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Moving isn’t an easy process under almost any circumstance and at times – it can be overwhelming. Today, we’re going to give you some seemingly basic tips to make your move easier – but more specifically – these tips are centered around the things we encounter than our customers completely forget to do.

A little extra preparation can go a long way – and save you a lot of time and money. And that’s something we can all get behind!

Fragile and heavy items should be packed on their own

One thing we encounter frequently is that people don’t always remove valuable, heavier or fragile items from things like drawers and dressers. Make sure before you move that you go through your cupboards, cabinets and dressers and take anything out that might bounce around and/or have the chance of getting broken. Especially when it comes to big items that’ll have to be carefully navigated through awkward places – make sure they’re empty. That way your valuables are protected and movers have a wide range of decisions they can make with each piece.

Arrange parking for the moving truck – at both locations

Moving trucks take up a lot of space, so be sure you have a place for them to park. Especially in busier, urban areas, this is important. This way, cars aren’t lining the streets, traffic isn’t getting held up and your movers don’t have to move all of your valuables long distances on foot. This just makes for a speedier, more efficient move.

Reserve an elevator

One thing that folks forget when they live in a condo or apartment complex is that they can arrange to reserve an elevator. That way, you’re not holding up traffic among building tenants and most importantly – with your movers, your things and all your stuff. Also – be sure to bring some padding, blankets and the like. The last thing you want to do is get a bill from a landlord or property manager for a scuffed up elevator. Most sites won’t even let you move without them. Another side bar is a certificate of insurance – which is something most facilities of this nature will require you to fill out and return prior to the move. You can get one from the moving company with a simple phone call.

Label your boxes, and label them by the room

Nothing stinks worse than getting to your new home and realizing that nothing is where it should be. As pros, we’re good at sorting out which boxes go where, but it’s much more efficient when you tell us what’s in the boxes (we’re careful with ALL of your belongings, but we’re ultra careful when you tell us to be), and where those boxes should go once you’re moved in. Especially once we’re gone, it’ll make unpacking a lot easier – which means more time enjoying your new space instead of laboriously moving knickknacks from room to room.

Moving can be stressful, but remembering to do these not-so-top-of-mind things can save a lot of stress and headaches and make your move as seamless as possible.