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.
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.
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.
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.
If you are making plans for your move, contact us for a free quote. We will make sure you get to your new home with ease.