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How can I help my movers?

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Wondering which activities are up to you before your movers’ arrival?

As moving day is quickly approaching you may be wondering whether you should be supervising what movers  are doing. Entrusting your lifelong belongings to a group of strangers can be tricky, which is why a timely research is essential.

As you’ve probably heard of various moving horror stories, at this point you probably know that finding reliable, but most of all affordable moving team is of paramount importance.

Provided that you’ve hired highly experienced professionals who have mastered all relocation skills you can be sure that the entire task is in good hands. Having reliable movers around will certainly make your relocation adventure more bearable if not enjoyable. But, if you haven’t had previous moving experience, chances are you are not familiar with the process at all. Here we have outlined some of the most common concerns that may cross people’s minds while waiting for the big day. Even if you are fortunate enough to deal with a reliable moving company, there are some things you can do to make the most of the period leading up to moving day.

What to do before movers arrive?

It’s no secret that hiring full-service movers comes with a number of benefits and it makes all the difference between a smooth and a troublesome experience. The countdown to moving day has already begun and you’ve come to realize that getting professional helpers was the most reasonable thing to do. However, you are still feeling a bit uneasy about your responsibilities on moving day. Although movers keep the entire process under control and they are in charge of the heavy lifting and hauling, a bit of thoughtfulness from your end won’t hurt.

Purge before movers show up

It’s finally happening – you are anxiously expecting your movers’ arrival. Ideally, you’ve already de-cluttered your home and ensured your move won’t take longer than necessary. As residential or office relocation is a great opportunity to make a clutter-free fresh start, get rid of everything you won’t be using at your new place. Also, make sure all high-traffic areas are free of obstacles so as to avoid dangerous situations down the road.

Stick to the list of non-allowables

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Dispose of the items your movers won’t transport

Make necessary arrangements for the items your movers will refuse to pack and transport. Dispose of anything your moving crew won’t pack and ship.

As it turns out, hazardous items like batteries, corrosive and flammable materials may put the entire content of the moving truck at risk. In addition to that, perishables may attract various pests and insects and generate unpleasant odors.

Designate a place for items you want to handle personally

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Keep your most important gadgets handy on moving day

Clearly mark items that you don’t want packed by your movers and a no-entry zone where those items will be stored. Personal documents, medical prescriptions, electronics like cell phones, tablets, laptops, valuables, money, essentials box are just some of the items you may prefer packing and transporting personally due to their sensitive nature.

Ensure safe and easy manoeuver

First and foremost, remove all obstacles from the entryway and the path from your home to the moving truck. If your move is taking place during the winter months, make sure to eliminate icy and slippery conditions and to clear sidewalks and driveways. The last you want on moving day is a damage to your property. Take the time to secure narrow entryways and hallways to prevent scratches and dents during heavy lifting and hauling.

Make arrangements for kids and pets

If possible keep your little ones and pets away from the hectic moving day activities. Knowing that they are perfectly safe at your neighbor’s or friend’s place, you will be able to focus on tasks that require your immediate attention. Alternatively, find a babysitter to look after your kids in a separate room where they will be out of harm’s way. The same goes for your furry friends – confine them to a crate or a fenced area until your movers have left. Bear in mind that movers’ presence and the overall tension may be rather disturbing for your kids. So, make special plans for them while your movers are doing their job.

Prepare your items

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Take your time to unplug, clean and secure your appliances before movers arrive

  • Unplug, clean and dry all kitchen appliances (fridge, oven, dishwasher,…)
  • Remove everything from the cupboards, cabinets and drawers.
  • Take paintings, mirrors, shelves from the walls and let your movers secure them properly before loading them into the truck.
  • Secure loose parts and pack them separately (shelves and racks from the fridge and oven).
  • Pack linens, beddings and decorative cushions separately.
  • Make sure your mattress is completely clean and dry before packing it.

Take photos

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Document the condition of your items before movers start packing

Although hiring professional movers and packers come with a number of benefits, taking extra precautions never hurts. Document the condition of your precious items before your moving crew arrives. In case of any accidental damage to your goods or property, those photos may serve as proof. What’s more, they will keep reminding you of the amazing life you had in your previous home.

Have cash on hand to tip movers

Allow your movers to take a break from the back-breaking tasks. Keep your movers energized and alert by offering snacks and refreshments and a light lunch. Make them feel comfortable and treat them the way you would like to be treated. Be considerate of their needs and make sure to have an open communication with the team for the sake of avoiding misunderstandings and delays. Also, have some cash on hand to tip your moving company for the outstanding service they’ve provided. Reward their efforts with an appropriate tip and take the time to write a positive moving review after you settle into a new home. Your feedback will be very valuable for those who are looking for affordable movers’ quality assistance.

As you can see, these simple pre-move steps may determine the flow of the move. A proper preparation will speed up the process and keep delays and misunderstanding at bay. With this in mind, there isn’t a single reason why you shouldn’t get to work well in advance and take the move seriously.