Moving Day Etiquette

So you’ve decluttered, packed, and are ready to get moving. With the move date around the corner, we’ve included some helpful tips for the day of. These will help prepare you and the movers so that it goes as smoothly as possible. 

Make sure you’re packed

If you didn’t request packing services, be sure to be packed prior to the move date. Chances are if you have a few small last minute items that still need to be boxed, it won’t make much of a difference. But, it is important to be as ready as you can be. If not, you run the risk of going far longer than expected, which could affect how much you pay at the end. It also makes it easier for the movers to asses you items and arrange them into the truck. In the end, it will save you time and money if you are packed ahead of time. 

Be sure not to overpack your boxes

While you might think that having the least amount of boxes will speed up the process, often times it doesn’t. If they’re too heavy, they might require two people to carry them or they might need to be repacked into several lighter boxes, which will definitely take more time. While it’s tempting to pack all of your books or other items into a single box, try spreading them out to redistribute the weight. If they’re too heavy for you to maneuver, they’ll likely be too heavy for the crew. 

Don’t pack the valuables

If you have jewelry that has sentimental or monetary value, keep them separate and take them with you. Same goes for any cash or medications, things you’ll likely need or want in the near future. It’ll alleviate some stress from the movers as well as yourself if valuables are kept with you at all times. 

Label your boxes

This step is key to an efficient move. Make sure you’ve labeled any boxes that contain fragile items to ensure that extra precaution and care is taken. Also label what room the boxes should be going into so that the movers can leave them in the designated areas. It’ll be easier for you as well when it’s time to unpack. 

Remove items from drawers

This is probably one of the most popular topics of moving day etiquette. While each mover will have different requirements, you can typically leave drawers inside dressers or tables. Most will request that they be emptied of the contents. This will make it easier to move the items and safer for the crew and furniture piece. 

Prepare your home for the move day

This can include a number of things. For instance, if you live in an apartment be sure to reserve the elevators. If possible, secure a spot in the driveway, loading dock, or street to ensure the movers park as close to your home as possible. This will speed up the process as well. 

Try not to get in the way

You’ve hired movers, so relax and let them handle the hard stuff. Most crews have a system and interference might slow things down. That being said, be present for any questions or concerns they might have. For everyone’s safety, make sure pets and kids aren’t in the way either. 


While not necessary, tipping is common and usually very appreciated. It’s like any other service, standard tips are about 20% of your final total. If possible, having drinks and snacks available for the movers will also keep up morale and it’s a nice gesture overall. 

We hope this guide provides some insight on move day etiquette, ensuring that it all goes smoothly and according to plan. Be sure to check out our FAQ sections for more relevant questions.

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