Packing on Your Own vs Hiring Professional Movers

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Packing is a huge part of a moving process. People usually underestimate it because they are not aware of how much they actually own. All of those belongings need to be packed and transported to your new home safely and carefully. It is a huge job. Once you decide you need to move, you should opt for professional movers to help you with that upcoming relocation process. Besides moving, companies offer the service of professional packing. It is a full service – professional packers and movers. However, you don’t have to opt for that. Some people don’t have enough trust to let someone else pack their things. Some people simply want to do it by themselves. No matter which group you belong to, this blog post will tell you more about the packing process and everything it entails. It will prepare you for your upcoming relocation process. Enjoy the read!

Packing supplies

You cannot start packing without packing supplies, that’s for sure. If you decide to pack on your own, you will need to find those supplies. We use the word find, because you don’t necessarily need to buy them. One option is buying of course. If you have a friend who has moved recently, ask them about their opinion on the quantity of supplies you will need. Overbuying supplies you won’t end up using would be just a waste of money. On the other hand, if you don’t order enough, you might find yourself in the middle of the packing process without enough boxes to pack everything in time. Another option is to borrow some boxes from your local store. Boxes used to carry liquor bottles will be strong enough for your belongings. However, make sure you check the boxes are clean and whole. The third option is to use what you already have at home. It probably won’t be enough for your whole move, but it can be helpful for at least a part of your things. Use baskets, containers, suitcases and anything similar you own that can be used as a box for packing. Your towels, blankets, bedding sheets and clothes can serve instead of protective blankets for some fragile things. If you do choose to hire professional packers and movers, you won’t have to bother with ordering supplies and calculating how much you will need. All packing supplies, including boxes, protective paper, moving dollies, will be provided by your professional movers. They have the experience required to pack your things in a way that will minimize the risk of damage during transport. Packing cannot be done randomly, you need to know what can be put together in a box and how heavy each box can be. There is more to packing than just throwing things into boxes and sealing them.

Decluttering

The perfect timing! Your upcoming relocation process will make you go through everything you have at home and sort it out. It can be such a fun process! If you’re packing by yourself, you can do this while you’re packing. You will save time and be more efficient. You can make three piles of things – keeping, selling or donating. Once you start packing, you’ll realize how much you own and how much of those items you haven’t touched in a long time – longer than necessary. If you get rid of unused things, your moving rate will be lower as well. The less you have to move, the lower the rate will be. SO hit the ground running as soon as you start packing! If you are using the service of packers and movers, you won’t be able to declutter along the way. You will have to organize your free time in order to do that before the packers arrive at your home and start doing their job. You will still get to declutter, it would just require more time and organization. Since you are not packing, you cannot go through things and pack those you are keeping. You have to keep them somewhere in your home and that requires free space. It can get a bit tricky and messy, but if you organize well, you should be all good. Declutter ahead of time so that your packers and movers can start working as soon as they arrive at your home. You won’t get any fees for delaying the process.

Damage

This is an important step to think about while deciding whether you will pack on your own or hire professionals to handle that process. If you decide to pack on your own, bear in mind that your local movers won’t be held responsible for any damage that may happen during the transport. Also, if you decide to self-pack, you should do your research and find out how to pack certain items. As we have already mentioned, packing cannot be done randomly. You must know how to combine things and pack them into boxes together while at the same time minimizing the risk of damage. Professional movers have a lot of experience in these things and know how to pack your belongings properly. They will handle your things with utmost care so as to avoid damage. Also, professional moving companies offer you basic insurance coverage. It means that something gets broken or damaged, you will get reimbursed or they will provide an item similar to the damaged one. You can always opt for a higher insurance package if you have some expensive and valuable items you want to keep safe, no matter the price. At the beginning, once you start calculating how much money you will need for your upcoming move, using packing services may seem expensive, especially if you’re looking for budget movers. However, packing on your own and learning your things have been damaged during the transport may cost you even more in the end. Having to replace damaged items may be pricier that the packing service itself. Look at the pros and cons of DIY packing and professional packing and make a decision.

