If you’ve never hired professional movers before, it can be hard to determine what the proper etiquette is on moving day.
For this blog, we wanted to take a moment to address several key things your movers might want you to know.
First things first
The way you can be most helpful to your movers on moving day, is to let them do their job! When you hire professional moves, you’ve agreed to work with trained professionals who have many, many moves under their belt. This isn’t their first rodeo! As long as your fragile items are marked, you should be good to go. Take a step back and take a deep breath. There’s no need to micromanage this process.
Make sure you’re packed and ready to go
When the movers arrive, they’ll be focused on loading your household items into the truck. If you haven’t hired a full-service company, which basically means you aren’t paying an additional fee for the workers to pack your items for you, you’ll want to make sure the packing is done by the time they get there. This will make their job infinitely easier.
Keep valuable items, cash and prescription drugs with you
The best way to make sure that important things don’t get lost in the move is to keep those items on you. If you have loose cash, valuable items (such as jewelry) and/or prescription medication, it’s best to keep those items with you.
Label your boxes
When you start the process of packing, be sure to clearly label your boxes. If your home has more than one bedroom, be sure to label the boxes bedroom 1, bedroom 2 and so on. This will make it much easier for your movers to get the right boxes to the right places in your new home.
If you’re able to color code your boxes, or you’re able to mark the boxes that contain fragile items with colored labels or tape, this will help provide a valuable visual cue for the people who’ve been hired to move your household.
Pack heavy items in smaller boxes
If you own a lot of cast-iron kitchen items, don’t load everything into one, jumbo-sized box. Pack heavy items in smaller boxes—if a large box looks like it’s awkward and too heavy to carry, it probably is.
Don’t go MIA
Yes, your movers will want you to stay out of their way, but they don’t want you to disappear entirely. You should make sure you’re available to answer questions or to help them address concerns as they might arise.
Tipping isn’t mandatory, but it’s appreciated
The standard tip for professional movers spans between 10 percent and 15 percent of the cost of your move. A lot of this will depend on how long the move takes and how many flights of stairs they have to navigate. If you’re very pleased with the services they’ve provided, you should plan to tip.
If you have additional questions on proper moving day etiquette or you’d like to schedule a time for one of our estimators to come out to your home to provide you with a quote.