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How to Prepare for Movers Before They Arrive

How to Prepare for Movers Moving is a big event and there are a lot of steps to take to prepare for it. Hiring professional movers is a huge help in making everything go as smoothly as possible and to take a lot of the stress off you.

To help out your movers, there are a few things you can do to streamline the process so they can get right down to work. The steps are simple but will have a big impact on moving day.

How to prepare for  Movers: Preparing Your Home for Movers


One of the very first and most important steps to prepare for a move is to declutter. If you plan on hiring professional packers, go through all your stuff first and get rid of anything you don’t want to bring with you to the new place. This will save both time and boxes once your packers start packing up your home.

It’s also important to declutter larger pieces, such as furniture. If there is anything you don’t want or need for the new home, get rid of it before moving day so your movers will have less to put on the truck.

Click here for tips on how to simplify the decluttering process for moving.

Label and inventory

If you are packing up your own home, include the quick extra step of labeling each box and inventorying your items. Both these steps will make the moving-in process much more efficient. Movers will be able to quickly identify where a box goes to streamline things and you will have an easier time unpacking everything because you’ll know what is in each box without having to open it first. You’ll also be able to quickly figure out whether any boxes or items are missing after the move.

Click here for the easy step-by-step process of inventorying your items for a move.

Leave out prohibited items

Due to safety concerns and legal regulations, there are certain things movers are unable to move for you. This includes things such as:

  • Toxic or hazardous materials
  • Flammable items
  • Living things (such as pets or plants)
  • Food

We also don’t recommend having movers move high-value or sentimental items, such as jewelry, antiques, and personal documents. You’re better off moving those in your own vehicle. Be sure not to include your essentials boxes or overnight bags on the moving truck, either. You’ll want easy access to those since they contain important items you’ll want right away.

Click here for a more comprehensive list of what movers can’t move.

Clear pathways

Once the move begins, movers will need to be able to move freely and efficiently throughout your home to make the process go as quickly as possible. Before moving day, clear all pathways and traffic areas so they will be ready to go. This could mean getting rid of baby gates, fixing doors that get stuck or don’t stay open wide enough, rolling up rugs that could be tripped on, and generally clearing anything out of the way that could impede movement.

Keep pets safe

It’s important to put a plan together for your pets that will keep them safe and occupied on moving day. Some people opt to have their pets stay with family or friends, but if you want to keep them with you on moving day, it’s best to designate a room in the home for them that they can stay in while the movers do their thing. Include food, water, bedding, and toys so they will feel safe and comfortable. Also, have their leashes handy so you can move them when necessary without worrying about them running out the door.

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