The difference between hiring a professional packing service and a DIY approach can make or
break your moving experience. Moving is difficult and time consuming enough with the address
changes, the coordination of mail and internet stopping and starting, etc. The last thing you
need is to add to your list of things to do with figuring out what kind of boxes and how many
you’ll need to pack your entire place. And while you’re packing a few small things every day
after work or on the weekends you also need to live among the stack of boxes and make sure
everything is labeled properly so you can find your items as you unpack.
Many people try to tackle this long and drawn out task themselves, thinking that it’s too
expensive to hire a professional packing service. They probably don’t realize that how items are
wrapped and packed makes a large difference in the item’s safety during the moving and
unpacking process as well. Hiring a professional packing service is cheaper than you may think,
not only in the dollar amount that you pay for the packing, but it will also save you money in
damages and in buying unnecessary packing materials that you may not need. Not to mention
all the time and energy you’ll save!
We’d like to challenge your current assumption of having professionals pack for your next
move. Call us for a free quote and a visual estimate! Our team of estimators will work within
your budget to pack and move your items as carefully and as cost effectively as possible.
What to Expect From a Professional Packing Service
The packing experience will all start with a conversation around what you need for your move.
We have a well-seasoned team of people that have been packing and moving households for
over a decade and can share with you all of their expertise. They will be able to walk you
through the best time frame for packing before you move, and how you can prepare your home
before the packers arrive.
We usually recommend packing no sooner than 1-2 days prior to your move. We understand
that work and other obligations can get in the way and this isn’t always feasible, but limiting the
amount of time between packing and moving will work in your advantage in a few ways:
– You will limit the amount of time that you’ll be living amongst boxes (which can be
unsettling and stressful)
– You will limit the chance of needing a specific pan, tool or outfit that is already packed
– You will maximize the amount of time that your home still feels and functions like a
Prior to the professional packers arriving at your home, you should pack a few items yourself so
that you know where they are and are able to use them until you are able to unpack in your
new space. These items include:
- Toiletries, including any prescription medicine
- A change of clothes and pajamas
- Snacks for the moving day
- Important paperwork
- Keys for the old and new homes
- Jewelry, laptops and other valuables
- Animal food/medicine
When the packers arrive at your house, you can let them know where you would like them to
start (they can start in the garage or in a bedroom while you are using the kitchen, or can start
in the kitchen if you are using the living room). Please point out any items that are breakable or
invaluable such as fine china or family heirlooms. They’ll be able to pack these items with
special materials and labeling so that they are treated specially during the move and the
The packers will begin methodically packing items in each room, using the appropriate packing
materials and packing best practices to ensure minimal damages throughout the moving
process. They will label the boxes according to the room and the contents and will sort and
stack the boxes appropriately to make sure they are out of the main walking path and so that
heavy items are in the bottom boxes and lighter items are in the top boxes. This will make the
loading and unloading process much faster and easier for the moving crew so you moving time
will be decreased as well.
After the packers are done packing your belongings, they will walk through the house with you
to check all the cabinets and cupboards to make sure nothing is missed. At this time they will
review the contract hours with you and collect payment.
Whether you have professionals pack your items or if you decide that the DIY (Do It Yourself)
route is best for you, you should know what packing materials you will need and the best place
to get them. There are a vast amount of free packing materials that you can reuse to help save
you money and save the environment. Most of these are posted on the Nextdoor App,
Facebook ‘Buy Nothing’ group or marketplace, as well as ‘Let Go’ and other purchasing apps.
The big box stores and Amazon sell boxes and packing material, but these tend to be very
If you hire professional packers, they can either bring all the packing materials for you (for a
fee), or you can gather as much free or cheap packing materials that you can find and they can
use those as well. More often than not, the customer provides the majority of boxes and
materials that they find and then the packers supplement with any more boxes or materials
that are necessary. The packers will also show you the pricing list of the materials that they will
be using and ask your permission before using any materials that will cost you extra. There
should be no surprises at the end of the day with extra charges.
Grab as many boxes in varying sizes and shapes, including ones for your art and TV. Even if the
boxes are ripped a little or have old tape on them, they can still be used reliably during another
move. They will just need to be reinforced around the top and bottom edges and along all
openings with packing tape. Reinforcing your boxes around all of the edges will help them stack
better during the moving process.
