By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
Most of us grew up with the idea that moving means packing yourself. Moving starts when you pack the first box and stops when you unpack the last box. Of course, there's always the professional moving company
alternative. Professional packing services make it possible to have professional movers
pack, label, and stack your boxes for you so that your time can be spent on other things.
While you might think of professional packing as a luxury, it's a necessary logistical part of the moving industry. Some people don't have the time, access, or physical ability to pack on their own, or need help packing a few things. Professional packing can be treated like a luxury service, but it's there to provide when you need it.
What a Professional Packing Service Does
Professional packing is the process of moving your items safely into well-secured and labeled boxes. There are two categories of professional packing services, household packing and specialty packing.
Full Household Packing
Full household packing is exactly what it sounds like. This occurs when a team of movers arrive to help you organize your home and put everything in boxes. You can guarantee that your movers will use the right size of box, balance and weight everything correctly, and properly label your boxes so things can be found later when it's time to unpack. From the linen closet to the garage, your home will get packed in a way that is secure in the truck and convenient to unpack at your destination.
Partial Packing Services
- Furniture and equipment
- Last minute
Partial packing services provide packing where your own time or expertise leaves a gap. For example, you can ask your moving company to carefully wrap, grid, and pad all your breakable dishes or collectibles to ensure they arrive safely, so you don't have to worry about your packing skills putting breakables at risk. Have big furniture or equipment you can't break down? Disassembly, wrapping, and assembly are an optional moving service.
Also, you can usually arrange for some packing if your moving date draws near and you haven't finished your DIY yet.
When Do People Need a Packing Service?
Moving your house from a distance
Some people must move remotely. Maybe you already relocated for a job, and now need your entire house to follow you. Professional movers will get your home safely in a truck and on its way to you without you taking an extra stressful week DIY boxing.
When you must work through your moving time
Many, many moves are working moves. Your schedule might be packed, and your relocation might be an intense time for your employer. You might just not have the hours of energy off work to get your house packed up in time.
When your house is too big to pack in your timeline
Some homes are too big to tackle. If you have a home with more than three bedrooms or expansive shared rooms, it can take forever to pack everything into boxes. If the job is just too big for your timeline, professional movers can help you take care of the extra space, even if you DIY-pack personal rooms.
When you have very small children
New parents have their hands full. Infants and toddlers take a lot of looking after, and packing boxes isn't always safe for them. People moving with very small children often ask movers to provide a packing service to make sure the house moves safely even if your time is fully occupied.
When you cannot physically do the packing
Not everyone has the physical ability to bend, kneel, lift, and stack. If packing is something you can't do, or can't do much of, it's a good idea to call professional packers instead. They can make sure your home is packed to your specifications while you keep safe from unnecessary strain or risk of injury trying to heft boxes your body isn't rated for.
When DIY packing comes down to the wire
Sometimes, you plan to DIY pack, but the moving date is coming, and you're just not done. Life gets in the way. Packing is harder than it seems at the beginning. When you need to meet a schedule and there's still packing to do, professional movers can take those weeks of packing ahead and compress it into a few efficient hours of boxing.
Packing, Preference, and Logistics Planning
Most of all, it's important to decide what you need and what you are comfortable with. If you don't like the idea of someone touching your personal items, you can pack your bedroom and ask packers to take care of the shared spaces and storage areas. If you're concerned about specific items, talk to your moving company about your concerns and you can build a plan together.
In need of packing or moving services? Contact us today, we look forward to making your move a successful one with a full range of moving services.
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