Packing and Unpacking

Packing and Unpacking

Packing and unpacking are two of the biggest things that you need to work out as you’re looking at your move and what it is that you need to do during it.


There’s a lot to be taken care of and, as you explore what it is that you need to work out, you may find it easier and more time-efficient to go ahead and hire movers that can take care of your packing and unpacking services easily.


But, what is included in packing and unpacking services? What are you going to have to pay for and what can you expect from your movers if they take care of this for you? Let’s unpack that a bit, so to speak.


What Services Are Included in Packing and Unpacking?


When you hire moving companies to take care of your packing and unpacking as well, you will get exactly what it sounds like you will get – they will pack up your entire home (except what you’ve already packed) and they will unpack it when you get to your new home.


They will do this under your direction, of course, but they take care of the hard work. They will also inventory all of your items as they are packed so that you can be sure that they all make it to your destination as well.


Some companies will also include the cost of any packing supplies in their quotes for packing and unpacking services. These can include boxes, packing tape, labels, and any items needed for packing large or fragile items (blankets, packing peanuts, etc.).


In other instances, you may have to pay an additional fee to ensure that you get that covered. Your moving company will talk with you about that when you work out the details of your contract.


When Should You Pack on Your Own As Opposed to Having Your Movers Pack for You?


One of the main reasons that you may want to pack on your own is if you know you’ll be getting rid of a lot of items when you’re packing your home up. Since your movers will pack up pretty much anything that is left out at your home, you will want to do any sort of purge on your own.


No matter what, you need to know that, if you’ve packed items yourself, the moving company (usually) will not accept any sort of liability if they arrive broken or if they are missing. You’re much better off having them pack items because the insurance and the company will cover it if anything goes wrong.


What Should You Include When Packing?


Everything that you want to take with you should be packed properly. That includes every piece of furniture, every little knick-knack and keepsake, and all of your clothing. There is likely a lot that you’re going to need to take with you, so you want to be sure that you don’t need to pack items that would usually be considered temporary use.


For example, it’s a good idea to go ahead and get rid of items like your plunger, your toilet bowl cleaner, and anything else that is low cost that you may use for cleaning. It’s always good to start from scratch with sponges and rags as well.


You also want to be sure that, as mentioned above, you purge any items that you don’t need. If you have clothing that doesn’t fit or you have items that you just don’t use at all, you want to be sure that you either throw them away or donate them to charity.


How to Pack Your Most Important Items?


One of the best pieces of advice related to packing your most important items is to keep them with you. More often than not, you will find that you feel a lot less stressed if you know where things like the social security cards and birth certificates of your family may be located. If you keep your items in a small lockbox, just keep that with you in the vehicle that you’re traveling in.


Your other important items should be packed together in a place where they are clearly marked. This allows you to find them quickly and ensures that you know where they are, allowing you to relax a bit and not be too concerned about where they’ve ended up during the move.


Your moving day is going to be busy, so you want to have a toiletry bag packed before your move too – yes, even if you’re only moving down the street. You’ll likely be too tired to try and find the items that you need so that you can go to bed, so having a toiletry bag that you can just get into so that you can find your pajamas and toothbrush can be a really good way to make sure that you can relax at the end of the day. Put these sorts of things in a bag that will come with you in your vehicle as well.


How Professionals Pack Your Items?


Many times, cross country moving companies will have their own specialized cartons and boxes that they use in order to pack your items. Depending on which company that you go with, they will have a specific method in which they will pack your items. They will pack room by room and make sure that any and all fragile items are dealt with properly.


Also, if you have appliances that are moving with you, they may have to be serviced before they are moved, and the moving company can help you to schedule that as well.


At iMoving, we can help you to find movers that offer the best rates for your packing and unpacking services – just include it when you get a quote from our site and schedule a company that can do the packing and unpack for you as well.


Let us help you to find your best options so that you can work out what you need to do and how.

The Best Room By Room Moving Checklist For Packing | iMoving

The Best Room By Room Moving Checklist For Packing

Quality packing is very important to have a successful long-distance move. Packing your household for your next move is no walk in the park. As a professional in the moving business, having been involved in several moves, we can boldly tell you how you prepare and when you begin are the most important aspect of the moving process.


Whether you choose to pack yourself, have pro packers do it, or pack part of your home, it is important to learn the best way to pack.


You may find yourself in a situation where you have to pack, and our packing guide is your go-to resource for that particular time.


We understand that our must-needed moving checklist may not go deep discussing how to pack due to other aspects handled in the checklist.


iMoving has removed the problem of packing and make the process simple with this ultimate packing guide. You have packing tips specific to each room you are packing and how to speed up the packing of each room. 


General Moving Packing Checklist


In this article, we have provided a simple step-by-step detail of getting ready for your move, the items to pack, and when to pack them.


1. Clean & decide what is moving with you


  • Perform a little clean of your home: You will get an easy start to packing when your home is clean while making decisions on the items you will be moving with you to your new place.
  • Access each room and decide what will not make the move with you: When your things to be move are lesser, your moving cost will become cheaper and will be helpful for you to stay organized all through the moving process.
  • Sort out items that you are not moving and gather them together: Removing clutter from your household items will let the mover know the number of items you will be moving to your new home and also help them provide you an accurate moving estimate based on your specific move.

