|Full-service moves are definitely a great option. You simply pay the movers to come to your home and do most of the work for you--like packing, loading, transporting, unloading, and unpacking your goods. However, just because they are doing the hard part doesn't mean that you should be out of the house or sitting around doing nothing! Read on to find out your responisiblities on moving day while the movers work.
At your old home
While you don't want to be looking over your movers' shoulders all day, you shouldn't be completely out of sight. Plan on being close by in the next room. This way, you won't be a distraction to the movers, but you'll be close enough if they have any questions for you. It might be a good idea to drop in on them every so often, in case you have any questions or concerns about the move.
There are also several things you can do to help out your movers. As they go about your house packing everything up and making trips from your home to the truck, here are some things you can do:
- Keep pets occupied and out of the way. Pets have a knack for being nosy and constantly under-foot. To ensure your furry friend's safety, keep him or her locked in an empty room that's already been packed. If you have paid for full packing services and there are no rooms that won't be accessed by the movers, consider asking a neighbor to watch your pet for a few hours. If you must, you can keep your dog in the backyard or your cat in a carrier until it is time to leave for their new home.
- Keep children occupied. On moving day, there will be people in and out of your home, hauling heavy furniture and appliances. If your children get in the way of all the commotion, they could become seriously injured. Consider hiring a baby-sitter, creating a "safe room" to play, or sending the little ones out into the backyard if the weather is pleasant.
- Serve refreshments or even lunch to the movers. Movers work hard to move the entire contents of your household from one location to another. It's a job that requires diligence, skill, and back-breaking labor. To show your appreciation, it is a nice gesture to keep a cooler of drinks and snacks on hand to offer the workers. You could also offer to buy them lunch, such as a pizza, burgers or sandwiches.
- Have cash for tips. While tipping is not necessarily expected in the moving industry, it is a generous way to show appreciation for a job well-done. Full-service movers take care of every aspect of your move for you, so you may want to express your gratitude accordingly. The size of your move and the number of movers will determine the size of your tip, but there is no set amount expected.
- Avoid confusion by clearly labeling and pointing out any boxes or other containers that you plan on taking yourself. Some things you may consider moving yourself include extremely valuable jewelry, important documents like medical records, passports, or financial statements, medicines, or photos.
On the road
During the transportation stage, there isn't much you should be doing aside from focusing on getting to your new home. Prior to leaving, make sure that the movers have your correct new address (though they should already have this, double-checking with them can never hurt). Also, provide them with your cell phone number, so they can keep in touch and let you know if they encounter any problems or delays.
At your new home
Upon reaching your new home, your responsibilities will be similar to what you did at your old home. You'll want to let the movers do their jobs but still be close enough in case of any questions or issues.
As the movers bring everything into your home, you'll have to let them know where you want your large furniture pieces to go. This way, they can work efficiently by knowing where to put everything.
Although the movers do all of the grunt work during a full-service move, you will have plenty of things to do yourself. By following these tips, you can help keep things running smoothly on your moving day.
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