Professional Packing vs DIY Packing

If you are planning to move, you probably researched how the moving process works or you already have experience with moving. Moving is a very stressful and time-consuming process. You would need good organization in order for everything to go smoothly. One of the things that you need to organize very carefully when you are planning your local move is packing. However, you can always hire professional packing services in order to help you. This guide will help you compare professional packing and DIY packing and afterward, you can decide which option works better for you.

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Hiring Professional Packing Services 

Someone once said – ”Moving was a great idea until I started packing”. Most people can relate to this. That is why we are starting this guide by listing the main reasons why you should consider hiring professional packing services to help you with that as well.

Why you should hire movers and packers:

  1. The moving process will go faster and it will be more efficient
  2. Everything will be packed professionally and your items will be safer during the process
  3. There is less chance of items being damaged since they were packed by professionals
  4. Movers use quality packing materials 
  5. The moving company provides insurance
  6. You can sit back and relax, movers will do everything for you

Now let’s revise all of the aspects we listed. 

The moving process will go faster and it will be more efficient

Doesn’t matter if it is a commercial move, apartment move, long-distance move or you are just moving a couple of blocks down the street, we can assure you that you would need several days to pack all of your belongings. You don’t realize how much stuff you have until you try to put it all in a box. Luckily, a professional moving team can do that in several hours or less and with more efficiency and care.

Everything will be packed professionally and your items will be safer during the process

The packing team already has experience in this field and they know how to properly pack the belongings in order to keep them safe during the transport. We are not doubting your ability to pack the belongings safely, but with the experience our packers have, we can guarantee that everything will go smoothly.  

There is less chance of items being damaged since they were packed by professionals

During the moving process, there is a possibility that some of the items will be damaged. The chances of your belongings getting damaged will decrease if you hire professional movers. They will take care of your belongings and make sure everything is packed with great care.

Movers use quality packing materials 

When hiring quality movers, they also provide quality packing materials – plastic wrap, bubble wrap, blankets, all in order to save your belongings from being damaged. They also use quality moving boxes.

The moving company provides insurance

In cases something is damaged during the packing or moving process, the moving company provides insurance in order to compensate you for the damages. If you pack your belongings by yourself, the moving company cannot be held liable for any potential damages during the packing.

You can sit back and relax, professional packers will do everything for you 

This was mentioned several times in this text, but for some people, this is the most important thing – not to worry about anything, just relax, drink their coffee and let the professionals do their job.

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Cons When Hiring Professional Packing Services

The best thing is that you would be surrounded by moving professionals throughout your whole moving process. However, there are some cons that you should also be aware of:

  1. Increased cost
  2. Lack of control 
  3. No insurance
  4. Possibility of lost items

Increased cost

Of course, there will be an additional charge for packing materials, but the majority of furniture movers do not charge additionally for the packing. And if they do, the price is affordable. 

Lack of control

If you like to be in charge and organize everything by yourself, hiring movers and packers would not be a preferable option. Professional packers have their own way of organizing everything. In addition, their priority would be to pack your items safely and to speed up the process, so organizing and sorting your items would not be their main concern. Of course, you can always guide the movers and explain how you would like everything to be packed.

No insurance

If you decide not to hire packers, but only furniture movers, then you would only have insurance that is applicable for the moving process, not the packing process. If you pack your own belongings, the movers will not be responsible if something gets damaged during the move or transport.

Possibility of lost items

The majority of the movers are professional, well-trained, trustworthy, and ethical. However, there is always a possibility that something can get lost. If it is your first time moving with the help of a company, we would recommend using a company that was recommended by your friend or somebody who already had experience with the movers. If you have trouble trusting people, then packing by yourself would be a better option.

These are the options if you decide to hire a moving company. Most of the customers dwell on this decision. Some of the things to consider you can read here. If you are still not sure if this is the right option for you, we are listing pros and cons when you are packing by yourself and you can easier compare the two options. 

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Packing on Your Own

We already noted the benefits of hiring the moving company to pack your belongings as well, but, of course, packing by yourself has its own benefits. For example:

  1. Lower cost at the end of the move
  2. You will have more control of the whole process
  3. There are fewer chances that something will be lost or stolen 
  4. DIY packing provides more flexibility and convenience

Let’s revise these things one at a time.

Lower cost at the end of the move

Packing by yourself is definitely a cheaper option. You can also ask your friends or family members to help you with packing. That way, you will not pay additionally for the packers and there is a possibility of finding used boxes and cheaper packing material. If you are moving on a budget, this would be the best option for you.

Just bear in mind that used boxes and improvised packing material can lead to damaging the items and your inexperienced friends and family members may not be able to pack everything with great care. Our suggestion would be to purchase material with more quality, in order to prevent the items from damaging. In addition, there are a lot of budget movers that are not charging much for the packing materials. Pasadena Movers is one of them. You can contact us here.

woman labeling box

 You will have more control of the whole process

This is true. If you are the kind of person that likes to have everything under their control, then DIY packing is something that we highly recommend. You can make your own plan, decide what items are going in which box, you can label and organize everything and definitely make sure that everything will go the way you planned it. However, we would like to note the most common mistakes that can happen when you are packing by yourself. You can read everything here

There are fewer chances that something will be lost or stolen 

You would be packing your own items and you can make a list of items that are packed in your boxes prior to the move. If you have belongings of great value or the belongings have sentimental value, you are advised to move those items by yourself, just in case. 

DIY packing provides more flexibility and convenience

If you are packing by yourself, you can organize your time the way you want. We would suggest you start packing several days prior to the move. You may think you know how many items you have, but once you start packing, you will see that you would need more time to pack and arrange everything. 

worried girl

Self-Packing Cons

  1. It is more time consuming
  2. You may not pack everything correctly
  3. Greater risk of damages and no liability from the movers

It is more time consuming

As mentioned, movers will pack your belongings faster, since their priority is the safety of your items and everything to be done in a reasonable amount of time. Since you are not a professional, you would need more time to organize everything and pack it properly.

You may not pack everything correctly

There is a possibility that not everything will be packed correctly and the items may be damaged during the transport. Make sure to shrink wrap everything several times in order to avoid damage.

Greater risk of damages and no liability from the movers

This extends to the packing that was previously mentioned. If everything was not packed correctly, there is a greater risk of damages. If you are packing by yourself, the movers will not be held liable.

Bottom Line

Your choice will depend on your budget, how much time you have prior to the move, and whether you like to organize everything by yourself or you prefer everything to be done by professionals.

The self-packing option is for you if you are on a tight budget, you love to organize everything on your own and you have friends that can help you with packing.

Professional packing option is for if you don’t have the time, you want proper care for your belongings, you have items that are difficult to pack and money is not an issue for you. If you decide to proceed with a professional packing option, you can give us a call or contact us here. We provide free quotes and are open to any questions you may have. We are only one phone call away!