Are You Planning A Move?

Three Questions People Often Have Before The Movers Arrive

by Chad Stanley

Having someone else move your things can be really convenient, but it also brings up some worries and quandaries. If you've never hired a moving company before, you are sure to have some questions before they arrive. Here's a look at some of those common, delicate questions and their answers.

Will the movers see and move your underwear and other objects of a private nature?

Many people are embarrassed at the idea of having their movers see their underwear and other private items. Your movers are professionals, and if you do leave these items for them to pack, they will do so discretely and without judgement. However, most people do not feel comfortable with this, and so they go through their home and pre-pack these most sensitive items before the movers arrive. Just box them up, label the boxes "private" and leave them for the movers to pack. If you are really self-conscious, you can take these boxes with you rather than leaving them for the movers to move.

Should you tip your movers?

Yes, it is conventional for you to tip your movers. How much you tip should depend on how long they spend packing your items, how good of a job they do, and what extra tasks they handle for you. Tipping 5% of the cost of your move is a good starting point. Or, if there are multiple movers who help you for a few hours each, you could tip each of them $20 or $30. Add an extra dollar or two per person if the movers have to disassemble furniture, help relocate your pets, or tackle other trying tasks.

What happens if something is damaged?

Your movers pack and transport items day in and day out, so they are less likely to damage things than the average person is during a move. However, accidents do happen, and it's possible that one of your items will be damaged. If this happens, it should be covered by your moving company's insurance policy. This is one reason why it's so important to hire knowledgeable, reputable movers. Ask them about their insurance policy before you sign a contract to be sure that they will cover broken items.

Now that you know a bit more about hiring movers, you're prepared to forge ahead! If you have any other concerns, reach out to your moving company. They are used to answering customers' questions and can really help you out.