Besides choosing an appropriate new home, making an efficient moving budget, getting several estimates and hiring the best cross-country movers for your case, there is something else you can do to give considerable momentum to your own moving adventure – prepare well before the movers arrive. Even if you have booked a full-service move, there are a number of things you can do to speed up the moving procedures and minimize the risk of damages, problems, and setbacks. Read on and take notes.
Get rid of the unnecessary
Before starting with the packing, sorting out your belongings will help you greatly in simplifying the entire process. Sell or donate all the items you will no longer need in your new surroundings. This will save the time required for packing and the money for shipping those items.
Create an inventory
Create a detailed inventory of all the items you are about to move. It will be very useful when organizing your stuff and will serve as proof of the contents of your household shipment should something go missing or get damaged. It is a good idea to list the serial numbers of all of your electronics and appliances, as well as their brands and types. Also, don’t skip the labeling. Put labels, color-codes, and specific instructions to every item or pre-packed box or anything else you want to be handled with special care or to find its rightful place immediately.
Know what cannot be moved
It is very important to request a list of all the items that your movers will not ship for you and make the necessary arrangements:
- Find specialty movers or plan to move your pets and/or plants yourself as they cannot be loaded on the moving truck.
- Use up or give away to friends and neighbors any perishable food and hazardous materials you may have (motor oils, antifreeze, paint, charcoal, propane tanks, fertilizers, pesticides, chemicals, car batteries, cleaning supplies and other flammable, explosive or corrosive items).
Secure personal data
Make sure neither the movers nor anyone else has access to your personal information. Keep credit cards and bank information securely locked, protect your computer with a password, shred any old documents and do whatever is necessary to protect your privacy and prevent identity theft.
Choose an appropriate valuation protection plan and buy additional insurance if necessary (it’s highly recommendable in case you intend to move items of great monetary or sentimental value). Make sure you know all your options and understand all the differences and specific conditions of the different types of liability protection offered by your chosen movers.
As an addition to the previous step, it would be extremely helpful if you take lots of pictures before the movers arrive. They will not only be a proof of the good condition of your household items and your property but will also help you remember your old place well and arrange your new one in the same way if you want to.
The large appliances
If you are planning on transporting refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines or dryers, you’ll want to check with your moving company first. Some movers will require that your large appliances be prepped for the move by certified technicians.
Plan an appropriate escape route out of your home – measure the doors and see if your larger furniture will fit through them and along narrow corridors, sharp turns, and steep staircases. When you have found the easiest way to take your stuff out, make sure the path is clear of any obstacles and as safe as possible. You can even disassemble bulky furniture pieces that may cause a problem (keep the detached parts and the small hardware elements together with the piece they belong to) and wrap them in blankets or plastic wrap for extra protection. If you are not up to the task, at least you will be able to direct your movers as to what pieces should be dismantled beforehand and how to squeeze them out as easy as possible.
So, what does it all comes down to? Prepare your household items, prepare your home but also don’t forget to prepare your mind for an exciting and beneficial moving adventure, too.
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