5 Ways to Ensure Access for Your Movers

One challenge moving companies face during a move is accessing the house or apartment safely. Homeowners or renters can take steps to ensure moving crews can freely carry items between the moving van and the residence. 

Below are some of the most common barriers movers face and ways to alleviate them for your household move.

Allow Street Access

Many cities and towns require permits to park large vehicles on the street for extended periods. As moving vans may qualify as large vehicles, you must ensure the correct permits are in place. In some cases, these permits may require the moving van to be parked too far from the moving location and, in other cases, not allowed to park there at all. Many moving companies can assist you in this process, so inquire about their service. 

Provide Building Access

Building management usually has established times for moving in and out of apartments and condos. Many also require movers to reserve elevator time and loading dock access. To ensure moves can take place smoothly, contact building management to learn about the requirements, and be sure you schedule your move date and time when loading docks and elevators are available.

Ensure Safe Walkways and Driveways

Over time, ground shifts, concrete can crumble, and driveways can crack. In addition, home access can be fraught with risks from uneven surfaces to loose rocks. This is particularly so in older neighborhoods. If you know these situations, point them out to the moving estimator. While you can’t necessarily fix them before the move, movers can take steps to deal with them. Ensuring all are aware can minimize risks to movers and property.

Clear Curbsides of Snow, Leaves, Ice

In northern states, fall and winter pose several challenges. Chief among them is snow mounds or even leaves along the curb. 

Snow is an obvious impediment, as it may prevent the moving van from pulling close enough to the curb. This may not leave enough room for cars to pass by. Also, snow mounds can prevent movers from carrying items to the moving van. Be sure the street is clear enough for parking and there is a pathway for movers to reach the residence from the road.

Leaves are less obvious. But when wet, leaves can be extremely slippery, posing a hazard to anyone walking on them. Even leaves that appear dry may have moister under the surface. Clearing the area will help the move go more smoothly and safely.

Consider Miscellaneous Objects

Before movers arrive, walk the route that they will carry items between your home to the moving truck. Look for anything that may cause a hazard. For example, you can’t remove exposed roots or hard landscaping, but you can point them out to the movers. 

Other items, like children’s toys, fallen branches, etc., should be removed before the movers’ arrival.

Smooth Move

Hiring professional movers is a great way to expedite your move. In addition, you can help the move go a bit faster and much safer by ensuring safe access between your residence and the moving van. 

If you are planning a move, contact us for a free estimate. We’ll be happy to prepare an accurate free quote and answer any questions you may have.

Apartment Moving Tips for First-Time Renters

Moving into your first apartment is exciting. For the first time, you have the freedom and responsibility to be entirely on your own.

Here are some tips to help that first move go more smoothly.


Take a careful look at all your monthly expenses to determine how much you can pay for your apartment. Generally speaking, you should spend no more than 30 percent of your before-tax income on housing, including utilities. If you have large car payments or student loans, you may be able to afford less.

Also, consider the expenses associated with moving. For example, you’ll need to pay a security deposit and also will likely need to pay utility deposits unless the utilities are included in the rent. You’ll also need to budget moving costs, including professional movers, boxes, and packing materials.

Research Thoroughly

Use online resources such as Apartments.com and HotPads to help you understand what apartments are available for your budget and to find those you’d like to explore further.

Then call the apartment manager to schedule tours. Allow plenty of time for each walkthrough. Make sure the apartment building has ample parking for you and your guests. Also, notice whether you encounter any unpleasant smells in corridors or the apartment. Finally, ensure that security is adequate.

Read Your Lease

Read the lease thoroughly before you sign it, asking questions about what you can’t understand. Then, before you move in, walk through your apartment with your landlord, taking photos of any scratches, torn carpet, or other issues. Email the pictures to the landlord as soon as possible so that you’re not responsible for this damage.

Find out what the rules are for moving into your apartment. For example, some buildings allow moves only on certain days or during certain hours. They also may require a reservation to use the freight elevator. For instance, many facilities don’t want you moving your mattress in through the front door.

Contact Utility Providers

Some leases include some utilities, while others do not. Be sure to call the service provider for those utilities that are not included well ahead of your move. You’ll want your services connected by move-in day.

Gather Essentials

You’ll need some essentials right away in your new home.

Kitchen essentials include

  • Pots and pans
  • Dishes
  • Silverware
  • At least one chef’s knife
  • Potholders, dish towels, and a dishcloth or sponge
  • Dishwashing detergent
  • Small appliances, such as a coffee maker, toaster, and can opener
  • Trash cans and trash bags

You’ll also need bathroom essentials such as

  • Towels and washcloths
  • Toilet paper
  • Shower curtain and rings unless the shower has a door
  • Toiletries
  • Plunger
  • Toilet brush
  • Trash can
  • Bath mat

You’ll also need sheets, blankets, a spread for the bedroom, and general household products such as laundry detergent, cleaning products, mops, buckets, lightbulbs, and a vacuum cleaner.

Learn Your Neighborhood

Once you’ve moved in, meet your neighbors and explore your neighborhood. Learn where the best coffee shops, restaurants, and grocery stores are. Ask your new friends for recommendations on services such as doctors, dentists, and pharmacies. Find your favorite gym.

Moving On Up!

We can help with your move, whether moving to your first apartment or for the 20th time. Contact us, and we’ll provide you with a free quote.