Professional movers can help you leave your old house a completely blank slate. Once you hand over the keys and move on to your next home, it can be next to impossible to track down any items you might have left behind. One of the best things you can do to ensure everything goes smoothly is to pack up your own car before the moving van arrives. Here’s why:

You can make a checklist of everything that you want to personally move.

Unless you’re used to moving and are just relocating to a house a short distance away, prepare to not have access to your usual essentials. Pack like you’re taking a short vacation so you have a small bag of clothing, toiletries, and your glasses or contacts. This should be in your car with you. Also put your personal documents, electronic devices, and valuables in your car so you don’t have to worry about where they are. Pack them in your car early so you know they’re taken care of. It also means you can tell the movers to pack up everything still in the house.

Movers are used to looking where your eyes might skip over.

Everyone gets used to their own house. You might get used to small details and tucked away storage spots, and that can be bad news on the last day before you move out. If you have already removed everything that you’re personally moving or that you’re donating, then you can ask the movers to take everything. That means they’re going to point out any last-minute spots that don’t look packed up or ready to move for specific instructions.

You don’t have to worry about last-minute cramming.

It’s easy to overestimate how much can fit in your car. If you pack up your own vehicle before the professionals arrive, you already know nothing else will fit. That means you can make sure everything is put away in the moving van instead of being left with more than you can transport yourself.

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