I own two moving companies in Texas. One specializes in local moves and the other performs moving services across the state of Texas. I have been in the business for over two decades and have a few helpful hints for your next move concerning packing.
Packing can be very “time consuming” and it is “quite physical”. You might have a last second move where it is imperative that you hire professional packers. On the other hand, you might have some physical limitations that require you to get good help.
Transportation of the supplies themselves can be a hardship for some people. Most cars can hold small and medium boxes but can not handle dishpacks or wardrobes.
Purchasing the boxes can be expensive in itself. As a consumer, you can not always get the same kind of deal that a mover who buys in quantity can get. You will find that box prices can be high at retail sites.
One of the biggest “cons” against packing yourself is insurance (or lack of the same). If you pack yourself, the movers will mark your boxes PBO or take some like measure. PBO (Packed by Owner) means that the contents of the box will not be covered if they break or are damaged during transit. Movers will only cover damage if the box itself is crushed and this will be at a predetermined amount of so many cents per pound. In Texas the rate set by the TxDot is $.60 per pound. That means that the 3.1 cubic box (medium size) that held a $40.00 vase, a $80.00 statue or figurine and a few other valuables will only get you $24.00 in damage coverage (40 pounds x $.60/#). The coverage will only cover boxes that outwardly show signs of damage.
Packing yourself allows you to so a little “housecleaning” while you organize your belongings. You can sift thru your things and maybe give away things that you no longer use. Remember, you do not pay for what you do not move!
Packing yourself is a sure way to know how well things are packed. You really don’t know how well someone else is going pack your valuables. Although professionals know a few tricks about packing, they are not secrets (I will reveal more later).
Packing yourself means you can take your time, if you planned ahead. You can pack three to five boxes a night and not get worn out. You can take your time and do a better job. Before you know it fifty boxes are packed and you only have the essentials left to do. Packers usually come in in one day and complete all the packing. They either get paid by the box (they will pack big boxes lightly to get a higher count) or they get paid by the hour (they sometimes will ride the clock). Even worse is when the packers are under a fixed contract amount. In this case they pack fast and furious.
Packing with your own supplies can save you real money! You can call local companies that will have used boxes for sale at a discount. This way you are helping the environment by recycling and your wallet’s “wildlife reserve” by saving a few “bucks”.
Packing your own boxes means you can label them in a way that makes sense to you. This will make the move into your new residence much more organized.