How to Be Polite During a DIY Move


There’s a saying that goes something like this: “Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you — not because they are nice, but because you are.” This applies to how we interact with others at home, out in public and everywhere in between. It’s even applicable during a move. Treating others nicely is an opportunity to show your character.

While moving etiquette isn’t something they teach in school, the way you go about your residential move can positively or negatively impact your neighbors. Here are some tips to ensure you’re being as polite and considerate as possible during your DIY move.


So much conflict could be avoided if people just talked to each other. If you’re planning a DIY move (or a move in general), it’s a courtesy to give your neighbors, friends and family members advanced notice. Your existing neighbors will be prepared for things like a large portable storage container in the driveway and your friends/family will know when you’re busy. You can also use your move as an opportunity to meet and speak with your new neighbors.

Keep Noises Down

If at all possible, try not to move too early or too late. No one wants to be woken up at 6 a.m. to the sound of heavy equipment or movers talking and moving furniture. Nor do they want to deal with lights or noises when they’re trying to go to sleep in the evening. Whenever you move, try to keep noises down and plan your move for times that will mitigate the risk of disturbing your neighbors.

Don’t Block Pathways

It’s understandable that you might have to block the sidewalk or street during your DIY move, but, as mentioned above, give your neighbors advanced notice. If you can, though, try not to block any pathways like shared driveways or apartment walking paths. If you use a portable storage container, this shouldn’t exceed the amount of parking space you have available to you—just make sure you are polite when it comes to parking your car(s) as well. 

Compensate Any Help

Even if you’re doing a move yourself, you might have friends or family members helping with packing, unpacking, loading, unloading and transport. If that’s the case, it’s always a nice gesture to compensate them with food, drinks or money. This might seem like common sense, but many people forget about it or don’t plan for it properly. 

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