Nobody enjoys packing up all their items, hauling them into a big truck and driving them across town, the state, or even the country. Luckily, professional movers are available to give you a helping hand. Of course, even with professional movers, there are some steps you can tkae to ensure their job is easy and seamless, making your moving less stressful. Check out these three tips to follow when hiring a moving company.
Know What Can't Be Moved By Professionals
The items in your home belong to you, so you have the right to put anything you own in your car and drive it to your new home, including gasoline and fireworks. However, professional movers will not move certain items. Sometimes, it's illegal for movers to pack items. These typically include hazardous items, such as liquid bleach, fertilizer, and even nail polish. Again, you can move these items yourself, but it is not advised, since they are potentially dangerous.
In other cases, a moving company may have a policy against certain items. For example, many professional movers will not pack perishable foods. This is because the food can spoil, and if that ruins any of your belongings or you eat the spoiled food, you may sue, so this is to protect the movers. You can, of course, move these items on your own. Just make sure to keep them safe. Above all, make sure you don't pack any of the items the movers will not take.
Organize What They Are and Aren't Taking
In some cases, items can be legally transported by professional movers, but you may not want them to. For example, if you have important documents or expensive jewelry, you'll likely want to transport those items yourself so they are not lost. Whatever you choose to do, however, make sure you separate what the movers are and aren't taking, so they don't accidentally grab the items, and you can't find them.
You'll also want to organize everything the movers are taking by separating them into which rooms they belong in. Have all your kitchen items in a group of boxes and all your bedroom items in another. Mark them clearly. This way, the movers know where to place them in your new home, and they don't have to keep asking you. This will also make unpacking easier for you because everything will already be in the room it belongs in.
Make Sure Your Home Is Clean
If you're in the middle of packing, your home isn't going to be spotless, and it doesn't need to be. Basically, you just need to make sure the movers won't have trouble navigating your home. Keep walkways clear so the movers can easily carry items out of your home. Make sure that if you have items that you are donating or throwing away, they are out of the way too.
It's also important to monitor your kids and pets. Both can be annoying for movers, especially if they keep getting in the way while they're moving heavy items. You'll want to leash or crate your pet or put them in a separate room while the movers are there. If you have a young child, keep an eye on them or consider sending them to a friend's for a while.
Show your appreciation to the professional movers by ensuring their job is easier. They can't read your mind, and they aren't familiar with everything you own. By following these three tips, you can ensure they'll have fewer problems when packing and loading your stuff. If you would like more information about how to get ready for professional movers or if you would like a quote, contact a mover in your area today.