How You Can Help Your Movers Get The Job Done Right

When you hire movers to help out with your residential move, you want to do all that you can to make their job easier. It can be hard to know how you can help, and you may be scared of getting in the way. 

Check out these tips to help make the moving process as easy as possible for the people you hire to help. 

Understand Expectations

Before moving day, talk to the moving company about what they expect you to have done before the movers arrive. This will depend on what type of moving service you’ve purchased. If you’re going through a military or full-service move, you may not be expected to do anything. 

The moving company may pack and load all of your belongings. For other types of moves, you may be expected to have all of your belongings (except large furniture) packaged away. Talk with the company about how your boxes are to be labeled (including specific instructions for fragile items). The more you can prepare for the move, the easier it will be for everyone.

Talk About Gratuity

While you may want to tip movers for a job well done, some companies don’t allow this. Talk to the company in advance about whether you’re allowed to tip your movers, and feel free to do so for a job well done.

Restrooms

While you’re working on getting your things packed, it’s easy to pack up every single thing in the house, including bathrooms. Be sure to leave at least one restroom stocked with toilet paper, soap, trash can, and hand towels for your family and your movers. When the movers arrive, show them where the bathroom is and let them know they’re free to use it. 

Food and Drinks

While your movers will likely come prepared with their own food and drinks, it’s always a nice gesture to provide water and lunch. Show your movers where they can find cold beverages. If your move is happening in the morning, offering coffee and donuts can go a long way, especially if it’s cold out during your move. 

If your family has a favorite restaurant that they’d like to have one more time before your big move, this is the perfect time to order in. Pizza, sandwiches, wings, and other quick food are great, on-the-go options for your movers. If you don’t have a preference, feel free to ask your movers what they’d like. 

Relax!

It can be tempting to micromanage your move, especially when you know you have fragile items in your boxes. Do your research before choosing your moving company so that you know you’ve chosen movers you can trust to be careful with your things. 

While the move is happening, do your best to sit back and relax. There’s no need to awkwardly stare the movers down or continually ask if you can help. 

Playing a game with your kids, running errands, or playing outside with the dog are all totally acceptable while the movers are getting your life loaded onto the truck — as long as you stay available to the movers in case they have questions.

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Breaking It To The Kids: How To Tell Them You’re Moving

When you decide to make your residential move, you have tons of feelings – excitement, a sense of relief, and perhaps even some apprehension about telling your kids. Let’s take a look at how to talk to your young ones about a big move. 

Toddlers and Preschoolers

Keep explanations of the move simple, and don’t overcomplicate it. Using a social story, or using trucks and cars to explain the move visually, may be helpful. Answer questions and be prepared for a transitional period as your child adjusts to their new home. 

Elementary Age

At this age, kids may be excited about moving but will still be sad about leaving their friends. Provide plenty of time for them to adjust, and be sure to introduce them to their new teacher before their first day at a new school. While some experts believe that it’s ideal to move over the summer, others suggest moving during the school year so that your child can become immersed in school activities (and making friends) right away. 

Teens

Teens are the toughest group to get on board with a family move, but it can be done. Be sure to listen to your teen’s concerns about the move, and be careful that you don’t dismiss their issues with the move as complaining or being difficult. While you can see the bigger picture and understand that life will go on after the move, your teen is likely deeply invested in their friend group and perhaps a romantic relationship (even if it appears to be nothing more than a fleeting crush). 

Expect that your teen will be angry, and give them space to cry, spend time alone, or process their emotions with their friends. If it’s feasible, talk with your teen about whether they’d like to return to their old school for homecoming or prom. Having these events cemented in the future can make the transition to a new home easier. 

Adult Children

While it may be strange to consider adult children who have already moved out of the house, people of any age can be affected by the sale of their childhood home. While you don’t need to consult your adult children before you decide to move, give them plenty of time to come back and see the house where they grew up one last time before it becomes a space for a new family to create memories. 

After Moving Day

No matter how old your children are, there are a few things that you can do to help make the transition easier after moving day has occurred. 

Set up your child’s room right away, so that they have a safe space to relax as they adjust to their surroundings. Keep schedules as consistent as possible. Talk to your child about whether they’d like to continue their old activities (sports, hobbies), and get them signed up as soon as possible. 

Creating a sense of continuity can be huge for your child’s well-being. While moving can be stressful for everyone, rest assured that your child will adjust in due time.