You have probably heard a few stories about smooth and trouble-free moving experiences as well as some problematic and stressful ones. Those who encountered no difficulties when moving to a new house were either lucky enough to come across competent moving companies or have had excellent organizational skills in planning and providing for all manner of unexpected situations. If you want to follow in their footsteps and organize a successful move, you should begin organizing your move far in advance and pay thorough attention to all the small details that have substantial consequences for the whole moving process. Aside from selecting an appropriate new home, setting up an efficient moving budget, acquiring several moving estimates and then hiring the best moving company. There is something else you can do to help your own moving process considerably, and that is to prepare well before the moving team arrives. Even if you have hired the full-service move, there are a few things you can do to speed up the relocating process and lower the risk of problems, setbacks, and damages. If you know how to prepare your items, you will save yourself a lot of valuable time on moving day. Which is why we provided these 20 things to do before your movers arrive:
1) Sorting your home
Go through your things and declutter your home before you move to make the relocation a lot simpler. Sell or donate all the things you won’t need any more to save the time required to pack them and the cash to ship them.
2) Know what you can’t take with you
It is very important to ask for a list of all the things that your movers won’t move, and then make the arrangements to move it yourself. Start by finding specialty movers or start planning to relocate your pets and plants yourself as they cannot be transported on the moving truck. Use or give away any perishable food and hazardous materials you might have such as motor oils, antifreeze, paint, charcoal, chemicals, car batteries, propane tanks, fertilizers, pesticides, cleaning supplies and other explosive, flammable, or corrosive items.
3) Get moving insurance
Select an appropriate insurance plan and buy additional insurance if you have to. It is highly recommended that you do so in case you intend to move items that are of sentimental or monetary value. Make sure you are aware of all of your options and understand all the differences and conditions of all the different types of insurance provided by your movers.
4) Create a list
Make a detailed inventory of all of the belongings you are about to relocate. It will be very useful when organizing your things and will serve as a checklist of your household items in case anything goes missing or gets damaged.
5) Organise and clean
Make sure that all of your things are packed in boxes and taken to your new home clean and in good condition. You do not want damaged appliances and furniture, stained or dirty appliances, etc. to come in contact with your new or delicate things and ruin them. Don’t forget to unplug, clean and empty all the electrical appliances. Remove the batteries from whatever devices will be moved in the moving truck, empty drawers, cupboards, bookshelves, etc. Drain the fuel out of your snow blower, lawn mower, or any other fuel-powered tools you are going to take with you. Strip your beds and all other furniture pieces of covers, linen, decorative cushions, etc. and pack the bedding separately.
6) Pre-pack all small items
Keep small items in sealable bags, so that they do not get lost or scattered during the relocation. Any souvenirs, little decorations, desk organizers and some other bric-a-brac will only delay your movers and get in their way. Make sure to pack them yourself even if you have hired professional packers.
7) Take photos of everything
Take plenty of pictures before the movers arrive. They will not only serve as proof of the good condition of your household belongings and your property but will also help you to remember your old home well and arrange your new one similarly if you wanted to.
8) Secure your personal information
Make sure that the movers or anyone else do not have access to your personal information, keep your credit cards and bank information securely locked and protect your computer with a password. Make sure you shred any old documents and do whatever is essential to protect your privacy and prevent identity theft.
9) Separate your items
Keep the things that your movers shouldn’t pack and load onto the moving truck separate. You are advised to mark a room in your home as a no-pack/no-entry room where you will store everything that you do not want to entrust to the movers. These items include but aren’t limited to personal documents, valuables, essentials box, and small electronic devices such as your laptop, phone, camera, and tablet.
10) Measure your doors and prepare your furniture
Plan an appropriate route out of your home, measure the doors and see if your larger furniture pieces will fit through them and along any narrow corridors, sharp turns, and steep staircases you might have. When you decided on the easiest way to carry your things out, make sure that the path is free of any obstacles and as safe as possible. You can even take apart your bulky furniture pieces that may cause a problem and wrap them in plastic wrap or blankets for extra protection. If you are not sure that you can, at least you will be able to direct your movers to the pieces that should be dismantled beforehand and how to get them out as easy as possible.
11) Label all your things
Put labels and specific instructions on every item, pre-packed box or anything else that you want to be handled with care or to find their rightful place right away.
12) Arrange to be present on moving day
All of the preparations mentioned above will come in very handy on moving day, but what matters the most is whether or not you will be there to survey the process and provide any relevant information, proper directions and invaluable assistance to your movers.
13) Plan for kids and pets
Leave your pets and children with a close friend or a relative until all the relocating procedures in your old home are done. Away from all the stress and the clutter, where they will be safe allowing you to concentrate on the urgent matters at hand. If this isn’t possible, hire a babysitter to look after your kids in a separate room where they won’t be disturbed and keep pets in a kennel or cage, or in a fenced area for the duration of the move.
14) Keep an eye on the weather
Take stock of the weather and prepare accordingly put on appropriate clothes, make sure your pets and children are inside on rainy or cold days. Cover the floors with newspapers or old rugs to save the floors from dirt and mud, cover all of your belongings in plastic wrap to keep them from getting wet, etc.
15) Prepare your home for movers
Do your best to avoid damage to your old property which needs to remain good condition, so that you will be able to sell it or receive your security deposit without any problems in case you are leaving a rented home. Protect floors and carpets with efficient coverings and put down doormats to prevent them from getting dirty. Protect walls and corners using old fabrics and corner guards, wrap banisters in bubble wrap, or moving blankets, etc., and cover the stairs with a protective anti-slippery coating. Use foam paddings to protect the door frames and remove doors from their hinges if you have to. Remove any paintings, mirrors, and clocks from the walls to stop them from getting damaged.
16) Make sure to double check everything
Before the moving company gets there, go through every part of your old house one last time to ensure that nothing is left behind. Check your attic, basement, garage, bathroom and under your kitchen countertops.
17) Prepare bags and extra supplies
Make sure that you have prepared some extra bags and boxes, packing tape and bubble wrap in case you have any last-minute packing emergencies.
18) Provide drinks and snacks
Provide your movers with some snacks and drinks to recharge their energy levels, provide bottled water and snacks to the moving crew and designate a bathroom that is equipt with liquid soap and disposable hand towels to secure an efficient and speedy job.
19) Have cash for tips
Get some cash ready to tip your movers if you are pleased with their work. Add some extra dollars for extremely heavy items, narrow corridors, and stairs, etc.
20) Maintain positive attitude
Adopt a positive approach which will help you find a way around unexpected problems. A smile and a friendly comment will help reduce the tension, and if you do not allow any stress to build up, your moving experience will be nothing short of a pleasant success.
So, how to prepare for professional movers? Prepare your household items, prepare your home and prepare your mind for an exciting and favorable moving adventure, then call our friendly representatives at Cross Country Movers Group to begin organizing your relocation. We are looking forward to your call.