Given the famously high expense of the moving process, it is only natural that the first question that springs to mind when considering a residential move:
- How much do movers charge?
- How much would it cost to transport my automobile across the state?
- What does it cost to hire a moving truck?
- How much would moving insurance cost?
- …and so on.
However, while estimating overall moving expenses, the subject of “how much would it charge to pack home” is sometimes disregarded. Nonetheless, packing costs could easily add hundreds or thousands of dollars to the total moving expenditure.
As a result, it is strongly recommended that you get an exact estimate of your packing expenses well in advance. As well as arrange your moving budget properly to prevent unpleasant financial shocks on moving day.
Tips for Saving on Packing Costs For Your Move
How do you calculate the price of packing for a move?
The cost of packing your home will be determined by the kind and quantity of packing materials necessary to guarantee the protection of your items. Including the sort of packing assistance that you will need while preparing your items for transportation.
To estimate packing costs, you must first know what you are taking to your new place. Next, have a complete list of all the stuff and personal belongings that will have to be packed for transit. Then you will be able to ascertain the type and amount of packing supplies needed and determine their approximate cost.
Furthermore, you’ll have to select whether or not you’ll require expert packing help. If you can pack all of your belongings yourself (or with the assistance of family and friends), you will be able to save money on hiring professional packers. Keep in mind that packing is no less time-consuming and labor-intensive but also exceedingly dangerous. A single blunder may cause major problems and/or catastrophic damage to your prized items.
If you don’t have the time or expertise to pack your possessions safely and efficiently, hiring professional movers may be your only realistic alternative. In this instance, you must include the cost of packaging services when determining your packing charges.
How to Save Money on Packing Supplies?
The fewer stuff you choose to transport and the more you maximize the capacity in the moving boxes, the fewer boxes, and supplies you will use. As a result, it is advised that you pack just those goods for relocation that you truly need and/or value. Plus that you get familiarized with numerous effective packing techniques. It will help you save time, space, and resources while preparing your possessions for transportation.
Furthermore, you might look for less expensive packaging materials:
- Check on Craigslist and Freecycle to see if you can obtain used packing goods in excellent shape for free (or at a very cheap cost).
- Ask around your neighborhood and office (or post on social media) to see if anybody wants to take care of no-longer-needed packing supplies.
- Inquire with friends and relatives if they have any acceptable packing items.
- Clean and strong cardboard boxes may be easily obtained from local grocers, bookstores, copy centers, and so on.
- Request end rolls of newspapers or white paper strips from local printing facilities (they may be used in place of packing material).
- In the months leading up to your relocation, pile up on free packing supplies. Save any big, robust cardboard boxes that come in the mail, as well as the bubble wrap, packing peanuts, and air sacks that come with them;
- Purchase packing supplies in bulk (it’s much cheaper and, anyway, you’ll need a lot of them). You can use coupons to save money, and keep an eye out for continuing deals and promotions.
- Use whatever existing “packing” items you have – crates and baskets, bed linen, blankets, suitcases and travel bags, old towels, laundry baskets, tablecloths, etc.
However, keep in mind that improvised materials and discarded cardboard boxes will not give the same level of security for your possessions. Quality packing materials may cost you a few dollars more, but they will save you money over time by preventing damage to your things during shipping. So, at the very least, invest in expert packaging materials for your fragile valuables.
How to Cut Costs on Packing Services
To save money on packing, you may choose to pack the majority of your stuff yourself and hire professional help just for the most delicate, precious, or oddly-shaped objects. Such as delicate gadgets, bulky furniture, fragile artwork, family heirlooms, expensive antiques, fragile glassware, chinaware, etc.). Ensure that only the goods you want properly packaged are included in the final quotation.
Before packing on your own, take the following precautions to prevent expensive packing mistakes:
- A scarcity of high-quality packaging materials;
- Underestimating the amount of time necessary to pack your complete home (packing in a rush may result in disorder and possibly damage to objects that haven’t been packed properly enough);
- Inadequate padding within the container and protective cushioning between the articles;
- Making the boxes overly leaving them half-empty, heavy, or failing to firmly close them;
- Packing your valuables among the rest of your belongings;
- Packing prohibited items
- Failure to properly prepare your furnishings and appliances
- Not obtaining enough insurance for the stuff you packed yourself.
Finally, make every attempt to pack your items as securely as possible! Whatever the cost of carefully packing a home is, it will be far less than the expense of repairing or replacing damaged household objects and personal belongings, not forgetting the emotional aspect of the situation.
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