When preparing to move, there are a lot of details that need to be addressed prior to moving day. After finding the perfect new place to call home, you’ve spent some time researching the best moving companies to help you make the moving process easier and less stressful. Depending on the moving company that you select and the services that they include, hiring a professional mover who offers to pack up your current home could potentially save you time and money from having to track down packing supplies.
For many, hiring a moving company is a new experience, and they are not sure what is expected of them prior to the movers showing up. Are you supposed to do anything prior to the movers showing up on moving day? What about during the move? Although finding your next home is a big deal, the most time-consuming and laborious task of the moving process is the packing job. Therefore, if you’ve decided that using professional packers is the right decision for your move, then preparing for professional movers should be your top priority.
Here is a list of the top 8 things you should do before the professional packers arrive to pack up your possessions.
- Rid your home of items you don’t need or use.
While it may seem easier to have your professional movers pack up everything in your home, it doesn’t make sense to pay for professional packaging and transportation of items that you never use anymore, and are unlikely to use again in your new home. To a large extent, the price that you’ll pay for most professional movers will be dependent upon the total weight of your items. At White Glove Moving, we don’t base the price of your move on weight. We base it on inventory. We provide customers with a binding price based off of a set list of items that will be moved. That price does not change based on weight or space. Therefore, there are no unexpected charges when you trust your possessions to the professionals at White Glove Moving. Save yourself some money by ridding your home of any unnecessary items that you won’t be needing in your new home.
- Throw out anything that packers won’t pack.
Even though you are paying for a professional service, there are a few items that your movers will not be able to pack for you. Items that your movers are not allowed to pack for you are hazardous items that movers are prohibited from moving, due to safety reasons. Don’t waste your time trying to persuade your movers to make an exception for you. It is the law, and they will refuse, no matter how much you try to beg them to do otherwise. There are three major categories of household items that movers will not pack or move, including:
- Hazardous Items: These items include explosive and flammable materials, weapons and ammunition, chemicals, oils, cleaning fluids, paints, etc.
- Perishables: This includes items such as frozen, refrigerated or fresh foods. Be sure to eat up your food before moving day, or plan on donating what is left to the local food pantry or other such organizations.
- Plants: Because plants are extremely fragile, you are responsible for the transportation of your plants. If you don’t want to move them yourself, consider donating them to local hospitals, schools, nursing homes, friends, or family.
- Take inventory.
After you have donated or thrown out any unnecessary items, it is important to create an itemized checklist that details everything that is ready to be packed up by the professionals. It is important to have an itemized list for a couple of reasons: 1) you will be able check the delivered items with the list in search of missing or damaged items; 2) you will be able to file an insurance claim with your insurer, if any, or file a damage claim with your mover if you do discover that any of your items are damaged or missing.
- Set aside a No-Pack area.
Find a room or area of your home that you can deem to be a no-pack area. You will place all of the items that will be traveling with you in this area. Clearly state that this area is a no-pack zone for professional movers prior to them beginning to pack up your possessions. Items that people generally choose to pack and move themselves include mostly essential items, important documents, electronic devices, valuables, medicines, etc.
- Prepare essential boxes.
The idea behind having essential boxes is that they will contain all the necessary essentials to function until you are reunited with your possessions in your new home. Once furniture and other items are loaded into the moving truck, there is no accessing them until they are safely delivered to your new home. It is important to have a number of important or even life-saving items at arm’s length during the move.
Some suggested items to have included in your essential boxes include: prescription medications, non-perishable food, bottled water, plastic kitchen utensils, towels, bed sheets, spare clothes for every family member, toiletries, favorite books or games, etc. Have your essential boxes included in your no-pack zone to ensure that they arrive at your new home the same time you do.
- Prepare appliances.
When creating your detailed inventory sheet of your home, be sure to include any large appliances that are going to be making the move with you. Prepare appliances for the move by unplugging any large appliances that you intend to have packed by your professional movers. If you are unsure, ask your movers if you should hire an electrician or plumber to disconnect large appliances, chandeliers or lighting fixtures. Be sure that all appliances are cleaned out (including refrigerators, freezers, washing machines, dishwashers, stoves, etc.), and if possible, consider cleaning your appliances prior to having them packed and moved to your new home.
- Take photo documentation.
Using a digital camera, take plenty of photos of your household items before the professionals show up to start packing. Photographs should focus on valuables and antiques, while providing numerous close-up shots as well. In the event that any disputes arise between you and your moving company, photos can serve as proof of the condition that your items were in prior to professional packing and moving.
- Be thoughtful.
Things move very quickly once movers get started on packing up your home. Depending on the size of your home and the number of items that need to be packed, the process can take anywhere from several hours to a couple of days to complete. To show your mover that you are a good host, here are a few pointers to consider:
- Show the professionals around and express what is expected of them.
- Offer bottled water and snacks, and show them where the restroom is.
- Let them do their job, but keep the lines of communication open, and be ready to answer any questions that they may have.
If you are looking for moving companies that can help to make your move easier, White Glove Moving is a full-service moving company servicing the New York and New Jersey areas. Whether you are moving locally or moving across the country, White Glove Moving has the experience and the know-how to provide you with an exceptional, no-fuss moving experience!