Some moving companies make packing quotes more complex than they need to be. ??There are two sides of the same coin when it comes to packing quotes. ??Packing supplies and the labor used to actually pack the boxes. ??Almost all packing quotes are estimates. ??It is almost impossible to guess just how many boxes will be packed when all is said and done. ??Understanding the quote is essential.
Some companies charge hourly rates for the packing crew, and itemize the boxes, tape, bubble wrap, and packing paper used. ??They then charge you full retail for all the packing supplies. ??You wind up paying about the same as if you bought your boxes at U-Haul. ??It is easy to run up a $500 plus bill just for the packing supplies. ??As with all hourly quotes, the quality and speed of the packing crew will affect how long it takes to pack your house, as well as, how much you pay.
Some companies charge a flat rate per box packed and still charge you retail for the boxes and packing paper. ??The better moving companies charge a flat rate per box, and include the box, packing paper, tape, and bubble wrap. ??Free packing supplies means you won???t be nickel and dimed over every roll of tape. ??The movers buy the boxes wholesale anyway. ??Free boxes with packing supplies lets you know they are not profiting on the cardboard and the packers are earning their money by providing you with quality service.
An itemized packing quote is based on the estimated number of boxes that you will need packed. ??Ask how much any additional boxes would be to pack and if less boxes are packed then quoted, how would that affect the price.
Ask about insurance and company guarantees on boxes packed by the movers. ??Boxes packed by the customer normally do not carry the same protection, ???contents unknown???.
It is common for people to request a partial pack job, only using the professionals to pack the kitchen and other breakable items. ??Some folks use the packers as a backup plan to pack whatever their friends and family were not able to finish. ??Make sure your packing quote is flexible and you only pay for the work that is actually performed.
A by the box flat rate is the best packing quote to get. ??A typical by the box flat rate includes all the supplies: packing paper, tape, bubble wrap, and the box. ??Typical pricing is $7 for 1.5 cubic ft. box, $8 for a 3.1 cu ft. box, $12 for dish packs, $15 for wardrobes, and $10 for picture/mirror boxes. ??Of Course each company sets their own pricing.
You can save a lot of money by packing yourself, but if you want to save yourself the stress and hire a professional packing crew, know what your quote includes. ??Never be afraid to ask questions. ??You are the customer, and the moving business is a service industry.