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Using a Professional Packing Service

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Moving from your old home to a new home means that you're going to have to pack up everything in your entire house, only to unpack it at your new home. Does that sound like a daunting and even tedious task? Of course it does. But it's also one of the necessary evils of moving.

To start a new beginning at your new home your packing must be perfect enough to avoid damaging your precious belongings, which would certainly cause a lot of unneeded and unwanted headaches amidst all of the other moving chaos you'll be subjected to.

Because of the sheer tedium and back-breaking hard work that is required when you pack up an entire house, it's easy to procrastinate the process and delay your move longer than you have to. This can also lead to putting off your packing until the last possible minute and rushing through it, which isn't good either. If your packing lacks the cautiousness and careful perfection required, your belongings might damage and break during the move, or worse.

As packing plays a key role in making the move a successful one, it is vital to ensure that all of your stuff is packed correctly and is also properly protected the move is in progress. Packing your entire house yourself may seem like an impossible task, and followed up by the process of unpacking once you settle down in your home, it can all seem a little overwhelming at first glance.

It's only natural that we would want a little help with the process from trained and experienced moving professionals. And since packing is a very time-consuming and work-intensive process, you'll want it to be done right. However, you have only two options when it comes to packing; do it yourself, or hire a pro to pack your things for you.

When to Use Professional Packers

You may be wondering when the right time would be to call up a professional packing service. I mean, how can you tell when your packing job might require a little outside help? You certainly don't want to find out halfway through the packing process, when you've gone through weeks of sporadic packing and gathering of supplies and see no end in sight. And you certainly don't want to find out after the move, when some of your most valuable belongings were damaged because you didn't pack them correctly.

Well, here are some guidelines for when using a professional packing service might be the best way to go.
  • When you're making a long-distance or international move. If you're moving down the street or 20 miles away, your move will most likely be manageable enough for you to get the packing done by yourself. While your items should still be packed safely and securely, they won't be in transit for that long and therefore the chances of something breaking are a lot slimmer than if they were to travel hundreds or thousands of miles in those boxes.


  • When you're moving a big house that's 3 bedrooms or larger. Packing can take a pretty long time, especially if you have a lot of other obligations to attend to, like your job, your family, and planning for the move. The more rooms in your house that you have to pack, the longer it's going to take, of course, and anything larger than a 3-bedroom house can really be a daunting task for just about anybody, so you might want to consider asking for help.


  • If you have a great deal of expensive or valuable items. You know how to take care of your valuable belongings, but do you know how to pack them correctly so that they're not damaged during the move? Probably not. But professional moving services do, and they're trained in how to prevent damage, so if you have a lot of valuable items that you don't want breaking during the move, you should probably hire the pros to get the job done. Besides, the money you pay for them to pack for you will likely be less than it costs to replace or repair an old piece of antique furniture.

Packing Timeframe

Packing is probably the most stressful and back-breaking part of the move. Letting professional movers help you could really eliminate a lot of that work, if not all of it. In fact, professional movers usually need only a few hours to accomplish the job. However, all of that comes at a price, of course.

A typical team of two moving experts could pack up your 2,000-square-foot home in about a day, a job which you alone can do in 2-3 days. What it really depends on is how large the home is, as well as the quantity of stuff in it, what kind of things they have to pack and also how swiftly they can do the work.

Here's a chart that estimates the amount of time it would take to pack up a house based on the approximate size of the house in square feet. These numbers are based on assuming there are at least 2 people packing and that they pack the entire time, straight through without stopping. Of course, very few people will pack for upwards of 12 consecutive hours without stopping, so the time it might take you to pack will have to be adjusted for breaks.

Apartment or House Size in Sq. Ft Packing hours for 2 people Packing hours for 3 people Packing hours for 4 people Packing hours for 5 people Packing hours for 6 people
Under 1,000 Sq. Ft. 4 – 6 Hours 3 – 4 hours 2 – 3 Hours - -
1,000-1,500 Sq. Ft. 7 – 12 Hours 5 – 10 Hours 4 – 6 Hours 3 – 4 Hours -
1,500-2,000 Sq. Ft. 13 – 16 Hours 10 – 14 Hours 7 – 9 Hours 5 – 7 Hours 4 – 5 Hours
2,000-2,500 Sq. Ft. 17 – 20 Hours 12 – 18 Hours 9 – 12 Hours 7 – 10 Hours 5 – 7 Hours
2,500-3,000 Sq. Ft. 21 - 25 Hours 18 – 23 Hours 11 – 14 Hours 9 – 12 Hours 7 – 9 Hours
3,000-3,500 Sq. Ft. 26 - 29 Hours 22 – 27 Hours 14 – 17 Hours 12 – 15 Hours 9 – 12 Hours
3,500-4,000 Sq. Ft. 30 - 35 Hours 28 – 33 Hours 17 – 19 Hours 15 – 17 Hours 10 – 14 Hours
Over 4,000 Sq. Ft. 36 - 40 Hours 33 – 36 Hours 19 – 22 Hours 17 – 20 Hours 12 – 16 Hours

Often, you can get a packing job from the experts that is a lot more professionally done and a lot more thorough than the job you might do yourself, even if you take your time and pack carefully and methodically, going room-by-room. That's because professional packers are trained and have years of experience that allow them to know exactly what can be packed together to minimize breakage, how to pack certain items and how to wrap and cushion belongings, techniques that are certain to be timesavers if you know what you're doing.

