If you’ve never used a professional moving company before, you may just feel like you are living in the lap of luxury. Professional movers are trained not only in customer satisfaction, but in moving furniture efficiently, courteously, and carefully. While the movers will gladly disassemble and reassemble items for you, there are many things you can do in advance to prepare for them.
Big dressers, entertainment centers, or other bulky furniture? Take a few minutes before the movers arrive to take off mirrors, glass doors, or other fragile or breakable pieces. No need to pack up your clothing or other items inside since the movers will pad and stretch wrap the drawers and doors— and their contents— closed for you. Bed frames can also be broken down beforehand so they’re ready to load immediately.
Clear the way
You can also prepare by removing any railings that may hinder the smooth movement of furniture up or down stairs. Just be sure not to remove anything that could create a safety hazard. Make sure there is a clear path to and from every room in your home.
Cut the trip short
Try to bring as many of your belongings to one central location in the home. That way the movers can easily grab items and load them onto the truck. This location should be a room on the ground level of the home, or even the garage. This will save time, which in turn will save you money.
Any debris outside can slow the movers, cause injuries and possibly damage your items. Make sure all cars are parked in the street so the movers can pull the truck right up your home or business and get as close as possible to the exit.
Communication is key
It’s imperative you talk with a customer service representative (CSR) to ensure they have your most up-to-date inventory list. If there is an attic, storage shed, or basement, make sure you tell the CSR. Be sure and let them know if you have a particular piece that is overly large or awkward to handle so they can bring any additional tools or straps they might need. Also be sure to share with them any obstacles with parking or spiral staircases. If there are trees or plants you are concerned about, please share with your CSR and the message can be communicated to the driver and mover.
About the author: Arika Ford moving expert for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® / INTERNATIONAL, Inc. the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward!