Even at the best of times, moving day can be stressful for everyone involved. Whether you are moving into/out of an apartment, condominium, low-rise home or commercial property, a move involves trucks, boxes, packing materials, workers and a certain amount of organized chaos.
As with any major event, preparation is key. There are certain things to do on moving day to make things go as smoothly as possible. The first is to be sure to bring your manners with you.
Think of the following tips as “moving etiquette.”
- Let your neighbours at both ends know when to expect the movers to pull into your place. Ensure that the movers park and unload to avoid blocking anyone else’s driveway or trespassing on other lawns while items are being carried into or out of your new property. It is important to respect your neighbors’ privacy and property.
- If you are booking a residential move and have the choice, select 9 or 10 a.m. for your truck to arrive. This is a time when people who work 9 to 5 are gone, and you are less likely to cause them any inconvenience.
- Make arrangements for your pets to be cared for elsewhere. The very nature of a move means that doors will be open for long periods, and having animals wandering in and out can be dangerous for them and for those carrying your belongings.
- Ask your movers to keep the radio down to avoid bothering small children or elderly neighbours who may be napping.
- The physical nature of moving means that your movers will get thirsty and hungry. Although it is not necessary, offering cool drinks and some snacks is always greatly appreciated. Cold water and pop during the summer or coffee and hot chocolate in the winter can go a long way to keeping movers refreshed and energized.
- Most people wonder about whether to tip movers. Tipping is not compulsory in our industry, so it is totally up to you. If you feel your moving crew has done an exemplary job, by all means, show your appreciation that way. Whether or not you tip, you should expect excellent service.
- Most moving companies are good about removing packing materials, crates, boxes, etc. when they leave. If anything is left behind, collect it yourself and dispose of it.
- As items are moved out of rooms, take advantage of the opportunity to sweep, mop and clean what you can. Think about how you would like to find the place you are moving into and act accordingly. Some people hire cleaners to come in and work their magic before turning in the key to the landlord or new owners.
- Keep your cool. By moving day, you are likely to be tired and worried about all your items arriving at your destination without any damage.
So, it’s all about common courtesy – treating others the way you would like to be treated – and it works both ways. That’s why at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Canada, we follow The Grandma Rule®. We treat everyone the way we would want our grandmothers to be treated, and we appreciate clients who do the same in return!