Although it’s a very big part of the moving process, clients are not required to get professionals to pack their belongings. Some opt to do it themselves and many wonder if it’s worth it to get movers involved. We’ve listed some of the pros and cons of using packing services below. If you’d like a quote for this service, please speak our staff. Our contact information can be found in the upper right corner of the page.
The advantages of using professional packers are as follows:
1. Saves Time. Packing can be a very lengthy process if you’re not used to it. It can easily take you a few days especially if your home is larger.
Some of us cannot take a few days off work and/or live in a half packed home until everything is done. If you request professional packing services, everything can be packed, loaded in the truck and sent on its way on the same day.
2. No need to worry about packing materials. When scraping for materials on your own, you have to find cheap suppliers, estimate how many things you’ll need, deal with shortages or with remaining materials, etc.
If you request assistance from your movers, they will bring everything. If there are leftovers, they’ll take them back. If there are too few materials, one phone call will solve the situation.
3. No broken items. Even if the truck’s driver takes every precaution to prevent damage to your belongings, if they aren’t properly packed, even small potholes may lead to broken items. There are guides online on how to pack, but they cannot replace years of experience. If you want to make sure everything is packed, labeled, and organized perfectly, we recommend you leave it to the movers.
4. Insurance. On rare occasions, during long distance and international moves, some items might break regardless of how good the packing was. It may happen during a sharp turn, due to the continuous shaking of the truck and/or ship, or due to an accident.
In such situations, you can recover the value of the broken items either partially or fully depending on the type of insurance you’ll receive from the movers. However, in most cases, this policy is available only if the company handles the packing process. If you pack something yourself, you won’t be compensated if it breaks.
5. Help with your furniture. Some furniture can be carried as is while others may need to be disassembled first. If you don’t know where to start with taking your bed and drawers to pieces, you can leave it to our movers.
We will also lift everything, regardless of how many heavy boxes, appliances, drawers, or beds you may have. If you don’t think you could carry all your belongings to the truck with a friend in a reasonable amount of time, it may be better to leave it to the company. It’s an especially useful service for those who should avoid heavy lifting due to medical reasons.
6. Experienced workers and adequate equipment. Some homes may have sharp angles that make moving large items through its rooms difficult. If you have a very large and heavy refrigerator or a bed that cannot be disassembled, you may need several people, hoisting straps, and other equipment to move it. Our team will have solutions for every item in your home, so it won’t get scratched while it’s taken out of the house.
7. Less work. To prepare for your move, you may have to take some time off from your job/business. You’ll need to search, find, and buy boxes, bubble wrap, packing peanuts, etc. You’ll have to learn how to organize your items according to their size and/or durability. You’ll need to pack them into boxes in a certain way, and then label each box, so you’ll know what each one contains and how to put them in the truck.
If your home is big, you may need several days to finish everything and get help from friends or family. If you miss the deadline, all the work you put in may be for nothing.
If you’re prepared for such a commitment, you’ll save a bit of money. However, if you’re busy or simply don’t want to use so much time and effort on this project, you can always ask for professional help.
8. No hidden costs. It’s easy to calculate your expenditure when using a moving company. They will give you a price estimate very early on. The actual cost may be slightly higher or lower depending on how many possessions you have, but it won’t vary past 10-20%.
When packing things yourself, you’ll have no way of knowing how much the materials and time investment will cost you. You may accidentally buy too many boxes. You may have to take more days off work than expected. You may damage an item during packing. You’ll have to consider sporadic costs you may not be ready for.
Cons of using professional packers:
1. Costs more. Packers are paid an hourly rate. You can ask the company to give you an estimate of how long they think the packing will take and how many people they’ll send over. With this information you can calculate a price estimate and see if you can afford the additional service. If not, perhaps they can give you advice on how to pack things on your own.
2. You’ll have to renounce some control. Your packers will have a standard method of organizing items. You have to let them do their jobs and trust that they know better. If you want things done your way, it’s best you handle the packing on your own. Also, if you don’t want them to pack something, you should put it away before they come.
3. Less privacy. If you dislike other people touching your belongings, then this method may not be for you. Our team will inevitably see and touch your items in order to pack them. If you have some things you’d like to keep private, you’ll have to pack them yourself.
The 3 biggest factors most people consider are the cost of hiring professional packers, the client’s ability to pack/carry things on his/her own, and the time expenditure. Lifting the furniture can be difficult if you don’t have help or have a poor back. The fact that you’re liable for any broken items if you’ve done the packing yourself is another thing to consider. Before making a decision, we advise you get a quote and consult with your family.
Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.