|You aren't the only one who experiences a roller coaster of emotions on moving day. Relocating is a stressful process for everyone involved--including your professional movers. Throughout the course of moving day, you'll most likely see a variety of expressions on the faces of the workers. Lucky for you, we're here to help you figure out exactly what your movers mean by the faces they make on moving day.
1. "Sorry we're late."
Things may not look to great when your movers show up an hour later than expected. But this facial expression is supposed to make it all better. Nobody wants to kick off moving day on the wrong foot, so this is your moving company trying to apologize and get started as soon as possible. Sometimes, things don't go 100% according to plan, and that's perfectly fine--as long as the job gets done.
2. "I hope that didn't break."
Hopefully, you did some research on your movers before signing any paperwork. Most moving companies own up to their mistakes and reimburse you for damaging your items. However, there are some companies who don't value their customers and don't take pride in their work. Be wary of these moving companies and be sure to supervise the workers on moving day. The "oops" face is never good.
3. "I probably just broke something, but you won't know about it until it's too late."
If you catch them red-handed, this is the exact expression they'll have on their face (except with both eyebrows, probably). Be on the lookout for this face if you suspect your movers aren't as reliable as advertised.
4. "I've never moved a piano before."
This facial expression could just be your movers planning their next action. Sometimes, even professional movers have trouble preparing for heavy or awkward items. If you catch them staring at a piano or large piece of furniture for an extended period of time, don't panic. Just make sure that you hire special movers if your moving company can't perform all of the necessary services for your relocation.
5. "This is me working."
While you should try to stay out of your movers' way on moving day, it is important to make sure the job is getting done. After all, you are paying these professional moving experts to perform your relocation and minimize your stress. Check up on them a few times every hour to confirm that progress is being made. It's moving day--no time for messing around!
6. "I'm so hungry, I could eat this couch."
Your movers are only human. If you've taken a lunch break, chances are that your movers will need to break as well. Make sure they feel comfortable taking some time to eat before they finish the job. Think of it like this: Food gives your movers energy and they'll be able to perform at their peak levels during crunch time. Hopefully, they don't overdo their lunch break and end up in a collective food coma, though...
7. "Before we move this couch, can we take a break?"
While breaks can be wildly effective, sometimes they can be counterproductive. Everybody gets tired, but your movers need to know they can't take naps like they're in a university dorm. They are adults with jobs and there is stuff that needs MOVING.
8. "I can't lift that."
Like we said, your movers are human. They've been moving your heavy furniture and items all day--or at least a majority of the day, hopefully. Not every professional mover is a superhero, but they should be able to lift basic items if they were hired by a trustworthy moving company.
9. "Please don't ask us to do anything else and let us go home."
Now that everything is packed and loaded onto the truck, your movers are ready to go. They are proud of the job they've completed, but they are also worried you might ask them for something else before they leave. This face means that they want to leave without having to field an extra request.
10. "You are a beautiful creature... Hey guys, looks like we're going to Tim Hortons tonight! My treat!"
Tipping your movers is a common courtesy. While not required, you should let your movers know they did a great job by throwing them some extra money. After all, it's usually not the workers who receive the full rate you pay for the job. This is especially true when it comes to larger moving companies. So, this look just means that they appreciate your tip and will take extra care of your items.
Congratulations on your successful relocation!
Just remember: The movers you hire are professionals when it comes to packing, loading, shipping and unloading your items. But when it comes to expressing emotions, they might not be experts in communicating how they're feeling. Sometimes, movers can be just as fragile as that fine china you watched them load--wrapped in layers of bubble wrap, packing paper and societal expectations of masculinity.
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