Once you’ve settled on the right company for your move, the last thing you want is to add to the stress of the day by getting in their way or not giving them the right information.
In order for things to go smoothly, there are guidelines for dealing with your moving company that you should stick to. This will help with getting the most from movers on the day.
Stay out of their way
It’s natural to want to watch the process, they’re handling all your worldly possessions after all, but make sure you don’t get in the way. Professional movers do this every day, so they’re well practised when it comes to packing a truck and knowing how to lift heavy objects.
Make sure you’re properly packed and ready
Be ready to go on the day, as early as possible. Everything must be packed, wrapped and taped closed. The movers will decide in which order to pack but they can’t wait around while to finish packing and labelling.
Label boxes clearly and correctly
Anything fragile or breakable, in particular, needs to be clearly marked. Buy some fragile and this-way-up stickers. It also helps to write the contents on the box. This helps the movers on the day but also helps you when it comes to unpacking.
Let them know about any access issues beforehand
If you’re on the second floor with no lift or if the gate into your front garden is narrow, you need to let them know about this beforehand. This will also make the moving quote more accurate. If you’re concerned about access, you can request a site visit beforehand.
Don’t over pack big boxes with heavy objects
Big boxes should be used for soft furnishing, clothes or lighter objects such as lampshades. Filling a really big box with heavy items, such as books, will make it impossible to lift. Repacking boxes on moving day is no one’s idea of fun.
Make sure your wardrobes and chest of drawers are empty
Double-check any wardrobes, chest of drawers or desk drawers to make sure they are completely empty. The movers don’t want to discover a random item they then have to find space for and look after while in transit.
Stick around until their done loading or offloading
Don’t disappear while they are loaded or offloading, even if there is an important errand you need to run. Either send someone else or do it later. The movers will undoubtedly have questions and you need to be there to answer them.
Make sure pets and children aren’t underfoot
Tripping over a pet or child while carrying heavy furniture is a sure way for accidents to happen. Moving is stressful enough, you don’t want to add a trip to the emergency room to the mix. Make sure that animals are closed in a room with food and water, and tell your kids to occupy themselves elsewhere.
Clearly separate things that they don’t need to take
Make sure they can’t accidentally load items that either aren’t going and you’re taking in your own car. It’s an unnecessary delay for them to have to unload things they just loaded. Put anything they mustn’t take in a separate area or room and make they know those things aren’t to be packed.
Move your valuables yourself
The movers don’t need the extra worry of transporting valuable items. Take any expensive jewellery, money, passports and even prescription medication with you in your car. Also, consider taking items with sentimental value with you, such as photo albums.
Offer drinks and snacks
At minimum, you should offer fresh, cold water especially if it’s a hot day. And it’s just a nice and kind gesture to also offer some cool drinks and a few snacks. You don’t have to go overboard, even a pitcher of Oros will go down well.
Moving stuff to self-storage
Even if you’re packing up items to put in storage, instead of transport to a new house, the same guidelines still apply. You’ll also need to accompany the moving company to the self-storage facility otherwise they might not be allowed onto the premises, even if they have the key.
At XtraSpace, we offer affordable, secure self-storage units in a wide range of sizes. They’re ideal for storing items you don’t use all the time, and items you’re preparing to give away or sell. Contact us for more information or browse to find a branch near you.