Preparing For The Movers
Label each room with a sign so the movers know where to put your belongings. You’ll need cleaning supplies for the furniture; you might be surprised at how dusty they get being in a moving truck. Tools, such as screwdrivers, wrenches, or drills might be needed for reassembling furniture unless the movers agree to do this.
Unless you plan the furniture layout ahead of time, you’ll likely end up having to do some re-arranging. The movers will place the furniture exactly where you want it, so it only makes sense to be prepared. It will save you a lot of time and effort down the road.
You can draw a layout of all the rooms and post them in each room, or just tell them as they bring each piece of furniture in. Another option is to write each furniture item on a piece of masking tape and put it on the floor where you want it to go.
If space is lacking, consider placing furniture and shelving in a closet. Do a Google search for creative ways to organize kitchens and bedrooms.
Avoid asking the movers to do too much. They aren’t obligated to keep moving furniture around until you’re satisfied.
Food And Drink
At the very least, get some drinks for the movers. I would also consider treating them to breakfast or lunch depending on when they arrive. Pizza is the most convenient food to order because it can be delivered.
Leave A Tip
IF the movers do a good job and treat you with respect, reward them with a tip. I emphasize the word “if” because not all movers are created equal. They shouldn’t get a tip just for the sake of getting a tip. It has to be earned. A rule of thumb is to leave $40-60 tip for a small move, and $100-$120 for a long-distance move.
Children need to be kept occupied during the unloading and unpacking. If you can get the TV and DVD player set up quickly, they can watch a movie. Getting a babysitter would be ideal, but might be difficult if you don’t know anyone in the area.