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.
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.