Should you help your movers?

When it comes to hiring movers for your relocation, that may be the smartest approach you can take. Sure, it costs money, but the benefits that come with professional help are worth every cent. Nevertheless, you might ask yourself – should you help your movers? Even though they are hired to do all the heavy lifting, you might feel that you need to help as much as you can.

The goal of this article is to show you when you should, and when you should not help out. Let’s begin!

Important things to know

I cannot stress enough the importance of hiring a professional moving company. Relocation will go smooth and quick. When you hire movers, you should be aware of all the benefits they bring to the table:

  • professional, trained employees
  • quick and quality service
  • additional services, like storage units, shipping assistance, vehicle renting, etc.
  • movers remove stress from the picture
  • they always deliver on time

It is also crucial to understand that movers have a working system. They know exactly what needs to be done, and in what way. With that in mind, if you do decide to help them, it should be done in a proper way. The goal is to do everything as quickly as possible but keeping the quality of the service on a high level. Do not be in their way, and create an even bigger project for them.

A drawing of a hand sticking out of a box, holding a lightbulb.

There is a number of great ideas that should help you assist your movers with relocation.

Furthermore, movers are responsible for packing your belongings. Helping them in this process is not always advised. If you pack some of your stuff before they arrive, that might be below their standards. In the end, there might even be an issue if some of the stuff gets damaged. 

With all that has been said, how can you help your movers without being in the way?

Prepare appliances

The first thing you can do to make things easier for your movers is to prepare appliances. That means, unplug all the cables, clean everything that needs to be cleaned. If you have original packaging, have it close by, they might want to use it. Leaving that for the moving day might create delays. Furthermore, if you feel that you are behind schedule, you might try to do it quicker, and end up damaging TV, or something else.

Also, if there is anything that needs to be disassembled, also do it before they arrive. Not only will you save time, but you will also release them from the duty of trying to figure out how it’s done.

Disassemble furniture and other belongings

Whether it is for relocation or for storing your antique furniture and other items, it is crucial to disassemble them before movers arrive. Some people decide to hire professionals for that as well, but it can be done from your end if you want.

Also, if you have other items, like a bicycle, make sure to prepare it for the move. If you don’t have any other means of transportation, you can simply disassemble it, and then assemble after the move.

A drawing of people climbing a mountain by holding hands together.

If you join forces with your movers, the entire relocation will be quick and smooth.

Remove everything from the wall

Another way to help your movers is to remove everything from walls. If you have paintings or other accessories, it would be smart to take them off gradually. You don’t have to do that all in one day. It is also smart to start making piles, for easier packing. Group all paintings in one spot.

Preparing the bedroom

Packing your bedroom can be a tedious job. Furthermore, that is a private place. With that in mind, remove all of your personal belongings, fold the sheets, and strip your mattresses. Your movers will appreciate it if everything is ready for packing.

Clean the refrigerator

Moving a refrigerator can be simple if you do the right steps. First of all, remove all the food. Then, defrost the fridge, and clean it thoroughly. All refrigerators have compartments inside. You can take them out, and also remove any glass panels that may slide. It is possible that those parts get damaged during the move, so it is smart to let the movers pack them separately. Finally, you can tape the fridge door, or it might get open during a bumpy ride.

Preparing the cabinetry

You can apply the same principle to your cabinetry. After you empty everything out, clean it, and tape all the doors. That is the best way to protect drawers, closets, and anything else that may open during the ride. You can also break down all shelves by removing pannels and disassembling them.

A shelve filled with books and figurines.

When the moving day comes, it is not smart to have all of your books and items on shelves. Better remove them upfront.

What to do with a lawnmower or a blower?

If you have a lawnmower or a blower, remember to clean them and drain all the gasoline. Movers cannot transport gas, because that is a safety hazard. Another thing you can do is remove all movable or sharp parts. A lawnmower is not shaped for packing, so you should do everything you can to make that process easier.

Categorize your belongings

When movers arrive, your belongings should already be prepared for packing. While they can help you pack everything, they should not organize your stuff. For that reason, it is better to have all of your items organized and grouped. That way, movers can start packing right away.

A no-touch area

Another reason why the movers shouldn’t organize your belongings for packing is that they don’t know what you want packed. You must have some personal belongings or some stuff that will go with you in the car. That is why it is good to have a dedicated area in the house where you can move everything that should not be packed by movers.

If they have to ask you every five minutes whether they should pack something or not, the entire process can stretch out for a long time.

Movers will appreciate your help

I hope that this article solves the puzzle of whether you should help your movers or not. It is positive that they will appreciate all the help they can get. Ultimately, the goal is to finish relocation as quickly as possible, and without any errors or mistakes. Just follow these simple pieces of advice, and you should be good to go. Good luck!