Answered by Nicole La CapriaSeptember 26, 2013
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Enlisting the aid of professional packing services can be convenient and an essential way to protect your possessions from incuring damage during transport. But how do you decide if the potential benefits are worth the extra cost? If you have a large home filled with belongings and furniture, a jam-packed schedule, and a significant amount of valuable or fragile items, you may opt to hire professional packers.
How Much Will It Cost?
The price of packing services is typically determined by the volume of your belongings, the length of time it will take to pack them, and the cost of supplies. While costs will vary, the contents of the average five-bedroom house weigh about 20,000 pounds. According to an online packing service calculator, the expenses you will incur will be about:
- $1250 for Labor
- $600 for Materials
How to Save Money on Packing Services
If you would like some assistance with your packing, but are on a fixed moving budget, there are a few ways to get the help without spending a fortune:
- Only pay for packing assistance for your difficult, valuable and fragile items. This includes furniture, electronics, china, glassware, artwork and antiques.
- Use your own supplies. Acquire your ownboxes, packing paper, bubble wrap and moving blankets. However, before doing so be sure to discuss this option when you receive your estimate--some companies include the cost of packing materials in your fixed hourly rate, without offering a discount if you provide your own materials.
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