Preparing for Professional Packers & Movers

You have made an excellent choice if you made the decision to hire professional packers and movers to do the packing for you.  Moving is exciting, time consuming and tops the list of life’s stressful events.  Packing is perhaps the most time-consuming task when moving. Hiring professionals alleviates some of your moving stress and frees you up to devote your time to other aspects of your relocation.  However, there are some preparations you will need to make before the packers arrive.  Every step you take will save you time, frustration and worry on moving day.  Here are a few items to do when preparing for professional packers and movers to help make sure your move is stress and hassle free.

Clear your Home of Useless Items

No one wants to pay professional packers to pack and move items that are not needed or never used.  When going through your home ask yourself:

  • Is it likely I will use this item again?
  • Do I have comparable items that serves the same purpose?
  • Have I used this is the last year?
  • Am I saving this just in case I might use it in the future?
  • Is this item broken? Will I really fix it in the future?
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If you answered no to any of these questions, it’s time to say goodbye and determine whether to sell, donate or toss the item.  Remember the goal is to purge the items you no longer need or use.  Don’t waste money if you can help it.

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Make Necessary Arrangements for Anything Packers and Movers Cannot Move

There are several non-allowable items that moving companies will not pack or transport.  It is very important to request a list of these restricted items and for you to make necessary arrangements to either move these items yourself or dispose of the items.  Common restricted items include:

  • Pool Chemicals
  • Propane Tanks
  • Paint
  • Paint Thinners
  • Car Batteries
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Gasoline
  • Liquid Bleach
  • Petroleum products
  • Motor Oil
  • Liquor
  • Candles
  • Aerosol Cans
  • Nail Polish
  • Disinfectants
  • Pesticides
  • Fertilizer
  • Weed Killers
  • Guns and Ammunition
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Perishable Foods

Plan for Pets

Packing and moving is a stressful time for you and your pets.  Before the movers arrive to pack your belongings, make sure you have a plan for your pet.  Pets do not appreciate change.  It is important to limit your pet’s exposure to packing and moving to reduce their stress level.   You can help your pet by keeping them in a familiar room that will be packed last.  On moving day, ensure that your pet is contained in one room or away from the house.  Movers will need to leave the front door open as they load the truck, which makes it easy for loose pets to escape.  Try to keep your pet’s routine as normal as possible during the moving process.

Preparing for Professional Packers & Movers
Preparing for Professional Packers & Movers

Plan for Children

Moving can be very disorienting for children as they rely on predictability and stability in their routines.  The best thing to do while packers and movers are in your home is have a relative, babysitter, daycare or friend look after your children.  This will provide some needed consistency for them to feel secure and allow you to focus on the task at hand.

Put Aside Items You Will Need During Your Move

Unless you plan on unpacking on moving day, make sure not to have the items you need during your relocation packed with the rest of your belongings.  Set aside and pack the items you will need immediately upon arrival to your new residence. Make sure to let the packers and movers know which items you intend to pack yourself.   Examples of items to include are:

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  • Clothing
  • Prescriptions
  • Toiletries
  • If moving with children – favorite toys, blankets, food etc.…
  • Toilet Paper
  • Important Documents
  • Valuables – Jewelry
  • If moving with pets – food, toys etc.…
  • Towels
  • Sheets
  • Snacks
  • Whatever else you think you will need for the first day or night in your new home.
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Clean and Organize

Make sure that items to be packed are clean and dry.  Cleaning your belongings is essential to ensure they remain in good condition and clean   Make sure your belongings are in their proper place, for example have all your office items in the office and all your kitchen items in the kitchen.   Packers will mark the boxes accordingly. It will make unpacking easier, all you will need to do is place the items where they belong.

Moving is a stressful process.  Hiring professional movers and packers will help ease some of your tension and free up your time during the relocation.  All the preparation tasks will result in plenty of saved time, hassle, stress and money.