6 tips how to prepare for the movers on your moving day
Moving involves a lot of preparation, but if you have professional packers and movers to pack your belongings and load them onto the moving truck, then you’re lucky, because your relocation will most likely be a problem and stress-free. They will quickly and safely pack your stuff and do all the heavy lifting. Nevertheless, there are a number of essential tasks related to organizing your upcoming moving that you need to do before your mover’s arrival to make sure your move will be nothing short of successful. Don’t wait until the last minute to remember things like cash for tipping and crates for pets. Here’s exactly what you need to do to be prepared for professional packers and movers:
1. Box up your things properly
First of all, make sure you have the right boxes and supplies before you pack. You’ll need multiple, sturdy, corrugated boxes of every size for your things, as well as dividers, foam pouches and bubble wrap for breakables. After packing, make sure to mark each box based on its corresponding room in your new home. It will be easier to notice what is where and how to handle it, and it also makes the unpacking process easier for you.
2. Let the movers know where to park
An experienced driver will call you on the big day to let you know they are coming and to ask where to park. If you haven’t already worked it out with a contact at the moving company, you’ll need to make sure the movers have a spot to park their large truck. If this isn’t in your own personal driveway, you’ll need to provide a parking pass for street parking or special permission for parking in a shared driveway.
3. Prepare and protect your house
If the weather brings rain, snow, ice or sleet, you’ll need to keep your home free of water damage. To avoid dirt, we suggest placing large blankets or tarps in the doorways, on the doorsteps, entryway and hallway, covering hardwood floors with blankets or a tarp to minimize damage. If the weather creates slippery conditions on your doorsteps or walkways, we suggest using salt in icy or snowy conditions to prevent personal injury.
4. Take measures
Measure your couches, pianos and other large items to make sure they’ll be able to fit through your door or window. If doorways are particularly small or furniture particularly narrow and large, your movers may need a plan and special equipment.
5. Hire a babysitter for small children
With a crew of movers in your home, looking after your child will only distract you from controlling the process. You better ask someone reliable who can keep an eye on your child. Not only will this keep the movers from accidentally tripping over your crawling toddler, but it will also keep your child’s daily schedule without changing.
6. Plan for your pets
The movers will need the front door to be wide open while they load and unload their trucks. Unfortunately, your pets may be frightened and even escape. That’s why it’s so important to keep your dog or cat contained to one area during the move. This will keep your pet friend from escaping, and it will also keep your movers from tripping or stepping on them.
What is a better way to show your appreciation to your movers, who did an excellent job, than with some dollar bills? Before the movers arrive, plan to have cash on hand. Of course, what you tip should be the reflection of the level of service performed and satisfaction received at the end of your move.