Hiring professional packers might be the
wise decision for a long distance move
Should You Hire Professional Packers
Depending on your timeframe and budget, hiring a full service moving company might be something you are considering. If you are undecided about whether to pack yourself or hire professionals to pack for you, ask yourself some simple questions to help you decide:
In addition to these questions, we have listed some advantages and disadvantages to having professionals pack for you.
Time – Hiring professionals to pack your belongings will save you time. Depending on the size of your move, packing can be time consuming. In addition, you will need to obtain Packing Supplies and Materials, construct the boxes, and protect and wrap all of your items. Professional packers will provide supplies and materials, and can achieve all the packing in a short period to of time.
Freedom and ease – Having help with packing is going to allow you time to focus and take care of other aspects of the move in a more relaxed and efficient way. Having professionals pack for you will lift the responsibility that comes with packing and lessen some of the emotional and physical work.
Professional packing – Hiring a professional company to pack your belongings means your items will be packed and boxed professionally. Reputable moving companies train their packers to pack methodically and efficiently to reduce damage. In most cases, they will have more knowledge and experience with packing.
Liability coverage – Having professionals pack for you, provides you with liability coverage should any of your belongings get damaged while in transit with the moving company.
Cost – One reason you might choose to not hire professionals to pack your belongings is because of the cost. Depending on the size of your move and what is to be packed, prices can vary from hundreds to thousands of dollars. Some companies charge an hourly fee, while others might charge a flat-rate. If you have a few items you would prefer to have packed professionally, it’s worth inquiring on the cost, as it may work out to fit within your budget.
No liability – Packing yourself relinquishes the moving company from being liable for any items damaged while in transit.
Less participation – Having professional packers pack for you means trusting others with the care of your belongings, and letting go of controlling this part of the moving process. However, if you prefer to be involved, you can be present to supervise and provide guidance. For example, let the packers know if you have a preference for certain items being boxed together. If you choose not to provide assistance, the packers will have it under control with their own packing and labeling system.
Impersonal – Packers won’t share the same feelings you do about your items. They will be indifferent. This does not mean they will not ensure the safety and care of the items, but they will treat them as objects that need to be packed for your move. In regards to valuable items, such as jewelry and other personal belongings, it is advised you pack those yourself. In many cases, some of these items will be traveling with you, as they will be considered Non Allowable Items, which cannot be transported with any professional moving company.
Like any other aspect of the moving process, do your research. Find out what different companies offer in regard to packing services and see what works best for your move, whether to pack yourself, or hire professional packers.