Moving Day Etiquette
When moving day finally arrives, both you and your family may feel a bit stressed and anxious. The entire day can be overwhelming, but it will be over before you know it. Here are 6 tips to remember when it comes to moving day etiquette:
1- Keep the neighbors of your new and old home in mind. If you anticipate the move to be somewhat loud, try not to start too early, or end too late, when people are sleeping. People will be very appreciative of the fact that your move will not disrupt their everyday routines. Also, in order to get off on the right foot with your new neighbors, you probably would not want to wake them up from their sleep by moving into your house at 10 p.m.!
2- Offer water and snacks to those helping you move. Whether or not you hire a moving company or volunteers, it is always a nice gesture to provide some form of nourishment to the people helping you. Not only will this keep them alert and prepared, it will also keep the mood light, which could lead to a smoother moving day. Everyone seems to be happier when they have full bellies!
3- Don’t block access ways. Do not block other cars from entering or exiting the street, as this can lead to major frustration and problems for you. Also, unless absolutely necessary, try to avoid blocking sidewalks as well as driveways. If you find that you need to block a neighbor’s driveway for whatever reason, be sure to knock on their door first and introduce yourself. Explain the situation, and let them know that if they do need to leave, you will be close by and able to move the vehicle in a hurry.
4- Get involved. Pitch in and help whenever possible. It is not a good look to be sitting around barking orders at everyone else who is contributing to the move. If you see a point where you can jump in and be of some help, take it! Professional movers and/or volunteering friends will be very appreciative of this gesture.
5- Clean up before leaving. Any debris or trash that makes its way off of the moving truck should be cleaned up before leaving or calling it quits for the evening. Take all trash to the curb in cans, or some other secure location so that it is not blowing into the streets and surrounding yards.
6- Be appreciative. Remember to thank your friends who are helping or the professional movers you have hired. A little bit of politeness goes a long way. Also, although you may be in the middle of a move, if your neighbors decide to interrupt you to introduce themselves, try not to be agitated. Thank them for going out of their way to make you feel welcomed. After all, this is your new home and new friends are to be made!
Everyone makes a move at some point in their adult life. Generally, most people will be understanding and accommodating come moving day. Keeping these tips for good moving day etiquette in mind is a good way to ensure that everyone will feel satisfied and happy at the end of the day.