Getting Ready for the Movers
If you’re planning to hire labor to help load your belongings on moving day, there are things you can (and should) do to help prepare for their arrival. Things that will not only make the day go smoother, but will save you time and money, too.
Moving Help Prep
As you get ready for the big day, one of the most important things you can do is have everything planned out. Giving the movers the ability to do things quickly and efficiently is the number one way to save money. Here are some things you can get started on:
- Coordinate your moving help to arrive after the moving equipment is delivered (so they don’t get paid for waiting). In most cases, we recommend scheduling the trailer or containers to be dropped off the day before your moving help arrives.
- Determine what items you want your moving help to load ahead of time. Do you want them to load just the “big stuff,” or everything?
- If possible, before the movers arrive, have everything packed and staged in a way that provides a pathway for them to use while carrying boxes and furniture out.
- Prepare your appliances. For example, unhook the washing machine and make sure all hoses are drained and dried. Empty the refrigerator, and defrost the freezer then make sure they’re both cleaned out and dry. You can read more about how to do that here and here.
- Prepare outdoor equipment like lawnmowers, swimming pools, grills, etc. You can read more about how to do that here.
- Let your neighbors know when your moving help is coming so they are aware of more vehicles and foot traffic near them.
- Be ready to show the movers where to park when they arrive—that may mean calling your HOA or city for permission/permits.
- Make sure all household goods can go through your door frames. Disassemble items if necessary (and keep your toolbox around… you never know when you’ll need it).
- Donate, trash, or give away items the items that can’t be loaded into the moving trailer (like flammables, liquids, combustibles, perishable foods and other items on the Do Not Ship List).
- Cover floors to protect them from damage and dirt due to heavy foot traffic (but make sure there are no tripping hazards).
- Put high-value items in a safe place and be prepared to take them with you in your personal vehicle (or make other arrangements).
- Make a plan for kids and pets; you’ll want to keep them and your moving help safe on moving day.
What Should I expect from my moving help?
When you move with U-Pack and hire moving help though a service we recommend, the amount of help the movers provide is up to you. They’ll be working completely under your direction. You’ll personally supervise to make sure your belongings are loaded exactly the way you want.
When they arrive, go over the Bill of Lading with the lead mover to make sure the service order is correct. It’s important to know that you’re both on the same page before the work begins. Then, direct the moving help to each room and show them what needs to be loaded. And if you’re moving with U-Pack®, make sure they know to load the trailer high and tight (since you only pay for the space you use). Check here for helpful loading tips.
Should I tip the moving help?
That’s completely up to you! If they do a great job, a tip is a great way to express your gratitude. If you’d rather not tip, you can show your appreciation by buying lunch, or having snacks and drinks available to them so they can cool down and refuel. Whatever you decide, it’s a good idea to keep water available, especially during hot summer months.
Should I let the moving help use the restrooms in my house?
It’s up to you. Some people prefer the movers to use restrooms off-site, while others don’t mind them using their powder room or guest bathroom.
Do I provide a dolly, or do the movers bring it with them? What about supplies to wrap and protect my furniture and appliances?
If you’re moving with U-Pack and choose to hire moving help, the movers will bring a dolly and basic hand tools with them, and you will provide the other packing and loading supplies. Moving boxes and other supplies like packing paper, moving blankets, and packing tape at the U-Pack Box Store (and you can get a 10% discount on boxes and moving supplies with a U-Pack reservation!)
How do I handle problems with the movers?
Every group of movers should have a crew leader to address any concerns or issues with. If you feel uncomfortable addressing your concerns with the crew leader, call the agency you booked the movers through or contact the movers directly.
What other questions do you have about moving day?
Whether it relates to moving help or you just have other questions about moving, we’re happy to help! Leave a comment below and we’ll get back to you. And if you’re considering a U-Pack move (with moving help), get a free moving quote to start comparing your options or give us a call at 800-413-4799 to talk in more detail about your move.