When moving to a new home, the work of packing can be a hassle and hiring professional packing service is an option that is available. Professional packers come in more than one package. Some pack your whole house up and others only pack certain items. To determine what is right for you, consider the factors of time, effort and cost.
Would you prefer professional packers or unpackers? This depends on how much you enjoy each activity. Some people prefer packing to unpacking, and other the opposite, while others do not enjoy either. This choice a personal one, and must take into consideration the cost of each. There are several companies which can offer you full services. You just have to identify them and assess what each of them does.
Here are the options of the companies you can select from.
1. A Full Packing Service
Usually the company will send someone to survey your home and assess the details of your move. They will make a list of every item that will have to be packed, from your furniture, contents of cupboards and the kitchen drawers. Through this they determine the cost of packing and what items will require special care or are of value.
Items that are considered valuables are paperwork, jewelry and artwork. The surveyor will discuss these with you and how to handle them. Any items which you can carry with you rather than placing them in the truck on the day of the move, will be packed and handed to you. Usually furniture is disassembled, carefully wrapped and placed in packaging that has padding for protection. All boxes are labeled appropriately and are sorted based on their room of origin and where they will be placed in the new house.
The company gives you an estimated time of how long it will take to pack all your belongings and what the cost will be, a lot of times it can be done in a single day. The amount of time you give them and the number of items to be packed greatly determines the price. Anyone in a hurry to move will require more packers to get the task done in a short time.
When you meet the surveyor always outrightly inquire about timeframes, what resources will be utilized and what the cost will be. Arrange ahead of time for children or pets to be kept elsewhere to avoid interference in the process, or any occurrence of injuries.
You have to decide if you want a full service, whereby they pack and unpack all your items for you. This is a choice that has to be based on the factors of time and cost. A packing service could raise the budget for moving. On the other hand, packing requires a great time commitment, which should also include the time required to obtain the materials necessary to pack. Most services can accomplish the task of packing in a day, thus you do not have to live with boxes during your packing period.
2. Packers of Specialty Items
If you find yourself short on cash, or you simply want to keep you moving costs low there are packing services that offer services only for certain items. These items are usually objects that are break easily, mirrors, artwork or valuables. The service will assess your home and provide you with an estimate of the cost. They will also inform you on how they intend to protect your items, this is great if you have particular objects that concern you more than others.
Items that are definitely a reason to call a packer include: chandeliers, china, highly priced artwork, antiques, and furniture that is fragile.
A lot of moving companies suggest that those who are moving hire professional packers to pack their large appliances. These could be washers and dryers, stoves, televisions or refrigerators. Appliances can move around a lot during transit which can cause them to get banged up, if they are not packaged properly prior to transport, moving companies can refuse responsibility if they fail to function once they get to the destination.
Choosing a professional packing service revolves around the tree critical factors of time, effort and cost. If you feel that you are too busy to dedicate a significant amount of time to packing and ensuring that all your items are well packed and labelled then you should consider a packing service. If you feel that you are unwilling to put in the effort to pack then you should consider a packing company. If the cost of a full service packing company is too restrictive, then you can go for the partial services and reduce the work you have to do. Once all of this is done ensure you select a reputable mover like Menards or Penske to move your well packed items, and ensure they arrive safely.