What to Do While Packers and Movers are Busy

Moving day is quickly approaching and since you made the wise decision to leave the work to a professional moving company, you are almost looking forward to it. Having tried the “DIY” moving experience in the past, you know all too well how stressful it can be. This time it will be different since other people will be doing all of the work for you.

Having professional packers and movers will definitely make your move more enjoyable. The individuals employed by a moving company like Premiere Van Lines have the experience, expertise and resources necessary to get the job done to your total satisfaction.

Packing Up

As the homeowner it is always preferable for you to be present while the packers and movers are in your home. While they do not require that you supervise their work, they may occasionally have questions or you may want to provide some specific instructions. There will also be some paperwork to be reviewed and signed.

If you have not used a professional moving company in the past, you may not be totally familiar with the process. Depending on the quantity of goods to be packed, the moving company will assign the appropriate number of packers to the job. Generally, a team of two or three professional packers can pack up most homes in a single day. As a rule, the packing is done on the day prior to the actual moving out day. If it is an extremely large job, then multiple days may be required or a pre-pack of non-essential items can be done a week or more in advance of the moving day.

At The Home

When the packing crew arrives at your home, the lead supervisor will introduce you to the other team members. It is a good idea for you to tour each room of your home with this individual while the crew is unloading packing supplies from their van, as this will give you the opportunity to point out any items of special value or ones that you are particularly concerned about. The supervisor will explain how they will take extra special care to protect them for the move.

Usually, professional packers work on a room by room basis however if there are items in a specific room that you want combined with items from another room, then tell the packers. You may be surprised at how quickly professional packers can complete the job compared to how long it took you to do the same job on a previous move.

You can go out to do some errands while the packers are working however you should be there when they finish the job. The supervisor will ask you to sign the packing report, detailing the number and type of cartons completed. A copy of this paperwork will be given to you for your record. Keep it with all of your moving documents.

On moving day, it is also important that you are present rather than have a friend or your realtor be there to oversee the move. When the van operator arrives, they will introduce themselves and their crew. Again, you should do an initial walkthrough with van operator to point out any items that should not be moved. You can also voice concern about special items or anything you may be particularly concerned about.

The movers will begin by tagging and preparing an inventory of everything that is being moved; this may be done on paper inventory forms or on an iPad. You should know that movers also inspect furniture for pre-existing damage and will make a note of this on the inventory form. If you disagree with their assessment, you will be given an opportunity to make a note on the inventory form.

Loading the Truck

Once the movers start removing furniture and cartons from your home for loading on the truck, you can leave the house. You should check in advance as to when they anticipate being finished so that you can return before the truck leaves. Once everything is on the truck the van foreman or a crew member will do a final walkthrough the house with you to make sure that everything that was to go is on the truck and anything that was to be left is still in place. Again, you will be asked to sign some documentation and will be given a copy for your records.

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The movers went beyond the scope of their job and paid special attention to details that I had pointed out on pieces of furniture and areas in my home.  I am proud to say that with Neil West and his crew, I will certainly refer Premiere Van Lines to friends, clients buying and selling and to employees in my company.  Thanks once again for all your help.

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