There is a lot of work that has to be done when it comes to moving. You have to pack, change utilities, and find a reliable moving company and so many other things. The weeks leading to the moving day can feel overwhelming and even tiresome. However, that is nothing compared to the moving day where you have to wake up before dawn and start working even before movers get there. While the work of professional movers is to pack and load your stuff in the truck, what exactly is the responsibility of the home owner?
Call the movers
Ideally you should call the moving company a week before the moving day to confirm that they are still coming and that they have your address and time correct. However, you should also call on the morning of the move just find out if they are on the way and if they need any directions. Calling the movers will ensure there are no delays so that everything goes smoothly.
Even if you have hired full-service movers, it is still your responsibility to pack. The advantage of packing before the movers get there is that you will save a lot of time and all they will do when they arrive is load the truck. You also have a better understanding of your items and you will take the best care of them when packing. While movers are professional, they may not have the time or they may not be willing to handle your delicate items the way they are supposed to.
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Whether you are making meals for your family alone or for everyone including movers, preparing the meals of the day is part of the homeowner’s job. However, it is not ideal to start cooking some gourmet dishes when you have movers in the house because you need to be present and helpful. The best thing to do is to prepare some dishes that can be frozen and packed the day before or just make snacks that people can grab and go. You can always order in some take-out if you don’t have the time to make easy dishes just as long as everybody is fed.
Even though the movers want you to get out of their way so they can work, you should not go missing completely. Make sure you are hanging around in case they need to ask you for something. You can be offering drinks, supervising the job and encouraging them while they do their work as long as you are not a distraction.
The last thing movers need when they are carrying heavy furniture is kids and pets running under them. Not only is it dangerous but it’s also demotivating and shows lack of respect. The home owner should make sure that the children and the pets are completely out of the mover’s way even if it means sending them to the neighbor’s house.
When you do your part, it will be very easy for the movers to do their job too. A little help respect and something good to eat goes a long way in making the movers work even harder and take good care of your stuff.