Preparation is the key to ensuring that your scheduled move goes as smoothly as possible. Preparing your home to allow your movers access to the harder to reach rooms and possessions means helping them streamline their operation, and get you into your new address with as few obstacles as possible.
Being ready to accommodate your moving company means they’ll inevitably take less time to move you - meaning that depending on what type of contract you’ve entered into, it may cost you less if they take less time (most moving companies will bill hourly).
Further, than logistical and economic reasons, a well-planned and simple move means that everyone will be a much better move in comparison to that of a stressful, last-minute move. Moving is stressful enough without having to rush and pack up a room or two or arrange for a special piece of equipment to be delivered to move a tricky and heavy piece of furniture.
In this post, we’ll discuss how to best prepare for your moving company.
Talk to the Movers!
Begin your move by making a call to your moving company and asking them what they expect of a good client. Depending on what kind of contract you've agreed upon, your mover may be packing and boxing up your belongings, so you can focus your attention on packing or organizing more valuable collectibles that are going to accompany you during the move, or begin to organize the garage, let's say.
Your movers can lay out in plain English what they'll need to do a great job, like accessible entranceways with enough space to accommodate runners to take care of dirt and water that may cause slipping, maybe even the odd pot of coffee. Communication is critical to ensuring that you're all on the same page and able to anticipate how the day should go.
The early bird gets the worm. Begin your pre-planning as soon as you’ve committed to moving. This can mean acquiring the right number of boxes, preparing to organize your stuff and pre-packaging the larger items so they’re able to be moved as soon as your movers arrive at your doorstep.
Disassemble complicated entertainment and shelving units and package up the hardware by taping a ziplock bag somewhere so it doesn’t go missing somewhere during the move. As an aside, keep a small tool box of screwdrivers, wrenches and Allen keys out to take care of any stray disassembly jobs; this could come in handy if, for example, you need to take your refrigerator doors off to fit the piece through a problematic doorway.
Make a list of what needs to be done and do your best to stroke something off each day. A couple of weeks of minimal daily work is a lot easier than two days of rushed chaos. Consider tackling each room one by one to help make your list seem more attainable.
For packing purposes and simplicity sake, go around and unplug all of your appliances and electronics that are coming with you to your new address. While you do this, take a quick photo of any complicated cable setups so you'll be able to have your new address up and running without having to re-engineer your entertainment unit.
Clean, Clean, Clean
Make sure that the house is clean and free of any clutter that could make moving difficult. Further, it’s never acceptable to leave the house a disaster for the next owner - do your part and make sure you have time and supplies to do a thorough clean of your home before locking the door for good.
Plants & Chemicals
Ask your movers if there are any chemicals or plants that they will not move. Most moving companies will not transport flammable chemicals - like gasoline, hazardous chemicals, cleaners, paints, or oil, as well as some types of plants or firewood. Asking ahead of time will allow you to prepare for an alternative moving solution, like maybe a friend with a pickup truck.
Handle the Pets
If you’ve got a cat that can’t be let outside, make arrangements for it to be crated up and transported to your new address well ahead of your movers arriving to avoid needing a search-and-rescue unit.
Same goes for dogs, no matter how friendly your pooch may be, having them tied in the yard makes moving throughout the house that much easier and less chaotic - no one wants to trip over Rover and drop a family heirloom down the stairs.