First of all, make an inventory of all your valuable items and check them off as you see them being loaded. Let the movers know what you’re doing, and take pictures of these valued items if you wish with your cell phone or camera. You can also take pictures of furniture items and appliances, etc., to show the condition (scratches or dents, or lack thereof, etc.) of the items just before the movers start to work with them. This can prevent disputes should there be damage to the items while moving.
You can also prepare for a move by boxing some of the non-fragile items yourself. This could be books, utensils, towels, pillows, laundry items (not liquid detergents, we can’t take these), and other such household goods. If you’re packing books, be certain to use small boxes for them, as books tend to be very heavy.
You might also want to “break down” some furniture items that can be (or have to be) disassembled, like beds, etc. If you have any screws or bolts to remove, be certain to put them in a plastic bag and mark what piece of furniture they go with on the bag. Make sure that you point these out to the movers before they move a particular item, so that they don’t get lost. The movers will probably want to tape the bag directly to the item in some inconspicuous spot, such as the underside of a dining room table.
Be certain to let us know in advance of any fragile items, high value items, or extra heavy, large, or other such items, like gun safes or pianos or hot tubs. This is particularly true of glass, as there is a huge safety issue involved here. So glass table tops, paintings with glass, etc., will require special handling and we will need time to prepare in advance, and then bring the appropriate packaging tools and equipment for these things.