Know If You Should Consider Using A Packing Service
Moving will involve a certain amount of stress, no matter what you might think looking at the process from the outside. In addition to having to organize and coordinate a lot of different moving parts, there is the issue of cost. One big reason to consider using a packing service involves the fact that this is a great way to lessen the amount of things you need to do. Here are some other factors to consider when deciding on a packing service.
What To Expect From A Professional Packing Service:
Essentially, a professional packing service is going to come into your home and handle all of the packing, wrapping, boxing and other activities associated with your move. In some cases, they might have extra services that will come in handy, such as unpacking.
In most cases, the moving company that you hire will be glad to handle such a role. The great thing about this is the fact that they are normally very experienced and professional. This helps to make the entire process go very fast. Compare this time to the fact that it would likely take you and your family several weeks to do the same amount of packing...and probably not as well in terms of protecting the items. Just be sure the company has been researched thoroughly using sites like the FMCSA.
Professional Packing Liability:
Another great reason to consider using such a company (or your own moving company) is the issue of liability. If the company packed a box and / or handled your household goods, then it should be protected under their liability insurance. Of course, you need to research the company ahead of time and make sure they carry this type (and enough of) insurance.
This also means that either they the whole packing chore or you do the entire job yourself. The moving company or packing service will not be liable for any box that you packed yourself, with the exception of situations that show negligence on their part.
Convenience & Cost:
Ultimately, this is a decision that probably comes down to both convenience and cost. Sure, it would be great to have someone take of this entire chore for you. Of course, this still doesn't mean you won't work. You can't expect the packing company to go through your shelves and your basement and attic to find all your stuff and box them up! You need to at least have everything somewhat organized and ready. And include all of these items on your inventory list.
You should also consider the cost involved in using such a service. For example, here are some typical estimated costs for various sized homes (although yours may vary):
- One bedroom apartment: $323
- Two bedroom apartment: $470
- Three bedroom house (10,000 pounds): $925
- Four bedroom house (15,000 pounds): $1387
You need to decide what is the best value in terms of convenience and cost.
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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.
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