig’s list you might find someone who wants to get rid of their moving boxes free if you pick them up.
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Not all packing boxes are created alike, but you can go on different moving sites and this will help you determine what kind of boxes you need for books, dishes, lamps, crystal. The moving box suppliers can often provide you with a packing guide.
This is an example of the cost for the moving supplies you would need for a 2 Bedroom Moving Kit at Via chttp://en.depotiumboxes.com
Not sure where to start…this kIt includes:
10 1.5 cube boxes,
20 2 cube boxes,
5 4 cube boxes,
2 5 cube boxes,
1 sofa cover,
1 10lb newsprint packing paper,
1 air tight bubble wrap- 3/16” roll- 12”x150,
6 rolls of tape
2 queen mattress cover,
1 marker pen
Home Depot also has a good moving guide http://www.homedepot.ca/content/moving-guide#supplies-and-estimation
For your dishes I think buying newsprint packing paper would be a good investment, as regular newspaper might leave marks on your good china. Movers are not responsible for anything you will be packing yourself, so make sure you are doing a good job, plan, plan and plan again. Label your boxes on the side not on top.
Make a thorough analysis of your belongings, take pictures as a reminder and pack stuff you rarely use first. (don’t forget to get rid of the stuff you never use, why should you need it in your new home.) Pack things you need everyday last. Number your boxes and make a list.
Some movers might move clothing drawers and cover them so you don’t have to pack those, on the other hand, you have to empty your filing cabinet drawers and pack your files in boxes.
Pack each room separately if you can, for instance, on your list you can have: Kitchen 1 to 10 etc…
I will keep you posted now and then on my moving process and my packing progress.
May the packing force be with you