When you hire movers, you will have to decide what level of moving assistance you desire. For example, you may pack yourself and hire movers to load a truck and transport your belongings. Alternatively, you may add packing and unpacking services to your package so you have fewer responsibilities and more free time around your moving date. Either way, there are certain responsibilities that you should be prepared to handle.
Be There For Your Estimate and Moving Day
You should always get an in-home estimate before deciding which moving company to hire, and you should be there when the agent comes to your home and completes the estimate. If you will be making your moving decisions with a spouse or roommate, you should both be there for the estimate.
On moving day, at least one person who was there for the estimate should be there to sign contracts and answer questions. The one exception to this is if you have ordered white glove service, which generally includes a moving manager who will take your place on moving day.
Ensure that You Have Gotten Rid of Items that Will Not Be Moved
To make sure that your estimate remains valid, you should get rid of any items that were not included in the estimate. For example, if you planned to sell or donate items before your move, they should already be out of your home or should be clearly marked as not part of the items to be packed and moved.
Keep Your Home Free From Distractions On Moving Day
Ideally, on moving day, the only people in your home should be you and your movers. Kids and pets should be entertained at another location if possible. If that is not possible, you should make sure that they stay out of the path of movers by keeping them entertained in a specified area of your home. Additionally, try to schedule any last minute repairs, meetings, or other official business either before the movers arrive or after they leave.
Ensure Your Moving Company Can Contact You
Whether you have a local move or a long distance move, it is important that your movers can contact you while your belongings are en route. You should give your moving company a valid cell phone number and make sure that you keep your cell phone charged and with you at all times. This will allow you to deal with any issues immediately.