Moving is a hassle, no matter how much you pack, plan, and prepare for the big day. You will most likely hit a few bumps along the way! It is highly recommended that you use a checklist to help you survive this arduous task.
Aside from being organized for the actual move, you also need to take into consideration those around you who will also be affected that day. Like your mother always said, “mind your manners”. Here are some etiquette guidelines:
Time of Day – The most recommended moving time slot is between 9am and 4pm on a weekday if possible. During this time most neighbors will be away at work, therefore reducing any inconvenience to them. Also remember to keep noise level low; do not allow movers to blare music from the moving van, etc.
Last Impression – Make sure the last moments spent in your old neighborhood are good ones. Be careful not to block driveways and streets with vehicles or furniture. Keep an eye on the moving crew; some will take short cuts they shouldn’t, through yards, flower beds, etc. Be considerate of others!
First Impression – The same consideration described above should also be given to your new neighbors! If you see that the moving truck will be blocking a neighbor’s access, knock on the door, introduce yourself, and explain the situation to them. Apologize in advance for any inconvenience! Be readily available if something needs to be moved.
Help – Don’t just sit around and watch or give orders. Roll up your sleeves and help out, even if you have paid movers. You can always start unpacking boxes in your new home, be busy!
Refreshments – Offer some basic refreshments to your trusty “crew”, whether it be a group of hired pros or your family and friends. Provide some snacks, as well as some refreshing bottles of water and sodas; consider offering coffee or hot chocolate if you are moving during colder weather.
Clean up – Once your old home is vacant, take time to clean up any trash, vacuum, dust, and leave it in presentable condition. Also make a trip around the exterior, cleaning up any debris left behind from the move. The same holds true for your new home keep an eye out for trash or debris that may be left outside. Clean it up immediately so your neighbors don’t have to. Also try to avoid leaving a large trash pile by the curb for pick up. Instead, make a trip to the dump to dispose of these items.
Pets – If possible, take them to the home of a friend or family member, vet, or pet daycare. If not possible, keep them comfortable in a room away from the noise and commotion. Pets can become agitated and noisy during a move. The risk of them getting out and getting lost is also higher during a move.
Thank you – Don’t forget to tip and say “thank you”. For paid movers it is generally 5% of the total bill. If using family and friends, show your gratitude by buying a few pizzas for dinner and saying thanks. People like to feel appreciated.
How you handle yourself on moving day goes a long way in determining what type of relationship you will have with your new neighbors. Make sure you get started on the right foot!