Come moving day, there are a number of things to keep in mind. We know how hectic this period can be and how easy it is to lose track of important details. A good way to have everything in check is to plan in advance. In order to make the moving day go smoothly, it would also be wise to prepare for the movers. The point of the text that follows is to accentuate principal steps that ought to be taken before the moving company arrives.
Pack your items properly
Considering that you haven’t hired a moving company to pack your belongings, it’s up to you to box everything properly. Although it may seem like a bad investment to get quality boxes, knowing that relocation is a rare occasion, it is actually quite smart to do so. You just need a change of perspective. Think about it this way, the boxes will hold the worth of your possessions. If a box with your pictures and memories gets spoiled or damaged, so too go the items. So, having that the boxes are good, see that you enforce the walls with some tape, and make sure they are shut well.
Don’t forget to label the boxes. It will come in handy when the time of the unpacking arrives. Additionally, you can let the commercial movers NJ, for instance, know what boxes hold fragile goods. By doing so, they will be aware of the packagings that require special attention. Make sure to point out heavier boxes, so that you can warn them. It’s not a necessity but is a considerate act.
Find parking space
This is one of those things that you shouldn’t leave for the last minute. Receiving a call from the movers notifying you that they are on the way, while you have a number of cars parked in front is rather inconvenient. Have a word with your neighbors about those couple of hours that it will take for the moving company to load the truck. Note that a moving vehicle needs more space than a car.
In order to prepare for the movers, one ought to prepare the house
Current weather largely affects this point, but sunshine doesn’t mean that your wooden floors are safe. Lay down some old sheets or blankets, so that the floor doesn’t get damaged from shoes and heavy furniture. If it’s raining or snowing, you need to think about the mud and dirt that will inevitably come in the house. It is also a good safety measure. A piece of cloth will keep the movers and yourself from slipping, potentially when carrying something rather bulky. If your doorstep or walkways are covered with ice, use some salt to reduce the slipperiness. To prepare for the movers, see that a clear path to the van is established before they arrive. You don’t want to risk them tripping over a kid’s bike while transporting your piano. Same goes for the house. It would be smart to keep the boxes in the corners so that people can move freely and with ease.
Empty what can be emptied
Don’t leave your trash bin full. Empty it on the morning of the moving day. However, you will surely find some trash laying around as the movers are doing their job. Write DO NOT PACK on the trash can, so that you can always have it at hand. Don’t forget the dishwasher. We know it sounds obvious, but it’s a common theme. It’s one of those things that people lose track of more often than not.
Have a measuring tape prepared
All of the furniture needs to pass through your front door. It includes refrigerator, plasma tv, and the aquarium. It usually goes without any significant difficulties. However, it is wise to be prepared for certain cases where a particularly big piece of furniture needs to fit through a particularly small door. Measure all the questionable items in order to prepare for the movers. Notify them as soon as you do. They will appreciate the heads up and possibly carry some additional moving equipment required for that specific case.
Pets and offspring
To prepare for Hoboken movers or any other for that matter, you need to prepare your kids as well as your pets. For the former, if they are toddlers or younger, it is smart to leave them with grandparents or your friends. This will keep you focused on the move instead of diapers and baby food. It also affects the safety of both the young ones and the movers. Having kids run around while heavy furniture is up in the air is anything but recommendable. Same goes for the furry friends. You wouldn’t want them to tangle into the movers’ legs or bark at them during this time. If it’s impossible to find someone who could take care of them, consider any kind of container for the time being. You can keep them in one room, and use a gate in the doorway.
Don’t forget to tip and smile
We’ll say it straight out, it is not obligatory to tip your movers. Be that as it may, what better way to show gratitude to efficient and professional movers? Tipping advice varies from person to person. However, many will agree that 5 percent of the total bill is a reasonable amount. There are also some flat fees that go from $20 for a local move, $40 for a long distance move, and up to $100 for the long distance driver. Again, it is not necessary nor expected and it’s perfectly fine to skip it if you don’t have those amounts to spare. Lastly, don’t forget to be nice and polite. A proper way to prepare for the movers includes greeting them with a smile. Accidents and mishaps occur even with the most experienced professionals. A positive attitude and understanding can go a long way in making this experience a pleasant one.