A lot of full-service moving companies utilize the option of hiring professional packing services. Hiring professionals to pack all of your items can help you remain organized during your move and completely covered by insurance. Some things need to be done prior to the arrival of the packing professionals. You can expect that they will come a day or two before the big move is scheduled, and they will also come the day of.
How can I help packing professionals?
Packing professionals are trained individuals that come into your home and get your belongings ready for the moving company. These professionals pack and organize your belongings for easier transport, as well as pay special attention to packing fragile items. Hiring packing professionals can be done independently or in conjunction with a full-service moving company. There are things that you can do to make the process go a little more smoothly.
Clean and Organize
Professional movers want to pack clean items. They don’t want to pack dirty dishes or dirty laundry into boxes for moving. Before the professional packers come, make sure that everything is clean and tidy, ready for being put into a box.
This is also a good time to separate out the things that you will need the morning of the move. Things like medication, toiletries, clothing, and shoes should be put in a specified place that is labeled clearly for them not to pack. If there are enough last-minute packing pieces, the packing professional will also come in the morning to finish the packing process with those things you needed the night before the move.
Chances are, you accumulated a lot of items over the years. Some of these things may not have any purpose other than to take up space. Before the packing professionals and movers come is a perfect time to get rid of these things that don’t need to be moved. Popular ways to get rid of these items is by having a sale or donating them to your local charity.
One way you can help your packing professionals is by labeling the rooms they are packing. This will help them mark the boxes and help the movers put the boxes in the right location. If there are items that will be in a new location in the new home, you can label those accordingly so that they are moved into the room in which they belong. Doing this will become important for larger items that require being put back together.
Mark Fragile and Expensive Items
Packing professionals and moving specialists have experience handling expensive and fragile items. Knowing which items among your belongings have extreme value or are fragile will help them label and pack them as such.
Make Your Expectations Clear
You hired these packing professionals and moving specialists. If you have expectations on how you want specific items moved or packaged, tell them. Let them know that you are there if they have any questions about how you want something packed or if there is a label missing. Getting clarification early on can help thwart disappointment later on.
Refreshments and Snacks
Providing refreshments and snacks is not so much a requirement as a courteous gesture. Everyone likes snacks. You don’t have to offer a four-course meal, but some chips and some bottled water or lemonade could change the atmosphere of a room real quick. The packing professionals and moving specialists are going to be spending a good portion of the day moving your items and packing or unpacking them. They are providing you with a service, and it is just nice to make sure that you are giving them a little something to let them know you appreciate the hard work.
How can I help the moving specialists?
A lot like the packing professionals, being present for the movers is key to getting your items moved and put in their correct locations. Even though the packing professionals should label all the boxes, it doesn’t mean that the moving specialists were there for all the conversations. Keep in mind that the moving specialists often show up after the packing professionals, so they may not be up-to-date on any special instructions you may have had.
Label the New Home
Just like you labeled for the packing professionals, you can label the new home for the moving specialists. By labeling the rooms of the new home, they will be able to put the boxes and furniture they move in the right place the first time. Labeling like this also helps make a move go more efficiently. When there is little to go guesswork about where boxes go, the moving specialists can simply take them from the truck to their destination.
If you are moving locally, make sure that you are traveling back and forth between the new home and the old home as the moving specialists travel. Just because you hired them to do the heavy lifting doesn’t mean that they won’t have questions for you. Just because you put a post-it on the floor that says “couch” doesn’t mean that your initial idea will work. The moving specialists may get the couch into the room you chose, but it won’t fit where you wanted it. They will need you there to help direct them on how to proceed.
You may be on the fence about whether you want to hire professionals to pack your belongings or even move them. You may feel like you can save a buck and do it yourself. I urge you to reconsider and at least get some quotes for professionals to do the job for you. If you have never moved an entire home on your own, you may not know what it takes to get the job done.
Three Men and a Truck know how hard and stressful moving can be. Our packing professionals and moving specialists have experience in handling all the specific needs you may have when moving. Nothing is done without your knowledge, and you are an integral part of the process. We offer free, no-obligation quotes that can save you time and money.