How Do I Prepare For Movers to Pack My Stuff?


If you are looking for the answer to the question: “How do I prepare for movers to pack my stuff?” then you’ve realized that you do not have the time to do the packing on your own. Packing services and their cousin, unpacking services, are fairly new in the personal-moving industry, so let’s walk through what will help you prepare with either. Book early, know everything will be packed, create a throwaway corner, edit clutter, celebrate that we disassemble the furniture if needed, keep aside personal/necessary items, and remember to downsize.


You must prepare a little for the movers to pack your stuff (and save yourself money).   

A professional moving company like A-Zip Moving & Cartage in London, ON, makes packing, moving, and unpacking easy. Experienced movers are ready for anything. And so are the two people that will come to pack (and, if you like, do your unpacking later). No matter what you need, A-Zip’s team will help you. Call (519) 659 6672 or reach us online.


Here are A-Zip Moving & Cartage’s top 10 secrets to simplify your packing experience. “How do I prepare for movers to pack my stuff?” 

Preparing for your move is undoubtedly the most crucial aspect of a smooth transition. Even if you’re not doing the packing, you can do a few things to save yourself some money. 


1) Just book it—book your movers to pack your stuff, early. 

Remember, you’re booking two services, moving and packing. And unfortunately, time only moves in one direction. 

  • The timing gets trickier if you book within two weeks of your move date. 
  • Take a moment and book your mover and packer at least a month before you move.
  • The last thing you want to do is rush at the last minute to find a mover with packing services and hope they can fit you in.
  • One month’s notice (two months’ notice is better if it’s our busy season) should allow the secured time you want. 


2) Summer is the top season for moving, things can get busy, and bookings may be fewer.

  • May, June, July, August, and September are movers’ and packing/unpacking services’ busiest months.
  • If you, too, are moving during these months, book early. You won’t be sorry.


3) Know that everything in your home will be packed.

  • Mover’s packing teams are efficient machines and will make no assumptions about what you want to take with you or what you want not to take.
  • If you don’t want some things packed, set them aside in an obvious and separate area (a room is best) and tell the packing team not to take them.
  • Put a sign on the room door labelled “Do not pack.”


4) Prepare your kitchen, garage, appliances, etc., for the movers to pack your stuff.

  • Ensure you provide instructions regarding clothing. Your clothing will be boxed otherwise.
  • Visit your garage and storage shed to make sure liquids are properly contained. It is not the responsibility of the packers to tighten lids, etc.
  • Remember to wash your dishes before the packing team arrives.
  • Do the laundry and make sure nothing is left in the dryer.
  • Let the movers/packing team know if the appliances are going or staying behind.


5) Realize you should be home while the packing team is there.

Your packing will go fast with a packing team (usually two people). 

  • However, you must ensure the pets and children won’t be there.
  • With you at home, you can make sure everyone is safe (and not distracted)
  • Not only will extra kids and pets slow things down for the team, but small parts removed from disassembled furniture may go missing or cause safety hazards.


6) Relegate to a corner the items you don’t want to take with you or pay to have packed (and moved):

Yes, you could worry about the things you don’t want at your new home later. 

  • However, if you have some time, even if it’s a room or two, get rid of the stuff now that you know you don’t want.
  • Find a corner in each room, the throwaway pile, and make sure the packing crew knows not to pack that stuff. Or take it away before they come to pack.
  • Why pay people to pack things you don’t want?


7) Downsize bigger pieces before the packing team arrives.

Everyone will downsize things before they move, so it makes sense to do it before you move.

  • Of course, you may not have the time to edit. In that case, the packers will carefully pack and move all of your things.
  • This will save you money, too; why pay for things that you know you won’t use at your new home?


8) Keep aside personal items you’ll need. 

Always be prepared, is an old boy scout adage. And it makes good sense when looking through many boxes for your dental floss or cat food is dauntingly staring you in the face.

  • You’ll save time looking for them when unpacking your stuff.
  • Even though we label your boxes (for the room in which it was packed), it is less stressful for you to know precisely where some things are.
  • Take those things with you in your vehicle so they can be easily found.
  • Personally pack your or your family’s toiletries.
  • Pack necessary baby or child requirements and toys for the car.
  • Take pet paraphernalia and food in your vehicle.


9) Your packing team will pack your things quickly and efficiently: 

Packers’ roles are to pack things rapidly. 

  • They can do the job quickly because they have no sentimental attachment to your things. 
  • Homeowners ponder things as they decide whether things should move with them.
  • We do not fold clothes, rather, we lay them into a box.
  • Remember this when doing your pre-editing. Give yourself time to decide what stays and what goes.


10) A packing team disassembles and reassembles furniture.

We will absolutely disassemble and reassemble the furniture if required. 

  • Due to the nature of the material in assembly-big-box furniture and some bed sets, the particle board connections have a shelf life. 
  • We know this, so we are always extremely careful. 
  • However, we cannot be responsible if your furniture connectors have chosen to lose their integrity this time.
  • Have a few zip-lock bags available for parts.


Who uses packing services?

The busier you feel, the more sense it makes to imagine someone else packing up your things.

  • Understandably, individuals who use packing services are often super busy. 
  • People moving long distances often use packing services.
  • Companies and businesses use packing and unpacking services.
  • Adult children use packing and unpacking services for their senior parents.
  • College and university students use these services.



How should I prepare for the unpacking?

If you have chosen to have our team also unpack your stuff there isn’t much you need to prepare for. 

  • Determine which rooms will be the main bedroom, children’s rooms, and living and dining areas in your new home. Tell the unpacking team so they’ll take the boxes to the correct room. (Never assume they’ll know which room is which.)
  • We will unpack the items into the rooms along their edges/walls.
  • In the kitchen, we unpack onto the countertops and, for appropriate items, the floor.
  • We reassemble the furniture.
  • We do not place furniture specifically or hang clothing.
  • Because of the latter, you may therefore wish to have your clothing left in boxes.


Hiring packing and unpacking services allows people and businesses to save time and effort while ensuring their belongings are handled carefully during moving. 


A-Zip Moving & Cartage covers insurance for any damages during packing, transportation, and unpacking.


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