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Things to Do Before the Professionals Packers and Movers Arrive

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Whether you're moving a large household across the country or a small condominium across town, packing and relocating is a massive undertaking. If you're short on time, it is a big job, or you simply don't like packing, hiring a professional to take on this job can be a lifesaver. However, just because the professionals are handling the bulk of the job doesn't mean you don't need to prepare as well.

Here are a few tips to help you prepare for the packing company, which will make their job and your life much easier.

Prepare Your Appliances

If you're planning to bring along your appliances, prepare them before the packing and moving company arrives. This will speed up the process and ensure that your appliances aren't damaged. Here are a few tips to help you expertly prepare your appliances:
  • Refrigerator. Remove all the items from the refrigerator and toss them or place them into coolers. Unplug the refrigerator and wipe down the shelves with a cloth and soapy water. Leave the door open and allow the inside to dry out.
  • Washer and dryer. Shut off the water to your home. Unplug the washer and dryer and pull them carefully away from the wall. Disconnect the washer's drain hose from the wall, and leave them attached to the washer.
  • Dishwasher. Shut off the water, unplug the unit, and remove the contents of the dishwasher. Wipe down the interior with a cloth and soapy water. Allow the inside to dry before carefully pulling the unit from under your shelf.
Now that your appliances are prepped, all you need to do is leave them alone, and the packing and moving company will protect them and get the items on the moving truck.

Eliminate Hazardous Items

Professional packers will expertly wrap, pack, and protect all your items. However, they won’t handle some household items. Eliminating these will allow the professionals to concentrate on their task.

Typically, a professional packing company will not handle any plants or items that are perishable or hazardous. Remove all the food from your refrigerator and pantry, and properly dispose of any flammable or corrosive cleaners and liquids. You can decide whether to prepare your plants for the journey or leave them for the next homeowner.

Create an Inventory

Creating a master list of all your items can help ensure that everything is packed up correctly and that any valuables are not lost or damaged during the move. The easiest method is to take a room-by-room inventory. Write down the contents of all your cabinets, dressers, and closets in each space. Keep this list in a safe place and refer to it when you unpack in your new home.

Snap pictures of anything valuable, such as antiques, jewelry, and electronics. Have items that are very rare or valuable, such as family heirlooms, appraised and insured. Leave the packing and transportation of these items to the professionals.

Create a No-Packing Space

Before the packing and moving company arrives, create a no-packing space in a bedroom or finished basement. Let the packing company know that this space does not need their attention. This is the space where you will allow your children and pets to play while the professionals handle the relocation.

In addition to keeping your pets and children safe, creating a packing-free zone will allow the professionals the space they need to perform their duties in a more efficient manner.

Hiring a professional packing and moving company will take the burden of this laborious chore off your shoulders. If you have any further questions, contact Stuart’s Moving and Storage, Inc.