What movers want you to know
1. Finish packing before moving day
If you’re still packing by the time the movers show up, it will cause a delay as they will have to wait while you finish packing up your things. Unless you’ve hired a full service moving company and are getting your things professionally packed, you should ensure you have your whole home packed and ready to go before the movers arrive.
2. Know what’s not allowed to be moved
Be sure to ask us for a list of non-allowable items for shipment so you don’t end up wasting time and effort packing those things that are prohibited. Some examples are pets and hazardous materials.
3. Be there, but don’t get in the way
It’s important that you are present when the move happens so that the movers can ask you questions or clarifications. Good communication is key to a successful and stress-free move. However, be sure you’re not micromanaging the movers. They are professionals, so let them do what they do best!
4. Get additional moving insurance
If you have a lot of high value items, you may want to consider getting additional moving insurance and proper valuation of those items before you move.
5. Carry valuables with you
Carry cash, jewelry, personal electronic devices and medications with you. It is advisable to keep the belongings that you don’t wish to move, separate from all the other boxes in the house so as not to cause confusion and get accidently moved with the other boxes in the process
6. Label boxes clearly if they contain fragile items
Proper labeling will make your move run more smoothly as the movers will be able to read each box and know where to place them at the next destination. If the boxes aren’t clearly labeled, they may be placed in the wrong room, or time could be wasted as the movers consult with you about where you want the things to be placed.
7. Ensure entry and exits are clear for movers
Reserve a convenient parking space for the moving truck. Let the movers know if there are any obstacles or physical constraints (like closed off roads or prohibited parking spaces) they need to know about in advance so they can plan how much time or size of truck they will need.
Be sure to let your apartment/condo manager know you’re moving so they can reserve and prepare an elevator for you.
8. Take precautions to prevent damage to property
You may want to lay floor coverings on carpets to prevent dirt from being tracked in and ground into the carpets. You can also wrap banisters with rags or blankets and protect door frames with paddings.
9. Empty drawers and desks
Furniture can be quite heavy and bulky. Leaving things in the drawers would cause them to be heavier and make the mover’s job more laborious and risky as things can shift around in drawers and get damaged.
Drawers can also open while being lifted, so it’s strongly recommended that you empty your furniture and disassemble your larger pieces to make it easier and safer for the movers to move.
10. Don’t pack heavy items in large boxes
Spread them out into several boxes.
Try not to pack multiple heavy items all into one big box. Even if our movers were built like The Hulk, it would still be awkward and difficult if they had to carry very large heavy boxes. Having reasonable sized and weighted boxes will make your move go much faster and more smoothly.
11. Don’t spring big surprises on the day of the move
If you need to move furniture from multiple locations to a new location, be sure to communicate this to the moving company before the day of the move, so they can be sure to make arrangements to have those items moved as well.
While it’s not expected, tipping is a nice way of showing your gratitude for a job well done. If tipping isn’t an option for you, consider other ways to show your appreciation like providing drinks or snacks during the day to keep their energy levels up. Or having a bathroom ready for them to use, equipped with toilet paper, towels and soap.