The big day is almost here! You’ve hired a trusted NYC moving company, arranged the details of your new home, and signed the papers, but what can you do to prepare for the movers who will be arriving to transport your belongings from your old home to your new one? This is a question we hear a lot, so we’ve put together some tips to help you in your preparations.
As with everything in life, thinking ahead and preparing well will smooth your path in the future, and it’s certainly no different on moving day.
Clean and Organize
Your entire move will go much more smoothly if you have cleaned and organized your home ahead of time. If you have hired professional packers, make sure that like items are together. They won’t know that the attachments for your food processor are stored in the closet in the hallway; they’ll just pack things where they find them. They also won’t know that you had meant to throw out all of that old paperwork on the desk in your bedroom. So go through each room and clean and organize before packing and moving day.
One of the best things about moving is that it gives you a chance to go through your belongings and get rid of items you don’t want or need any longer. It’s best to dispose of unwanted items before the packers and/or movers arrive, but if you’re planning on taking a trip to the thrift store after the move, just put all of your unwanted items in one area and label them “Do Not Move!”
Dispose of Hazardous Chemicals
Moving companies don’t transport hazardous chemicals, so it’s best to dispose of them before moving day. If you’re moving in Brooklyn, take your hazardous chemicals to a special waste drop-off site, or take advantage of DSNY SAFE disposal events. Hazardous chemical items include automotive products like spent batteries and motor oil, unwanted medications, thermometers, pesticides, paints, and syringes.
Separate Important Documents and Valuables
Some people feel more comfortable transporting important documents and valuables themselves, and if you have items you’d like to transport yourself, mark them clearly so the movers don’t include them on the moving truck. For example, if you have paperwork for your new home that you’ll need on arrival, you probably won’t want it to go on the moving truck because it won’t be easily accessible. Although professional packers do an excellent job of packing fragile items and valuables, some people just feel better about handling grandma’s antique tea set themselves, and that’s fine. Just make sure you’ve made preparations for such items ahead of time.
Consider Your Plants
Plants don’t travel well in boxes on a moving truck, so you may need to make special arrangements for them. You may need to find new homes for some of your plants, at least temporarily. If you’ll be driving your plants to your new home, be sure to place them in an open-top box that will catch any soil that spills out during the move.
Make Arrangements for Pets
Moving day can be very disconcerting for pets, and having cats or dogs underfoot can be dangerous for the movers. To keep everyone safe and happy, make arrangements for pets to be safely cared for away from the action of packing and loading. If you must keep your pets nearby, consider keeping them in a traveling crate or enclosed kennel. Better yet, take your neighbors up on their offer to help by letting them keep the pets for the day.
Double and Trip Check
Before the movers arrive to load up the truck, go through every closet, cupboard, cabinet, and drawer to make sure you haven’t left anything behind. It’s much easier to find these hidden treasures before the movers show up than to have to move them later by yourself after the truck and your helpers are gone.
When you take the time to prepare before the movers arrive, your NYC move will be much smoother and less stressful. By following the above tips, you’ll be fully prepared for the movers, and soon you’ll be enjoying your new home.
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