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Let's Hope Nothing Breaks!: Do You Know How to Prepare for Professional Movers?
by Staff
The pros might be doing all the heavy lifting, but you still have to prepare. Are you ready for moving day?

True or false: You should only get an estimate from one professional moving company.

  • true
  • false
  • Don't bother getting an estimate before hiring a mover.

True or false: If you hire a mover, you still have to pack all your own belongings.

  • true
  • false
  • Why bother packing?

Why won't moving companies move household chemicals?

  • They hate cleaning supplies.
  • The bottles are too difficult to pack.
  • Household chemicals are hazardous materials.

True or false: Moving companies won't transport plants.

  • true
  • false
  • Plants should always be left for the person who's moving into your house.

Who should move your important papers like financial documents and medical records?

  • hire a courier
  • the movers
  • you

How soon should you start packing for your move?

  • a week before the move
  • a day before the move
  • as soon as you know you're moving

When should you hire a mover?

  • four to eight weeks before the move
  • one week before you move
  • the day before you move

How should you label your boxes?

  • You don't have to label boxes at all.
  • Label them with the room name, contents and whether the contents are fragile.
  • Write numbers on them.

True or false: You don't have to be there when the movers come.

  • true
  • false
  • Just send the keys to the movers, and they'll take care of it.

Why should you complete a driver's inventory?

  • You should have an official checklist of your belongings.
  • You shouldn't. It's too time-consuming.
  • You shouldn't use the moving company's form to track your goods.

Why should you pack your clothes in wardrobe boxes?

  • You can keep your clothes on hangers and wrinkle-free.
  • You shouldn't because wardrobe boxes are a waste of money.
  • Wardrobe boxes are too small for most clothes.

How should you pack your mattress?

  • in a plastic bag
  • in a mattress carton
  • Mattresses don't need special packing. They can just go into the van.

True or false: If you pack yourself and the contents of a box are broken, the moving company is liable.

  • true
  • false
  • only if the box is also damaged

What is a bill of lading?

  • the receipt for your move
  • the list of items the moving company won't take
  • the insurance claim

What does the inventory track?

  • just the furniture you're moving
  • what you're moving and the condition it's in
  • all boxes more than 1 foot (30.5 centimeters) tall

True or false: You should pile your boxes as close to the front door as possible.

  • true
  • false
  • Go ahead and block the front door. Movers only go through the garage.

True or false: You should put a special mark on boxes you want to unpack first.

  • true
  • false
  • There's no need to label boxes in the first place.

True or false: Use scotch tape to seal boxes.

  • true
  • false
  • Invisible tape is better.

What's the busiest time of year for professional movers?

  • May to September
  • December
  • January to March

What is an order for service?

  • a repair receipt
  • the final estimate of your move's costs
  • a written confirmation of the services provided, including pickup and delivery dates