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How Can I Lessen the Burden on my Movers?

No matter which profession you’re in, your work most probably involves interacting with fellow human beings fairly regularly. Be they your customers, colleagues or providers, there are probably a few things you wish they knew which would make your interactions much smoother and more productive. When you’re hiring a moving company, they feel the same way. Here are things your movers wish they could tell you that will make moving day easier for everyone involved:

Let them do their job

How can you help your movers the most? Just let them do their job! You may think you know just the way to get everything done perfectly, but you hired full-service movers for a reason. They are trained professionals who’ve moved many couches, boxes, and fragile items, so step aside! You’ll feel less stressed, and they won’t feel micromanaged.

Finish packing before moving day

Do your movers pack for you? They do when you pay for a full-service move. If you chose not to splurge on the additional cost of packing services, make sure you finish your part of the work before they show up. Their job is infinitely easier if the house is completely ready to be put on the truck when they pull in. If they need to wait for you to finish packing, it’s a waste of their time — and your money.

Carry cash, jewelry, and prescription medications with you

Certain items are nothing but a headache for your moving professionals. They do not need to be burdened with valuables like cash or jewelry and prefer to steer clear of the possibility of being accused of such items being misplaced. Moving day can get pretty hectic. Hold onto your valuables and let the moving crew take care of the rest.

Label the boxes with their intended destination

Labeling each box clearly with its room of destination will help your movers unload more efficiently and save you the hassle of playing traffic director. This is even more important if you are paying them an hourly wage.

Always tell the movers or label the box clearly if something is fragile

If something is fragile or requires gentle handling for any other reason, tell them! They need to know clearly and ahead of time so write it, mark it or say it, and do it sooner rather than later.

Assist your movers by making sure you know where they can park their truck, how they can best access your apartment, and if there are any time limitations on parking or moving hours. Your movers operate on the assumption that this information has been researched and would be very upset to realize your poor preparation has gotten them stuck with a parking ticket.

Don’t pack heavy items in large boxes

It makes sense to put all those books in one box, right? Wrong. Even moving pros will find a big box of books difficult to carry, and it might also burst on the move.

Empty your drawers, armoires, and desks

Not only does it make the item heavier for your movers, it can also pose a danger with sliding drawers and shifting content. As a result, most movers won’t handle furniture or filing cabinets that still have things in them.

Some packing experts recommend leaving everything in the drawers as a way to simplify packing- that only works if you manage to safely secure the contents of the drawers by tightly wrapping them in plastic.

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. Keep close enough so they can find you if they need you. Moving etiquette says you should stay around the house, and let your movers know where to find you if you need to pop out for a short while.