8 things to do that will make moving day go smoothly.
Finish packing before moving day
It makes everything easier on the movers if they arrive at a house that is completely ready to be put on the truck. They can assess the load, make a plan for how they’re going to pack it in the truck, and get started. If they need to wait for you to finish packing it’s costing their time — which translates into costing you more money.
Don’t pack heavy items in large boxes
It might seem like a good idea to put all of your books in one place, but that box becomes nearly impossible for the movers to lift and stands a good chance of having a blowout during the moving process. Then your movers are stuck trying to repack your belongings on the go, and that takes time and money. If you find yourself needing some extra boxes to make up the difference, here are our recommendations for finding free moving boxes around town.
Don’t pack cash, jewelry, or prescription medications
Your movers don’t want to be worried about keeping track of your valuables on moving day when they’ve already got so many other things to consider, and they’d like to steer clear of the possibility of false accusations if anything goes missing. Moving your entire house is an all-consuming process and things are likely to get misplaced — they don’t want any fingers pointed at them.
Label the boxes with their intended destination
If your movers are tasked with unloading all of your belongings and boxes to their intended rooms, it’s important to label each box well and clearly. That will remove you from the role of traffic director, and help them to be more efficient while unloading. If you’re paying them by the hour, this is especially important.
Always tell the movers or label the box clearly if something is fragile
They wish they were psychic, but they’re not. They need to know clearly and ahead of time if a certain box has a necessary “this side up”, or if something needs to be handled with utmost care because the chair leg is broken.
Please know where your movers can park the truck, how they can best access your apartment, and if there are any time limitations on parking or moving hours
Your movers arrive with the assumption that you’ve researched these things, and finding out that their moving truck needs to be relocated or, worse, has been ticketed, is one sure way to put a damper on moving day.
Don’t disappear on your movers
They need you to stay out of the way, but they can’t be left to do it all on their own either. Be nearby enough that they can find you if they have any questions or need clarification on where things go, what not to move, etc. Moving etiquette says to definitely stay around the house, and let your movers know where to find you if you decide to escape to the garden to pull up those last heirloom flowers.
Let them do their job
Of course, you have lots of opinions and thoughts on the moving process, but you hired full service movers for a reason. They are trained professionals who’ve moved many couches, boxes, and fragile things, so if you step aside and let them do their work it will likely go more quickly. You’ll feel less stressed, and they won’t feel micromanaged.