By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
If you are moving and hire a professional moving company
to help, there are some things that you can do and other things that you should not do to help speed up the process. A smooth move results from everyone working together, and that means that you need to know when you should lend a hand and when you should get out of the way.
Following are things that your moving company would like for you to know.
1) Nobody likes Surprises on Moving Day
This tip should be covered when you are getting your moving estimate, and it’s super important, so it’s worth mentioning. If you have bulky items, such as a piano, refrigerator, or hot tub, that need to be moved, make sure and communicate that to your moving company. Some items make take additional preparations, equipment, or men to move, so it’s never a good idea to “surprise” your professional mover with unexpected items.
2) Prepare for the Movers Arrival
Do you live in a gated community or an apartment complex with an elevator? Can the moving truck easily gain access to your house? Take a moment prior to moving day to think through the details of where the moving van is going to park and what the route to and from the truck looks like. If you need to get a parking or elevator permit from your building manager, make sure and do that well in advance.
3) Finish Packing Prior to Moving Day
If you opt to do your own packing, make sure that it is completed prior to moving day. That means that all the boxes are taped up and properly labeled. To make things go even faster, neatly stack all your packed boxes in a central location in your house, such as the garage or the family room so that the moving company crew can easily load them onto the moving van. Pro tip: Never use masking tape on your boxes. Use packaging tape instead.
4) Don’t Pack Heavy Items in Large Boxes
There are guidelines for what to put in which size boxes for a reason. Items that are heavy, such as books, need to go in small boxes. Items that are relatively light, such as pillows and blankets, can go in larger boxes.
5) Plan to be Present on Moving Day
You or someone that you know and trust need to be available for the entire moving day in case your movers have any questions about what they should and shouldn’t be moving. Plus, a responsible adult needs to be present to sign all the mover’s paperwork.
6) Let the Movers Work
You might think that you are helping when you lend a hand to move the fridge, but it’s usually better to stay out of the way. You can direct the movers to the correct rooms and answer questions, but beyond that, let the professional movers do the heavy lifting so that things will go as smoothly as possible.
If a move is in your future, A-1 Freeman Moving Group would love to help. Contact us today to get started on your free in-home or video survey.
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