Moving day is right around the corner. You’ve checked almost everything off of your to-do list, including making one of the smartest moving decisions you can make: hiring professional movers. But if you’re like most people, you’ve still got a few questions.
If you’ve ever wondered how to get the most out of your professional moving service, you’re not alone. Many people wonder if there are things they can do to help their movers — or if it’s better to simply stay out of their way.
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to optimize your moving service. Here are a few tips the moving pros want you to know.
Advance Logistical Planning
You know all the details of your home (and neighborhood) in a way that movers don’t. That means you can speed moving day along by scoping out any potential logistical issues ahead of time.
From steep driveways to narrow staircases and tiny elevators, consider factors that may slow movers down. You may want to take action such as:
- Securing close parking spaces, both at your current home and your new home
- Noting narrow hallways, steep walkways, stairs, and other obstacles
- Reserving a cargo elevator, if possible
Let your moving company know about any potential issues well in advance. That way, they can plan to have the right crew and equipment on hand for moving day.
Pack it Up
Hands down, the best thing you can do to help your movers is to have things ready for them when they arrive. But what does being “ready” mean?
For a self-pack move, you’re ready for your movers when:
- All of your items are all packed, boxed, labeled, sealed, and ready to be loaded on the truck
- Appliances are properly prepared
- Furniture is disassembled
- Drawers are emptied
- Walkways are cleared
- Driveways at old and new home are cleared
The more you get done before movers arrive, the better they can do their job — and the faster you can get to your new home!
Stay Clear, But Stay Available
It’s usually best to stay back and allow the movers to do their job. Pro movers know how to pack up a home efficiently, and they know the best order to load the boxes onto the truck.
It’s essential to keep clear as the movers work; it’s also necessary that you be available to answer questions that only you, as the homeowner, can answer. You can also ask questions and voice concerns if things come up.
Secure Your Pets
Moving day is chaotic and stressful for pets, and you don’t want them getting underfoot, getting hurt, or possibly running out an opened door.
For both your pets’ and mover’s safety, make arrangements before moving day to secure your pets.
Provide a safe room, already emptied of moving boxes, for your pets with an appropriate sign outside the room indicating that they are in there. Or, better yet, have friends or family take your pet to their house on moving day.
Keep Children Entertained and Safe
Your small children might be upset, confused, or overly excited on moving day; for everyone’s safety, your kids need to stay out of the way as well. Make plans to have your kids stay with a friend or family member. Or consider designating an older sibling or another adult helping out to keep your children entertained and out of harm’s way on moving day.
Pro Moving Tips and Help
Your moving company wants to provide you and your family with a safe, smooth move. Following these tips will help your movers do their job quickly and effectively.
If you need moving assistance, we’re here to help. Contact us today with a free moving quote.