How to Prepare for Full Service Movers


Once you’ve made the decision to hire a professional moving company for your relocation, you’ll want to be adequately prepared for their arrival. This includes you getting your house and your belongings ready for their services. If you choose full service movers then they’ll be helping you do everything you’ll need from start to finish. Here are some common tips to help you get situated before the movers arrive.

How Much Does it Typically Cost to Hire Movers?

The rates for moving services can vary based on the season. Typically, the prices are lower in the winter when the demand is also lower. On average, for two men you’ll probably pay around $80-$90 per hour. If you hire three men you’ll pay closer to $100-$120 per hour. 

Okay, so you’ve made the decision to hire the moving company, but how much does it cost to pay someone to pack your house?

Well, for experienced packers, you can expect it to take about 4-5 hours to pack up a 3- bedroom house.

So if you’re moving a smaller home, it shouldn’t take more than a couple of hours to get the job done. At an average rate of $100, it’ll cost you anywhere from about $200-$500 to get your home packed up by a professional moving company.

Is it worth it to pay for the company to move your things? For an extra $100 an hour, the movers can safely pack all of your things for you. It’s a service you may want to invest in to reduce stress and ensure your items are packaged properly.

Can I Help the Movers on Moving Day?

Generally the movers will be fully-equipped to handle everything regarding packing up your home. If you’re interested in helping in some way, you should consult with the company beforehand.

Still, you can try to disassemble whatever you can before they arrive on moving day. Empty out all of the contents of the refrigerator (they can’t transport food anyway) and wrap up all cords and devices so they’re not a hazard. Clean the appliances such as washers, dryers, blenders, etc beforehand and make sure they’re all prepped and ready to go.

Everything should be clean and dry when the movers are coming in to start loading; if you really want to help the movers, do whatever you can to make the process efficient when they arrive.

Another common question that people have is: Should I provide food for the movers?

Simply put, it’s a nice gesture to consider. Having food and drinks available for the movers when they come to help shows appreciation for the intense labor they’ll be engaged in all day long, possibly for multiple days.

 Most people move during warmer months and this is a lot of work. It’s easy to get dehydrated when moving around and lifting heavy objects for hours and hours.

Here are a few examples of things you could offer the movers a few hours after they’ve been working:

  • Snacks (chips, pretzels, peanuts, etc.)
  • Purchase lunch (pizza, cold cuts, etc)
  • Bottled water that’s chilled

What’s Next?

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