How to Pack for a Move and Prepare for Movers

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Congratulations, moving day is finally here! You’ve packed, boxed, taped, and made several trips to the Goodwill. The hard part is over. Well, almost. Before you get too relaxed, there are a few things to consider to learn how to prepare for a move, even if you aren’t doing the heavy lifting.


If you are only hiring movers, not packers, then you will need to know how to pack for movers. Everything should be boxed up before they arrive. Small, heavy items should be packed in small boxes, and large, light items should go in bigger boxes.

Make sure all fragile things have proper packing material inside to prevent any breakage happening in transit. Clearly label your boxes or color code them with colored duct tape according to their room. This way, when you arrive at your new home, your movers will know exactly where to take each box. The last thing you want is to have dozens of boxes scattered around your home while you try to find the one with your shoes or jeans.

For yourself, pack a suitcase with all the essentials such as toiletries, clean clothes, and pajamas for the night.


On moving day, your doors will likely need to be open for a few hours at a time. To keep a clear head, few distractions, and even fewer potential hazards, make arrangements for your kids and pets to be out of the way.

We suggest booking a babysitter for the kids, and ideally, your pets can be kept behind a baby gate or in a separate room in your house. With fewer little arms and legs running around, and no dogs running under your movers’ feet as they carry your couch down the porch steps, the move will go much more smoothly.


When the movers arrive, a brief home introduction is needed. Let them know ahead of time where they can park. If you live in an apartment building that does not have an obvious loading spot, talk to the property manager a few days before to get permission to have the moving truck park in front of the building.

When the movers arrive, walk them through the house and highlight any boxes containing fragile items so they can make a note of how to load them. Have a few bottles of water ready for them and show them where the restroom is. Clear the walkways. During the moving process, even though you will be all packed up, boxes and large items end up everywhere.

Please make sure to clear the way for the movers to get in and out of the door. If it is raining outside, we suggest putting down some towels. It will protect your floor as well as prevent any slips. We also suggest getting some cash on hand the day before the move for tipping. It’s not required, but courteous. It’s frustrating to want to tip your movers as they are about to leave, only to realize you don’t have any cash on you.


Something that is often overlooked in the moving process is that movers will not move everything. These are a few items you might have in your shed or your garage, and also in your bathroom cabinet, that movers will not move:

  • Gasoline
  • Oxygen bottles
  • Lighter fluid
  • Matches
  • Propane cylinders
  • Nail polish remover 
  • Paints and paint thinners 
  • Fireworks

Some of these items are dangerous for anyone to move in a vehicle, and you are better off replacing them in your new home. Other items you should handle yourself are important documents, jewelry, and other valuables. Moving can be overwhelming and stressful.

With the right steps taken ahead of time, you can make the process much smoother. One of these steps is hiring professional movers to get the job done faster. For a moving quote, call us today. To learn more about how to prepare for movers, take a look at our infographic below.

Infographic: how to pack and prepare for movers

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