Hiring professional movers can make your mover a lot easier, but there are still some rules that need to be followed. Check out TLC's tips to make sure you're doing things right.
Well in advance of moving day, ask the company what they will and won't move. Most companies have guidelines on what they won't move, ranging from things like household chemicals, paints and liquids that jeopardize their safety, to things that won't move because of liability risks like cash, valuables, important papers, photographs, pets, food and medicine. If you are planning on moving any of these items, be prepared to pack and move them yourself.
When you hire your movers, find out whether they will be doing the packing or if that's your responsibility. If you are packing, use lots of cushion in the form of newspaper, bubble wrap or blankets because if items you packed break while they're being transported, movers usually aren't liable for it. Make sure you have plenty of boxes and label everyone with your name, room destination, and what's inside so you can stay on top of where everything needs to go in your new home. Once packing's finished, separate the boxes that are heavy from the ones that are light to make loading easier. Also, keep doorways clear of boxes so there are no tripping hazards and don't put boxes on the heavy furniture that will be most likely loaded first.
Purchase insurance through the moving company or your own provider so you are covered if anything goes wrong. If you purchase from the moving company, you will have to choose between two types: by the pound and comprehensive. By the pound is generally cheaper, but it will only reimburse you for something based on its weight, which may not cover the full replacement or repair value. Comprehensive coverage may cost more, but it covers all damages and losses.
Have drinks and snacks on hand as a kindness towards your movers. Often, movers are booked back to back and don't have time to stop for a meal or snack between moves. Cold water and energy bars are a great way to show you appreciate how much work they are doing and to make sure they stay at their best.
Finally, be sure you have cash to tip your movers. Moving is hard work, especially if they are going to be driving a long distance to your new home. So if they do a good job, make sure to give them some cash to show how much you appreciate their effort.