Although moving companies have rules and regulations that can’t and won’t be broken under any circumstances, there are particular components of your move only you control, even if its not being done in the most productive manner. They will advise you and welcome any questions or concerns, but they can’t force you to do certain things, even if it will potentially make the entire move run smoother and quicker for everyone involved. For the purpose of this article, we will list a few important details the movers would like for you to take care of prior to their arrival or during the move. You can count on your move to go smoother when you implement this information for your next move. Please continue reading below our list of top things movers want you to know.
Top things movers want you to know
- Pack in advance
Unless you request full packing services from your movers, you will be expected to have most of your items packed before the movers arrive at your point of origin. It’s understandable if you don’t have your TV packed or another large valuable item. You rather have the pros to do it. Whether you left a lot of things unpacked or just a few big ticket items, understand that it is additional time and effort spent on their part, which unavoidably results in additional costs to you. If you’re not comfortable packing an item, don’t risk it! It may end up costing you more in the end to replace it. For the most part however, pack your stuff up before the movers arrive to avoid surcharges.
- Valuables should only be moved by you
Most reputable moving companies will advise you ahead of time to keep your valuables with you at all times throughout the entire moving process. Any item that is not too heavy to be in your possession, such as cash, credit cards, important documents, jewelry, laptops, prescription medications, etc., should not be in movers’ possession at any time during the move. Much heavier items, such as antique and fine art can be moved by the movers themselves but you are advised to first purchase extra insurance for the items.
Pro Tip ⇒⇒⇒ Packing and moving your valuables.
- Label your boxes
It is important to label your boxes to keep inventory but it will also make unloading that much easier and quicker. Your movers will be responsible for unloading your items from the truck and assembling them according to your instructions. When your boxes are properly labeled, it makes unloading that much easier for your movers. It also gives you a chance to have them take the boxes to their respective rooms and not just any area that is convenient. In the end, if you fail to label your boxes, you will be forced to do extra work that could have been easily avoided, causing lots of unpleasant stress. This step may actually benefit you more than it would the movers, so don’t skip it!
Pro Tip ⇒⇒⇒ Label each box with its contents, destination, and any special handling instructions. Be sure to label the sides and not the top, allowing the label to be easily read even if boxes are stacked on top of one another.
- Don’t pack these items
Items of hazardous or perishable nature will not be moved by your moving company, simply because the law prohibits them to transport any such items. For the most part your movers will provide you with a list of items they are not allowed to move. Review this list carefully, and if you were not given one, ask for it yourself! You may spend a lot of effort and time packing these items only to find out on the day of the move that it was all for nothing. Whether you pack these items unknowingly or consciously without the movers’ knowledge of them being on their truck, any damages caused by these items will be your full responsibility.
Pro Tip ⇒⇒⇒ Full list of items the movers will not move.
- Keep children and pets out of the movers’ way
Moving day safety is of paramount importance for everyone, especially for your movers. Although professional movers are trained with safety in mind, you must still do your part in keeping your family safe on the day of the move. Your small children and pets need to be out of the movers’ way and away from potentially dangerous circumstances. If you can’t hire a baby sitter for your child or someone to take care of your pet, designate a room in the house for them to remain throughout the move. Keep familiar items in the room with them, comfortable and away from all of the action.