What to Do Before the Movers Arrive?

22 Jul 2022

Preparing for a big move can be a lot of work, but with the right preparation comes a successful relocation. By preparing your home before the movers arrive, the process will become much easier and save lots of time for everyone involved. There are a lot of steps in the moving process; sometimes you are not sure where to start when preparing for movers to pack! Here are some of the most important things to do before moving in preparation for our team to arrive.

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Get Rid of Unwanted Belongings

Moving to a new place is the perfect excuse to start giving, throwing away, or selling unwanted items. Before moving, be sure to go through all your belongings and take with you everything you still want or need. By doing so, you are making the packing and moving process much easier by decreasing your load. If you are moving to a smaller space and need an extra storage unit to keep things, you are waiting to sell, ‘Ray the Mover has state-of-the-art storage facilities for all your needs.

Organize Belongings for Movers

Make sure to be aware of the items the movers aren’t able to move, such as perishable goods. With items like perishable goods, they can be easily donated or gifted to friends and family. For the rest of your items, labeling them appropriately is crucial. There may be some items that are fragile, ones you do not want to be moved, or items you want in a certain destination. Whatever the reason, labeling and categorizing your items accordingly, will make all the difference for an efficient move. Be sure to keep your valuable documents and other personal items separate. Those items should be organized with you so they are not lost in the moving process. With that, be sure to keep your essential items like extra clothes, toilet trees, and anything you need for the next few days while you are moving the rest of your stuff into your new home.

Create an Inventory

Make a detailed list of everything you are moving and take pictures of important items. This is important to make sure you did not lose anything while moving, as well as to keep everything organized for the unpacking process. Some key things to list about important items would be brand, price, condition, serial number, and type. This way you will know if anything was damaged or missing.

Clean and Prepare Your Items

While organizing your belongings for the movers, make sure you are not packing away any dirty items. Your items should be clean and dry when moving to prevent any damage during the moving process. Clean and dry any important kitchen appliances, trash cans, and shelving units. Make sure to also strip and wash sheets, clothing, towels, delicate items, etc. An important step that most people forget to do is to empty any fuel-powered items you are taking with you!

Prepare for Packers

If you do decide to have your items professionally packed for you there are some ways to prepare for this service.

  • Pre-package your smaller items in smaller boxes, like office supplies and other random small items, to help speed the process along.
  • Supply extra packing supplies just in case.
  • Communicate with the movers and inform them of how you have organized your items and where you’d like them to go.

Prepare Home for Movers

Before the movers get there, preparing your old home for moving large items is helpful. You want to protect yourself from any possible damage to keep your house in good shape to sell, so by using thick blankets and covering corners you can keep your house safe from any bumps or knicks. Also, measuring doorways and furniture for a safe exit will make the moving out process much faster so the movers know exactly where to go with what furniture. You should take down any hanging pictures, clocks, and other decorations before moving larger items to be sure to not break anything on the way out.

Plan for Movers at New Location

Don’t forget to not only prepare your old space for movers but to plan ahead for when the movers arrive at the new location. Depending on where you are moving there are different things to think about. A list of those things is noted below.

  • Warn your movers about possible obstacles (small staircase, parking, moving hours, etc.)
  • Make sure the movers have a parking spot available and one that is close to the new space
  • If you are moving into an apartment building make sure to reserve the elevator to speed up the moving process
  • Be present on moving day! The most important thing is that you will be able to oversee the moving process!
  • Keep kids and/or pets out of the way for safety reasons
  • Keep an eye on weather reports, you would not want to be stuck with everything and it starts raining.

Treat Your Movers

If you want your movers to do the best job possible it is always appreciated to have bottled waters, snacks, and a usable bathroom ready for the movers. Energized movers lead to an excellent job done! If you appreciate their work, having extra cash to tip the movers is also something to think about on moving day.

Moving day will only be as stressful as you make it, with a positive attitude and good work ethic it will go by like a breeze! Double-check your lists and always do a double walk-through to make sure you didn’t leave anything behind in the process.

If you complete everything in this list of things to do before moving, you are more than ready to take on the move. With ‘Ray the Mover’ and his team you’ll have all the help you need! Call: 800-321-7170 for help from professional movers on your special moving day! 

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