Professional packers also offer you the right packing supplies that you'll need in order to have a hassle-free move. We all know that poor packing can most certainly lead to damage of your goods while they're in transit, but professional movers all but eliminate that possibility by packing carefully and securing items properly.

Creating a Moving Inventory

Once you've hired a moving company to handle your packing and your move, you may be required to submit to them a list of items in your house that you are going to need to have packed. If not, it's always a good idea to create this list anyway, as it will be a great help to the movers who will be packing your house and it will also serve to speed up the process quite considerably, as the movers will have a definitive moving inventory in front of them that they can reference while they pack and plan ahead for what will need to be packed together and in which room.

Creating a moving inventory list is as simple as writing out the items in your house that need to be packed. You might decide to have only one room packed or your entire household worth of goods. Whatever you choose, make sure your inventory is thorough and complete and that it includes which items are in which rooms so that the movers can game-plan prior to the move and assign different rooms to be packed in a certain order.

Packing in an orderly fashion is an efficient way to pack and certain rooms generally take priority over others. For many movers, packing the most difficult items first is an effective strategy for expediting the packing process. For example, here is the general order of priority for packing and wrapping the items in a house:
  • Kitchen, smallest items
  • Bathrooms
  • Bedrooms
  • Main living room area
  • Biggest items, furniture, heavy items
When it comes to which boxes you should use for your move, it's always best to go with standard moving boxes. Getting all of your boxes in the same size and shape will allow you them to be stacked nice and easily inside the moving truck, thus minimizing the risk of them toppling over during the move and damaging your items inside.

If you can't find standard moving boxes, you can always visit this link and purchase them at wholesale prices. The boxes will then be delivered straight to your door, just in time for you to begin packing.

Full Professional Packing Services

There are many packing experts in the moving industry that can provide you with full packing services that take care of everything from packing and wrapping to unpacking and arranging. You can also hire a third-party packing company, separate from the moving company you hire to handle the heavy lifting of your move, which can offer many of the same packing services at lower rates.

First, these packing professionals will do an on-site estimation during which they'll take a look through your home and through your moving inventory and assess all of the items that you are going to need packed. The surveyor who comes to your home to provide you with this estimate will usually need to be as thorough as possible in order to give you the most accurate estimate, so make sure to have everything that needs to be packed ready and in plain sight.

After listing out all of the items that to be packed, they will provide you with an estimate for what the packing service will cost you and an approximation of how long the packing will take. A trained packing specialist will typically take no more than one day to complete the packing. In the case of a last-minute move, the timeframe may differ slightly, as well as the cost.

In addition, the packing specialists will decide on how best to handle the most valuable things, for example, any fragile items, valuable items, artwork and jewelry. This is all done during the on-site survey. One thing to keep in mind is that the professional movers will not bear the responsibility of any items packed by you.

Hence, by choosing a packing service from a professional, you can have your items packed in much less time and you can count on the total protection and safety of your goods. If the packing services are too pricey though, then you can always opt to choose a packing service for only your fragile items and other valuable goods. This keeps you free from anxiety about the cost of the move and always you to not have to worry about your valuables being damaged. You can also make your move simpler by hiring them to unpack your stuff also.
Customers can buy the standard moving boxes for wholesale prices, boxes can be shipped to their doorstep.

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Linda Schroeder | Commented on April 9, 2017 at 11 : 24 PM
I did a lot of the packing myself; I had a worker helping me, but it didn't work out. Most things are packed and labeled, but the boxes are of different sizes and I feel vey, very disorganized. The kitchen is my biggest problem now; how to pack the dishes for minimum or no damage is daunting to me. I've put a lot of time and effort into whatI've already done, and I'm confused about what to pack when. I have someone who wants to buy my condo, but I'm very confused about what to pack when. I don't have a mortgage, and I hope he will buy with cash, too. So I don't know when the moving date yet, and I still have to live here now, so I can't pack everything. It's all so confusing, and I could really use some help and councliling.
I don't see any place on this site where you can get in touch with me or me to you. Thank you. Linda Schreder

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