What Can I Expect Movers to Do (And NOT Do?)

“Moving is a blast!” Said no one. Ever.

But there are ways to make it easier, faster and less stressful. One of the best ways to do that is to have great communication with your movers up front to avoid any unpleasant surprises on moving day. Here’s a list to help you minimize moving day misunderstandings and start the day out right.

  1. Pack it up. Unless you’ve hired your moving company to pack you, you should be fully packed by the time they arrive. And the answer to the question “How many boxes do I need?” is always “Ten more than you thought you possibly could.” If you’re scrambling on moving day, call your moving company as soon as you realize you’re running short. They might be able to bring some to you when they arrive.
  2. Expect protection. Your movers should take every precaution to protect your floors, walls and furniture. Wrapping your furniture with blankets, furniture pads and shrink wrap should be included in the price of your move. If you have very delicate floors or light-colored carpet, you should ask the moving company to add carpet and floor protectors to your order.
  3. Lug your own liquids. Movers cannot move chemicals, paint or cleaning supplies. In essence, if it sloshes when they pick it up or there’s a chance of it spilling in their truck, it can’t go in. You’ll need to pack these items ahead of time and perhaps plan to move them in one of your own vehicles.
  4. Most “blasts” are good, but… Movers also can’t move fertilizer or gas grill tanks. It kinda goes without saying that no one wants your moving truck to explode.
  5. Keep your treasures close. To reduce any risk of heartbreak, you should plan to move your most precious valuables such as fine jewelry or irreplaceable family heirlooms yourself. No matter how careful your movers are, moving day is chaotic, and it’s possible for things to get lost or broken. After all, your movers are human. Simply don’t take any chances with things you feel can never be replaced.
  6. Choose wisely. Most importantly, you should expect that your movers show up with smiles on their faces and a can-do attitude! No matter how organized you are, you’re bound to be feeling some stress. Your professional moving team should do everything in their power to make your day easier, more efficient, and dare we even say…a blast? The good kind.

Jay’s Moving Company 

There are plenty of moving companies in Indiana. Choosing experienced, compassionate and professional movers can make all the difference when the big day comes around. Jay’s Moving Company takes pride in making your move with them “The Best Move You’ll Ever Make.” Jay’s is a Hoosier-owned company that’s been doing things “The Jay’s Way” and proudly serving Indiana since 1951. For northern Indiana or long-distance moves, call 260-747-5625. For central Indiana moves, call 317-638-7033. For information about Jay’s services and pricing, visit our website.

The Top Six Things to Consider When Hiring a Mover


Moving can be exciting, with the promise of a new home (or even a new home town!) It can also be exhausting, overwhelming, and incredibly stressful. Much like planning a wedding, you can plot out as many details as you want, but in the end, part of the success of it depends on the other people you entrust to bring it all together. And while there will always be factors outside of anyone’s control (like the weather!) your moving day can either be smooth sailing or a downright disaster. Here are the Top 6 Things to Consider to ensure that your day is more of the former than the latter!

  1. Does the company have experience?

This seems like a pretty simple question, but it’s worth asking. How many years have they been in business? Just because the company has a website and a truck with a logo on it doesn’t mean they’ve been around long enough to know which end is up. When you’re entrusting your precious possessions to people you don’t know, experience matters.

  1. Do they have a good reputation and online reviews?

In this day and age, it only makes sense to check out a vendor before you hire them. Of course, no one can hit a homerun every time they perform a service. There will always be some negative reviews, either from truly dissatisfied customers or folks who just love to complain. But a solid company should have more positive than negative reviews, and you should take the time to assess them.

  1. Is the company licensed and properly insured?

Moving days can be “anything can happen days.” It’s incredibly important to know that the company you contract is covered if something happens to your possessions, your new home, your old home, or one of the movers during the course of the day.

  1. Does the company provide a written estimate?

You need to be sure that you’re comparing apples to apples when you’re comparing mover’s rates. If a company only provides you with a verbal (or online) estimate and it seems too good to be true, beware. It probably is. There can often be hidden costs or surprises that get added onto your bill at the end.

  1. Does the company respond quickly?

If you request an estimate online or on the phone, and that company doesn’t respond within 24 hours, you should look elsewhere. If they don’t respond to you when you’re looking to give them money, how can you expect them to respond after they’ve taken it?

  1. Do you feel confident they will handle your belongings with respect and care? 

Are the people you talk to empathetic, patient and kind? If not, run the other way. If the schedulers and estimators aren’t nice people, that’s an indication that your movers won’t be either. You need to have people you feel you can trust to move your precious belongings from Point A to Point B. Plus, having some really nice guys with smiling faces and a great attitude can go a long way towards making your moving day less of a chore.

There are plenty of moving companies in Indianapolis to choose from. Jay’s Moving Company is a Hoosier-owned company that’s been proudly serving Indiana since 1951. For more information about our services and get a free quote, click here.