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How to Keep Your Movers Happy During the Move

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Keeping Your Movers Happy While You MoveHiring movers to transport your goods will definitely make your moving day easier. Aside from just having to move boxes, the entire process of moving on its own can be a stressful experience. Instead of carrying box after box onto the truck and then unloading box after box, you can have other people do this work for you by hiring movers. If you use professionals though, you'll want to make sure you are as hospitable towards them as you can be towards them. It is important to keep your movers happy so they will be able to do their job effectively and efficiently.

During The Move: At Your Old Home

On moving day, double-check that all of your boxes are properly packed and loaded so they are ready to go. This will allow you to avoid any last-minute confusion. which will make it easier on you and your movers. Here are some ways you can help keep your movers happy: 

Be present during the move

You should be around the movers to answer any questions they might have as they handle your belongings. Additionally, by supervising the move, you can provide any necessary special instructions. If you aren't around during the move and something goes wrong, all parties involved will probably be unhappy.

Communicate with your movers

You should let your movers know the time frame for the move. If you have to be out of your old home by a certain time, make sure the moving company knows up front. They probably wouldn't appreciate it if you tell them they only have an hour to load everything up. Similarly, provide them with all the important information regarding the delivery of your goods to your new home. Make sure they are given the following information:
  • Address of your new home
  • Date you need your belongings delivered by
  • The time frame for delivering your goods, especially if you are moving to an apartment
  • Your phone number in case the movers get lost

By providing your company with this information, you can surely eliminate a lot of the confusion that may otherwise exist. As long as everyone is on the same page, your move will likely be as smooth as possible.

TIP: Make sure your children and pets are out of the way during the move. This will keep your kids and pets out of danger and make it easier for the movers to go about their work.

Show your movers hospitality 

Perhaps one of the most important ways to keep your moving team happy is to provide them with refreshments as they go about their work. Hauling around boxes all day in and out can get tiring really quickly and take out a lot of energy from the body. With this in mind, you should help make sure the movers are well- hydrated and are feeling refreshed. Though they may bring their own drinks, it is still a good idea to offer them some additional beverages such as
  • Cold water
  • Soda
  • Juices
  • Sports drinks

You may also want to provide some snacks or even lunch, especially if the move is going to take more than four or five hours. Even if they don't accept any, the simple gesture can put them in a good mood. You should also let them know whether they are allowed to use your bathrooms or not. While the decision is entirely up to you, make sure they know in advance to avoid any confusion.

During the move--at your new home

Make sure you have someone at your new home before the movers arrive. If they are kept waiting, they probably won't be too happy. You can make things easier for your movers and yourself by having a floor plan of your new household before the movers start unloading. By knowing where all of your belongings are going, the move can be as smooth as possible. Just as before, you'll want to keep your kids and pets out of the way as everything is brought into your new home.

The final thing to keep in mind regarding your movers' happiness is the subject of tipping. Remember, giving a tip is not necessary. If you think they did an exceptional job, feel free to do so. Most movers won't even expect a tip, and some moving companies have policies against accepting them.

Adam Mandelbaum  Posted by Adam Mandelbaum on August 27, 2009

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