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How to Prepare for Movers and Packers

With the prospect of opening your life to a set of new and wonderful experiences, making a move can be one of the greatest events in your life. In this regard, making use of a movers service is an exceptional idea that can both expedite and simplify the process, provided you plan accordingly. Allowing movers into a home that is unpacked and unprepared can mean huge stress for all parties concerned, so take a moment to look over our quick and easy top ten list, designed to assist you in preparing for a moving service.

  1. Clear your schedule. A homeowner who is absent on moving day can make for a lot of headache and misunderstanding, so for best results clear your schedule for the day the movers will be present.
  2. Gather trip essentials. Items you plan on taking with you should be set aside in an area that the movers will not have access to. This ensures no misunderstandings.
  3. Reduce crowd traffic. If it’s possible to have pets out of the way, either with boarding or staying with a friend, this can help keep the moving space less chaotic.
  4. Have assigned roles.Letting all parties present know the game plan before the movers arrive can dramatically reduce confusion.
  5. Measurements. Measuring furniture and entranceways helps keep the plan intact, and can help with any possible misunderstandings about what goes where. If a piece was constructedin room, it may need to be deconstructed to get it out.
  6. Fragile. Breakables should have their own dedicated packing. This both ensures the safety of the movers, and your belongings.
  7. Perishables. Defrost your fridge and freezer, and dispose of all perishable food. You don’t want a nasty surprise when the refrigerator gets to your new home!
  8. Remove. Drain or remove Anyfuel sources. Drain gasoline or kerosene from lawn equipment and heaters, and take out and store batteries from all electronics, backup computer files and be sure all CDs and entertainment tools are out of your devices.
  9. Take inventory. Make a list of all items in your home, preferably. At the very least, valuables such as jewelry, expensive appliances and heirlooms.
  10. Confirm. Your date and time with the movers.

Following these steps can lead to a much better experience, ensuring you can go forward with your life, stress not included!

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How to Schedule Movers

Unless you’re moving into your first place, your belongings fit in the trunk of your car, and your friends are willing to schlep your boxes for free pizza and beer, your best bet is to hire professional movers. In six steps, here is how to choose a moving company and manage the process for the most successful move possible.

Choose your moving date(s). The busiest times for professional movers are the beginning and end of the month and on weekends, so moving midweek and in the middle of the month is ideal.

Research moving companies at least a month before. Ask friends and family for recommendations, do a Google search in your area, and check customer review sites. Make sure the moving company has a USDOT (US Department of Transportation) number and check online to confirm it.

Factors when choosing movers include:

  • How much stuff needs to be moved
  • How many valuable items you own
  • The movers’ policy for liability of damaged items during the move
  • Is payment a flat fee or do they itemize everything
  • When and where you plan to move
  • How soon the movers can deliver your belongings to your new place

Ask for an on-site estimate and get everything in writing. Ask the movers to do an on-site estimate of the total moving cost. Then ask for that estimate in writing, along with their USDOT number, insurance information, and the date and time of the move. Confirm this information a couple of weeks before the moving date.

Collect moving supplies. Get free boxes from grocery or liquor stores. Use towels, comforters, and newspapers for fragile items. Make sure you have packing tape, permanent markers, and special containers like wardrobe boxes.

Allow yourself ample time to pack. Give yourself at least a month. Start with the things you use the least. Reserve boxes and suitcases for stuff you use on a daily basis and will want to unpack first when you arrive at your new home.

Use the move as an opportunity to de-clutter. You don’t want to pay to move things you don’t need or want anymore. Donate the items in good condition to Goodwill or the Salvation Army and claim it as a tax deduction.

Arrange payment and tip. Depending on when and how you’re paying, be prepared to pay the movers and if you’re willing, you can tip for good service (10-15% of the total bill is standard.)