Information the Movers should Know in Advance
Contracts and Guarantees
moving company of how many stairs there are at your new home or
moving company of low-hanging utility wires or tree branches in your
current and new neighborhood, as it may impede the
moving truck getting to your residence.
Ask about expected gratuities and commit such gratuities to the contract in
Have the contract include a guarantee of how many hours the job will take.
Check that the contract clearly includes all charges and important dates;
packing, pick-up, delivery, etc.
DO NOT leave your old home before the movers are completed loading the truck
and are ready to depart for your new home (or storage, if the case may be). You
must sign the bill of lading. If you do not sign the bill of lading upon
completion of loading the truck, you open yourself to liability.
What you can do to Help the
On moving day, you should have everything ready to go but a few small things
can make all the difference. For instance, when the movers show up in the
morning, have fresh, hot coffee ready for them. This small gesture will help
"warm" them up to you and a small amount of personable behavior never hurts
when they're carrying your beloved arm-chair. Likewise, you should also
consider buying a couple pizzas for lunch.
Make yourself available to answer any of their questions or speak with them
regarding any concerns. Open communication is key to your moving day. Make sure
you know exactly what is going on. If you feel uncomfortable about something,
let them know as soon as possible so it can be addressed. Be careful not to
movers. They do this for a living and draw from a deep well of
experience. That said, if you are unsure about something make them explain it.
Do what you can to keep the mood light and spirits up. It will go a long way to
making a long day a rewarding day!
Keep bottled water around to maintain hydrated. The move is hectic enough
without a trip to the hospital!
Some Extra Tips to Remember
Important documents such as wills or deeds, jewelry, computers, artwork,
photographs, and home videos are impossible to replace. Consider either
transporting these to you new home on your own or moving these and other
important belongings to a safety deposit box while you move.
Remember to fill any holes left in the walls. Your local hardware store will
carry wall putty which is effective and affordable. This could mean a sizable
difference in your security deposit (if you rent).
Now you're ready to get some free