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It helps to avoid theft if you pack your own possessions before the movers arrive. And then label them all things like "Great-grandma's clothes," "baby attire," great-great-great-grandma's lingerie," stuff like that.
If you're anything like me, and the removalists are as shady as that, they might end up donating some... uh, "questionable charity".
And if you are indeed moving, I wish you the best of luck :)
Movers are *the best*!!! The last time we moved, I was pregnant, and we were very busy, and we realized there was just no way to get all the things done we needed to. We paid for movers who pack your stuff, too. They were amazing, and we were happy to sit around and watch them! We bought them all lunch. It was absolutely money *very* well spent and really, at that point in our lives, not at all optional.
After a snotty remark from my father, my sister labeled all her moving boxes "spices" or "shoes." She regretted it later.
As a military member, I'm used to having movers, since the government pays for them (thanks taxpayers!). Some tips:- Make sure you get a good inventory sheet and hold onto it.- Pack and and perhaps move yourself anything of sentimental, irreplaceable value.- They should be insured against damage or loss, but that doesn't mean it won't happen, and getting payment is a pain.- Be there when they unpack! If something is broken, stop right there and take photos.- If you don't like how it's being packed, stop and ask them to repack it.- Movers like to top off a box with stuff from another room. This makes unpacking a fun game. Your choice if you want to make a big deal out of this.- Most of my packers were professional, courteous, and fast! Since I wasn't paying, I often bought lunch for them and provided drinks.- Good luck! Moving blows, even with movers.
Every time we move, I claim that "next time, we're hiring movers." I really mean it this time, though! Then again, maybe I just won't move house ever again...Panel three sums up my justification, and Scott's last line in panel four sums up my life/stuff.
So, if you're on the move again, best of luck! (That goes for anyone out there reading this, incidentally.)
Hiring movers when the GF and I moved a month ago was one of the best decisions we have ever made. While we handled the boxed-up small items in a rented van, the movers took care of the large furniture items, including various inherited marble-topped tables and cabinets, the bed, an extremely heavy mirrored cabinet we like to call the Cocaine Credenza, etc. For the sum of $545, our heavy possessions were moved, on a 102-degree Texas day, in only three hours while requiring no sweat off our collective brow. We realized afterward that if we had done it ourselves, it would have taken 6 trips, at least two shouting matches, and one prolonged crying jag (probably on my part).
Movers are awesome. We had movers come in, pack nearly everything, and packed the truck. Funny thing is, the number one concern was 'what if they break something?'. I'm like, what if your friends break something? In that case you have exactly no reasonable recourse.
If I ever need to move again, I'm just going to burn the house down and start over. It'd be easier.
Nate's list just about covers it. Do pack your own breakables unless you have VERY well reccomended packers.What you write on the boxes should be something you'd recognise that others will not, such as "Mike's books and gym bag" would mean his computer and briefcase to you if you know he does all his bookkeeping electronicly, and considers business a full-contact sport
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