One of the main goals for state to state movers is to get the job done as quickly, efficiently and safely as possible. While it’s their job to take care of this, there are many things you can do to help make the process easier without going too far out of your way. And as tempting as it may be to jump in and help your packers and movers on moving day, it’s actually best to just sit back, let them do their job and answer any questions they may have.
The best help you can provide for home moving companies happens in the days or weeks leading up to moving day, rather than the day of. Preparation is key to any successful move, but you also want to make sure you’re preparing in the right ways so you aren’t wasting your time. Here are some of the things home moving companies appreciate you doing prior to the move to make the process quicker and easier on everyone.
Separate Items The Movers Won’t Be Touching
Your state to state movers will likely walk through the home when they arrive to take inventory of what they’re moving, so they can get an idea of the most effective way to load the truck. If you have items you’ll be moving on your own, be sure to distinguish them clearly and let the packers and movers know to leave those alone. These could be items like cell phone chargers, laptops, toiletries, jewelry and other valuable items. The best thing to do is put these items in a box and mark it on the outside so the movers can clearly see they shouldn’t touch it. Or better yet, have those boxes or items already loaded in your car so they don’t accidentally get picked up and loaded on the truck.
Defrost The Refrigerator And Freezer
Believe it or not, this is one of the most common things homeowners forget to do. It takes planning well in advance of the move to get this done, since you have to do something with all of the food. While you can slowly eat the food in the weeks leading up to your move, chances are you’ll still have more to get rid of. Take this opportunity to donate the food to an organization in need or pass it along to a neighbor who would appreciate it.
When you defrost your refrigerator and freezer, make sure you allow for at least 24 hours before your packers and movers arrive. The amount of time it takes depends on the ice buildup, external temperatures and other factors. Be sure to keep a towel in the refrigerator and freezer to catch the water as the ice melts. If you forgot to defrost these items in advance, you can speed up the process by setting a bowl of warm water inside them or splashing the warm water directly on the ice.
Strip Sheets From The Mattresses
It doesn’t take a whole lot of time for your state to state movers to take the sheets off, but it would make everything much easier if you did it ahead of time. Fold up the sheets and box them up separately, or at least fold them and set them aside for the packers and movers to pack for you. Then all they will have to do is wrap up the mattresses in protective plastic and load them up. If you have a bed frame to break down as well, feel free to do so, although it typically doesn’t take much time to accomplish this task.
Unplug And Roll Up Electronic Cords
Unplugging random cords around the house doesn’t take long individually, but the time spent wrapping them up so they don’t get tangled or damaged can add up. Not to mention the inevitable tangle of cords you likely have behind your television stand that includes the television cord, game console cords, DVD player and much more. Take the time to untangle all of these and either secure the cords to the devices or remove them completely, then place them in separate bags and label them so you know where they need to go later. Your packers and movers would prefer to not have to deal with a bunch of loose cords since they are tripping hazards and could cause the devices to get damaged.
Label Items As Much As Possible
One of the things home moving companies always suggest is to label every box that gets packed. Or at the very least, tell your packers and movers where each item or box will go when they get to the destination. The weeks leading up to your moving day are always going to be a little hectic, but if you plan ahead of time and have items clearly labeled, then things won’t be nearly as hectic when you arrive at your new home and start unpacking.
The best way to label items is to keep the labels as simple as possible. Go throughout your new home and put a different colored sticker on the door of each room. Then when you get back to your old home, match the colored sticker on each box or item, so the state to state movers will know exactly where to place the item without even having to ask. Nothing makes a move more efficient for home moving companies than knowing exactly where your belongings are supposed to go without having to find you to confirm.
Break Down Tables And Shelving
To the extent it’s possible, try to break down any tables and shelving as much as you can. When you’re deciding whether it’s worth it to break these down, think about what would be manageable for your state to state movers to lift. Many times shelving in garages and shops have heavy items on them, so these may have to be removed and put in a different container for transporting. Breaking down tables and shelves can be a time consuming process. If you can see it’s going to take you a long time to accomplish it, then it may be worth calling your state to state movers and asking them if it’s necessary for you to do so or if they will take care of it.
Remove Everything From Walls
It’s easy to overlook things on the walls when you’re so focused on getting things off of the floors, out of closets, cabinets and everywhere else. The best and most efficient way to handle this task is to remove all breakable items, like picture frames and antiques, and put them all together for your packers and movers to load up. Then you can put any non-fragile items, like bulletin boards and shelves, together since they don’t have to be handled with as much care. Save yourself some time and trouble later on as well by putting all of the nails and screws in a bag so it will be easier to get everything put back on the walls in your new home.
Sort And Organize Garage or Shop Items
Over time, the garage or shop becomes a place that accumulates a lot of things you don’t necessarily want to get rid of, but also don’t really need. And these items are in addition to the tools and equipment you actually do need. Keep these items as organized as possible to prevent major headaches when you get to your new home.
Plus, packers and movers may not necessarily know how you want these things to be organized. To streamline the process and reduce clutter, consider donating or discarding items you haven’t used in a while or likely will never need. It’s natural to keep certain things as long as possible, but there’s no better time to purge unnecessary items than when it’s time to move to a new home.
At Imlach & Collins Brothers, we want to make your home moving experience as easy and fun as possible. Moving to a new home should be an exciting experience full of new beginnings, but too many people dread the move since they don’t know where to even begin with their packing efforts. While our packers and movers always appreciate you doing some packing ahead of time to streamline the process, it’s not a requirement. We can take care of all the light-duty packing as well as the heavy lifting to get you from your old home to your new home.
We are honored to be a part of the Atlas Van Lines network of agents, and have been moving individuals, families and companies since 1924. While your moving day may only come once every few years, every day is moving day for our movers. We take great pride in our reputation of being one of the top home moving companies nationwide, and would be even more honored to prove our value to you. If you’re getting ready to move in the near future and don’t know where to begin, contact us and we will help make the process as easy as possible for you.