#1: Not all movers can read fluently or be able to read one's writing. Color code your boxes and rooms (in the new space). Red dots= Kitchen. Green dots= bathroom, blue dots=living room, etc.
#2: If you can, give visual directions (paper with arrows) showing where the different rooms are. Otherwise you will have movers asking you the same questions, over and over again.
#3: Have 'Open 1st' boxes put in the truck last and taken out first. Have them separate from the other boxes. You want to get the most essential items unpacked first for your client: Beds made, some towels, some clothing ready to go, food in the fridge, basic kitchen stuff.
Map out the new place before you even start packing. Use post-its all over the new place to assign homes to all of your stuff. Then pack in boxes based on where stuff is going to go, not where it came from. Be as specific as you can. Rather than labeling "kitchen," label "Brown dishes, top left cabinet, Kitchen" This will save a lot of time when unpacking.
When it comes down to packing time, it's easy for things to get misplaced. Keep all of your packing and labeling supplies (think Sharpies, packing tape, colored stickers, packing paper) in one location or container. This is especially important with more than one packer! No more yelling "Where's the packing tape?"
Be prepared when the movers arrive! They will want to get down to moving immediately and anything that's not tied down may get moved. Create an 'off limits' zone, such as the kitchen counter where you can stash things you don't want them to take - important papers, your overnight bags, etc.
Realize that the moving process takes time to get finally settled. Therefore, prioritize the packing and unpacking process to allow you to live in the new space for the first few days, thus giving yourself time to deal with the rest of the house as your schedule allows:
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