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19 Things You Should Do With Your New Home Before The Movers Arrive

Published by Chris Townsend

19 Things You Should Do With Your New Home Before The Movers Arrive

Many of you have either heard or read about cases of seamless relocations that went without a hitch as well as those of stressful moves. When moving smoothly, you should start arranging your belongings ahead of time and be aware of all factors that are important for any relocation. If you plan ahead of time, you can make the moving process much smoother.

Even if you have hired full-service professional packers and movers, there are certain things you can do to expedite the moving process and reduce the danger of unanticipated damages and complications. You will save a lot of time on the last day of moving if you can complete various preparations on your own.

We have compiled some things you should do before your movers arrive on Moving Day. They are listed below:

  1. Maintain an optimistic attitude.
  • A polite remark to the folks who work for you and a grin on your face will ensure a smooth-sailing, enjoyable, and productive transaction. Your optimism will also assist you in identifying solutions to unanticipated mistakes. Furthermore, positivism goes a long way toward keeping you sane amid the anticipated strain and stress of relocations.
  1. Remove everything that you don't want.
  • Investigate everything and clean up the mess in your home. Donate, sell, or throw away anything you haven't used in a long time or don't need. Getting rid of unnecessary items will save you a lot of time and energy that you might otherwise spend packing and delivering them.
Make sure everything is well cleaned
  1. Make sure everything is well organized, cleaned, and settled.
  • All items need to be unused and in good condition when they are packed. You don't want to unload broken, soiled, or filthy equipment in your new house. Unplug and thoroughly clean any electric tools. Remove batteries from gadgets before loading them into a moving truck, even if they are stored in cabinets or table drawers. Drain the gasoline from any fuel-powered tools you own. Remove all furniture components, including linen, coverings, ornamental objects, and cushions, and box them individually.
  1. Make a list of your immovable possessions.
  • You must make your transportation arrangements. List the goods that your mover will not transport. If you have pets, plants, or both, you should hire a specialized moving company or prepare yourself to transfer them yourself as they cannot be carried on the moving truck. Some objects cannot be moved on a moving truck. So, start thinking about the best alternative sources for transferring such items. You may load them into your car and travel to the new location. Perishable foods and dangerous objects should be given to friends and family or utilized right away.
  1. Make a list of the objects that will be relocated.
  • Keep complete records of any inventory that must be transferred. It will come in handy while arranging your belongings and will act as confirmation of the contents of your household cargo if anything goes missing or is damaged. Make a note of any special information about the inventory that has to be carried. Keeping track of your devices' serial numbers, as well as their brands and types, is a good idea.
  1. Segregate your belongings into different rooms.
  • Pack and carry the items you don't want your movers to carry to the new location yourself. Mark a room or a corner of your home as a "no-entry zone," and keep any valuables, personal papers, valuables, vital electronic accessories, computers, cameras, and anything else you don't want movers to pack and load into the moving truck there. You may even designate another similar place in your home to segregate the items you no longer require in your new home. Some of these items can be sold in a garage sale or given away.
  1. Label all of your boxes and belongings.
  • Attach special labels and instructions to each pre-packed box and all other items that must be handled with care and stored in a certain location. Make sure you identify them and place them in a visible location. Small items should be pre-packed, labeled, and sealed to avoid them getting lost.
Take photos of item
  1. Take photos and videos beforehand.
  • Before the movers arrive, take photos of the condition of your possessions. The photographs will serve as documentation of the condition of your belongings. Furthermore, these photographs will serve as a fantastic source of reminiscence for remembering your former house and similarly arranging the goods.
  1. Prepare an “essentials” package ahead of time.
  • Set aside valuables and necessities that you will carry with you. These include first-aid kits, medication, basic personal care supplies, additional clothing and shoes, food, water, and stuff to keep you entertained on the trip to your new home. Make sure you have additional bags and boxes, packing tape, and bubble wrap on hand in case of a last-minute packing emergency!
  1. Maintain the security of your data.
