What to do before movers come to pack?

Choose an appropriate valuation protection plan and take out additional insurance if necessary (it is highly recommended if you intend to move items of great monetary or sentimental value). Make sure you know all your options and understand all the differences and specific conditions of the different types of liability protection offered by the moving companies you choose. Plan an adequate escape route to get out of your house: measure the doors and check if larger furniture fits through them and along narrow corridors, sharp curves and steep stairs. Once you've found the easiest way to get your things out, make sure the road is free of obstacles and as safe as possible.

You can even take apart bulky furniture that could cause problems (keep parts detached and small hardware items along with the part they belong to) and wrap them in blankets or plastic warps for added protection. If you're not up to the task, at least you can tell your carriers which parts should be dismantled beforehand and how to squeeze them out as easily as possible. Recharge the energy levels of your moving teams to ensure fast and efficient work. Offer bottled water and some snacks to the moving crew and designate a bathroom they can use (should be equipped with liquid soap and disposable hand towels).

When preparing for a professional move, keep in mind that the day of the move is not only stressful but also very dangerous for young children and pets: they can be injured if they get in the way, pets can easily escape, since the doors will be wide open for hours, etc. Mark it as “room without luggage” and consider locking it to avoid misunderstandings and conflicts with the moving company (in case a valuable item mysteriously disappears, for example). Full-service movers handle every aspect of your move for you, so you might want to express your gratitude accordingly. It may not seem like a crucial task for the move, but every step you take to prepare for the move before it arrives will save you time, problems and stress on the day of the move.

Before the moving company arrives, go through the garage and attic, look under the stairs, open the drawers and cabinets (especially the furniture that will be left behind), etc. Before moving day, talk to the moving company about their additional coverage options to properly protect your things. The standard liability coverage offered by no-charge moving companies is known as Replacement Value Protection, and it covers your belongings with just 60 cents per pound per item. If you hire a full moving service with packaging services, they will take care of all the packaging, packaging and loading for you.

When you hire a full moving service, they take care of everything, from packing all your belongings and loading them onto the truck to taking them to your new location and unloading your shipment. While full-service moving is the most convenient relocation method, there are still several tasks to be done before the carriers arrive. And don't just prepare for the move (research your new area, find a suitable new home, draw up a budget for the move, plan your move, hire trusted carriers, take care of the necessary paperwork, pack your belongings, etc.). Moving companies strive to quickly and efficiently move all the contents of your home from one place to another.

Make sure you understand the differences and the specific conditions of the different types of liability protection offered by the moving companies you choose and that you get the most appropriate liability coverage for you (buy additional insurance, if necessary)...