Moving can be a stressful experience, even when you have hired professional movers. As professionals, they know how to safely move your possessions from one home to another and they have the expertise to properly protect your items during the move. Here is what you can do to help the movers and make the entire moving process go smoothly.
If you have chosen to do some or all your own packing, there are a few things to take into consideration:
- The packing should be completed by the time the movers arrive to load the truck. A day or two before the move determine if your packing deadline is possible. If it is not, contact your mover to arrange for professional packers to finish the packing.
- If you are doing your own packing, remember that the mover will be stacking the boxes on the truck. This means that you should use good quality boxes, and place packing paper in corners if necessary. The boxes should be securely taped shut and the tops should not bulge.
- Always pack heavy items in smaller boxes and lighter items in larger boxes. If you are not able to loft the box, chances are the movers will not be able to either. Mark the room name they will be going into at your new home a brief description of the contents.
Access to Residence
- If you are moving in the winter months make sure you clear snow off walkways and put down salt. Some furniture may have to be moved through a rear or patio door, so a path should be cleared in this area as well.
- Make sure your mover is aware of any access issues that might make it difficult or impossible for their truck to get to your residence. This includes low-hanging hydro wires, large trees, very winding drives, or other issues. In some instances, it may be necessary to shuttle your belongings on a smaller truck.
Make a floor plan to identify where you want the major pieces of furniture to go in your new home. This will make the move-in process much easier and will eliminate the need to rearrange furniture from one room to another after the mover has left.
Children and Pets
Plan to have someone look after your children and pets during the move-out and move-in process. There is a lot going on during a move and it will be difficult for you and the moving crews to keep an eye on their whereabouts at all times.
Supervision of the Movers
- It is recommended that the homeowners be present during the move rather than assign the task to a friend or realtor. Homeowners can confirm what items are being moved and if anything is staying.
- Once everything is on the truck, do a walk-through with a member of the mover’s team to make sure that nothing has been missed.
- Providing bottles of water or other light refreshments for your movers is a courtesy that is greatly appreciated. This helps in keeping the movers properly hydrated while doing a manually intensive job.
For more information about moving or to obtain a free, no-obligation cost estimate, contact Premiere Van Lines toll-free at 1-877-671-6683.