You searched until you found a mover with just the services you need, and moving day is coming fast! What do you need to have ready when the movers show up on the day? Do you help or just stand back? Let’s explore those questions and more.
Let’s say you hired a company with basic service. The movers are going to pack your boxes, furniture, and so on into a truck, drive it to your new place, and take all your boxes to the right rooms.
Your job will be to pack everything up in preparation for your move and to clean your home or office. Ask the movers how they recommend packing your goods. They may sell boxes for various jobs, such as to pack dishes, books, and so on. If you want to compare prices, you can always check with local self-storage facilities.
Oh, and to get the boxes where they belong in your new place? Label them! On the label, include the room the items belong in, plus something about what’s in the box. You don’t have to get down to the minutiae. Something like, “Living Room, Books for Shelves,” or “Kitchen, Plates” is enough. However, if you’ve seen the new place and you have specific ideas of where you want things to go, you can get even more specific, such as, “Kitchen, Plates, Bottom Shelf to Right of Sink.”
You may need to do some last minute packing on the day before the movers arrive, such as folding and packing your blankets and sheets, washing and packing the dishes you used for breakfast, and the like.
Alternately, let’s suppose you opted for a full service move. In this case, the movers are going to pack up your belongings for you! Then, they’ll load them onto the truck and drive it to your new place. Meanwhile, a few will stay behind and clean your former home so that your landlord will be happy, your real estate agent will have a beautiful looking place to sell, or the company that owns your former office might remain a good business partner.
At your new place, the moving company will not only bring your items in, they will unpack them, set up appliances, book shelves, and basically turn the place into a home for you, saving you a lot of time unpacking later.
Even if you have full service moving, make sure the movers come into a welcoming environment. Clean up clutter, wash your dishes, and go over the place with a broom and vacuum. This will make packing and moving your goods much easier, and safer, for the crew.
One thing you will have discovered in comparing quotes and companies is that not all moving companies are alike. Some have a larger staff and more trucks. Some pack, load, transport, unload, and unpack everything you own. Some set up your appliances for you and clean the place you’re moving out of. Some only load, transport, and unload.