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The Top Ways To Prep Before The Residential Movers Arrive

How should you prepare for your next move? Before the residential movers arrive, take a look at the questions to ask.

Did You Hire the Right Movers for the Job?

Do you have items that require a special care? Whether you have a piano, glass furniture, or an over-sized appliance, you need home movers that can handle the job. Before you hire a contractor, ask if they provide all the residential moving services you require.

Did You Schedule the Move Ahead of Time?

If you wait until the last minute, you may not get the move-out/move-in date you need. Contact the moving company as soon as you know your move date. The farther ahead of time you schedule, the better. Verify the date with the movers at least a week ahead of time. This can help you to avoid moving date mishaps or confusion.

Did You Create a Moving Inventory?

What's a moving inventory? Simply stated, an inventory is a list. The inventory should include everything you plan to move. Categorize the items by type of belonging, room, season, or another similar theme. You can handwrite the inventory as a list, create a spreadsheet on your computer, or use an app.

Did You Buy the Right Packing Materials?

Now that you've hired a moving company and have a date set, it's time to prepare your home. Before you can pack your belongings, you need the right materials. These vary based on your individual need but may include cardboard boxes, wardrobe boxes, plastic bins, packing tape, bubble wrap, newsprint, or moving quilts.

Do You Have Enough Labels?

Along with boxes, bins, tape, and everything else you'll need for your move, you also need plenty of labels. Without labels, the home movers won't know where each box or bin belongs. Not only will labels help the movers to put the right items in the right room, but stickers or other similar markers will also identify breakables and assist you to inventory your belongings.

Did You Do Enough to Protect Breakables?

How can you protect fragile items during the move? While the moving contractor will do everything possible to keep your breakables safe, you still need to wrap and pack each item with care. Use bubble wrap, towels, or quilts to cover fragile home accents, art, or similar belongings. Place the item into a box and add extra cushioning around the sides and top. This prevents slippage during the move.