If you are moving, it can be a very exciting, and a very stressful time! By opting to pay a little extra to have professional packers organize and pack up your home before transport, you may be able to save a lot of time, energy, and frustration. However, before the packers arrive, you might be wondering: how do I prepare my house for a packer? 

There are several things you can and should do to prepare your house for a packer:

  • Organize your belongings into pack and no-pack sections which are clearly labeled. 
  • Turn off and empty appliances. 
  • Take photos of your things. 
  • Inventory your stuff. 
  • Get rid of anything that cannot be packed. 

In this article, we are going to go through each of these steps, and a few more helpful tips that you should not skip to help make your home ready for professional packers! So keep reading, we have everything you need to know about preparing your house for packers right here! 

How Do I Prepare My House For a Packer?

Hiring professional packers can be a great way to make your moving process a little easier, however, there are still several things that you need to do to prepare for their arrival and ensure that the packing process goes as smoothly as possible. 

  • Organize your belongings into pack and no-pack sections which are clearly labeled. 
  • Turn off and empty appliances. 
  • Take photos of your things. 
  • Inventory your stuff. 
  • Get rid of anything that cannot be packed. 

Now, let’s step through each of these suggestions so you understand how to best prepare your home for packers. 

Organize Your Belongings

Once your items are packed, you will not be able to access them for at least a day, and once they are moved to the new location, it can take several days to unpack everything. It’s vital that you keep some necessities separate from the general packing so you can access them if need be. 

That can include toiletries, medicine, overnight clothes, or anything else you might need for the following two days. 

These items should be in a separate area than the rest of your possessions. If you have the space to designate an entire room, you can simply put a do not pack sign on the door. Or if they are in the same space as everything else, simply make a clear distinction and label for the things you do not want packed. 

Turn Off and Empty Appliances

Dishwashers, refrigerators, toasters, air fryers, televisions, and any other appliances that you have in your home should be unplugged, and ready to be packed. 

For some appliances, such as TVs or sound systems, that means all you need to do is unplug them from the wall, but for refrigerators and other kitchen appliances they will need to be completely empty as well. 

If you have time, it can be really helpful to clean the appliances before the move so they are ready to be used upon arrival. Cleaning them will also ensure there are no weird smells or leaks during the moving process. 

Take Photos of Everything

Although hopefully you won’t have to use them, it’s a good safety measure to take photos of everything, especially larger and or expensive items. 

If anything is scratched or damaged in the move, you can reach out to the company with proof that the items were both there and in good condition prior to the packers packing your stuff. 

Inventory What Is Being Packed

Another way to ensure you don’t lose anything in the packing and moving process is to take a detailed inventory of all your possessions. 

It may seem tedious, but you will be extremely grateful if something goes missing and you are able to use that documentation with the movers or with an insurance agency. 

Get Rid of Things You Don’t Want or Can’t Be Packed

There is no point in having packers pack and move things you don’t plan on keeping, and because they are going to be packing everything they see, it’s best to simply remove those items from your home before they arrive to minimize confusion. 

As well, there are certain items that packers are forbidden to pack. This includes hazardous material, such as weapons, ammunition, chemicals, paint, etc, as well as perishable food and plants. 

Even those most professional movers will simply ignore these items, it will make their lives a lot easier if they’re not in the way. 

What Should I Do When the Packers Arrive? 

Now that your home is prepared for packers, we have a few tips for when the packers actually arrive. 

  • Show them around and give clear and distinct directions where necessary. 
  • Offer them water and show them where the bathroom is. 
  • Stay out of the way but be around in case they have questions. 
  • Keep your pets and children out of the way for their safety and the safety of the packers. 

That’s it! You are ready to have your home packed up and moved!

The Bottom Line

Hopefully, you now understand exactly what to do to prepare your house for a packer! As well as a few extra helpful tips to make the process easy and even enjoyable!