As a mover, there is nothing worse than showing up to a move only to find out that the customer has not properly prepared for the move. We operate with very tight schedules and we usually have to perform more than one move in a day which means that we do not have time to waste.
One of the most common problems that we come across is lack of packing. Do not underestimate the time that it takes to pack up your belongings. That is by far the most time consuming portion of your move. Of course this depends on how much you own in your home.
We have found that many people tend to wait until the last minute to pack and then get overwhelmed. It is best to space it out so that you can take your time and complete the task in sections. Make sure that you have the proper materials such as packing tissue, tape, markers, and bubble wrap. Having the proper materials makes a world of difference. You would be surprised to see the number of jobs we show up to where the customer has not taped up the boxes fully causing them to collapse, we sometimes show up to jobs where the customer is still in the process of packing.
You must realize that we as well as most other local movers charge by the hour so when we show up to a home that has not been properly packed up, you are adding unnecessary time to your move which means additional cost. Do yourself and us a favor and prepare a packing schedule for yourself.