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February 04, 2019

5 Etiquette Tips for Moving to a New Home in Houston

Moving DayBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

There are few experiences more prevalent to the human presence than moving to a new home in Houston. Nearly everybody moves sooner or later. Many of us moved with our family as children, and almost everybody moves from their parent's home eventually. The classic life arch contains moving to college, your very first apartment, a series of rental homes, and eventually your first owned house. And for something so common, moving is surprisingly bothersome.

No matter if you're moving into a house or even an apartment, the method that you move to Houston might substantially impact the neighbors. The place you park the moving van, stack your boxes, and just how much noise you make will surely matter. Luckily, you may also steer clear of any awkwardness merely by understanding a bit of moving etiquette. As professional movers, we've dealt with thousands of moves and have a few pointers for beginning on the correct foot with your neighbors in Houston.

Do not Obstruct the ...

Obstructing the path may be the greatest risk for the initial day. And you will find plenty of ways to do it. Your moving van, cartons, and also pieces of furniture can all function as a blockade versus typical residential motions. This can be a big concern in case you are moving into an apartment in Houston in which you could be sharing a stairway and halls along with other residents, as well as the street itself.

- Street

The spot where you park the moving van matters. On one hand, you should park in close proximity to your doorway or elevator leading to your entrance door. Alternatively, you must ensure the moving van does not prevent anyone from driving, parking, or utilizing a sidewalk. Speak to your moving service to chose the best parking location for the moving truck while you unload.

If you live on a narrow route, park as near to the curb as possible to allow local people the cabability to drive around. A few areas call for permits for trucks to even park on the street, therefore make sure to consider this sort of rules ahead of moving day or discuss alternatives with your moving company.

- Hall, Staircases, Elevator

If you're moving into (or out of) an apartment, you also want to be thoughtful about common walking spaces. With respect to elevators, try not to 'use up' the sole one available and be willing to wait for neighbors to get where they're going. Do not block any corridors or paths with boxes as well as furnishings. There may be often little that can be done with regard to stairways, but don't stop in the center for a long time. Your neighbors are going to appreciate it.

Move During Daylight Hours

Opening and closing the moving truck, moving furniture, and also calling out in between movers can make a large amount of noise. Therefore, make sure you keep your most active moving activities to daylight hours. Even if you drive in late at nighttime and want to begin, and even if your movers are gung-ho to do the job at night, be considerate regarding the racket you make.

This is especially valid for apartment-dwelling where by moving around and also pushing furniture pieces might be disruptive for neighbors.

Stacking Empty Cartons

Here's a professional suggestion: Instead of throwing out your cartons or making a sizeable heap by the recycling bin, flatten your cartons into a big pile and think about saving them for just a bit. They might be stored in the attic space, garage, or utility space provided that they're dry and also tidily stacked. Odds are you or a person you know will likely be moving in Houston in the near future. You can offer your cartons to a friend or relative or someone locally who is moving or retain the cartons to make your next move much easier.

Nighttime Unpacking

And, there's the question of how to politely unbox late in the evening. Moving to Houston is an exciting adventure and many of us find ourselves up late opening and unpacking cartons. The real key to a respectful moving process is to know what to unbox at what time. For evening unpacking, turn your music or TV down and think carefully about how much sound unpacking might make.

If you reside in an apartment or condo, keep your late-night unpacking to light-weight things. Put books or decorations on shelves or stock your chest of drawers with garments. Refrain from moving furniture pieces, unpacking your pans and pots, or hanging artwork on the walls.

For people with a private house, keep your unpacking activities inside and try not to be pounding pieces of furniture together after 10 PM.


After you're settled in your new home, be sure to make the rounds. You don't need to bring a Jell-O salad or cupcakes to each of your new neighborhood friends but take the time to say howdy in passing and perhaps throw yourself a housewarming party along with close by neighborhood friends invited to come discover who you are. This is an excellent way to begin on the proper foot with nearby neighbors and get to know those who live in the homes nearby yours.

Saying hello additionally makes you less of a mystery in the neighborhood. It can decrease any irritability other people might feel regarding your move and also increases the possibility that you will make ideally close by pals.


Moving to Houston with courtesy is a technique you master as time passes and can teach yourself with a bit of forethought. Think about what you might and might not mind hearing close by if someone else was moving in nearby to you. If a neighbor stops by to say hi, they just could be willing to help you unpack. For additional professional moving tips or to get a free estimate for your upcoming move, get in touch with A-1 Freeman Moving Group today!


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The Mickelson Family
The Mickelson Family
Best. Move. Ever!
Very pleased with the overall respect and care the men gave to my possessions. Even mailing me very quickly the only thing lost in transit. Would recommend to anyone needing a long distant move.
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