Movers make use of their physical strength to manually help people take their belongings from one place to another. They are known for providing their services when people or business companies need help to collect, wrap, list, load, and transport their belongings (e.g. furniture, clothes, appliances) when they are moving or getting a new office.
Even though it seems to be a simple job, Movers need to be able to make calculations in order to know if all furniture will fit into the truck that they use to transport the client’s belongings, as well as knowing if they can be transported in an elevator or if it is possible to move them through the stairs. Additionally, Movers need to be meticulous, always aiming to not break or damage fragile objects (e.g. mirrors, glass tables, cups, plates, watches, TVs, sideboards) and knowing what the best way to transport them is. Dexterity is another word that best describes Movers as they need to know how to assemble and disassemble large objects in order to better transport them.
Movers can be employed by private moving companies or be self-employed, in which case, they will use their own trucks or vehicles to transport people’s belongings to a specific address.
Here’s a non-exhaustive list of common tasks Movers are required to complete.
- Calculating spaces and objects’ dimensions:
- Measuring and estimating sizes and dimensions of objects to know if they can fit through door frames, hallways, corridors, stairs, elevators, and into the truck.
- Loading, transporting, and unloading goods from one place to another:
- Going to the moving address and studying the furniture dimensions and materials;
- wrapping and packing all the client’s belongings;
- assembling and disassembling beds, tables, glass cabinets, sideboards, and any other large pieces of furniture;
- loading, with extreme caution, all items into the truck;
- transporting and unloading items in the designated new address;
- ensuring that items were neither affected nor damaged during the trip; and
- communicating with owners in order to know where to place each good.
- Keeping a record of existing objects, identifying those goods that are going to be transported:
- Knowing what needs to be transported;
- pointing out fragile objects in order to be careful when handling them; and
- ensuring that all items included in the inventory arrive to their destination.
- Being aware of fragile objects at all times:
- Talking to the owners to identify fragile objects; and
- wrapping fragile materials with bubble wrap.
- Being able to repair minor mechanical problems related to the truck.
- Assisting and communicating with employers/clients and operators:
- Communicating with the employing company or person in case of an emergency, problem, or change of plan.
- Keeping both the truck and the working spaces clean at all times:
- Making sure that the moving place is left clean and organized before leaving; and
- ensuring that the final destination is in order and clean when the furniture and objects have been placed.
- Evaluating dimensions and calculating measures to easily move and transport large objects.
- Transporting items from one place to another, sometimes handling fragile objects.
- Verifying that all due objects arrive to their destination in a safe and secure way.
- Following the hiring company or client’s instructions when it comes to space distribution and item placement.
- Ensuring that the moving place, as well as the destination, are clean and organized.
- Being careful when lifting heavy items in order to avoid physical damage.
The average Mover salary in USA is $33,110 per year or $17 per hour. This is around 1.1 times more than the Median wage of the country. Entry level positions start at $23,000 while most experienced workers make up to $46,000. These results are based on 872 salaries extracted from job descriptions.
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills:
- Communicating clearly, both in writing and verbally, in order to create a clear, communicative environment with customers;
- having good listening skills in order to properly follow instructions so as to meet the clients’ requirements;
- having a friendly and engaging personality and being able to work as part of a team; and
- being service-oriented and able to negotiate with clients to reach an agreement.
- Manual dexterity, motor coordination, and physical strength:
- Displaying good hand-eye skills;
- being physically strong so as to move around sites lifting and carrying heavy objects;
- being able to stand, crouch, kneel, and crawl for long periods of time; and
- being comfortable working at heights and in confined spaces.
- Organizational and time management skills:
- Prioritizing and planning work activities in order to manage time efficiently while moving a high volume of items and furniture; and
- multitasking; being able to work in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.
- Analytical skills and a strong sense of logic:
- Approaching tasks in a reliable and resourceful manner; and
- being able to calculate areas, dimensions, and distance to know how to transport objects, as well as relating calculations to required equipment.
- Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
- Continual focus on safety, cost control, and client satisfaction:
- Wearing work boots, shoulder dolly straps, as well as other personal protective equipment (PPE) as required;
- knowing the correct way to move heavy objects in order to avoid physical injuries; and
- knowing what equipment to use when carrying heavy or large furniture.
- Having excellent driving and mechanical skills:
- Being capable of solving minor mechanical problems without help.
Workers in this area need to have a high school diploma or any equivalent to apply for a job. Most Mover positions require a minimum of one (1) to two (2) years of work experience, while some others don’t have any requirements in this regard. However, in both cases, it is obligatory to be physically fit to be able to move heavy and large household items. Other than that, on-the-job training is usually offered, which includes safety rules and job regulations, as established by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). After said training, supervisors decide if applicants are able to perform their job without help or supervision.
Even though there are no especial licenses or certifications to apply for the job, Movers who operate trucks with a cargo of 26,000 pounds or more, need to get a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). Additionally, interstate Movers need to meet all the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s requirements.
Additionally, although not mandatory, these professionals have the option of being certified in order to demonstrate their knowledge and skills. The American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA) is in charge of conferring field-related certifications.
Due to the nature of this job, dangerous situations, physical lesions, and work accidents are not uncommon. Therefore, Movers must always wear their protection equipment, evaluate the places they are working in, and remove objects that could lead to hazardous situations.
Even though it is sometimes considered a part-time job, depending on the season of the year and the demand, which is usually high during holidays, Movers will be required to work on a full-time basis. Additionally, it is not odd for these employees to work overtime or at night.