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Three Ways to Prepare for Professional Packers

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Using a professional packing service for your next big move can help to take some of the stress out of moving. Ask your moving company if it offers this service, and use this guide to help prepare for the movers' and packers' arrival at your home on moving day.

Clean the House

Your packing service will move the items it can get to, but dirty dishes and soiled laundry aren't likely to be touched. Be sure to give your home a thorough scrubbing, including any of the items you want the service to pack. Dust off shelves and decorative items that will be packed away, and make sure all your cookware, dinnerware, and glassware are clean and dry.

De-clutter Each Space

If there are items in your home you know you won't be bringing with you to your new house or apartment, consider getting rid of them before the packers arrive. This will reduce the chances of having unwanted items packed and moved to your home. Set aside boxes for charity donations as you de-clutter your home, and use large trash bags to dispose of items that are no longer usable. When the packing service arrives, they won't have to ask about which items you want to keep; everything you want to keep will already be sorted.

Create an Organizational System

Packing and unpacking can be easier when you have an organizational system. Consider placing sticky notes on dressers and couches to let the movers know where those items will go in the new home, as they can mark each box appropriately during the packing process. If your drawers, closets, and cabinets aren't already organized, consider taking the time to do this before the movers arrive. For example, sort all socks and underwear into assigned drawers in your dresser, and organize kitchen cabinet shelves by plate or cup type. This not only makes packing easier for the service, but it also helps to make the unpacking process go more smoothly for you, as all of your boxes will be neatly organized.

When you arrange for your moving company to provide packing services, be sure to ask about any other moving services it offers. You may be able to take advantage of unpacking services, electronics setup, trash removal, and cleaning services to help make your big moving day go more smoothly and to help you get settled into your new home quickly,