Packing up the house is a substantial portion of the cost of a typical home move.?? Many people opt to pack boxes themselves to save money.?? Packing yourself makes sense, because the tools normally needed for a professional move are not required to pack a home, i.e. moving truck, dollies, and strong men.


Packing boxes is a skill set, the same as moving furniture, but no heavy lifting is required.?? Moving the house is normally set in a tight time frame, (between House Closing).?? Whereas, packing the house can be started early and done at your convenience.


If you do decide to pack yourself there are techniques and methods to insure success.?? Make sure to use the right size box for the job.?? Use plenty of packing paper and bubble wrap for breakable items.?? Always seal your boxes with tape.?? Never fold the flaps or leave boxes open.?? Boxes sealed with tape are structurally stronger, and less likely to collapse in on themselves.


Packing is an art form.?? When you purchase a new items it comes in its own box with custom packaging made just for it.?? When you are packing your house, everything is packed in standard boxes with multipurpose packing paper and bubble wrap.?? Most people do not save all the original boxes and custom packaging from all their purchases.


People ask, ???what all needs to be packed?????? A rule of thumb: if it can fit in a box, pack it in a box.?? If the items is less than 24 inches it needs to be packed.?? On move day there should only be furniture and sealed boxes for the moving crew to take care of.?? It should be noted that most moving companies will not move open, unsealed boxes.


Do not over fill a box.?? Pack books and heavy items in smaller boxes (1.5 cu. ft.).?? Pack lighter items like clothes and toys in larger boxes (3.1 cu. ft.).?? Try to keep packed boxes under 40 lbs.?? Over size/weight boxes cost more to move.


There are some items you must pack and move yourself: guns, ammunition, chemicals, propane tanks, drugs, jewelry, cash, gold, pets and kids.?? If it exceptionally valuable, move it yourself.?? If it is dangerous or could damage items in the truck, move it yourself.?? If it could start a fire, move it yourself.?? If you have prescription drugs, insulin, et cetera, move it yourself.


Make sure to label your packed boxes; both the contents, as well as, where you want it placed in the new home.


The right supplies will make the job easier.?? Make sure all packing is done before move date.?? Nothing causes more confusion than trying to pack a house while it???s being moved.


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About Jack Grant

I got my start in the moving industry as a driver for a budget apartment mover. I owned my own one ton pick-up truck, or should I say, Bank of America owned the truck. It was a hot summer and I made ok money. It didn???t take long before I started having problems with this company. Nothing affected me directly, not at first. I showed up at 6 am, hitched my truck to a trailer, picked up my move tickets for the day, and kept to myself. Then I started having problems with the way the company treated its customers, as well as, some of its movers. There were days I was overbooked, and could not get to all the jobs on time. There was also moves that were underbooked. Customers were given a low price just to get their business, then on move day they would be over charged on additional items that they wanted moved. I would arrive at a $600 move, call in the additional furniture only to find the move price to be doubled, but there didn???t seem to be twice the amount of items. The real problem I saw from the customer's point of view was what kind of crew they got. It was the luck of the draw. I considered myself to be a professional, treating the customers??? furniture with the same respect that I would want to receive if I was the one being moved. It seemed that they would hire anyone that could pull their trailers; no experience, no background checks, no drug tests, no English, no ethics???no problem. I started to feel out of place. I remember that one of their drivers lost a trailer on the highway. The budget apartment mover tried to make him pay for all the damages, even though it was a worn out trailer hitch that was to blame. The equipment was not properly maintained. After three months pulling for the budget apartment mover, I resigned and went to work for a local independent moving company. The trailers were well maintained, as well as, the moving equipment. The quality of the movers was a lot better too. I worked there as a driver for a little over three years. In 2001 my friend started a moving company, a new kind of moving company. A moving company with upfront pricing, an instant online quoting system, and online testimonials. In 2001, no one that I knew had an online message board for folks to post their comments or an actual instant online quoting system. Email forums were all that was used and is still the standard in most moving companies to this day. ???We will get most of our business from repeat customers and referrals if we set the benchmark for quality,??? he told me. I started at as a driver in spring 2001, just in time for the moving season. Soon I was running packing crews, and doing onsite bids as well. MoveCo did not have a sales force; the drivers did all the in-home estimates; Having the actual driver do the bid eliminated lots of misunderstandings. I became proficient at everything from crating nine foot sailfish, to moving grand pianos. I was able to see the country, moving folks coast to coast. I have met a lot of interesting and good people along the way. is proof a good deal of stress and all the horror stories can be eliminated with fair pricing, quality service, and no misunderstandings. MoveCo started adding box trucks to the fleet early on. Box trucks were more capable and I always felt gave a better image. I started going to the industry conference and discovered there really is a wide range of moving companies and service levels. The budget apartment movers might be a step up from a guy and a rental truck off craigslist, but on the other end of the spectrum you have the National Van Lines and top notch independents. In the moving business you are only as a good as your reputation. MoveCo has built that reputation over the last 15 years. I am proud to be a part of the MoveCo family. I hope you find this information in this blog useful. I may not be a professional writer, but I am a professional mover with over 18 year???s experience.