Prepare Your Home For Full-Service Movers In 3 Simple Steps

A full-service moving company like Bell Moving & Storage can drastically reduce the time, effort, and stress of an upcoming move. But if you've never worked with a professional team before, your house could be left unprepared on moving day.

Start the moving process out strong by taking the following three steps at least five days before the movers are scheduled to arrive.

1. Declutter

A move offers the perfect opportunity to sort through your belongings and get rid of anything you don't really need or use. If you've handled moves on your own in the past, you may have carried out the decluttering process as you packed.

When you work with full-service movers, however, you won't get a chance to consider each item as it goes into its box, so go through your belongings in advance.

2. Deep Clean

Everyday use can leave certain items unpackable. For example, your moving team won't wash up any dishes left in the sink or put a load of laundry in the dryer. Handle these cleaning tasks ahead of time to ensure that all your possessions are easy to find and ready to be packed. You may want to switch to plastic dinnerware and a limited wardrobe to ensure that these cleaning tasks stay checked off your list.

As you clean your home, clear pathways for the movers to use when carrying items outside. You can also take this opportunity to start performing your final deep cleaning.

3. Designate Special Cases

Though full-service movers can handle most of your possessions, you may want to pack and transport certain items yourself. Start with a box of essentials, like your toothbrush, hair care products, and other toiletries.

Other items you should take care of yourself may include any belongings that you anticipate needing while traveling to your new home or soon after you arrive. You will probably want to keep out personal bed linens, child and/or pet supplies, and any perishable food you plan to take with you. Separate these items and mark them clearly to avoid confusion.

In addition to the steps listed above, keep in contact with your moving company. You'll need to know the specifics of your chosen mover's policies to ensure that you're ready to go when the truck pulls up. For example, some general movers handle appliances, but other companies won't work with gas-fueled appliances. If you have questions about how to best prepare your home, ask in advance so the team can get right to work on moving day.