When moving to a new house, many people hesitate to let movers do the packing because they think they can save money by doing their own packing. However, they don’t realize that a full service packing service can actually save them money in the long run. For example, the cost of a full kitchen pack is about $350 to $500 dollars, and it can cost from $400 to $500 to replace a decent dish set that’s been damaged.
Moreover, consider how damaged artwork can be extremely expensive to repair, and in many instances, it can’t be replaced. Fortunately, you don’t have to worry about your artwork or other valuables being damaged when you use professional packers who have the skills, knowledge, experience and proper packing supplies. Here are some of the common mistakes people make when they pack and why choosing a full packing servie is a good option.Common Mistakes People Make When Packing Their Belongings
Putting too much weight in a box is one of the main errors people make when packing. In order to save on boxes, many self-packers tend to place too many items in one box. As a result, the extra weight in a box can make it too heavy to carry, or the box could even fall apart.
On the other hand, sometimes people only fill a box half-full, which can damage the contents when boxes are shifted while being transported. A solution is putting the heaviest items in small, strong boxes that are adequately padded, while packing the bulkier, lighter items in larger boxes.
Another major mistake people make is not labeling their moving boxes as to their contents or where they should go. This can easily increase the amount of time needed for unpacking boxes because you have to unpack each box to see what’s inside. Furthermore, some self-packers fail to label those boxes containing fragile items that need special care when handling.
Packing unallowable items, such as hazardous materials and perishable food, is a typical packing booboo people make. Because some items cannot be transported, they need to be donated or sold before you move.
Surprisingly, some people even pack their belongings in plastic bags. They don’t realize that theses bags don’t sufficiently protect items as they can tear from being moved and are slippery.
Failing to use high quality packing materials is a mistake. Unfortunately, many people think they’re saving money by using whatever types of markers and tape they already have. They fail to consider how inferior packing supplies can cause a packing box to rip apart, resulting in damaged contents.Packing Options
People have several options from which to choose, regarding the amount of packing they want to do.
The self pack—This option is for people who not only have the time required for doing their own packing, but they also know how to pack. If you prefer to pack your belongings yourself, your mover can supply the various sizes of moving boxes for each room in your house. Just be sure you choose the right size box for your items because the wrong size can cause damage. Besides boxes, you can order tape and other types of packing materials.
The kitchen pack—Although packing most items isn’t a problem for many people, they usually don’t want to pack their kitchen stuff, mainly because these items are more likely to be damaged. That’s why it’s a good idea to let professional packers pack your delicate China, small appliances, cookware and other kitchen items. Only the highest quality protection materials are used, such as Styrofoam peanuts, bubble wrap and China wrapping paper, so your kitchen items are adequately protected.
The select pack—This option is for people who feel confident in packing everything except for their fragile belongings. All you need to do is select those delicate breakables that need special care and let the pros do the job.
The full pack—This includes everything in a home, so you don’t have to do any packing. Choosing a full pack can mean stress-free moving.Other Considerations and Warnings
- Full service packing also includes hooking up appliances in a new house. Consider how not knowing how to correctly hook up your washer and/or dryer can result in costly repair bills.
- Improperly packing belongings can mean being charged additional packing fees because repacking must be done by movers. What’s more, there can be a labor charged added to the cost.
- Self-packing can also be expensive because movers aren’t liable for items that are damaged.
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