When you hire full-service movers, they will take care of everything--packing all of your belongings, loading them onto the truck, driving them to your new location, unloading your shipment, unpacking every item and putting it away. They may even disassemble and reassemble your furniture. While full-service is the most convenient relocation method, there are still several tasks to take care of before the movers arrive. This guide will provide you with tips on what to do to prepare for your full-service movers on moving day.
Make a checklist.
Keep an itemized list of the type and quantity of all of your belongings so you can keep track of everything as it is being packed and unpacked. For example, if you have three floor lamps and two desk lamps, indicate on your list the type of lamp (floor or desk) and the number (one, two, and three). This way, when your shipment arrives, you can simply check off each lamp as it is unpacked and will be able to easily recognize if one is lost during the move.
Pack first-night necessities separately.
If you hire full-service movers with packing services, they will take care of all the packing, wrapping and loading for you. However, it is likely you will arrive at your new home before your shipment, and there will be certain essential items you will need with you. You should pack a box or a bag with these necessities yourself and transport it to your new home in your vehicle. Examples of things to include are: a change of clothes, toiletries, first-aid kit, cash, water and some snacks.
Downsize your belongings.
Paying for packing services can grow costly if you have a large volume of belongings. Before moving day, plan to sift through your possessions and decide what you don't want to bring with you to your new home. Donate unwanted items to charity, have a yard sale, or sell nearly-new or unused belongings online. You will cut your moving costs considerably by eliminating excess junk that will be uselessly collecting dust at your new home.
Keep pets out of the way.
Pets have a knack for being nosy, getting into trouble, and constantly being underfoot. On moving day, conditions in your home will be dangerous for your pet as the movers march in and out of your house, lugging heavy boxes and furniture. Your pet could become injured, stepped on, trapped, or crushed in the commotion. He or she could also slip out through an open door while the movers are entering and exiting your home. The movers could even become injured or damage your belongings if they accidently trip over your pet.
To ensure your furry friend's safety, keep him or her locked in an empty room that's already been packed. If you have paid for full packing services and there are no rooms that won't be accessed by the movers, consider asking a neighbor to watch your pet for a few hours. If you must, you can keep your dog in the backyard or your cat in a carrier until it is time to leave for their new home.
Prepare your home.
Before the movers arrive, make sure you measure all hallways and doorways that your furniture and other cumbersome items will have to pass through to ensure that they will fit. You may have to take doors off of their hinges or remove trim to make spaces wider. If any furniture needs to be disassembled, you may avoid extra fees from the movers by taking it apart yourself before they arrive. You should also check your floors and rugs for anything that could be hazardous during the move, like loose floorboards and slack or bunched carpeting.
Most movers bring materials to protect your carpets, walls and floors from damage while they are working. However, you should inquire about these practices prior to moving day to make sure that will take the necessary measures to protect your home.
Empty and unplug appliances.
Certain home appliances require some preparation before moving day, such as your washer, dryer, and refrigerator. Your fridge must be emptied out, cleaned, unplugged and left open to defrost at least 24 hours before you move. You will also need to turn off any gas connections and disconnect and drain the water lines from washing machines and ice-makers on refrigerators.
Remove all flammable items.
There are some items that movers will not transport, such as anything that is flammable, combustible, corrosive or hazardous. Some examples of these items include: batteries, aerosol cans, cleaning fluids, nail polish and nail polish remover, gasoline, kerosene, propane tanks, fireworks, fertilizer and firearms. Separate these items from the rest of your possessions to pack yourself and transport in your own vehicle, or to be disposed of properly.
Consider packing high-value or important items yourself.
Some items, while perfectly safe for the movers to transport, may be irreplaceable if lost or damaged. To avoid the misplacement of your most treasured or crucial belongings, pack them yourself before the movers arrive and carry them in your car with you. Some things you may consider moving yourself would be: extremely valuable jewelry, important documents like medical records, passports, or financial statements, medicines, or photos.
While professional movers and packers are trained, skilled workers that employ the most efficient tactics to safely wrap and transport your belongings, there is always a chance that something will become broken or lost during the move. To protect yourself and your possessions, you should purchase additional moving insurance. The standard liability coverage offered by movers at no charge is known as Replacement Value Protection, and it covers your belongings with a mere 60 cents per pound per article. Before moving day, speak to your movers about their options for additional coverage to properly protect your things.
Have drinks and food available.
Movers work hard to quickly and effectively move the entire contents of your household from one location to another. It's a job that requires a great deal of diligence, skill, and back-breaking labor. To show your appreciation, it is a nice gesture to keep a cooler of drinks and snacks on hand to offer the workers. You could also offer to buy them lunch, such as a pizza, burgers or sandwiches.
Have cash for tips.
While tipping is not necessarily expected in the moving industry, it is a generous way to show appreciation for a job well-done. Full-service movers take care of every aspect of your move for you, so you may want to express your gratitude accordingly. The size of your move and the number of movers will determine the size of your tip, but there is no set amount expected.