a list of what to do while your movers are moving and packing your stuff

What To Do While Movers Are Moving – 16 Actionable Steps

Mostly people hire local movers with the intent that they don’t have to work or to lift a finger during their move. Some people hire a moving company to do all the tasks of packing and lifting heavy items. On the other hand, you sit on the sofa and sip lemonade. That sounds great!

But this is not reality. A moving day arrives with its to-do list for you, which is moving-related that the movers of the relocation company cannot complete. It makes sense that hiring professional movers does make it easier for dissembling, packing, and shifting, but there is something else that only you can do to help. 

There are various things you may do to speed up the moving process while movers are working. Maintain your organisation and be available to respond to inquiries. Give precise directions and direct movers to the correct rooms. Separate critical documents from necessities. During unloading, look over and confirm the condition of your possessions. Don’t forget to tip the movers and appreciate their labour of love.

How Do I Prepare Myself for Movers?

Hiring movers and packers in Dubai are the best way to prevent yourself from stress and a much safer moving process. Hiring movers save you a lot of money and prevent you from everyday moving day stress. Professional moving companies know the best how to shift successfully your belongings that you may not, dissembling, loading, unloading, reassembling properly packing, and wrapping your mattress safely. To save your possessions from damage, they use the right materials throughout the move.

1. Before They Arrive

People start to plan for a move months before the moving day. In fact, almost all the moving checklists begin around 30 to 60 days before you move out. Everything is valuable for you, and there are several things that you can’t ignore.

Finish packing

Packing is an essential part of moving, and it should be done carefully because you cannot leave your items to get damage. Professional moving companies provide packing services to their clients, but if you have not contracted for packing service, the packing job is for you that you have to do yourself.

Strip the bed

Leaving your clothes in the closet, dishes in the cupboard and books on the shelf will not irritate your movers but it will take a longer time to relocate than it needs to. Make sure to pack all your stationery items, like books or papers into containers and boxes before the moving company arrives at your door.

For the easiness of your movers, you should remove and fold the blankets, pillowcases, and bedsheets so your movers and disassemble the bed frame and load the mattress onto the truck.

Unplug electronics

Unplug and disconnect all the electronic appliances while your movers are busy in packing other things. Movers are not interested in messing up with your gaming or computer setups. It would be best if you took care of that before they arrive.

Remove excess items

While movers are packing or taking care of other things for you, it is the best time for you to pay attention to moving or removing excess items that you don’t need anymore.

Please make a list of items you don’t want any more as you know you are moving, decluttering your home of unnecessary, any broken, or unwanted things and donating, or selling, or trash.

Label boxeshand with marker checking boxes

As you are packing items, make sure you label the boxes properly. Also, try to mention their destination so it will not help you in packing as well as your movers will know where to put them. If you have packed something breakable, label it with “fragile.” The movers will know these fragile boxes have something delicate in them so that they will load correctly with extra care. If you want to open some cases first, label them with unpacking first so the movers will load onto truck these “first open” boxes at last.

Measure furniture and doorways

Measure your furniture items and doorways correctly. You will surely don’t want to damage your valuable things while passing through doorways or narrow spaces.

Measure your furniture and doorways in case they will not pass through without disassembling certain pieces of them. If so, notify the movers.

Plan the parking for the moving truck

Movers will need space outside or around your house to park their truck. Make sure you have planned to acquire a parking space for the truck. The parking should be near your home, where movers can easily carry items out of your home and load them into the truck.

If you live in an apartment, look for any instructions for your or movers from the manager. Get permission for space for the truck and use of the elevator on moving day.

Pack What Your Movers Won’t Move

Moving companies will not do everything for us; there is something that movers will not move. Flammable, dangerous, or perishable are some items that moving companies are prohibited by law. Movers will never allow you to load these items into their truck. The best way to move these items is to load them into your vehicle. pitcure of glass with orange and lime

Offer Refreshments

Movers work hard to lift your heavy boxes, struggling with couches through the hallway, and trying hard not to damage any of your items down the stairs. It’s a nice sign to offer them some refreshments to keep them energetic, fueled, and hydrated.

Set up an area for refreshment with bottled water, snacks, and coffee. At noon, offer the crew to take a break and let them have lunch.

bucket of cleaning supplies

Clean House and Remove Dust From Fruniture

It’s not easy to clean all the house with luggage, but it’s a nice time to clean your home when it’s empty. 

If possible, visit your new place and clean it all over before the truck arrives. Please do the same for your old location and make sure to make it move-in ready for the next family. If it’s not possible to clean all once, clean up each room when it’s emptied.

Keep pets and kids away

Pets and kids can slower the process of moving. Don’t let them interrupt the movers when they are busy in moving your house.

If you are unable to arrange for off-site care, then at least keep them away from the movers’ working path. You can let pets enjoy themselves in an empty room with some toys or food. For kids, any member of your family can trip them to a nearby park or a water park to keep them busy.

Take snaps and inventory of the items

After creating a moving checklist and decluttering the items, it’s time to take their pictures and create inventory. By doing so, you will know about their pre-move conditions. Also, you are sure if anything is missing from the items or there was no damage before the move.

Create a special box for “The last Load”

Create a box for daily use items. You will use these items on the first night. If your car doesn’t have enough room to carry this box, inform movers to load this box in last. Here is a shortlist of popular items to put in the box:

  • Towels
  • Dish Towels
  • Garbage bags
  • Toiletries
  • Shampoos
  • Soaps
  • Shower curtain
  • First aid kit
  • Cleaners
  • Portable tool kit


No doubt, the crew of any moving company is intellectual, but every they can miss a few items here or there. 

Double-check each room for items that may have gotten left behind by the moving crew. These missing spots are medicine cabinets, dishwashers, the attic, and the drawer beneath the oven. 

Make sure the freezer and fridge are clean and empty. The moving crew will not be able to shift any food item for you. Turn off all the lights, switches, windows, and doors, just before everyone leaves.

Stay Out of Their Way!

Movers are professional in packing and moving, so there is no need to tell them how to pack and move each box. It would help if you only pointed to those items like fragile or tricky staircases. Let them use their experience and let things go in their way. If they have any questions, they will ask you.

Don’t Disappear

The moving crew may ask you some questions according to the situation that requires your cooperation, so don’t drag everyone to parks, theatres, or Disney for the day. Leave behind at least one person who can sit there to supervise them and pay the movers.


Hiring a professional moving company in Dubai for full-service doesn’t mean you can sit behind, twiddling your thumbs. You can do several things while your movers and packers are busy packing and moving your items. Always hire a quality moving company; it will not only charge them to lift heavy boxes but also make your move quicker and easier. Your only job is to supervise them and let them assist if needed. Make sure at the end of the activity, and your moving checklist is complete.

Planning weeks before the moving day, packing before the time, offering refreshments, keeping pets and kids out of the way, cleaning up or decluttering, and being available for any assistance help you make your move faster and safer.

At the Best Mover, we offer all kinds of packing and moving services in Dubai. We can take care of your house moving, office moving, villa moving of any full-service, long-distance, or last-minute move. Our movers and packers crew has moved several families into the home all over the country. Contact us +971 55 61 63 054 for a free quote.


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