How to Prepare for Movers and Packers

by Contributor ; Updated July 27, 2017
Prepare for Movers and Packers

Items you will need

  • Boxes
  • Felt-tip Pens
  • Packaging Tape
  • Personal Organizers

How to Prepare for Movers and Packers. If you're using a professional moving company to pack and transport your goods, prepare for movers and packers before moving day arrives.

Step 1

Gather up essential items to take with you during the move, such as toiletries and clothes, and set aside the items in a small closet or cabinet that will not be accessible to packers or movers.

Step 2

Remove breakable and liquid items from drawers and cabinets for packing separately.

Step 3

Separate flammable and combustible items from the rest of your household goods; either dispose of the items or pack separately to take with you.

Step 4

Locate all valuables, such as jewelry, collections and personal records, and pack separately to take with you.

Step 5

Defrost the refrigerator and freezer and dispose of perishable foods.

Step 6

Drain oils and fuels from power equipment such as lawn mowers.

Step 7

Take rugs and drapes to cleaners; when you pick them up later, leave them in wrappings for transport.

Step 8

Back up computer files and remove CDs from players.

Step 9

Strip beds and wash linens for packing.

Step 10

Call your mover to confirm the packers' arrival date and time.


  • Store items that you plan to take with you in one small closet or cabinet, labeled "off limits" to packers and movers.


  • Movers who transport flammables and combustibles are violating federal laws ' and endangering the safety of your household goods during transport. Make sure you do not allow movers to pack or transport aerosol cans, paints or other combustible items.