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Things to do before movers arrive

Life in Massachusetts - June 13, 2019

After much trouble, plenty of planning and about a million things you had to get ready, your moving day is finally here! Congratulations – you are one step away from finally having this stage of your life over with. But you have to hold on just a bit longer, as you are nowhere near done. There are plenty of things to prepare before movers arrive at your doorstep, and all of them will take some time. Take it from experienced Massachusetts professionals as we speak with experience when we say that you should have everything ready by the time your residential junk removal specialists arrive. The last thing you need is any further delays because you didn’t do your part.

Familiarize yourself with the rules

Did you know that there are many items your movers can’t and won’t move? If you didn’t, then you are in for a rude awakening on your moving day. To avoid an uncomfortable situation and a huge headache, familiarize yourself with the movers’ rights and obligations. In case you own some items which are on the prohibited list, remember to come up with a different way to transport them. That is if you don’t want to throw them away, of course. Which, coincidentally or not, brings us to another point of order.

A woman working on her laptop, researching what to do before movers arrive.
Sit down and do some research – that’s the easy part of every move!

Before movers arrive, you must purge your home

There is no way you haven’t heard of the unwritten rule that states that a deep purge of your items is necessary before moving. This isn’t done just because you need a fresh start. It’s done so that you would cut the cost of your move and have a nicer, more organized home. But what you may not have known is that the purge should be done the night before the move. If you hired movers Amherst MA, it’s just an additional reason not to leave this task for the last moment. Your movers should come and carry out their job uninterrupted – not wait for you to decide whether to keep or throw your old cheerleading uniform.

Make an inventory of your belongings

The first thing you should know is that your movers will, without an exception, make an inventory list of their own. But those are their records, and you need to make your own. Since making an inventory list is a rather lengthy process, it’s obvious you’ll have to finish it the night before. That should give you enough time to handle any smaller details that will come up on the morning of your move.

A notepad.
Arm yourself with pen and paper and start writing down the things you plan to move before the movers arrive.

Go room by room and write down all the things you will entrust your movers with. And yes, we do mean all of them. To make the list complete, you should also write down in which condition you are giving them to the movers. If you want to go one step further to ensure you have bulletproof evidence in case you should need it, take your camera and start snapping photos. This way, no one will be able to deny you really gave over that antique vase without the crack that now exists on its surface.

Prepare a bag with your essential items before the movers arrive

What do you think will be the first thing you will want to do as soon as you arrive at your new home? Do you think you’ll want to start unpacking right away? Or do you see yourself getting a quick bite, brushing your teeth, and calling it a day? In case you belong to the second category, just like 90% of the population, you’ll want to have a moving essentials bag at hand. It will save you from having to dig through dozens of moving boxes just to find your toothbrush. Before movers arrive, pack the following items in a bag and keep it next to you during the move:

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Basic hygiene products, such as a soap
  • A clean change of clothes
  • Clean sheets
  • A towel 

Grab what you need when you need it and voila – you’ll be in your bed soon enough. Enjoy your nap! After the residential move you’ve just had, you earned it!

A brown bag next to a white chair.
A moving essentials bag will make a world of difference that first night in your new home.

Label your moving boxes on the morning of your move

It goes without saying that, by now, you should have already packed your bags. Well, not just your bags, but all of the furniture, as that’s the main point of order when making a relocation plan. But, what you probably forgot to do and what you really should do before your movers arrive is label those same boxes. Otherwise, you’ll lose track of what’s inside the boxes, which will lead to a disorganized mess upon the arrival. Even if you don’t forget to label them, it will be too late to do it once the movers arrive. That will just cause unnecessary delays and prolong your move.

Have your last walkthrough around the house

Walking through your home one last time before saying your goodbyes is not supposed to help you deal with your feelings. Although, it will help with nostalgia that’s about to ensue. You should have one last glance around your home on the morning of your move. This way, you’ll be able to check whether you forgot to do anything. Did you forget to pack that bottom-left drawer? Maybe you didn’t unplug all of the appliances you are leaving behind? Or you left the heater on?

Whatever it is, deal with it before movers arrive. That’s the whole point of you walking through your home and checking the state of things. And, of course, it will be nice to reminisce about all those wonderful memories you had, as well as think about all the beautiful things that are yet to come. Accept it – that’s just the way life goes.

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