How to Prepare for a Moving Company

Posted on: 15 September 2022

If you're moving soon, you may be thinking about hiring a moving company. They can take a lot of stress off your shoulders. However, before you contact a moving company, check out these four ways to prepare.

1. Determine Your Needs

Movers provide many services, so you need to determine your needs before you call. Many people pack their own items, let the movers set them in the truck, transport them, and carry them into the new home.

However, you can also hire movers to pack your belongings, move everything, and set up large furniture. For example, if you are moving across the country, you may want the movers to set up your beds before you arrive.

2. Organize Everything                        

If you pack your own items, make sure to organize everything. This is easy if you pack each room separately. Simply mark each box with "kitchen," "living room," "master bedroom," and any other room. You can further help by collecting the boxes together. This makes it easy for movers to put the boxes in the correct rooms at the new house.

Make sure the floor is clear of debris, so movers don't trip while carrying heavy objects. You'll also want to remove any tripping hazards like rugs and make sure there is plenty of light. Don't forget to neglect the porch and front walkway.

3. Remove Hazardous Items

Professional movers are often prohibited from moving hazardous items, such as:

  • Chemicals (pool chemicals, cleaners, bleach, chemistry sets, etc.)
  • Flammable materials (gasoline, propane tanks, nail polish, nail polish remover, etc.)
  • Oxygen tanks (for medical use or scuba diving)

Some materials aren't necessarily hazardous, but they are regulated differently in each state. For this reason, some movers may refuse to move plants, firearms, ammo, fireworks, and liquor, especially if you're moving from one state to another. They may still refuse to move some items if you are moving within the state.

Finally, most movers won't transport your perishable food because they can't ensure the temperature. Food can easily spoil and make you sick.

4. Secure Important Documents and Items                    

Secure any important documents like birth certificates and passports. If you have valuables like jewelry or family heirlooms, secure them too. Movers may not refuse to move these, but if they get lost, it can be a nightmare. For this reason, it's best to transport these important items yourself.

Professional movers can make the whole process a lot easier. They can't and won't move everything, but they do most of the legwork for you. If you would like to know more, contact a moving service in your area.