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4 Things To Do In The 24 Hours Before The Residential Moving Contractor Arrives

by Ava Sanders

How can you prepare for your scheduled residential moving company appointment? You have a move date and the contractor has you on their schedule. Now what? Take a look at the four things to do in the 24 hours before the movers arrive.

Walk Through Your Home

Did you leave a few towels in the linen closet? Is there still food in the fridge? Make sure your old home is in move-out condition before the residential moving company contractors arrive. A pre-move walk-through helps you to find hidden items that could post a post-move problem. Leftover food could grow mold or you could end up with extra expenses from belongings that you leave behind.

Missed items may also make it harder for the movers to do their job safely. Pots and pans that you stored in the oven could spill out during the move, perishables left in the refrigerator aren't allowed in the moving truck, and clothing/shoes left in dresser drawers could make the furniture heavier than expected.

Call or Text the Mover

You have an appointment time. There is an assumption that the mover will show up at the exact appointed time. But this may not always happen. Bad weather, a sudden scheduling change, or any number of other issues could push your move time back or up. It's also possible that a miscommunication could result in a mismatch between the expected and the actual moving times. A quick call or a text the evening before or the morning of your move can verify the contractor's arrival.

Call or Text Friends and Family

Did you plan to have a few friends or family members at your move to help? Whether they will organize boxes, help you to disassemble furniture, bring over take-out for lunch, watch your children, watch your pets, or help out in any other way, you need to know who is coming over and when. Put together a move-day contact list and keep in touch with your friends/family helpers.

Pack A Move-Day Essentials Bag

Everything you own is now in cardboard boxes, plastic bins, or bags. That is, except for a few essential items. Keep medications you take daily, pain relievers (for mid-move aches and pains), important documents (such as your new lease or your passport), a change of clothes, basic toiletries, a towel, and a few snacks out. Pack these in a moving essentials bag. Instead of loading this bag on the moving truck, bring your essentials with you in your car or other vehicle. 

For more information, contact a residential moving company near you.