When it comes time to move, many people opt to hire professionals. While every move is going to be stressful, it is helpful to bring professionals in who you can trust to help you out instead of going it alone. And while you will still want to exercise control over your move and your belongings, it is important to think about the movers and what will help them to serve you best in your relocation.
Movers want you to do your research. While most moving companies are reputable professionals who want to help you, there are some bad guys just looking for a payday. Every year people fall prey to moving scams and the reputable movers are forced to defend themselves and their industry. Often times, people either don’t see or don’t heed red flags and opt to hire these rogue movers. Moving companies want you to do some research and make sure that you are contracting an actual company that can help get you to your new home without a hitch. You will have a smooth move, while honest movers won’t have to defend themselves if there are less cases of moving fraud. It’s a win-win for both mover and consumer.
Your movers will appreciate it if you are prepared for them. If you are moving into or out of a complex, it is a good idea to reserve the freight elevator and make sure there is space where the moving truck can park. It is easier for you to scope out your area and know the rules governing moving times than to leave your movers waiting and wasting time and money. If you are doing some of the packing, you will want to have the boxes prepared and properly labeled when the movers show up. It will make your move shorter and your moving crew happier to be able to just be shown what furniture and boxes need to be loaded so they can get to it. If the movers are doing the packing, any items you don’t want them to pack should be tucked away so there is no confusion and nothing is placed in boxes that shouldn’t be.
You should keep your movers in the loop about what they are moving. Labeling boxes as “FRAGILE” is a great way to alert their attention to box that has something breakable and needs to be handled with care. Labeling the orientation of the box is also helpful. The movers, like you, don’t want the contents of boxes shifting too much because it could result in damage. You want to keep your belongings protected, and your movers don’t want to pay any damage costs. Labeling which side is the top, or even putting arrows on boxes can go a long way. It is also a good idea to tell your movers if there are any items that are extremely valuable. Even if movers claim full liability coverage, it still is prudent to list items that are extremely important. If you don’t have moving insurance, the liability you have your movers assume could still leave you out a pretty penny if an item is of extreme value. Notifying your mover of these items on the inventory list will help to fully protect your valuables.
This one is important to remember. While you will want to oversee the loading and unloading of your items, your movers want you out of the way! You should be close and available for questions or any assistance needed, but if you are in the way of your moving crew, you are more of a nuisance than an asset. If you have chosen a reputable company, these guys are professionals. They know what they are doing and will get to work as quickly as possible. You do not want to impede them getting things in and out, especially when they are carrying heavy items. You could get yourself hurt or injure one of the crew if you are underfoot. Remaining a safe distance to simply answer questions if they arise is a good idea. You also should prepare pathways for the movers. Before they arrive, put your already labeled boxes against the walls or even in one room that doesn’t have much furniture in it. You don’t want your movers tripping over boxes or knocking furniture into them, which could harm the items inside.
Finally, you will want your movers to know how much you appreciate their help. You are probably very grateful to not be doing the heavy lifting and to have professionals help you move house. You want to be friendly with your moving crew. They are doing you a great service, and they are probably more likely to take extra caution if you are pleasant with them. Having water on hand is always a good idea, especially since they are lugging heavy items. Snacks or other beverages are nice offerings as well. At the end of the day if nothing else, a sincere thank you will go a long way. Giving the crew a tip or buying them a meal will be greatly appreciated as well. While you ultimately decide how to say thank you, it is advised to not offer beer or other alcohol to your movers. You don’t want them impaired while moving you, and many companies have policies forbidding alcohol. You don’t want to get your crew in trouble. Any other way you see fit to thank your movers though should be acceptable.
When it comes time to move, one of the most important decisions you’ll have to make is what moving company to go with. You want to have the best people to ensure your belongings are taken care of. Even after you decide on a mover though, you should keep these tips in mind to help your move go smoothly, and keep your movers happy.