Large bulky items

Remember that there are some items that cannot be packed and moved that easily. This includes bulky items such as your furniture or kitchen appliances. Packing them on your own will be hard. You will need help for sure and also a manual to see how to disassemble certain items. It is a hard physical job, for sure. Also, most people have little experience in these kinds of things. Professional movers know how to disassemble large items. In most cases, they can do it without manuals. They have the required experience for the task. Professional movers are also used to physical jobs since they’re in the moving business for quite some time. They will take your furniture apart, packing it properly and move it to your new home. Re-assembling at your new place is a part of the process. You can also ask your movers to arrange those large items within your new place. Show them the room you want to put it and they will put it back together in that room instead of some other which would require moving the items from one room to another once the movers are gone. Large furniture items or home appliances are usually expensive. Having them packed by professionals means they are insured and any damage that can happen will be reimbursed to you. That is one more reason to opt for professional packers and movers.

Time and energy

Packing is time consuming. It will take more of your time than you can imagine. If you are working full-time or you have your own business, you might consider opting for packers and movers. Professional packers are far faster than you and your buddies. Whether they’re loading up furniture or packing boxes, professional packers are more efficient and faster than you. It’s what they do, day-in and day-out. Having the help of a few friends to help you pack can last for days. Professional movers are fast and reliable. They can probably pack your entire home while you find 100 boxes necessary for the packing process. In the end, it might be more efficient to leave this task to the packers and movers and concentrate on other things. You will need a lot of time and energy even if you’re not packing by yourself. Use it wisely on other things. If you have any physical disabilities or you are not fit, packing may take even longer. Not to mention moving large items such as house appliances and furniture in order to pack them up. It will require a lot of physical strength besides time and energy. If you are not capable of doing it, call packers and movers. They do it every day, thus it would be a lot easier for them.

Finding reliable packers near you

If you-re packing on your own, all you have to do is find a reliable moving company. However, if you’re looking for a full service, you should do your research and find a trust-worthy company who can do both packing and moving for you. Some people opt for self-packing simply because they don’t trust someone enough to let them pack their entire home. The best way to find a company is to search for “local movers near me”. You will get hundreds of hits. The key is to pick the right company amongst all those hits. You can ask someone to recommend a moving company. If that is not an option for you, you can find everything online. Make sure you go through referrals for each of the companies you are looking at. Find at least four companies and call them to learn more about their service and their rates. Compare their prices and services and pick the right choice for you and your needs. Even though you might be scared to give this task to someone else, packers and movers will treat your belongings with utmost care. Your things are safe with them.

Timeline

As we have already mentioned, some people don’t like to use professional packing services because they don’t trust anyone enough to let them do that or because they are afraid of the whole process of packing by professional packers. One advantage of DIY packing is definitely your own timeline. You can stick to the schedule you have set in advance. On the other hand, if you opt for professional packers and movers, you will have to adhere to their timeline. You won’t get to choose the day or time of the packing, or how long it will take. For example, if you’re packing on your own, you can divide it in several days or even weeks. On the other hand, professional packers will get everything done in a day or so, depending on the size of your current home. They cannot change their timeline because of your other daily activities. Think about how important your timeline is to you and make a decision.

Packing and moving is a time consuming and stressful process. No doubt, it takes a lot of time and energy to move, even if you are using professional packers and movers. If you opt for DIY packing, you will need to invest even more time and energy, but you will also need help from your friends and family. Depending on your free time, your budget and your preferences, you can choose among many services moving companies offer. Ventura Moving Company can offer you a whole range of services, made to fit the needs of each individual client. Every move is different to us. No client is the same. Our service is custom-made according to you and your needs only. We are at your disposal for any additional questions or requests. All you must do is give us a call and you’re bound to have a smooth and successful relocation process! Our customer support center is available 24/7. Any time is a good time to give us a call and learn more about the service that Ventura Moving Company offers.