What You Can Do to Help Movers
Everyone knows that moving can be a stressful experience, even when you have hired professional movers like Premiere Van Lines. As professionals, they know how to safely move your possessions from one home to another and they have the expertise needed to properly protect your valuables from damage during the move. However, as the customer there are some things you can do that will help the movers and make the entire moving process go as smoothly as possible.
Here are a few suggestions on what you can do to help the movers:
If you have chosen to do some or all of your own packing there are a few things to take into consideration. All of the packing should be completed by the time the movers arrive to load the truck. A day or two before the move you should be able to correctly figure out whether or not your packing deadline is possible. If you’re unable to complete it on time on your own, contact your mover to arrange to have one or two movers to come to your home prior to the moving time to help finish packing.
When you are doing your own packing, remember that the mover will be stacking the boxes into the most space conscious position in the truck. This means that you should make sure that you use good quality boxes, and place packing paper in corners if necessary to ensure that corners aren’t crushed when stacked. Also, make sure that they are securely taped and that the tops are not bulging.
Use the appropriate size carton for the type of item being packed so that the final weight is not excessive. For example, do not use a large carton for hard covered books, as the final weight of the box would be incredibly heavy. Mark the boxes with a description of the contents, and designate which room they are to be placed in at destination.
Access to Residence
If you are moving in the winter months make sure you have cleared snow off walkways and put down salt. Remember that some furniture may have to be moved in 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 could include low hanging hydro wires, large trees, very winding drives, or other issues. Suggest that they go on Google Earth or Maps to view the access. In some instances, it may be necessary to shuttle your belongings on a smaller truck.
A Floor Plan
Make a floor plan that identifies where you want the major pieces of furniture to go in the new house. 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 departed.
Children and Pets
Make arrangements 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 is difficult for you to keep an eye on their whereabouts at all times.
Personal Supervision of the Movers
It is better if the homeowners are present during the move rather than assign the task to a friend, realtor or other party. Homeowners are the best people to confirm to the mover 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.
While it is not mandatory, providing bottles of water or other light refreshments for your movers is a courtesy that is greatly appreciated. Doing your part to help the movers stay properly hydrated will ensure they’re comfortable while doing a difficult job.
For more information about moving or to obtain your free, no obligation cost estimate, contact your local Premiere Van Lines branch.