It may be tempting to consider your job done once you’ve decided to hire professional movers and packers. After all, you’re paying them to take care of the hassle and stress so you can go to the pool or sit on the lawn and watch them work. Trying to do their jobs for them can be even worse. Allow the pros to work if you paid them. However, there are some suggestions for finding a happy medium that will satisfy both you and your movers.
Even if you hired a packing service, you should still prepare everything for them. Strip your bed linens (and wash them if you have time), remove everything from the walls, and ensure that all electronics are unplugged and wires are tucked away. If you have shelving units that can be disassembled, do so. And if there are any valuable items, food, or an essentials box, simply pack them yourself. All of this smoothes out the annoyances and allows the packers to work more efficiently.
If you’re doing your own packing, make sure the boxes (or plastic tubs) are sturdy, not overloaded, and, most importantly, well-labeled. Put labels on the top and sides of the box so they can be seen from multiple angles. Keep boxes near the rooms from which they came, and label which rooms they’re going into. Label anything that is fragile, bulky, or otherwise requires special handling, and be present on moving day to point things out. If you’ve packed the essentials, valuable items, or food, load it into your car so it’s out of the way.