7 Tips for Preparing for the Movers on Move Day

You’ve received your three in-home estimates. You’ve donated your unwanted goods. You’ve made an informed decision and chosen the right mover for you. You’ve verified your move dates. You’re ready for your move. Is there anything more that you need to do?

These 7 tips will help ensure that you are prepared for a great move.


Are you going to go with the Carrier Standard? Or are you going to choose Full Value Protection? And if you choose Full Value Protection, which deductible are you going to choose? You’ll want to make an informed decision, so choose before the movers arrive. And if you have questions, call your moving company for clarification. Your original move consultant, sales representative, or move coordinator can help.

High Value Inventory Form

The High Value Inventory form is additional protection for you and your belongings and helps the movers know which items have extraordinary or unusually high value. Each mover is different, so make sure that you talk with your move consultant to know what information needs to be included. It’s better to complete this form before the movers arrive so you have time to carefully and accurately fill out the form.

Secure Jewelry, Financial Files, and Other Items of Importance

There are some items that you should move on your own. Before your movers arrive you should move these items into your car or into a room or closet that is clearly marked as “do not pack/move.” You do not want the movers to accidentally pack these items.

Apartment Moves

Your estimator will have a good idea of how long your move will take. It’s important that you reserve the elevator for that time range. Don’t delay on this step, as others in your building may be moving in or out on the same day.

Urban Moves

As city dwellers know, street parking is usually at a premium. This is especially true when moving in Washington, D.C. with larger straight trucks and tractor trailers. Movers are never going to happen upon an empty parking space in just the right spot, at just the right time. It’s the customer’s responsibility to obtain and post the proper parking permits and the proper times. Your mover can direct you on how to obtain these permits and documents.

Refrigerators and Freezers

If you are moving these major appliances, allow at least 48 hours ahead of your move to clean and thaw your freezer and refrigerator. This saves potential trouble down the road from mold and mildew.

Clear Walkways and Driveways

From children’s toys to snow and leaves, the walkways and driveways need to be cleared before the movers arrive. This is for the safety of the movers and your belongings; it makes for an easier move when there is a clear path.

If this all seems like a lot to manage right now as you’re reading, imagine making these decisions on move day. You’ve already spent the time choosing the right mover, so prepare for their arrival and then you can sit back and relax as they do their work.

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