Tips to Make Moving Day Easier for You and the Movers

For most people moving day is a stressful and daunting experience. However, making adequate preparations for the move will help. For instance, hiring professional movers lowers stress levels because they handle the heavy lifting and logistics for you.

Here are ways to support your professional movers in handling your household move.

Disconnect and Prep Appliances

Moving your appliances can be a major hassle if you don’t prepare a few days before your move. First, ensure all your appliances, like your refrigerator, washer, dryer, and dishwasher, are empty and dry. Unplug your refrigerator at least 24 hours before moving to allow it time to defrost. Then ensure each is unplugged and secured. Professional movers won’t perform these tasks beforehand, so make arrangements to prepare major appliances before moving day. If you choose to tackle the project on your own, be sure to consult the instructions. 

Be Ready Before Movers Arrive

If you’re doing it yourself, you should finish packing your things well before the movers’ arrival. Then, when they arrive, they will have an easier time if you have prepared your belongings to be loaded onto the truck. 

If you have a full-service move and your moving company is packing for you the morning of your relocation, be up and prepared for them before they arrive. For instance, eat a nutritious breakfast, strip the beds, and have your essentials box packed, labeled, and ready. The more prepared you are, the faster they can start packing.

Pack Jewelry, Valuables, and Prescriptions With You

You should pack and move certain valuables yourself, such as jewelry, antiques, and other items with sentimental value that you can’t replace. . 

First, take inventory of your valuables, then determine a packing strategy. In addition to your jewelry, pack paper records like birth certificates, passports, and bank statements in a special box that will stay with you throughout the move.

Label Boxes

Properly label the cartons with the contents and the destination room at your new home indicated on each side of the box to make reading and scanning boxes quicker as they work. Boxes need to be able to be loaded and unloaded without movers making any assumptions about where they should go at your new house. 

Provide Space For the Truck

Make space for the truck in front of your old and new homes when planning your move. Parking may be difficult where you’re moving, so you may need a permit before you move. Parking availability should be on your moving day to-do list to address these issues.

Clear Pathways in and Around Your Home

Ensure there is no clutter or other potential tripping hazards in the hallways of your home, and provide enough width for a dolly or hand truck. Also, clear a path from the house to the moving truck for the movers, ensuring sidewalks and driveway are clear.

Protect Kids and Animals

Since children and pets can get underfoot, make arrangements for their care before moving day. Either plan for them to go to a sitter’s house for safe keeping until the end of moving day, or set up a room in your home as their “safe place.” Plan for a designated family member to be in charge of them at your home and alert the movers not to enter that room while they are working.

Professional Moving Help

These tips can help you and your movers make your relocation a success. Contact us for a free quote.