6 Tips on Preparing for a Move Before the Movers Arrive. So, you’ve done your research and you’ve hired a great moving company. Now, it’s time to kick back and relax until moving day rolls around, right?
Well, not quite yet. While hiring a moving company is a huge component of moving day preparation, there are still a number of things you have to do before the big day.
These things will make life easier for both you and your movers on moving day.
So, what do you need to do?
The top 6 tips for preparing for a move before the movers arrive.
1. De-Clutter Your Home
Before you throw everything into boxes, take some time to de-clutter your home.
One of the great things about moving is that it provides a fresh start. And, part of starting fresh involves letting go of clutter and unnecessary things from the past.
Take a look at everything in your home, and ask yourself three important questions:
- Do I love this item?
- Do I use this item?
- Do I need this item?
If you answer “yes” to at least two of the questions, then you can keep the item. If not, you should donate it or sell it.
Doing this with every item in your home may feel like an impossible task.
Therefore, make sure you start early, and, don’t try to tackle everything at once. Instead, take it room by room, section by section. Don’t start on a new room until one is finished.
2. Pack and Label
After the de-cluttering process is over, it’s time to tackle the packing. Unless you’ve purchased packing services through your moving company, you will need to pack up everything on your own.
First, start by gathering all of the necessary supplies: Boxes, packing tape, packing peanuts or foam, bubble wrap, etc. And, keep in mind that you can’t use boxes of all the same size.
You are going to have items like paintings, mirrors, and dishware that need specific types of packing materials.
Also, it’s very important that after packing, you label each and every box. Your label should include everything that’s in the box, as well as which room in your new home you would like movers to place the box.
If there are any items that are especially fragile and valuable, make sure these have an obvious mark on them so movers know to handle them with extra care.
Or, if your especially worried about them breaking, you could always pack them in your car.
And, one last thing. For items that are breakable/expensive, make sure you take photos before you pack them up. Yes, this will feel extremely tedious.
But, if your movers rip your $1000 couch, you’ll be glad you took the photos so later you can file an insurance claim.
3. Check to Make Sure Everything Will Fit Through the Door
With large items, like couches, pianos, and pool tables, you’ll want to make sure they can fit through the door beforehand.
Measure the dimensions of the door, as well as the dimensions of any items you think might be a tight fit.
If an item looks like it’s going to be too big to get through the door, don’t worry- you won’t have to leave it behind.
All you need to do is inform your movers beforehand about the item so they can bring the right tools to get it out of there.
4. Tell Your Movers Where to Park
This is something that often gets overlooked, as it seems like such a simple detail.
However, parking can be a huge issue on moving day.
If you have a large driveway they can pull into, or you live on a quiet residential street, you likely won’t have to worry about this issue.
However, if you’re right in the chaos of a big city, or you live in a huge apartment complex, you may have to secure some sort of parking permit for movers to be able to have their truck there for an extended period of time.
Either way, you know your neighborhoods, but your movers don’t. While parking may seem obvious to you, it may not be to your movers. Make sure to call them beforehand to let them know exactly where they should park. Also, if you live in a big apartment building, make sure you reserve an elevator for the day of the move- this will make things a heck of a lot easier and faster.
5. Plan for Kids and Pets
Your kids are adorable and wonderful. Your pets are adorable and wonderful.
But on moving day? Not so much.
To eliminate stress and chaos on moving day, hire a babysitter and a pet sitter.
Trust us, it’s totally worth it, for both your sake and the sake of your moving company.
First of all, there’s a lot going on the day of a move. Trying to keep track of everything while keeping track of pets and children is an unnecessary burden.
Plus, it’s all too easy for a mover to accidentally trip over a toddler or pet. For the safety of your movers and your family, get the kids and pets out of the house on moving day.
6. Prepare for Bad Weather
Make sure you check the forecast for your moving day.
If it says sunny and clear skies, there isn’t really anything extra you need to do.
However, if it says it’s going to rain, you are going to want to grab some plastic sheets to lay down in your old home and your new home so mud doesn’t get all over the floors.
Preparing For a Move: Are You Ready for Takeoff?
By implementing these 6 tips for preparing for a move, you are setting yourself up for a successful, low-stress moving day.
Hopefully, everything goes according to plan and your movers do a great job. (If they do, tips are definitely appreciated!)
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