What to expect when movers pack for you

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Packers are generally highly experienced employees of a moving company. They have years of experience in packing household goods, they move very quickly and efficiently, they are tasked to pack tightly and carefully and their goal is to pack each carton to capacity without either over packing it or under packing it. They have been trained to meet industry standards and, in most cases, can make packing look easier than it is.

What to expect when they first arrive.  When the packers enter your home, they will walk with you and listen to any concerns you may have for special care items. Once they have a good understanding of what needs to be done, they will move to pack your home quickly.  Next they will bring packing material, cartons, tape and paper inside your home.

What to expect when they get started packing.  They then will most often split into different rooms of your home. One person may work in your kitchen while another may begin in one of your bedrooms.  The packers will mark on the box which room the items came out of and if the items contained within are breakable or not. At the end of a full day, two to three professional packers should be able to effectively pack between 100-150 cartons.

Damages? Good packers have been trained to wrap and protect items by specific placement inside a box or carton. This does not mean that items are never broken, as many different circumstances can influence whether or not something ends up breaking, but damage is much less common when using a professional packer than when you pack yourself.

How do they pack so fast?  Packers do not have any sentimental attachment like you do to your items, so they are able to function in their roles very systematically. Emotions, memories and decisions on what goes and what stays is not something that concerns them so they can effectively complete their job in a much shorter period of time. It will be important that you have a clear idea of what is going and what is not going prior to packing day because, if not, it becomes virtually impossible for packers to adjust and it becomes a costly process to you if you are changing your mind on what to take and what to leave behind while packers are working in your home.

How to know what to pack and not pack.  It is very important that before the movers arrive that you have gone through all your belongings and have decided what you want and don’t want. Anything that you don’t want, can either be trashed, donated or set in a separate pile marked as do not pack.  By doing this, the packers will be able to go much faster without needing to ask you about items staying or going as they pack.

How do they fill every box?  There may be times when your packers have completed the packing in a room they are working in and will not have filled the carton. In this case, they will continue to place articles from another location into that carton to properly fill the carton to capacity. This is standard and customary, and helps to prevent damage to items inside the box.

Who determines when everything is done and packed? At the end of the day, it is your responsibility to ensure that everything that needs packed has been packed prior to releasing the packing team. In order to do this, you should walk through your home with your team lead and open all cupboards, cabinets, closets and drawers. Look at all shelves in the pantry and closets. Once your packing team has left, any unpacked items are then your responsibility to prepare prior to the driver’s arrival.

If you are looking for help with packing because you are short on time or just don’t like to pack, contact Strongman Movers for a packing quote!


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