Moving Made Easy: Four Preparation Tips For Families Using Moving Services

When you think of moving, you probably envision busy days and stressful roadblocks. However, with the right tools and some full-service movers, you can make moving day a breeze. Envision getting into the car and driving to your new home, while the movers whisk away your belongings. When you arrive at your destination, the movers are there and all your items are ready to be unpacked.

Does that sound like moving heaven? If so, follow these four tips below to ensure your moving day is calm and soothing—instead of stressful:

1. Snap Photos

Even if you plan to pack your items yourself, it is a good idea to snap some photos of everything you own. While it is tedious, it will help ensure that you receive all of your items when you unpack. In the event of an accident, you can use the photos to submit a claim for any missing items. Even if you don't get the items back, you will be reimbursed for their cost.

If you don't want to take a million photos, consider using your cell phone or a video camera to snap a video. Just make sure to include your most important belongings, such as antique furniture, in the video.

2. Clean and Prepare Your Home

Before the movers are scheduled to arrive, take some time to clean your home. Move large and bulky items out of the way. Dust, mop, and sweep the floors. Disassemble furniture that will not fit through hallways or doorways. Move rugs or other potential hazards out of the way, so the movers will not slip and fall.

In addition, you should gather all items that the movers will be packing or loading into a single room—the living room is usually a good spot. Although this isn't fun, it will help to ensure the movers only grab or pack what you intend them to.

3. Pack Important Items Yourself

If you plan to have the movers pack for you, consider packing important or valuable items yourself. Jewelry, family photos, financial paperwork, heirlooms, and small tech gadgets can all be packed yourself in just a few hours. Pack these items into a box or suitcase and take them with you on your trip instead of leaving them with the movers. It will give you peace of mind knowing that your most treasured items are safe with you.

4. Prepare Appliances

If you will be taking appliances with you on your trip, make sure they are prepared for the movers. Most appliances will need to be cleaned and unplugged. Other appliances, such as the refrigerator, should be cleaned and defrosted for at least 24-hours before the movers arrive. You should also disconnect any gas or water pipes that lead to your appliances, such as the washer or dryer.

Preparing for the movers may be a little time-consuming, but taking the extra time will ensure your trip goes smoothly. Use these four tips as a starting point, and if you have any questions, contact a moving company like Bekins Van Lines Inc to learn more about easing the moving process.