Tell The Movers About These Items Before They Load The Truck
What do your movers need to know before they pick up, carry, and transport your boxes, bins, and bags? Take a look the essential information you should provide on your moving day.
Ideally you would label every fragile item. But if you forget or you don't think the moving company's staff will see every label, point out breakables.
Separate groups provide an easy way to highlight fragile items. Place boxes of stemware, china, vases, artwork, or anything else breakable in one single space. Keep these items away from anything that isn't fragile. Label the entire room or walk the movers through the area.
Items to Unload First
Do you need your child's toys, bedroom basics, or toiletries immediately after you reach your new home? Alert the moving contractor and point out these items before they load the truck. The movers may need to change their packing plans or move some items to the back of their vehicle.
Will everything go in the moving truck? If not, you need to let the moving company staff or contractors know ahead of time. Sensitive documents, bank information, credit cards, jewelry, valuables, and other similar items should travel with you during the move. Like fragile items, keep anything you plan to take along with you separate. Make sure the moving contractor knows not to touch or pack these items.
Items for Storage
Did you already rent a storage unit or container? A downsized move means you can't bring everything with you. If you won't take every piece of furniture, all your boxes, or some of your bins, let the moving company staff know which items will go to your self-storage unit. They may need to load these items in last or put them in a separate truck to move to your new off-site location.
Even though an off-site rental unit offers an easy way to store unused or seldom-used items, some of your belongings may need to go into the donation pile. If you won't use the item again, know you don't have space for it, or have no plans to rent a storage unit, donation is a solution with a purpose. Not only will donation help you to de-clutter before your move, but it's also a way to help someone else.
Group to-be-donated items together and label boxes, bins, or bags. Some charities pick up donation items. If yours doesn't, ask the moving company's staff if they can transport large to-donate items to your charity of choice. While you may need to pay an added fee, this convenient option can save time and energy.