If you have hired professional movers for your moving day in North Carolina, you have made the right choice. Whether you live in a one-bedroom upstairs apartment or own a sprawling ranch style home, having the pros on board to help makes a huge difference. You will find that the pros enable you to avoid some of the stress associated with a move. They also help you avoid injury and exhaustion.
However, you still need to prepare for your moving day. Even if the professional movers will pack your belongings, there are some things you can do to make the process go smoothly. Below, we list some helpful tips for preparing for your Durham move.
Purge Unwanted and Unnecessary Items
One of the first things you should do when deciding to move is to purge your home of extra junk. Doing so before moving day greatly affects your bottom line, the amount you will pay for packing, shipping and labor. You can even host a yard sale or list your unneeded items online to make some extra cash.
Obtain a List of Items You Cannot Move
You should not wait until moving day to learn what your professional movers cannot pack or ship. There are actually a variety of prohibited items for each state and moving company. You will either need to transport these items yourself or get rid of them before leaving your old Durham home.
Common items prohibited for shipping include:
- Aerosol cans
- Cleaning agents
- Fire extinguishers
- Nail polish
- Pool chemicals
- Propane tanks
- Perishable foods
Inventory Your Belongings
It is important to know what your professional movers are packing on moving day, particularly since the process goes so quickly. With a detailed inventory, it is easier to keep organized. It is also easier to gain compensation from your insurance company or the movers if something breaks or goes missing. As part of your inventory, take photos of expensive items. Also write down the brand name and serial number.
Clean and Prepare for the Movers’ Arrival
When the professional movers arrive, your moving day officially begins. They work quickly and effectively as a team. They will pack everything you own in as-is condition. This means you should have things clean and ready to go before their arrival.
This preparation typically includes:
- Cleaning and unplugging appliances
- Removing batteries from electronics
- Draining fluids out of the lawn mower and other fuel-powered equipment
- Removing linens from beds
- Pre-packing small items you want packed together
- Setting aside items you do not want packed
Make Arrangements for Pets and Children
Trying to corral your pets as the movers come and go can feel like a nightmare. If necessary, make kennel or pet daycare arrangements for your furry friends. If you have young children, they also need somewhere to go or activities to occupy them. This is a lot for one person to handle alone. Have someone help you with your pets and children on your moving day, so you can fully manage the moving process.
Have Your Bags Packed and Ready to Go
Before the movers start packing on moving day, you need to have your travel suitcases packed and set aside, such as in your vehicle. Otherwise, you risk losing track of items you need during your relocation.
Be sure to include your toiletries like soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, contact lens solution and makeup. These are the first things you will need at your new home, even as part of a local move. Not knowing where your toothbrushes are in the mass of boxes can be a hassle on the first morning in your new home.
Your North Carolina Professional Movers Make Moving Day Easier
Branch Out Moving & Delivery has over 20 years’ experience helping Durham residents relocate. Whether you are moving locally, within North Carolina or across the country, we provide the services you need. These services include:
- Residential moving
- Commercial moving
- Local moves
- Long-distance moves
- Storage move-out
To prepare for your Durham moving day and make the whole process easier, call our professional movers for a free quote and scheduling at 919-888-0090.