If you’re planning to move house in the near future, there are a few things you should know in regards to moving etiquette. If you want your move to go as smoothly as possible, then being more mindful of your movers and what will make moving easier for them is something you really need to think about.
With that in mind, here are 10 aspects of moving day etiquette that your movers want you to know:
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Get all of your packing done before they come
Unless you are paying for a moving service that includes the movers doing the packing for you, it is really important that you get all of your packing done before the movers come. This will avoid them waiting around for you to finish up, and make it so much easier for them to load the truck efficiently.
Clearly label your boxes
Clearly labelling your boxes so that the movers know exactly which room each box will be going into will help them to unload your property in the most efficient way, saving them, and you heaps of time, and if you are paying by the hour, money too.
Mark things as fragile
If you are packing up fragile antiques or anything that is at risk of breaking, such as mirrors and vases, then you should always mark them with fragile because movers aren’t mindreaders, and they won’t know to treat that stuff with extra care unless you tell them.
Don’t leave stuff in drawers
Emptying your drawers and cupboards before moving day will make life easier for your movers because your furniture will be less heavy and they will not run the risk of drawers popping open and dropping their contents all over the place.
Use the right sized boxes
Many people make life difficult for their movers, and increase the chances of having their stuff broken by packing heavy objects in overly large boxes. This is a really bad idea because the weight becomes concentrated, and the heavy objects will quite often break the box and fall out as a result.
Let them do their thing
Probably, the most important aspect of moving etiquette is simply getting out of the movers’ way and letting them do their job. after all, it is what they do, which means they know the most efficient way to handle fragile items load the boxes, and get the job done as speedily as possible, and if you try to micromanage them, they won’t be able to do that.
Keep important property on your person
There are some items that can make life more difficult for your movers. They hate being made responsible for things like expensive jewellery and money because it’s so easy for it to get lost and/or for them to be accused of stealing it. It’s so much better for everyone if you take responsibility for that kind of thing, oh and that includes any medications you may need too.
Organise access in advance
One thing that the movers hate on moving day is not having a safe place to park their truck that allows them easy access to your home. That’s why it’s so important that you get permission. Pass om when free parking hours are available and inform anyone who needs to be informed that you will be moving that day.
You might find the process of moving a boring one, but do not be tempted to head off somewhere more exciting leaving your movers in the lurch. They really do like you to be there to ensure that they can ask you any questions about the moving process should they need to, and because occasionally they will need a little help. If you do need to pop out, leave your phone number with them so that they can get in touch with you if necessary.
Good moving etiquette helps your move to go more smoothly and your relationship with your movers to be an easy one so be sure to make the effort.