Make sure to tape over any old labels so you don’t get confused with your new labels on the
Also note: many professional moving companies offer the use of their wardrobe boxes for free.
This will save you from having to buy this kind of box and the time spent packing your hanging
The best kind of packing tape to use is either very thin ‘shipping tape’ so that you can rip it
easily with your hands (also called ‘hot melt’ tape). Even though it is made to rip with your
hands, it still takes some practice and skill to get the movement down pat. To make life easier
you can also get a tape dispenser or tape gun. Stay away from duct tapes or scotch tapes, as
these will not hold boxes very well.
The majority of packing material that you will need is old newspapers. Bubble wrap is used
sparsely, as this is only necessary for some fragile items that need to be packed with a special
technique. Even dishes can be packed with newspaper.
Odds and Ends
Don’t forget about mattress bags for all of your mattresses! You won’t want your bare mattress
to be touching the ground and the truck, so there are large plastic bags that will protect it
during the move.
Sharpie markers and/or colored stickers can help you stay organized. You can put a colored
sticker on each box for the kitchen, then another color sticker for each box that goes in the
master bedroom, etc. This will help you cut down on the time it takes to label all of the boxes
and will help the movers know where to put the boxes as they bring them into your new home
1. How many boxes will I need to pack each room?
As a general rule of thumb, you’ll want about 10 small boxes, 8 medium and 5 large boxes
per bedroom. Obviously this number will vary drastically based on what is in the room.
Here is a breakdown of how many boxes you may need by the square footage of your
- 400-700 square feet
- 7-15 small boxes
- 9-15 medium boxes
- 6 large boxes
- 3 extra-large boxes
- 700-1250 square feet
- 17-23 small boxes
- 15-22 medium boxes
- 7-11 large boxes
- 4-6 extra-large boxes
- 1200-1700 square feet
- 32-37 small boxes
- 25-35 medium boxes
- 16-20 large boxes
- 10-12 extra-large boxes
- 1700-2200 square feet
- 38-42 small boxes
- 36-47 medium boxes
- 21-26 large boxes
- 13-15 extra-large boxes
2. Where is the best place to get packing materials?
Search on Facebook Market Place or ‘Buy Nothing’ groups as well as the Nextdoor app for free
boxes and packing materials. Search often before your move, as boxes and materials are posted
often on these sites/apps.
Big box stores and Amazon tend to be a more expensive option for boxes and packing
3. How long will it take me to pack?
Unprofessional Packer Professional Packer(s)
Studio or 1 bedroom 8-16 hours 2-4 hours
2 bedroom home 16-24 hours 3-5 hours
3 bedroom home 24-40 hours 5-7 hours
4 bedroom home 32-48 hours 6-10 hours
5 bedroom home 40-56 hours 8-10 hours
A professional moving service should be able to provide you with a free visual estimate before
your packing or moving begins. This written estimate will give you a better idea of how long it
will take to pack and to move, as well as how much it will cost you.
For a 4 or 5 bedroom house, it is recommended that more than one professional packer is on
the job, as this will speed up the process and enable them to finish it within one day. This will
also save the customer some money. Even though the hourly rate for an additional packer will
be increased, the entire job will take less hours and will reduce the overall cost. Shorter work
days also reduces errors and damages to items, so proper planning is used to prevent overtime
hours worked each day.
To make the moving experience easier for you we do stock moving supplies. You are welcome to come by our office to purchase. After you have completed your move we will purchase back from you boxes and that are in reusable condition.
|Carton, Small (1.5)||$1.70||$.85|
|Carton, Medium (3.2)||$2.40||$1.20|
|Carton, Large (4.5)||$3.00||$1.50|
|Carton, Dish pack||$5.80||$2.90|
|Dish pack Inserts||$7.00||$3.50|
|Carton, Picture, 4 pc.||$5.00||$2.50|
|Paper Pads||$2.25 each|
|Mattress Bags, Twin||$3.00|
|Mattress Bags, Full||$3.50|
|Mattress Bags, King/Queen||$4.00|
|Shrink Wrap||$15.00 roll|
|Carpet Mask||$14.00 roll|
|Rosen Paper||$12.00 roll|
|Blue Tape||$4.30 roll.|
|*all rates are subject to change.|
Thanks for considering purchasing your moving supplies
from Two Men Will Move You.