  • Your personal information should not be shared with the movers or anybody else who is aiding you. Maintain the safety and security of your bank information, credit cards, and other vital documents. Password-protect your PC. Shred any outdated documents and take all the steps necessary to safeguard your privacy and avoid identity theft.
  1. Secure your children and pets.
  • Until the packing and moving process is complete, leave your children and pets with a relative or friend. You can stay focused on the important issues if children are kept away from commotion and stress. It is also a good idea to keep your pets at a reputable shelter and to hire a caregiver to carefully look after your children in a different area of your home where they will not be distracted by the frenetic packing and moving process.
  1. Obtain appropriate relocation insurance.
  • Select an adequate insurance policy. If necessary, don't be afraid to get additional coverage for valuable goods that have both sentimental and monetary worth. There are two insurance options to pick from: the first is free but does not cover all of your goods, and the second is a full coverage insurance plan.
Plan a proper exit route
  1. Assess your front door or entryway.
  • Plan a proper exit route from your house — measure the doors to determine whether your larger furniture would pass through them, as well as down small hallways, abrupt curves, and steep staircases. When transporting goods, the entire path must be clean and free of debris. Use plastic, bubble wrap, or blankets to wrap all of your bulkier objects and furniture. Inform your movers about the size and kind of your front door, corridors, twists, and stairs to make the process of moving your belongings to the truck easier.
  1. Keep an eye on the weather.
  • Preparation and clothing should depend on the weather conditions. Check the weather before you leave. Using coverings to protect your items from getting wet when unloading and moving will save them from becoming wet due to rain.
  1. Check everything you've done twice.
  • After you've finished packing, go over the entire house one last time. Check to make sure you haven't overlooked anything. Go through everything once again.
  1. Make sure you're prepared to tip appropriately.
  • Get some cash ready to tip your movers if you are pleased with their work. Add some extra money in addition to the official fees if you have large possessions to be moved through narrow corridors, quick turns, and steep stairs.
  1. You must be physically present on the day of your move.
  • Have some cash on hand to tip your movers if you are satisfied with their services. If you have huge items that need to be transported via tiny hallways, sharp twists, and steep staircases, add some money on top of the official fees.
  1. Prepare your home for the movers by keeping it in good shape.
  • Wrap the banisters or railings in bubble wrap and treat the steps with an anti-slippery lacquer. The anti-slippery covering will also help to prevent slips and falls when transferring belongings to the moving vehicle. Foam cushioning might help to protect your door frames. Cover the floors and carpets well. You can protect your flooring from filth by using doormats. The most effective way to protect corners and walls is using corner guards and old textiles.
Prepare a suitable amount of food
  1. Set out refreshments and snacks.
  • You will not have the time or energy to prepare and cook food for yourself and your family. Prepare a suitable amount of food for your family, more if you have kids and other people coming over to help. Help reenergize your movers to ensure an effective and quick task by providing bottled water and snacks to the moving staff, and designating a restroom for them to use.


  • Please give us a call at (888) 202-0036 if you need assistance with your move, especially pre-relocation preparations. Any relocation services you may require can be handled by us.

Chris Townsend is a moving professional and relocation expert that has more than 10 years of experience in the moving industry. With a background that includes working in virtually every aspect of the company, he has distinguished himself as an integral part of our operations with expertise in all things related to moving. Chris has a keen eye for detail and brings intelligence and passion to every project he’s involved with.

While getting his degree in communications from Santa Clara University, Chris started out with the company working in the field as part of our team of professional moving associates. Following graduation, he was promoted to our main office, where he has thrived in a role that involves increasing responsibility and requires him to wear many different hats. Some days, you may find him answering the phone and providing moving estimates, others he may be writing for our moving blog, and another day he may be coordinating a large corporate moving job or helping us with our marketing efforts. Chris has authored many of our in-depth moving guides, as well as provided our clients with information and advice to handle the complexities of their upcoming moving plans. Simply put, there’s nothing he can’t do and we wouldn’t be where we are today without him.

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