Will Moving Companies Pack For You?

What to do before movers come to pack

Moving is stressful and time consuming enough, hiring a moving company that will pack for you can take the most daunting task of your to-do list. Full service moving companies typically offer a range of packing services. If the moving company you hire will pack for you, options may include:

Full-Service Packing: Moving consultants from your moving company will come to your home prior to your move to pack your belongings. They will bring all of the materials and get everything packed up and ready to go for your move day.

Partial Packing: If you prefer to tackle some of the packing yourself, many moving companies can customize a plan to fit your packing needs. If you can’t get to it all, the moving consultants will pick up where you left off – they will blanket wrap your furniture and fill remaining boxes for example.

Do-it-yourself Packing: Packing up your entire home yourself? With the right planning, preparation and supplies, you’ll have plenty of time. Moving companies can assess your packing needs, from punch lists to packing supplies and boxes, and blanket wrap your furniture. Many also sell all the supplies you need to pack yourself including boxes, bubble wrap, packing tape, wardrobe boxes and packing paper.

What to do before movers come to pack 

Once you’ve selected the packing service that’s right for you, there is some preparation to be done before the moving consultants arrive to pack your belongings. 

Plan to be present

You should make every effort to be in your home the day the moving company comes to pack your house. Be sure that any pets and children are not at home on packing day, this can create safety hazards and slow the packing process. 

Purge, Donate, Pack

It doesn’t make sense to have your moving company pack items you do not plan to use in your new home. A good rule of thumb is if you haven’t used it in over a year, you should seriously consider getting rid of the item. You can help the movers pack efficiently by going through your household and getting rid of any trash items, donate any items to Goodwill you will not be taking, and have all items to be packed visible. 

It is important to know that packers will not try to determine what is trash or which items should not be packed. They will enter your home and pack it as they find it. Be sure that you are ready for their arrival by getting rid of things like newspapers, magazines and any items for donation that you do not want to move before your moving consultants arrive.  You’ll also want to be sure your laundry is clean and removed from the washer and dryer, and that your dishwasher is empty. Remember, packers pack what they see! 

By going through your home and purging, donating and preparing items for moving you ensure you are only packing, and paying for, the items that will be used in your new home.  Since the total weight of your shipment will determine, to large extent, the price you’ll need to pay in the end, it only benefits you to get rid of items you do not need before the moving consultants come knocking on your door.

Prepare Your Inventory 

Now that you’re left only with the belongings you will be moving to your new home, it’s time to create an itemized checklist that will detail everything that is ready to be packed by your moving consultants. A household inventory gives you a detailed list of all the items in your shipment, and you will be able to file an insurance claim with your insurer or file a damage claim with your mover if you find any of your delivered goods damaged or missing.

On moving day, the movers will sign each inventory page and ask you to do the same. It’s important before signing that you make sure the inventory lists every item to be moved. Also, make note of the entries regarding the condition of each item are correct. You have the right to note any disagreement before moving. When your items are moved to the new location, if an item is missing or damaged, your ability to recover from the mover for any loss or damage may depend on the notations made. At the time your shipment is delivered, it is your responsibility to check the items delivered against the items listed on your inventory. If new damage is discovered, make a record of it on the inventory form. Call the damage to the attention of the movers and request that a record of the damage be made on the driver’s copy of the inventory.

After your move is complete, the movers will request that you sign the copy of the inventory to show that you received the items listed. Do not sign until you know it is accurate and that proper notations have been entered regarding any missing or damaged items. When you sign the inventory, you are giving the moving company a receipt for your goods.

Pick Your No-Move Area and Label 

Your moving consultants will come into your home and and get right to work packing items they see. If there are items you don’t want packed (because they’re valuable or sentimental, because you’ll be moving them on your own, or because you’ve made alternate arrangements), make sure these items are set aside or are otherwise marked. Create a designated no-move area for any items you do not want the moving company to touch. 

When your moving consultants begin packing, they will likely only label the box with the name of the room it came from in your current house. If you want to label the items on a box for your own convenience, that’s something you’ll need to do as the mover’s complete boxes. Make things easier by labeling pieces of furniture by their future destination rather than their current location. All of this will reduce the amount of time you have to spend unpacking and moving pieces around in your new home.

Moving companies will pack for you, making your move less stressful and time consuming. With a little preparation and planning ahead, you can easily work with your moving company to get you and your family to your new home. 


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