6 Helpful Things to Do Before Your Movers Arrive

Moving is a lot of work and takes significant planning. Preparing before the movers arrive helps the move go smoothly, ensures that the movers relocate your possessions correctly, and leads to an overall safer move for all involved. Here are six essential things movers want their customers to know.

1. Fully Pack Belongings Before Movers Arrive

Be packed and ready to go when the movers arrive unless you have prearranged a full-service move that includes packing. This way, the movers can simply load the boxes and furniture on the truck and get everything transported quickly. Depending on how the contract is structured, delaying packing can end up costing more money.

2. Label Boxes By Room

Before the movers arrive, label each box clearly with the room it’ll eventually go in at your new home. It helps the movers load efficiently and ensures that the boxes end up where they are supposed to be, alleviating stress for both the mover and the customer.

3. Be Accessible

With their level of experience, professional movers know what they need to do, and it’s best to give them space to do their job. It’s essential to remain accessible during the moving process, though. Stay nearby or be available by phone or text to answer questions or clarify details about your move. This helps to avoid misunderstandings and ensures a smooth relocation.

Pro Tip: To prevent injury and disruption, make arrangements for small children and pets to be taken care of at someone else’s home. Or set up a safe room at your home where they can remain supervised throughout the day. 

4. Remove Possessions From Furniture

Consult with your movers about removing your belongings from furniture, including desks, dressers, armoires, and other already bulky items, before packing. Some movers prefer that you clear these areas out to prevent unsafe moving conditions and avoid breakage, damage, or injury.

5. Preplan for Parking and Other Logistics

People who live in townhouses, apartments, cities, or other communities with limited parking should determine in advance where the truck can park and how far away it’ll be. Additionally, it’s helpful to find out about any time limits for parking or special permits.

Also, let the mover know about any other logistics they’ll need to plan for. This includes long carries, winding staircases, multiple floors, tight entryways, and pinpointing other areas that might require special handling or planning for moving large or bulky items.

6. Plan for ‘Non-Allowable” Items

Movers are not allowed to transport certain household items on moving trucks. For instance, every moving company has a list of materials it isn’t allowed to move. Typically, movers cannot transport hazardous materials, perishable foods, plants, and pets on a moving truck. Ask your mover ahead of time for their list of non-allowable items so that you can make alternate moving plans or discard these items.

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