How to Prep Your Home Before the Movers Arrive

by Ryan Yates

home moversThe movers are paid to do your dirty work for you. But it’s not enough to simply fling open your doors and expect them to do the rest. You have to prep your home to make sure that they do everything right. Today we’re going to show you what you need to do to get your home in order.

Sort Your Belongings

Movers are paid to put the boxes and the big ticket items in the back of the truck. They’re not paid to sort everything into boxes for you. This is a process you have to go through by yourself. To make it easier for movers, label each box with a colored sticker to show which room the item comes from. You should take time to label any boxes with fragile items in them also. Remember, movers won’t look through the box in an attempt to determine what is inside.

Non-Slip Floor Covering

Put down an old roll of carpet on the main hallway and on the porch in order to make it safer for the movers to work. This won’t be a problem if the weather conditions are fine. But if it rains, the last thing you want is for a mover to slip and possibly damage your belongings. You may suggest that some movers work inside and some work outside to reduce disruption and mess.

Remove Distractions

There’s nothing more irritating than a family pet or child getting in the way of the moving process. Do them a favor by keeping little distractions like this out of the way. Distractions not only mean more work for them, but it also means that they’re at greater risk of damaging your items. No professional can account for an errant cat or child getting in the way.

Take Photos and Videos

Always take photos and videos of your home and belongings before you pack it away. This will enable you to make a claim later on if the movers in question are responsible for any damages. No moving company or insurance organization will pay out unless you can prove that the item was fine before the movers arrived. It may seem paranoid, but it can save you a lot of financial headaches should something go wrong.

Move What You Can

Rather than leaving boxes hanging around the house, try to position them to make the process as fast and as efficient as possible. The less time it takes for movers to complete the job, the better it is for you because you’ll have to pay them less. Most movers work by the hour, so the quicker you get through the process the better.

Parting Advice

Preparing for professional movers is a time-consuming process and requires a lot of work. Nevertheless, by providing a safe work environment designed for efficiency, you’ll spend less and reduce the risk of something going wrong. The vast majority of accidents can be prevented by you. Just make sure you don’t leave your preparations to the last possible minute.

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Sandy Smith April 18, 2016 at

Instead of talking about what an awesome negotiator I am (which in fact is true), I’m going to share a negotiating failure and how I probably definitely went too far!

First, some negotiating basics:

Rule number one:
Know the value of an item before you begin the negotiation.
Rule number two:
Everything is not negotiable.
Rule number three:
Consider the context.

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