Preparing for Professional Movers

If you have hired professional packers and movers, you might think your work in preparing for a move is done. However, without the proper preparation for professional movers, you may end up finding that they packed furniture that came with the apartment or items that you need to travel with. Thus, proper preparation for professional movers prevents future headaches. Here are some tips when preparing for for professional packers and movers:

  1. Pack everything you plan on taking on your flight/road trip and close it into a closet in which the packers and movers are instructed not to enter. This technique also helps you see whether your packing plan is practical. Many people end up seeing that they intend to take more with them on the plane than is practical and have to decide to leave some things to the packers. You also do not want to end up having to mail stuff to your future address at the last minute as you are preparing to go to the airport.
  2. Label any furniture or things you do not want the company to pack or that require additional care. Buy some sticky notes or stickers and label things that you do not want the packers to treat like everything else.
  3. If you still have the original boxes for large items like a television or kitchen appliance, put it next to the item. The best way to prevent damage to an item is to keep it in the original box.
  4. For your most fragile items, consider packing a box or two yourself but leave it unsealed. Most packing and moving companies require that they verify every box loaded, but that does not mean you cannot pack the box. If you think an item deserves special attention, pack the item yourself and leave the box open so that the packers can verify the packing job, seal it, and load it themselves.
  5. Observe how the packers and movers take things apart. If the packers and movers have to take apart a bed frame or piece of furniture, be sure you know how they do it because the movers on the other end might not be the ones who put it back together.
  6. Ask about the timeline. Great packers and movers are good at estimating how long it will take to move and pack your household goods. Feel free to ask what their time estimate is. Sometimes professional movers come the day before the move to survey the size of the move, so make sure you ask about the complete timeline.
  7. Prepare the movers’ parking spot. The worst way to start a move is with a delay because the movers don’t know where to park to access your residence most easily. Think about if they will have enough space to park in your driveway, on the street, or wherever is most convenient and park your cars accordingly. Your neighbors are also happy to accommodate your truck’s parking needs on moving day, so feel free to ask them too.

Packers and movers are focused on doing the job as quickly as possible,and they are good at their job. Making sure it is easy for them to pack everything you want them to take is the best way to prevent future problems. If you have any more suggestions, feel free to leave comments below.

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