It is that time again; you have orders in hand and are ready to get your move started! If you are lucky enough to schedule movers (they are in high demand this summer and many installations are reporting major delays), they arrive at your home and then what? You already have the dirty dishes washed (only leaving out some paper plates and plastic utensils so you can eat later) and have smartly removed all trash from trashcans (it is really not pleasant when the trash gets packed with all of your other belongings).
Now, you need to ensure you remove all items you do not want the movers to pack and place them in a room with the door closed and labeled “DO NOT PACK”. I pack all of our non-replaceable items (wedding album, crystal toasting glasses, jewelry, husbands awards and shadowboxes, etc). in my own car. I want to minimize the chance to “lose” or damage the items that are truly irreplaceable.
Things to pack yourself:
Optional, but will make your arrival more comfortable:
During our last move, the moving company insisted it was not necessary to tip the movers. They ensured me they were being properly compensated for their work. I completely believe this, but since these individuals are packing up all of our possessions, some of which have significant value to me, I want the movers to be happy. Frankly, I want them to be so happy they like me enough that they would feel guilty packing my belongings carelessly!
We provided pizza and beverages (water and Gatorade) to the movers the first day, and snacks (granola bars and chips) the second day. I know this is not necessary, but I felt it created a friendly environment.
Do you tip or feed movers?
What do you ensure is not packed by the movers?
Do you have any personal experiences you can share on this matter?
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