You have decided to make the big move, congratulations. Now, do you know the 10 things to do before professional packers arrive? Where do you even start? If you’re like most people, it can seem somewhat overwhelming to pack an entire home and figure out your budget for this big endeavor. Talking to 5 Star Moving & Storage is the perfect place to start. We can provide all the information and help you need to ensure your move is hassle-free and stress-free.
Here are 10 things to do before the professional packers arrive. This will keep your costs and moving time down while also keeping your morale up.
- Move All Packed Boxes to One Room
Having all your boxes in one place will make for an effortless move for the professionals. They will never be left standing there or asking questions about what else goes into the moving truck, saving you wasted time as well as money. You should also strip your linens off beds and take down any artwork from the walls, wrapping them for protection.
- Take Photographs or Video
This important step will give you peace of mind knowing if anything went missing or sustained damage during the move. Refer to these photos or videos if you suspect something is gone, this will ensure you have the proof and the protection if needed for a claim.
- Mail and Address Change
Be sure to let friends, family, and businesses know of your address change by sending out notifications by email or snail mail. Don’t forget to cancel any subscriptions and utilities as well.
Stock your fridge with lots of water and drinks to ensure you stay hydrated during the move. Keep healthy snacks on hand to maintain your energy levels.
Be sure to have a travel bag packed with all your necessities ready to go because it will save you a lot of time trying to remember where you packed your clothes and toiletries until your items arrive at their new destination. Keep jewelry and expensive items with you and NOT with the movers if possible. Keep kids and animals out of the way of movers and clearly mark your boxes with legible writing. Get yourself a moving calendar and aim for certain goals on certain days and prepare a budget to keep everything on par with what you can afford.
- Protect Walls and Floors
Most reputable moving companies will have protection blankets or plastic, but you can also take the initiative by placing down a protective cover on items or structures you do not want to damage.
Obtain at least 3 quotes from your moving company options. Ask questions to ensure you understand their policies and procedures clearly. Perform research on the moving company you choose by checking into their reputation, whether they are a member of the Better Business Bureau and get recommendations by other customers in the area. This will save you a lot of headaches in the end. Do not sign any contracts unless you completely understand them.
This is a hard one for most people. What do you keep and what do you get rid of in order to make more space in the truck and even your new home? It may be helpful to enlist a friend to help you decide what stays, what goes to charity, what you can sell, and what is just plain garbage. By having a second opinion from a friend or loved one, the task can be a fun and entertaining. If needed, you can also set aside any items that you would rather put into storage instead of donating, selling or tossing.
Should something go missing or get damaged, you will be protected by having a list of your items for the claim at the insurance company. It is also wise to jot down serial numbers of your electronics as well.
- Have Fun!
This is probably the most important point of all. This should be an exciting time of change and new beginnings, so why not relish the moment of something new. Keeping a good sense of humor throughout the process will keep you and everyone around you in good spirits.
It is a good idea to know that there are some items that movers will not be able to move for you. If you have any concerns, ask your moving company what their policies are. Here is a list of a few:
- Rubbing alcohol
- Motor oils or lubricants
- Antifreeze compounds
- Drain cleaners
- Photographic acids
- Batteries (wet or dry)
- Water purifying agents used in swimming pools
- Small arms ammunition
- Lighter fluid
- Wood oil stains
- Petrol-chemical based garden sprays
- Paint, varnish or paint/varnish removers
- Butane, propane, gasoline (in garden equipment)
- Charcoal briquettes
- Compressed Gasses
- Aerosol cans
- Fire extinguishers
- Scuba diving tanks
Should you pack your items or should you hire a professional?
Your full-service mover takes care of every aspect of your move from start to finish. They will pack, load, move and unload your items. If you want to save a little bit of money, you can opt to pack it all yourself. But it may pay off using the full-service moving option for a couple of reasons. If your moving company packs everything for you, then they also shoulder the responsibility for breakage due to poor packing, and it can save you the headache of this tedious task if you don’t have the time or interest.
When packing boxes, ensure they are not too heavy or under-packed. Some moving companies cannot guarantee the contents on an under-packed box, for insurance purposes.
Manage the weight of the boxes, for your own safety as well as for others. If at all possible, it is a good idea to disassemble any furniture that comes apart to ensure you maximize your space in the moving van as well as making it easier to move.
Once you have followed the 10 things to do before professional packers arrive, you should really feel good about your accomplishments. Now, 5 Star Moving & Storage will be there every step of the way until the last box has been delivered safely. That is our guarantee! Before you close the door one last time, conduct a final run through of the home to ensure everything is clean, tidy, and accounted for prior to the new owners or renters arrive. And when it’s all said and done, don’t forget to put your feet up and give yourself a good pat on the back for a move well done!