Hiring professional movers to do the packing and heavy lifting takes most of the stress out of moving. However, before the crew arrives, follow these five tips to help the moving process run as smoothly as possible.

1. Remove Obstacles & Hazards

Before Minneapolis movers arrive at your house, make sure walkways, stairways and doorways are free of obstacles and hazards that could potentially cause an accident. For instance, if there's a loose vinyl tile on your kitchen floor that slides around underfoot, either pick it up or reattach it to the floor before the crew arrives. This way, no one will slip and fall while moving your belongings.

2. Protect Irreplaceable Items

If you own sentimental items that cannot be replaced, err on the side of caution and take them in your own vehicle. It's unlikely that your home moving company in Minneapolis will damage or lose your irreplaceable items during the move, but there’s really no reason to risk it if the items can easily fit inside your car. This tip applies to belongings like old photographs and delicate family heirlooms.

3. Pack an Overnight Bag

Remember to pack a separate bag for your car items you’ll need to use within the next 24 hours. This helps you avoid the need to frantically dig through boxes in search of your medications or toiletries on the first night in your new home. Consider packing a change of clothes for each member of the family in your overnight bag, too.

4. Keep Pets Safe

Moving is stressful on pets because of all the commotion and noise involved with packing boxes and moving furniture. Before your home movers in Minneapolis arrive, find a “safe room” where your pets are kept out of the way so they can't dart outside when the door is open or get underfoot while the crew is lugging boxes and furniture through the house.

5. Remove Non-Transportable Items

Most moving companies cannot transport hazardous, flammable or combustible items so you’ll either need to transport these things in your own car or dispose of them before the move. This includes gasoline, fireworks, toxic chemicals and firearms. Ask the moving company for a full list of non-transportable items.

Following these five tips will save time, prevent unnecessary stress and help ensure your move goes off without a hitch.

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