Four Tasks You Should Complete Before Your Movers Arrive

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Hiring a moving company like Canadian Van Lines to pack and transport your items certainly makes moving easier. However, it can be a mistake to simply sit back, let the movers take control, and do little or nothing to contribute to the moving process. Completing a few simple tasks before the movers arrive can help ensure your moving process goes smoothly, and that your items arrive to your destination in good condition.

Set aside items for your first-night box.

When you arrive at your new place, there are certain items you are going to need, such as a change of clothes, grooming essentials, and maybe some materials for work the next day. You won't want to rummage through 15 boxes to find these things, so pack them up separately before the movers get everything you own all packaged into boxes.

Some things to make sure you include in your first-night box are:

  • Pajamas
  • Clothing for the next day
  • Basic hygiene items
  • A first aid kit with basic medications, such as antacids and pain relievers
  • Emergency phone numbers
  • Pens and paper
  • A cup, plate and set of silverware

Pack up any super-valuable items yourself.

Hopefully you were careful to choose a moving company that carries good insurance and promises to pay for any damaged items. Keep in mind, however, that even if your moving company reimburses you for the value of your grandma's antique glass mirror, that won't bring the mirror back. If there are items you find very valuable and irreplaceable on a personal level, packing them up when your home is quiet and calm before the movers arrive will minimize the risk of damage. Of course, your movers would probably never mean to ruin anything you own, but when they're scurrying around the house trying to get everything done, accidents can happen.

You may also want to pack any valuable jewelery, coins or other small items into a box you can personally carry with you to your new home. Even the most reputable moving companies sometimes accidentally hire non-reputable employees, and it's easier to pack these things yourself than have to go through the hassle of reporting them stolen.

Make note of any furniture that's broken or delicate in any way, so you can point it out to the movers.

Do you have a bed with a leg that comes off if you lift it the wrong way? Maybe the drawers like to slide out of a dresser if it's tipped. Walk around your house and make note of little furniture intricacies like this. Pass this information on to your movers, so they can be aware of it and hopefully avoid dropping or damaging furniture that does not behave as they might expect.

If there are delicate pieces of furniture that you're concerned about, such as an antique table with legs you know are fragile, make note of these issues, too. You can advise the movers to be extra careful when moving and packing these items into the truck, increasing the chances of them arriving in one piece.

Call your homeowner's or renter's insurance company to confirm your coverage.

Reputable moving companies will have liability coverage that will reimburse you if your items are lost or damaged. However, these policies vary from company to company. Some will reimburse you based on weight of the item, for example, which is not very useful for lightweight, yet valuable items like vintage clothing or stereo speakers. Often, your homeowner's or renter's insurance policy will also offer some coverage for damage sustained to your possessions during a move. It's important to call and find out what this coverage is, just so you're prepared if something does happen to your things.

Also, ask the insurance company what their recommendations would be if you do end up with lost or damaged items. Do they prefer you work through the moving company's insurance first, or call them first? Establish what the protocol would be, so you aren't scrambling if an emergency does happen.

By following the four steps above before your movers arrive, you ensure the process goes more smoothly for everyone involved. Don't hesitate to ask your moving company if there's anything else they'd like you to do prior to their arrival, too.

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