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Tips For Hiring a Packing Service

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Before your move, it is important to pack up your home correctly so your belongings are not damaged or lost in transit. This is a very tedious and time consuming project that not everyone can accomplish alone. You want to do a good job, but maybe you don't have the man power, or you just have too much stuff.  Most moving companies provide a packing service at an added cost, but when is it really worth it to spring for the extra convenience? And what should you look for in professional packers?

Reasons to use a professional packing service

There are a few reasons that packing services could be right for you.
  • You don't have time. Packing takes a lot out of your daily life. It is overwhelming and can get in the way of work and other commitments. Even with planning and scheduling, sometimes there aren't enough hours in the day. Hiring professional packers will take away the stress and allow you to focus on the other areas of your life and your move.
  • You have a big house and a ton of stuff. The more stuff you have, the longer packing will take. You can work alongside your packers to get the job done quickly and efficiently.
  • Long distance moves. The longer your belongings spend on a truck being jostled around, the more important it is that they are packed correctly. Professionals will take care to pack your belongings so that they are not damaged during transit.
  • You are moving a lot og valuables or oddly-shaped items. These are the items, like artwork or family heirlooms, that are particularly important to you and would be huge loss if something happened to them. Professional packers offer special services to make sure that these items are transported safely to your new location. Even with insurance, the sentimental value of these things cannot be replaced.

Decide what services you actually need

Professional moving companies offer packing services that range from wrapping your large furniture for transportation, to full service packing, including packing materials. They also can provide unpacking services. Find out how long they'll need to pack or unpack your belongings and what kinds of materials they plan to use. Specify exactly how much help you are looking for so you don't end up paying for services you don't really need.

The extra costs

Packing services are not usually included in a standard moving package and can be on the expensive side.  When you get an in-home estimate, the surveyor will also estimate the extra costs for packing labor and packing materials. They could charge an hourly rate, or a flat rate based on the volume of your belongings. Extras, like packing up in a shorter time frame or packing special items, can raise the cost. 

Make a moving inventory

It is always important to make a moving inventory before any relocation. It will help you keep track of your belongings and make sure that everything gets delivered to your new address. Make your inventory as specific as you can before the professionals start packing. Give them a copy that they can reference so that nothing gets left behind or misplaced.

Oversee the process

Whether you're having all of your belongings professionally packed, or you are doing some of it yourself, you or someone you trust should be at your home during the process. The packers don't know what items are important to you or where you will want them to go in your new home. They'll do the heavy lifting, but to keep things organized, you should be available to give some direction. If you have any questions or concerns you'll be able to address them right away, instead of after it's too late.

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on June 20, 2016

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