Take Out Insurance Whether you choose to use the mover's insurance services or not, make sure your belongings are insured against loss. Accidents can happen, and it's best to have coverage in case something breaks or gets lost in the move.Moving companies offer different types of insurance coverage. Two popular options are the "by the pound" and "comprehensive". Insurance by the pound is cheaper, but it doesn't cover much. For example, if your antique coffee table gets scratched during the move and needs to be repaired, this type of coverage will only pay based on how much the table weighs. It may not cover the repair bill. Comprehensive coverage is more expensive, but it will cover all damages and losses.
Identify Things That Cannot Be Moved by Movers Professional movers won't move just anything. Most companies won't move cash and certain other valuables for you. Many companies have lists of items they will not transport for safety reasons. These usually include such items as household chemicals, paints and flammable liquids. They may also have a list of things they won't move for liability reasons, like cash, important papers, photographs, pets, food and medicine. If you plan on bringing these items with you, you'll have to pack them up and transport them yourself.
Bring Cash for Tips You should tip your movers $20 or more per person for a full day's work. If you're doing a long distance move and the same guys are handling your stuff all the way, you should pay $100 or more per person. After all, they may have a long drive ahead of them to your new house, or they might need to pack several households' belongings into a large semi trailer and make several stops on a cross-country trip. Any way you do it, moving is a tough job, and you should show that you appreciate their hard work, especially if they take good care of all your belongings.
Bring Snacks and Drinks Movers often don't have time to take a break or make a quick trip to a store to grab a drink. So be sure to have refreshments on hand. Bottled water is precious to movers on a hot day. Bring portable foods like energy bars, and have a variety of beverages to offer thirsty movers. If the weather's hot, make sure you give several bottles of water or sports drinks to each worker. This helps them get through the job faster and better.
Have a Plan Before moving day, figure out who will do the packing and unpacking your belongings, you or the movers. If you're doing the packing yourself, use plenty of newspaper, bubble wrap or blankets for padding. This is important because if what you pack breaks during transport, the movers may not be liable for it. Be sure to have enough boxes on hand and label them with your name, room, and the contents, so it's easier to keep track of where it all needs to go in your new home.
Once everything's packed, sort the boxes by weight to make loading easier for the movers. Put lighter boxes in one area and heavy ones elsewhere. Keep piles of boxes away from the doorways so everyone can easily walk around. Avoid piling stuff on heavy furniture that will get loaded into the van first.
And one last thing, if you think you are stressed about moving, consider how stressed the movers get as they are doing the hard work for you. Try to be diplomatic in dealing with movers. It helps.