If this will be your first time moving with the help of a moving company, then here's the most important thing you need to know: the better you're able to communicate with and coordinate with the moving company, the more smoothly your move will go. Yes, the moving company will do most of the heavy lifting, so-to-speak, but as their client, there are a few things you should do along the way.

Provide a moving window, if possible.

You may be in a situation in which you need to move on a specific day. Most moving companies are able to accommodate this. However, if you do not need to move on a specific day, then you'll be better off providing your moving company with a range of time, rather than an exact date.

For example, you can tell them you need to move between August 20th and 25th. This allows your moving company to fit your move in when it's most convenient for them. They might save themselves some driving by coming to your place directly from another client's home, for example. By allowing your movers to be more flexible, you help ensure you get better service, and you may even get a discounted rate.

If the contract is not clear, ask about it.

Make sure you read the moving contract before moving day. If you do not understand or agree with anything in the contract, just ask. Moving companies expect clients to do this. They have the ability to make changes to most aspects of their contracts. For example, if the contract states the movers will unpack your boxes, but you do not want that service, you can ask them to take it off — and you'll just unpack the boxes yourself.

Be there, but don't get in the way.

When moving day does arrive, many people wonder what they should do while the movers are working. You want to be available in case they have any questions, but you don't want to get in the way. You do not need to physically help — that's what you're paying the movers to do. Consider sitting in a back room and reading, catching up on email, or chatting on the phone with a friend. Tell the movers where you will be if they need you.

Working with movers is not tough. Most do their best to make the experience easy for their clients. If you follow the tips above, then you'll be on the right track. To learn more, contact a moving company near you.