If you have hired a mover to help you pack and move your home, the movers handle many things for you. However, they cannot do everything. Here are a few tasks that you should have done before a mover arrives at your home to pack and move your belongings.

Declutter and Organize

Before a mover arrives at your home, take the time to declutter and organize your belongings. Trying to throw things out, or to place all of your child's toys from different rooms in one box when movers are present can slow down the process and make things more challenging. Have all of your items grouped together and in the proper place before movers arrive, and take the time to get rid of items you no longer use or need.

Pack an Overnight Bag

Before movers arrive, pack an overnight bag for every person in your household. This should include clothes, pajamas, toiletries and needed medications. Even if you are not moving far, you may not feel like unpacking boxes right away. Having an overnight bag ensures everyone has what they need without digging into boxes immediately.

Gather Up Important Documents

It is strongly recommended that you keep important documents, such as birth certificates, passports and marriage licenses with you, instead of having them packed. Accidents happen, and yours could go missing or be destroyed if there is an accident. Important documents are best kept with you, so gather them up before movers arrive.

Find Safe Places for Children and Pets

Children and pets can be in the way when movers are trying to box things out and carry them out the door. A mover should not have to worry about leaving the front door open for fear they may let a cat, dog or child out. Nor should they have to watch under their feet for a running pet. Before movers arrive, find a safe place for children and pets, preferably out of the house.

Take Pictures of Your Belongings

The last thing you should do before movers arrive is to take pictures of your belongings. If something happens to your belongings, you want pictures of the condition that the items were in for insurance purposes. It is much easier to do this before movers arrive.

Hiring a moving company to help with an upcoming move can help make the process a bit less stressful and reduce the amount of physical labor you have to do when moving. If you are planning a move in the greater Minneapolis, St. Paul or Twin Cities Metro Area of Minnesota, let Ace Midwest Moving and Storage help. We are a professional moving service who can assist with home, apartment or condo moves, offer packing services and can even provide climate controlled and secure storage facilities. Call us now for a free quote at 763-755-2045 or to get answers to any questions you may have about your move.