Moving Tips – COVID-19 UPDATE

Moving Tips

Moving is hard work. The moving crews usually work hard, fast, careful and courteous. If you feel that your movers did a good job, it is customary for them to be tipped. This is, of course, a function of their performance. The amount is up to the customer.

Two Weeks Before the Move

  • Take care of bank accounts, bills and stock accounts.
  • Make special arrangements for transporting pets, plants, flammables, pressurized tanks, ammunition, and guns.
  • Contact your insurance company to cancel current home coverage and set up new home insurance.
  • If you do not have the time to clean, hire a cleaning service. Do not polish furniture because it will make for a slippery grip for your movers and softens the wood making your furniture more susceptible to damage.

One Week Before the Move

  • Take care of bank accounts, bills and stock accounts. Arrange for baby and animal sitters on move day at both ends. This is for their safety and the movers’ safety.
  • Transfer prescriptions.
  • Arrange for delivery (such as newspapers) and yard services to be discontinued.
  • Dispose of flammable, hazardous, toxic, liquor, pressurized vessels, or paint items that can’t be moved on the truck. Drain gasoline and oil from power tools and equipment such as lawn mowers, weedeaters, edgers, and generators.
  • Pack your “trip kit” of essential items that will go in your car. These may include your medications, cash, checkbook, toiletries, flashlight, baby food, child care items, pet food, and your moving file.

One Day Before the Move

  • Unplug and defrost the refrigerators and freezers.
  • Clean them with a disinfectant and air them out.
  • Put a box of baking soda or charcoal in them to keep them fresh.
  • Freezers may be transported full with some movers.
  • Disconnect and label TV’s, computer and stereo equipment cables. (This will make reconnecting much easier and faster).
  • Label items that are not to be moved.
  • If you live in an apartment, park your car at the truck load position to save a good spot for the moving van.

Move Out Day

  • Have the children and pets out of the house.
  • Strip the beds and be ready for the mover to dismantle and load the beds. If you break down the beds, cribs, etc., keep the hardware in a Ziplock bag attached to the bed or put it in a dresser drawer of that bedroom.
  • Be on hand to conduct a walk through the house with the mover so he understands the scope the move. Answer questions and give directions for the move requirements.
  • Clean the house, time permitting, or hire a cleaning service for this function in advance.

Move In Day

  • Know where you want your furniture placed ahead of time. Movers want to place an item one time if possible.
  • Be on hand to tell the movers which room or where the furniture or boxes go so that they don’t end up in the wrong room and would have to be handled again.
  • Color code, name, or number rooms so that they correspond to move out location. This greatly speeds the unloading time and gets the boxes in the right locations.


April 15, 2020

As a valued client of Metro Wide Movers, we are writing to share an important update. We continue to closely monitor developments with respect to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and are taking steps to safety of our employees and customers. As of today, Metro Wide Movers remains fully operational as we are deemed essential. We are carefully watching developments around the country, and we are adhering to all government and health regulations. The safety of our employees and our customers continues to be our top priority. We have educated our staff on the virus and how to prevent its spread. We continue to clean and disinfect our building and trucks to ensure the health of our nation.

We have also implemented the following temporary operational procedures:

  • Metro Wide Movers customer MUST practice social distancing (a minimum of 6 feet) with our moving staff and should be prepared to either leave the home after the initial walk-through is completed or have designated places in the home to social distance from.
  • If the customer has access to masks or face covers (even a bandana will work) we ask that they wear them during he walk through with the crew. The crew lead completing the walk through will also be required by the company to wear a mask. If masks are unavailable, please always maintain safe distance of at least six feet.
  • Metro Wide Movers staff is prepared to conduct much interaction with customers through phone calls, text and / or virtually (ex. FaceTime, What’s App Video Call, Facebook Messenger Video). This includes estimates, walk-throughs, and any other time you have questions for us.
  • Moving Crews have been capped at 6 movers or less.
  • Customers will be asked to sign paperwork at both the beginning and the completion of the move. Please wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for the minimum recommended time of 20 seconds prior to handling documents, pens, etc.
  • Contactless delivery of packing materials is available.

We will continue to monitor the situation and update policies and procedures as further developments and guidance arise. Please know that Metro Wide Movers is committed to providing you with the same high quality of service during these uncertain times, but will keep safety of our crews and their families, as well as the health and safety of your family at the forefront of any policy changes. Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions.

Wishing You Continued Health & Safety,

Metro Wide Movers