As with everything in life, a flawless move begins way before the moving trucks arrive at your house. A good way to start this process is to have professional packers handle your move, which is a great way to reduce stress and have a pleasant moving experience. Even if the professionals will be handling the most time consuming and tedious task, there are steps that you can take before they arrive to ensure that the process is done as best as possible.
Clean your residence
This is a task that many try to avoid, but it is an important one. You don’t have to be very thorough, you just need to have your house presentable and not cluttered and dirty. This will make room for people to move about and will make the job of the Packers way easier.
Get rid of things you do not need
This is a step that you do not want to overlook since one of the factors that affect the price of a move is the total weight of the items in the truck. Considering that you will be taking a lot of your precious belongings with you, you might also want to make sure that you aren’t packing any unused or useless junk into the trucks. Getting rid of these unnecessary items will save you some money and give you enough space only the precious things you really use and care about. So make sure that you do not carry way to many things and that you only take with you the things you see yourself using in the future.
Make sure that you don’t rush this process, so make sure that you start early so that you have enough time to go through everything and decide if it is worth keeping. A good way to see if something is useful is to remember the last time that you have used it, if it has been an extremely long time, like a year or two then the chances are that you won’t be using it again anytime soon, so you can throw It away. Make exceptions for things that are dear to you and have sentimental value, don’t just throw everything away, find a balance between the things you care about and things that you can get anytime. Once you have separated your items from those that you will be taking with you and those that you have no use for, you can further separate them into items that you want to give away, sell and those that you will just throw away.
Make an inventory for the move
It is important that you have a list of items that are ready to be handled by the moving professionals. You should know what kind of item it is, how many items there are the items current condition and have any extra notes about the item written down. This can be done through apps, there are many that can help you make an inventory of al your items and document the state, quantity, and specifics of the items. If you take this important step you will be able to go over the items when they are dropped off at your new house and can easily check off specific items and check their state to see if anything happened to your belongings. If you see that some of your items are damaged or are not there then you should contact your moving agency right away and inform them of the situation and ask for any further information on what steps you need to do to file a damage claim.
Have a box of essential items at the ready
These items can be packed in a box or a suitcase, but the idea behind this is that you will need some items when you spend your last day in your old residence or even the first day in your new residence when your things are not there. Since all your items will be packed away and in the moving truck you will need to have access to clean clothes, toiletries, medication, some sort of entertainment and any other essentials that you know you will use in the transition period.
Ensure that you family and pets are out of harm’s way
If you have small children, pets or even both then you should definitely consider moving them away from the movers. They could be a distraction during the moving process and should not be anywhere near the hustle and bustle of the move. The best answer to this is to have somebody a friend or family member take care of your kids and pets or at least hire a babysitter to take care of them while you handle the move with the professionals.
There are only a few more things to handle before the professionals arrive and take over. Once you finish these tasks your move will be well on the way and you can rest assured you will soon be in your new home with all your belongings.
Prepare your appliances
Make sure that all your kitchen appliances are empty, clean, unplugged and ready for transportation. Anything that is hooked up to gas needs to be turned off and detached, just make sure the job is done well if you are not savvy in such things get a professional. Anything that is hooked up to water also needs to be to be unhooked and drained of any leftover water. You can also take this time to do thoroughly clean your appliances. This should include appliances such as the fridge, freezer, dishwasher, cookers, microwaves, washing machines and any other appliance that will be handled by the workers.
Be a gracious host
These are professionals coming to handle a job, but they are still people so you should be a good host and prepare some beverages and snacks for the professionals. They will be grateful and it will be great for raising moral, respect and the overall productivity of the day.
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