5 Etiquette Tips for Moving to a New Home in Houston

Moving DayBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

There are not many experiences more common to the human existence than moving to a new home in Houston. Just about everyone moves eventually. The majority of us moved with our parents as kids, and almost everyone moves out of their parent's house at some point. The basic life arch contains moving to college, the first apartment, a series of rental properties, and subsequently your first owned house. And for something so widespread, moving is incredibly bothersome.

Regardless of whether you're moving into a house or an apartment, the method that you move to Houston can drastically have an effect on the neighbors. Where you park the truck, stack your cartons, and exactly how much noise you make will surely matter. Luckily, you can also avoid any awkwardness just by being familiar with a bit of moving etiquette. As professional movers, we have completed thousands of moves and have a few recommendations for beginning on the right foot with your neighbors in Houston.

Do not Block the ...

Obstructing the route may be the greatest threat on the 1st day. And you will find a great deal of ways to do this. Your moving van, cartons, as well as pieces of furniture all can serve as a blockade in contrast to regular residential movements. This is a major challenge if you are moving into an apartment in Houston where you could be sharing a stairway and also hallways with other residents, as well as the road itself.

- Road

Where you park the truck is important. On one hand, you would like to park in close proximity to the door or elevator which leads to your doorstep. Alternatively, you'll want to make sure the moving truck doesn't prevent anybody from driving, parking, or utilizing a sidewalk. Talk to your moving service so that you can chose the ideal parking spot for the truck while you unload.

If you live on a narrow street, park as close to the curb as possible to give residents a chance to drive around. Some locations need permits for vehicles to even park on the road, hence be sure to research such rules prior to moving day or go over solutions with the moving company.

- Hall, Stairs, Elevator

Should you be moving in (or out of) an apartment, you also want to be careful concerning common walking spaces. With respect to elevators, don't 'use up' the single one available and be prepared to wait for neighbors to get where they're going. Never obstruct any corridors or paths with boxes and also household furniture. There's typically next to nothing that can be done with regard to a stairway, but try not to stop in the center for too long. Your nearby neighbors will appreciate it.

Move Within the Daylight Hours

Opening and closing the truck, moving pieces of furniture, and also calling out amongst movers can create a large amount of racket. For that reason, make sure you keep your most active moving activities to daylight hours. Even if you get in late at night and would like to get started, and even if your movers are ready to work after dark, be respectful regarding the noise you make.

This is especially true for apartment-dwelling where moving around and dragging pieces of furniture is usually disruptive for nearby neighbors.

Stacking Empty Cartons

This is a smart word of advice: As opposed to throwing out your boxes or generating a substantial heap by the recycle container, flatten your cartons into a big pile and consider retaining them for a bit. They might be stored in the basement, car port, or utility space assuming that they can be dry and also tidily piled. Odds are you or a person you know is going to be moving in Houston in the future. You can deliver your boxes to a buddy or family member or somebody locally who's going to be moving or hold the cartons to make your next move much easier.

Late Night Unpacking

And, there is the dilemma of how to tactfully unbox late into the night. Moving to Houston is often an exciting adventure and a lot of us find ourselves up very late opening and unpacking boxes. The real key to a courteous moving process is to understand what to unpack at what time. For evening unpacking, turn your music or TV down and consider the amount of sound unpacking can make.

If you live in an apartment or condo, keep your late-night unpacking to lightweight things. Place books or decorations on shelves or stock your chest of drawers with garments. Steer clear of moving furniture pieces, unpacking your pans and pots, or hanging paintings on the walls.

For those of you with a private residence, keep your unpacking functions indoors and try not to be pounding furniture together after 10 PM.


After you're settled in your new residence, be sure to make the rounds. There's no need to provide a Jell-O salad or cupcakes to every one of your new neighbors but take the time to say howdy in passing and perhaps throw yourself a housewarming party with close by next door neighbor invited to come discover who you are. This is a superb technique to begin on the right foot with nearby neighbors and get to know those who live in the dwellings near yours.

Saying hi also makes you less of a puzzle in the neighborhood. It can lessen any irritation other folks might feel about your move and raises the chance that you're going to make ideally nearby pals.


Moving to Houston courteously is a skill you learn as time passes and may teach yourself with a bit of forethought. Consider what you might and might not mind listening to close by if somebody was moving in nearby to you. In case a neighbor stops by to say hello, they just may be happy to help you unpack. For further professional moving tips or to receive a free estimate for your forthcoming move, get in touch with A-1 Freeman Moving Group today!


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