When you’re preparing to move your family or business to a new location, packing up your belongings can be one of the most daunting parts of the transition. Sure, moving the couch or the coffee table usually only requires two strong pairs of arms and a moving truck, but taking the truly valuable stuff – paintings, pictures, antiques, heirlooms, and one-of-a-kind family possessions is a lot more stressful.
A professional packing service might sound like an unnecessary expense to first-time movers, but for anyone who’s ever taken a framed, autographed photo of Hank Aaron out of a box to find the glass cracked (guilty) or broken your wife’s grandmother’s precious China set (not guilty, thank God), a packing service is the way to go.
Let’s break down the pros and cons:
Cost – Packing yourself might not seem like it costs a dime, but look again. Even if you saved all your boxes from the last move, chances are that time and weathering has knocked more than a few of them out of commission. Ditto with your bubble wrap and any other packaging material you might have saved. If you’re a veteran mover, how many times have you had to rush to the local self-storage place the night before a move to buy a garment box for your wife’s collection of scarves that she never wears? When you use a packing service, they supply all their own materials, and what’s even better, when everything has been moved, you don’t have to store it all in your garage.
Time – The last time we moved, my wife was pregnant with twins and on strict orders not to do any physically laborious tasks. So who ended up packing every single thing in our two-story rent house? It was a massive time sink that ate up my evenings and weekends. With a packing company, representatives from companies like Foxx Movers come out, inventory your home, and set up a time and date to pack your stuff. They come in with a team, pack everything neatly and securely, label it, and are out of your way until moving day.
Damage and Loss – It really is a kick in the butt to pack something yourself, do less than a stellar job, then find it broken when you’re unpacking at the other end. Not only is there no one else to blame, but you could have avoided the problem altogether as well. Packing yourself also introduces the concept of losing items – either by simply forgetting them at your old property or putting them in a box that is labeled for something else. It’s been almost five years since we moved to this house, and I still can’t figure out where out where my Darth Vader halloween costume went to.
The price of a packing company is often a hurdle to overcome. But when you consider the time loss, investment in supplies, and potential for damage to your personal items involved that hurdle becomes a tool to ensuring yourself a productive, safe move.