Preparing to move can be a stressful a time. You’re juggling the closing and moving dates on both your previous residence and the one you’re about to move into, all while living your normal everyday life. Full-service movers, like Harrison’s by Apple Moving, will help make your relocation smooth and stress-free!

Before the big transition happens, there are some steps you can take to help get things ready.

Before the Movers Arrive

Check in with your moving company

Every moving company has a list of items they will not move; be sure to request that list ahead of your time to prevent any further stress and headaches.

Sort, sort, sort

The initial process will begin by going through all your belongings in each room and deciding on whether to donate, sell, or keep items. Get organized while decluttering and purging by downloading an inventory app to keep track of your stuff.

You may also want to consider giving away, to friends or neighbors, perishable food items and any hazardous materials including pesticides, motor oils, propane tanks, and any other flammable items.

Next, you’ll want to box up the items and move everything into one place. Place small, breakable items in sealable bags within the boxes (such as souvenirs and desk items) when you pack to avoid delaying the movers. 

Remember to label every box with as much detail as possible, so the items can be placed in the new space more easily. Also, note any specific care instructions or anything else the movers might need to know.   

PRO TIP: Use storage bins instead of boxes. Storage bins stack and store easily, and will last a lot longer than boxes. They also keep your belongings safe from water damage.

Separate any items or boxes that the movers should not pack or move on to the truck. It’s helpful to designate a specific room in your house and label as a “no-pack/no-entry room.” This room might include personal and private documents, valuables, and items you need in your everyday life (cell phones, computers, chargers, etc).

Moving Blueprint

It would be of value to have a moving route in your house mapped out, at least in your mind, for the movers to follow. Measure both doorways and large items (such as furniture) to ensure an easy exit for all your items.

If you’re looking for a reputable company to help you move, check out Harrison’s by Apple Moving for all your moving needs!

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