Should I Help My Movers on Moving Day?

Mar
12
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If you have never used the services of a professional mover before, you might be wondering what your responsibility is when they arrive. How much are you supposed to help? When should you stay back? Are you helping or hurting?

So if you hire professional movers, you may be at a loss as to what to do with yourself. After all, they’re in your home and moving your stuff.

Here’s what local moving companies want you to know about how to help moving day go as smoothly as possible.

1. Finish Packing Before the Movers Arrive

Most of what you can do to help your movers on moving day happens before they arrive.

Did you opt to pack your own belongings? Wrap it up before your movers are on your doorstep.

You’ll make their job of getting in and out significantly easier if the boxes are labeled, lined up, and ready to go when they ring the doorbell.

2. Use Big Labels and Noticeable Fragile Stickers

Your hired movers will need to move quickly to get the job done. But they also need to ensure they protect your items and keep an accurate inventory.

Help them out by labeling your boxes appropriately (with large writing) on all sides and placing fragile stickers in prominent places on the relevant boxes.

If they can see what they have in their hands immediately, they can get through the more tedious parts of the process faster.

3. Be Available

Your movers might have questions for you throughout the day. Make sure you stay available during the moving process in case they need quick answers from you about your move.

If it’s a long process and you need to go out, let them know before you leave and tell them when you expect to be back. Give them your cell phone number so that they can reach you just in case.

4. Don’t Overpack Your Boxes

If you opt to pack your items yourself, pack them safely. Just because you don’t have to lift them doesn’t mean you can overpack your boxes. Although a standard box holds 65 pounds, you shouldn’t pack them to be heavier than 50 pounds.

Additionally, make sure you choose the appropriate-sized boxes for what’s going in them. 

If you’re packing small but heavy items, like books or canned goods, use smaller boxes to avoid overloading them. Use large boxes to pack lighter bulkier items like pillows and comforters.

5. Have a Plan for Kids and Pets 

Before moving day, make a plan to keep your kids and pets out of the mover’s way. This will ensure that no one gets hurt and that the movers can effectively and efficiently get the job done.

Are You Ready for Moving Day?

It’s hard to know what to do with yourself on moving day. But if you prepared well, you don’t have to do anything on moving day but open the door and let your professional moving team in.

Are you in the process of moving out of your current property? Get in touch for more tips and don’t forget to read our guide on how to move to a new city.