The Pros and Cons of DIY vs. Professional Packing

Posted & filed under Commercial Services, Residential Services.

Moving homes involves a lot of care, and can be emotional and exhausting – especially when leaving a home that you have been in for a long period of time, and have great memories in. Sure, you might be able to adjust to a new neighborhood and bedroom, but overcoming the art of moving and the process of packing and unpacking your entire home on moving day is not an easy feat.

You may choose to DIY your move, or you may decide to hire a professional moving company to help. When it comes to moving, and packing and unpacking, there are many reasons to consider both options: DIY and pro. Both options can be implemented depending upon which suits you better on moving day. Let us take a brief look at the pros and cons of hiring professional movers versus packing yourself, to help you consider all the factors need to make the best choice for your move.

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Pros of Hiring a Moving Company

Speedy Service

Professional house movers or office movers are experts in their field, and most provide packing and unpacking services which can be a quick option that is also best for the safety of your items. The best movers will not waste any time and can quickly pack and unpack all your items with ease and expertise on moving day, ensuring a speedy moving service.

Proper Packing

Professional packers and movers have expertise and experience when it comes to the proper packing of your valuables and personal items. Movers will be able to provide packing material like boxes, scissors, tape and specialty items, if requested. In addition, they have experience with breakables and uniquely-shaped items, ensuring that your items are fully protected before they get on the truck for the big move.

Less Risk of Damage

The skill and experience of professional packers, along with the attention to detail and care when packing and unpacking customer goods, ensures for a safe handling process and decreases the risk of any item getting damaged in the moving process.

 

Cons of Hiring a Moving Company

Extra Cost

A moving company, like many businesses, charges for its services. While it may not be affordable for everyone, it is a worthwhile charge if you have a particular collection or unique items. If it is not in your budget, though, professional packing may not be the best option for you.

Lack of Control

When you assign the packing task to professional packers, you should relinquish control, as they are the experts. While you may want to be involved in the packing decisions, keep in mind that the professionals usually have a method to their madness, and offer tips along the way, if you feel truly strongly about it. Another great tip is to create a floor plan of your home, and mark which rooms are moving to which rooms in the new home. This will allow for all like-items to be placed together, so they can be unloaded at one spot on the other end, allowing for an organized move.

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Pros of Packing Yourself

Lowered Costs

If you have the time and ability to do so, packing and unpacking your items on your own can definitely save a lot of your budget. Saving money in this area can mean that you can still hire a professional moving company to do your move – but it will take less time, and save you money, if you are packed ahead of time!

Total Control

When packing the goods yourself you are in total control of where items go, and where they end up in the new home. For many, this is a welcome role – but, for others, keep in mind it can be overwhelming. Procrastinators should also beware! You don’t want to be living out of boxes for months on end if things aren’t unpacked in a timely manner.

Convenient Timing

Packing yourself allows you the freedom to pack all your items at your convenience, which may be a week before the moving process or right on moving day itself.

 

Cons of Packing Yourself

Takes More Time

You may not be as well-versed with the art of packing as you may be packing your things for a trip, for example. So, it may take longer than usual or even much more time than you expected to pack and unpack your entire home on your own.

Improper Packing

Lack of skills, assistance and experience means some people don’t realize that packing certain items can be a real process. Proper care and attention should be given to breakable items, collections, valuables and uniquely-shaped pieces, in order to avoid breaking and damage of certain pieces.

No Liability

In the event of damage while packing or unpacking items on your own, you will be the only person liable for damage, meaning that those costs will need to be covered by you alone.

Of course, the decision to pack your home by yourself or hire professional packers or professional movers for the job is entirely yours. As always, it is advisable to weigh out all your options and the pros and cons, as we have started to do here. If you are looking for more tips and tricks, or would like to find out how we can help with your packing and unpacking, or your residential move or commercial move, please do not hesitate to contact us. Five Star Movers is a professional, affordable and reliable moving company with over 20 years in the industry. We are fully licensed, bonded and insured for your safety. Get in touch, today, for a free quote and let us do your heavy lifting!