Moving day has come. Now that you’ve decluttered, organized, packed, and cleaned, it’s time for the movers to do their job. It’s important to keep some etiquette tips in mind to ensure everyone has an enjoyable and stress-free experience on the big day.
1. Tell the Neighbours You’re Moving
Moving can be disruptive to your neighbours. You may be making more noise than usual, and the big moving truck could block part of their driveway or part of the road. Try to be considerate of those around you by giving your neighbours a heads-up and ensuring you’re not blocking them in.
2. Determine Where the Movers Will Park at the New Home
Many homeowners forget about parking logistics. After all, with packing, organizing, and labelling on the mind, it can be easy to forget this small detail. But determining where the movers will park their truck on moving day, and reserving the spot if necessary, will make the day easier on your movers, on your neighbours, and on those driving by. Make sure you’re following parking laws.
3. Reserve the Elevator
If you’re moving into an apartment complex or condo building, it’s a good idea to reserve the elevator far in advance of moving day. This will ensure your movers have uninterrupted access, making their day easier. It will also ensure your new neighbours know of the inconvenience ahead of time.
4. Let the Movers Do Their Job
It can be difficult to stand around, and you may want to offer your help to the movers. However, the movers know what they’re doing, and it’s easier for them if you don’t get in the way. They will let you know if they have questions or if they need you.
5. Offer Drinks
It’s courteous to offer drinks to the movers. They’re lifting, bending, and carrying heavy loads, so they’re going to get thirsty. You may have already packed up your coffee machine and glassware, but consider leaving a bottle of juice or some cold water in the fridge, with paper cups.
6. Finish Packing ahead of Time
It’s proper etiquette to finish packing all your belongings before the movers show up. They want to start working right away, and they don’t want to have to spend time waiting around while you finish packing up half your possessions. Their job will be easier, and the move will be completed faster if you’ve done your part ahead of time.
7. Label Boxes
Properly labelling your boxes with each room they’re going in will make it infinitely easier on your movers to unload in your new home. They won’t need to ask you where each box should go.
8. Avoid Packing Heavy Items in Large Boxes
At the outset, it might make sense to pack all your books in a large box where they all fit. However, this will make it more difficult to carry the box, and it may even break the box as the Vancouver movers try to maneuver it. Heavy items should be placed in smaller boxes.
9. Don’t Disappear
Though you should let the movers do their job, that doesn’t mean you should leave for hours at a time. They may still require your assistance. Stay around the house so the movers can ask questions if they need to.