Moving? 2 Things You Should Do To Make Things Easier For Your Movers

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Has it been awhile since your last move? If you are unfamiliar with the process, it might be difficult to know what you need to do to help your professional local movers out. Here are two things you should do to make things easier for your moving company, and why it might make a difference on moving day:

1: Understand Your Inventory

A few weeks before the big day, your moving company will call you to discuss the items that you will be moving. Although you might be tempted to hurry through the phone call, it is crucial that you give your moving company an accurate idea of what you have. As soon as you find out that you will be moving and that you plan to use a company to help you, go through your home to take notes about your inventory. Here are a few things to pay attention to:

  • Storage Areas: Is your garage, attic, or crawlspace packed with plastic totes and old furniture? If you are planning to take those items with you, make sure to add them in with your estimated inventory totals. To give movers an accurate idea of how much stuff you have, measure the length, width, and height of storage areas. That way, when you talk with professional movers, you can explain that you have a four-bedroom home and a 10 foot by 20 foot storage space.
  • Heavy Objects: How many guys will it take to move that giant water fountain in your backyard? Since nearly half of professional moving companies employ fewer than 5 people, failure to mention large objects could cause problems on moving day. Make sure to discuss any heavy or large items you have with a moving company representative so they know how many people to send.
  • Prohibited Items: Did you know that movers aren't allowed to touch or transport some objects? If you have firearms, paint cans, pets, or houseplants, you might be on your own to move those items. Ask your moving company which items are prohibited so that you can plan accordingly.

By communicating effectively, you can help movers to know what to expect, which will streamline your move.

2: Clear A Path

Your movers will do everything they can to leave your home and personal belongings in pristine condition. Unfortunately, accomplishing that task might be a tall order if you haven't cleared a path into and out of your house. To make your moving team's job a little easier, take care of these things before your moving day:

  • Hallway Furniture: That hallway accent table might look lovely, but it could cause serious workflow problems on moving day. Remove all objects from hallways including furniture, lamps, and hung picture frames.  
  • Landscaping: To navigate heavy pieces of furniture, movers might need to walk over your grass and through carefully landscaped areas. If you have delicate plants that are susceptible to damage, rope off the area so you can keep them from being trampled. Also, if you are nervous about trails being carved into your grass, put down large sheets of plywood. The wood will distribute the mover's weight evenly across your lawn to fend off divots.   
  • Entryway Railings: Sometimes people assemble furniture indoors, which can make it hard to move out later. To make transporting large pieces of furniture easier, consider taking down removable railings temporarily.

When movers don't have to deal with obstacles in their path, they can work quickly without worrying about creating collateral damage.

Taking the time to prepare for your move might make things a lot easier for your moving company, and help you to keep your property in perfect shape. 

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22 January 2015

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