When preparing for a move, you have many responsibilities. In addition to your regular duties at work and home, you have to prepare your old and new houses for the big day. Before the movers arrive at your doorstep with their truck and equipment, openly communicate with them. Nationwide Relocation Services, the nation's largest moving broker, recommends discussing several topics with your mover prior to moving day to guarantee that your move will be as smooth and stress-free as possible for everyone. Inventory details The movers provide supplies and a moving truck to accommodate your possessions. They also charge you based on the amount of possessions you need to move. You can start your moving experience on smooth footing when you accurately list your home's inventory. Be as detailed as possible to ensure the movers bring enough supplies and a large enough truck for your boxes and furniture. Packing details Your movers possess experience packing and moving entire households. They know the best supplies, sturdiest packing materials and most efficient packing techniques. If you are packing your possessions yourself, ask for these details before you start the task. You save time and money when your possessions are packed securely and efficiently. If movers are packing for you, tell them about fragile items or specialty items that require extra care. While they receive training in how to care for your items with gentleness and respect, giving them advance warning about special items ensures everyone understands the value of the items that are most important to you. Additionally, boats, plants, pianos, glass and antiques require special considerations during the moving process. The movers need to know about these items before moving day. Carry certain valuables like jewelry, birth certificates, prescription medications, pets and a backpack with spare clothing with you. Make sure the movers know which boxes they are not to load into the truck before they start the moving process. Reservation details Before moving day, contact your movers. Guarantee that they will arrive on the correct date, and discuss the amount of time they will need to move your household. If necessary, check with your building manager about reserving an elevator and your city about reserving a parking space. Location details If the only access to your fourth floor apartment is the stairway or your narrow street might be a tight squeeze for a large moving truck, share these details before moving day. Large items that will not fit through the doorway or a large front stoop are additional considerations you should share with the moving company. They rely on details like this to prepare equipment and allocate time for your move. Destination details Print clear and correct directions to your new home. Include your cellphone number. If delays happen during the drive or an emergency occurs, the movers can contact you right away. You do not want to be waiting at your new home and be uncertain when the moving truck will arrive, and you do not want them to be lost with no way to contact you. Moving day can be smooth and stress-free when you take care of these details before moving day. Talk with your movers, and make your move as efficient and organized as possible.