Every moving process in the end comes to its most important part – packing and unpacking.
Basically, if you manage to do packing and unpacking on time in the most efficient way, you have done more than a half of the work.
As we have already said there are many packing and unpacking services that might come as a true lifesaver for you, you just need to find the right ones (and finding motivated movers is not as easy as it seems).
But, then comes the question: why people choose to pack on their own if packing and unpacking services do such a great job and can I do it on my own if I choose to? What is the better solution anyways?
Well, we are here to answer all of your questions, to give you benefits of each approach and some useful tips on how to go through your packing and unpacking process as easy as possible.
What Are Packing And Unpacking Services?
Before we start talking about pros and cons of packing on your own vs hiring packing and unpacking services, we think it is very important to first explain what these services actually are and what their purpose is.
Packing and unpacking services usually work for different moving companies.
When hiring a certain moving company there are good chances you will not only get the moving service, but the packing and unpacking services as well.
Guys that moving company will send are trained professionals who will do all the packing and unpacking much faster than you probably would and much more efficiently as well.
What Your Professional Packers Will Do?
When hiring packing and unpacking services there are a few things you can expect them to do and make you feel more relaxed during the process. They will
· Bring All The Packing Supplies With Them.
When hiring packing and unpacking services you will not have to worry about getting enough boxes, packing paper, packing tape, plastic bubble wrap or moving blankets.
Your professional packers are coming straight to your home and are bringing all the necessary supplies with them.
This will save you a lot of time, since, although packing supplies may not be that expensive, it would take you a lot of time to find all the right supplies for your move. Another advantage is that once your motivated movers have seen what you possess in your inventory, they will know exactly which supplies you need.
While you might struggle thinking whether you are going to need more of the small sized boxes or the medium ones or how much packing tape you should get, your packers will know these things from the start.
After all, they have done this a hundred times already!
· They Will Professionally Pack All Of Your Precious Belongings.
When hiring packing and unpacking services it is sure you will spend much less time contemplating on what is the best way to pack your glassware without scratching or breaking it or how to pack all of your clothes the fastest way possible.
Your reliable packers will come to your home with all the necessary supplies and will pack every single piece of your inventory very gently and safely.
Before the process starts, your movers will tell you just how much time they will need to pack all the things you decide to bring to your new home and while they do that, you can stick around and watch them pack or use that time for yourself and enjoy a walk or go to see movies with a friend.
And even if your professional packers make a mistake and drop something or cause even the slightest damage, the insurance you have arranged with the moving company will make sure all the damage is covered.
· They Will Label All The Boxes.
Although you might not be aware of the importance of labeling your boxes while packing and moving, your packing and unpacking services sure are.
Once they have packed all the items from your inventory, they will take some time to label the boxes they have previously packed.
They will probably go room by room and label the boxes based on the rooms they belong to.
You cannot expect your packing and unpacking services to write details on each box since it would take too much time and they might not be as familiar with your inventory as you are.
If you have some free time you can always add something on the labeled boxes. It is all your choice.
· They Will Do The Unpacking.
As its name says “packing and unpacking services”, it is clear that they will also do the unpacking for you.
What does this mean?
This means that you will have much more time to dedicate to yourself, to work, family or pets while your unpacking services do their job.
While being there, your movers will unpack all the boxes according to the room that is written on the boxes.
You cannot expect your packers to know exactly where you wish to place your favorite vase or where the glasses and where the mugs are supposed to be placed, or which books are supposed to be on which shelf. You will have to do that part of work yourself.
What Your Packing And Unpacking Services Will Not Do?
Even if you hire the packing and unpacking services to help you out with your packing and moving process, there are things you cannot expect them to do such as:
Your packing service will pack things they find at your home. Full stop.
Your packing and unpacking services will not decide what you should bring with yourself to your new home and what you will not be needing in the future.
You will have to do this part of the job on your own.
Why is it important to do so?
First of all, you do not want to be bringing around things you have not used for ages and there are good odds you will not be using them in the future as well. And second, the less things you bring, the less time your packing and unpacking services will need to deal with it and your inventory will be lighter.
This means that your moving process will be much more affordable, and for us it is a good enough reason.
If you do not know what to do with the things you will not be needing in the future, giving them as a gift to a friend, donating, selling, creating a backyard sale or even throwing it in the garbage can be good ways to do so.
· Making As Detailed Inventory List As You Would Make.
Although some packing and unpacking services will actually make the list of the things they are moving, the best would still be you to do so as well.
Besides simply listing the things you are wishing to bring with yourself you should write their estimated value, any scratches or marks it has on it and make a photo or a video of it.
This way, nobody will be able to tell you that your favorite painting was already scratched.
And if something magically does not reach the destination, nobody will be able to tell you it was not in the boxes in the first place.
How To Find Reliable Packing And Unpacking Services?
If you have decided to hire packing and unpacking services, we are glad for you.
But that still does not mean you should call and book the first one you find while doing your Google search.
· Reviews And Recommendations.
Before calling and making any arrangements with a certain moving company that will do packing and unpacking for you, always try to get as much information on them as possible. Ask all the people you know if they have moved recently and have some reliable moving company they would love to recommend. Also, do your research online. Check your packing and unpacking service’s reviews and comments other people have written. You might get a lot of useful information this way.
Before signing any contract with your packing and unpacking services make sure they offer proper insurance. No matter how professional, trained and efficient they are, you want to make sure your precious possessions are being secured and completely safe in case anything inconvenient happens. After all your packers are only human and are capable of making a mistake just like any of us.
· Payment Options.
Before your packing and unpacking services come asking for some cash you do not have, it would be best if you talked about the payment options with them first. Ask your packers which ways of paying they find acceptable – cash, credit cards, checks etc. Some experts say it is the best and safest way if you pay with your credit card and that it could save you from any fraudulent activities, so you should definitely discuss that with your moving company.
Packing On Your Own: What You Need To Know
Although hiring packing and unpacking services makes the moving and packing process a lot easier for you, there are reasons why some people opt for moving on their own.
Some people simply cannot afford to hire packing and unpacking services and others simply like doing things they can on their own without having strangers going through their stuff.
If you decide to pack by yourself you will need to:
Start On Time
And when we say you need to start on time, we actually mean it.
Hiring packing and unpacking services can save you time when it comes to this because professional packers have packed a lot of inventories just like yours and they will need much less time to do so compared to you.
In order not to find yourself packing plates, glasses, tv, books and beddings all at the same time, it is our suggestion you do your research on some really cool packing techniques and take all the time you need to do so.
Get All The Packing Supplies
If you are not hiring any packing and unpacking services who will bring all the supplies you will need for your packing process, you will have to get the supplies yourself.
Things that you will need are boxes, packing paper, plastic bubble wrap, packing tape and moving blankets.
If you do not know where to find enough boxes in different sizes, liquor stores, grocery stores, supermarkets, bookstores and recycling drop-off points might be just the perfect place for you to look for some free moving boxes.
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