preparing for movers

So you’ve finally hired movers! Now what? Working with professional movers is a great way to save a lot of time and energy, but there are some things that you should definitely do before moving day comes around. Full-service movers are willing to help you with a lot, but there are some things that are generally accepted that you will do. The following guidelines will help you know exactly what is expected of you out of the movers.

separate itemsHave Separate Items, Separated

Stuff that you want or need to get separated needs to be well out of the way, so that movers do not worry about any of these items. To make sure there aren’t any unfortunate mix ups, it is best to get these items completely out of the house. Either store them in your car or already have them transported to your new home using your own vehicle. This is especially for items that you need on the first night: toiletries, change of clothes, snacks, water, etc.

Have your Packing Done

Unless you are paying for full-service movers to do your packing, have all of your belongings boxed up well before the movers are even close to arriving. We actually recommend getting everything put away a couple of days in advanced, so that you don’t have to worry about it on moving day.  If you are still packing when the movers are working, chances are that you will get in the way. Not to mention, if you are busy packing you will not be ready available to direct the movers when needed.

Be Present on Site

This seems like it may be obvious, but you need to be there on moving day. Be at your home before the scheduled time just in case the movers are a little bit early, so that you can get the move started as soon as possible. Also, stay with the movers during the entire moving in and moving out process, so that you can answer any questions they may have.

Stay Out of the Way

Keep pets, small children and yourself out of the way of the movers. If at all possible have someone watch your kids and pets during the process. The less movers have to dodge around distractions, the faster the move will be over and done with. Not to mention, when you get in the way of movers you risk injury for the movers and yourself. Sit tight while the professionals handle the work, because that is what you paid for, right?

Prepare Appliances

When you move you’ll want to empty appliances of all items that may be stored inside. Also, you’ll want to un-plug the appliance from the wall. For the safety of the movers, it is a good idea to wrap the cord and bind it with a rubber band. Refrigerators and freezers need to be defrosted for 24 hours before the move and cleaned.

Prepare the House

Make sure everything is ready for the movers to work during moving day. This may mean covering the floors with a drop cloth, removing any doors that could get in the way and remove anything that may get in the way. Check with your moving company to see if there any additional steps they make want you to take to prepare the house for moving day.

Be Ready to Treat the Movers Nice

In some cases, tipping the movers will be appropriate, so have cash ready to give them a little something extra if you feel they’ve earned it. Also, it is always nice to offer the food some drinks and food while they are working, because they often do not have the time to stop for a break.

Keep Valuable Items Packed Separately

Sentimental and valuable objects are best packed off to the side. The risk of something getting damaged or less during a move is real, so it is best to keep items you couldn’t easily replace with you during the process of the move. This will ensure that your items are kept safe, and it will offer you a great deal of peace of mind during the move.