No matter how busy and stressful the pre-move preparations are, moving day will inevitably come, and its successful conclusion will also mean the end of your relocation ordeal is already in sight. Time will tell whether that major change in your life will be for the better or not, but right now it’s time to turn your utmost attention to the day when your movers will arrive at your home to fulfill their contractual obligations.
The moment the moving experts open your door on Moving day, they may wish you’d completed a number of important tasks you obviously failed to do, or maybe that you’d done some things a bit differently. You shouldn’t forget that everyone wants the single most stressful and unpredictable day to go smoothly from start to finish, including your movers.
Sometimes what your movers want you to know might not coincide with what you want to hear, but it’s something that you should definitely pay attention to in order to make things easier and safer for everyone.
Now that we’ve told you what movers won’t tell you, here are the top 6 things movers want you to know before they make a personal appearance on the day of your move.
1. Packing should be completed prior to moving day
Unless you hire a full-service moving company and request the extra service of professional packing, your movers will expect you to be finished with the job of having your things packed up for safe transportation. If the pros need to wait for you to wrap up a few more boxes, or if it appears that they will need to help you do it, then the lost time and additional efforts on their part will mean more money out of your pocket.
In the best case scenario, all of your things will be packed up safely and ready to be loaded into the moving truck by the moving team. But how can you make sure you won’t fall behind your packing schedule? It’s fairly simple: follow a personal and customized moving and packing timeline to ensure you won’t have to make your movers wait on you.
2. Valuables should only be moved by their owners
One of the things that movers want you to know, and should advise you to do it, is to keep your valuable items with you at all times. That’s right – things such as cash, bank cards, important documents, jewelry, small and expensive electronic equipment, prescription medications, family heirlooms, etc., have no business being in movers’ possession at any time during the residential move.
No matter how reputable, respectable and honest the moving company looks, the transportation of your prized valuables is your responsibility as the risk is never worth it. If you do own valuable items that are too heavy or too big for you (antique furniture, for example), then your best option is to purchase extra insurance for them first, and then let your hired team of specialists handle them.
3. Non-allowable items should not be packed
If you accidentally packed any items that your moving company is not allowed by law to transport to your new home, then your movers would wish you hadn’t packed any non-allowables when they show up at your door. You may have spent a considerable amount of time packing those hazardous items only to realize that your efforts have been in vain. If only you’d known that, right?
Reputable movers will refuse to transport household goods that are considered hazardous in nature: flammable, corrosive and/or explosive ones. Each professional moving company has a dedicated list of such non-allowed items so it’s important that you request that checklist and pack up your things by observing what it says. Keep in mind that professional movers won’t transport perishable foods of any kind either, regardless of whether they are fresh, cooled or frozen. Pets and plants are off limits for your hired pros as well.
Consider disposing of such dangerous goods way before moving day – if you can’t possibly use up all of them, then maybe giving them to friends or neighbors is your next best choice.
4. Packed boxes should be properly labeled
Your movers will also be tasked with unloading your packed cardboard boxes from the moving vehicle and taking them not only inside your new house or apartment, but to their respective destination rooms. So, what happens when the moving boxes are only partially labeled (BOOKS) or not labeled at all (—)? There will be unpleasant confusion and loss of time, of course.
If you’ve decided that you won’t need professional packing services, then what your movers want you to do is to label each packed box with its contents, destination room, and any special handling instructions you find to be important. Make sure you write those 3 labeling elements on at least 2 sides of each container, and feel free to use a red marker for added emphasis.
5. Small children and pets should be kept far from harm’s way
What movers want you to know is that moving day safety is of paramount importance, and while the pros have been well trained to do their job with safety in mind, you should also do your part to keep yourself and your family members from getting injured during the most chaotic day of the entire moving period.
If you have small children, then you must keep them away from the moving da madness that will unfold before your very own eyes. Have a family member or a close friend stay with them in a room far from the action, and hence far from any possible harm. This way, they will keep their healthy routine while you are busy with more urgent tasks. The same is true for any pets you have, most notably dogs and cats.
6. Presence on moving day is highly desirable
Your movers won’t be too thrilled if you try to control what they do, monitor each action of theirs, and even attempt to micromanage them. When you’ve done your research well and hired one of the top-rated moving companies as a result, then the best thing you can do is let them do their job the way only they know how to do.
What movers want you to keep in mind is that you shouldn’t disappear without a trace either. According to the moving day etiquette, you should stay around or let them know where they can find you in case the experts need to ask you something to avoid misunderstandings.
Besides keeping the communication open, be a good host and prepare some snacks and beverages for your workers to keep their energy level (understand efficiency) high enough.