You have been planning your move and as time passes, you loom closer to your moving date. You are left with one major issue; packing. You have no idea where to start or how to do it. So you decide to look for a professional and decide to find the best packing companies in your area. However, before you move forward you need to ask these seven questions to ensure this is the company for you.
What do They Pack?
Most household and office products can be packed by a professional packer and mover. This includes fragile items and specialty items like pianos. However, there are several items that packing companies may not be able to handle.
What Don’t They Pack?
There are certain items that are deemed too dangerous or they are not allowed to pack for you. Some of these include:
- Cleaning supplies
This is not for every moving or packing company but serves as an example of what cannot be done. You should ask your packers ahead of time to ensure you are not blindsided.
What Supplies do They Offer?
Packing companies will often supply the majority of the packing materials such as boxes, blankets, plastic wrap, protective wrap, and tape. There may be very little that you need to provide for professional packers.
How Can I Stay in Touch With the Driver?
If you are also going with moving services, you will need to be able to keep in contact with your driver to ensure that all materials arrive safely and securely. You will also need to ensure that they arrive on time. If plans do change, you will need to be able to communicate that with your driver as well so they can plan accordingly. With the majority of moving and packing companies, it will not be a concern to share the drivers’ contact information. If this is not an option, you will need to consider whether this is the right place to go for your packing needs.
What Other Services do You Offer?
A packing or moving company can provide additional services such as:
- Cleaning services
- Loading and unloading
- Custom crating
- Specialty item transport
- Vehicle shipping
- Furniture assembly and disassembly
Knowing all the services they provide can help you if you need additional assistance during your move.
How Long Will the Move Take?
One of the most crucial questions you need to answer is how long the process will take. If you are using separate moving and packing companies this will be essential in planning the move effectively. The last thing you want is for the moving truck to arrive and you are still packing or your packers have not completed the task.
Getting an estimate can help you plan. A good rule of thumb is to give extra time should things get complicated. Typically, it can take a day or two to pack your entire home or office. It will also depend on the amount of property that needs to be packed.