2. Dispose and/or sell things you’re not taking with you

  • Sell items you don’t want: Selling items you don’t want is a nice way to save cost when getting set for a move. The cost of your move will be less expensive since the items making the move with you will be lesser and you will make money on your unwanted items.
  • Donate items that can’t be sold: If there are things that you feel are not worthy of selling, then donate them. Make sure you request a receipt for your donations so you can cut it odd when you file for taxes.
  • Decide on your unwanted old furniture: Disposing of your old furniture is a tough task.

3. Choose a Moving Option for your Items

Moving Yourself Options

  • Consider a rental truck service (U-Haul): Renting a moving truck for your move could save you a lot of money. However, if you have household goods that you plan to protect, we suggest you hire a professional moving company to move them.
  • Use a rental mobile storage PODS: You can consider companies like PODS if you are short on time. You just have to load your PODS and unload your belongings at your new place. They will transport the PODS to your home and drop it off at your new place.
  • Ask for help from friends and family: This may be another good idea to save money on your move. See if you can get a large vehicle to move boxes as well as other small furniture pieces. You may have no option other than to rent a small van or storage PODS for large items. In general, you will save the most money by requesting and getting help from your family and friends.

Full Service Moving Company Option

  • Obtain a minimum of 3 quotes from movers: It is always important to check the market before you choose a moving company to use, especially if you plan to save money. Contact a few movers in your area to find out the cost of your move.
  • Conduct research: During a move, everyone wants to feel at peace that their household goods are in good hands. Look for potential movers in your location and check Yelp or Google for their review.
  • Get an in-house moving estimate for larger homes: Larger homes are encouraged to go for in-home moving estimates as they will provide you a better idea of the cost of your move. Since most moving companies charge different costs, this will make the moving companies provide you an accurate quote through their representative after the in-house estimate.
  • Confirm licensing: You get to be sure that the moving company is complying with the rules and regulations of the moving industry and that they will also protect your items from damage when you confirm their licensing.
  • Get referrals from family, friends, or realtors: Obtaining a referral from someone you trust is a better way to get the company that works perfectly for your needs. Ask if any of your closed associates have used a reliable moving company in the past that they are sure to recommend.


4. Begin the Packing Process

  • Packing your home should take you about 2 to 3 weeks with no stress. If you hire movers that charge hourly rates, you will be doing yourself a favor by getting prepared before they come.
  • Get packing materials: Shop from Home Depot, online. Get suitcases. Read our list of places to get affordable packing materials.
  • Non-essential items go first: Begin by packing your occasionally or unused storage spaces, garage, closets, and so on. The kitchen often gets packed last.
  • Pack by room: Pack one room at a go and leave each packed moving box in each room. This will make labeling easier and accurate and will improve the organization.
  • Label your boxes: With the name of each content in the box and the room, make sure you label each them. This will make sure your boxes are well organized in the appropriate rooms when they get to your new home.
  • Keep non-essentials in the garage: Convert your garage space into a place where you keep items that don’t have a major room that they belong to.
  • Leave valuables and/or personal items out of items that movers will pack: Make sure your valuables and personal belongings are packed by you so that they can safely make it to your new place.     


5. The Finishing Touches


  • Begin to pack the kitchen: This may sound tiring, but not necessarily. Staying organized and making use of relevant packing materials in your kitchen is vital to getting everything packed without breaking or damaging items.
  • Begin to pack clothes, beddings, and so on: You may move dressers with some clothes inside them so far they are properly and not overly packed and the dresser is also sturdy.


11 Pro Tips on Residential Moving Packing


Before we conclude this moving and packing checklist, I want to give you some of our best 12 packing tips when moving.


Gather moving tools & supplies: before you can organize and simplify the process of packing your home, you first need to gather the right tool and supplies. For instance, moving boxes can help in organizing your goods in one place. Packing tapes, measuring tape, cardboard boxes, and so on can also help in packing.


1. Pack decorative items in advance


The decorative items in your home can be expensive and they are so much delicate. It is therefore important to pack them ahead of the moving day and keep them on one side so that they are not packed in a rush. Pack these items using bubble wraps because they will be major parts of the new home as well.


2. Pack heavy blankets with Blanket & Bubble wrap


Packing items, such as dishware using bubble wrap and blankets is a wise move. The items can be prevented from breaking when you stuff your dishes, for instance, with bubble wrap. Packing such items with great care as these are important and costly. 


3.  Label boxes using a numbering system


You can keep track of numbered moving boxes using Google docs. Mark your boxes with a number and list the contents on Google Docs. In a situation where you need something, you can search for where is located in the moving boxes by looking through Google docs.


4. Pack a clear plastic bag with daily necessities


Before you can get comfortable living in your new home on the first night or survive the last day at your current home, you need to pack a plastic bag or box of essential items. For instance, small shampoo, hand soap, toothpaste, face wash, toothbrush, and tissues can be contents of this box.


5. Use boxes by size


Small moving boxes can be used to pack books and big moving boxes for packing other items. Books are so much heavy and they would be much organized in small boxes.


6. Use saran wrap


Using this will prevent leakage in case your toiletry items contain liquid while moving. Remove the cap, position the saran wrap, and close up the bottle. This can work perfectly.



7. Pack important items in the suitcases


If you have important items like wedding clothes, gowns, or other similar items, then packing them in suitcases can be the best you can do. They can be protected in a suitcase since it would be tightly locked all through the move.


8. Separately pack a personal bag


Packing a separate personal bag for the night at your new home can be so much helpful. Shifting can get you tired and setting up the new home the first day you get there may not be possible. In such a situation, a personal bag that holds daily necessities can be so much helpful.


9. Keep moving boxes separate for every room


Make sure the boxes for each room are separated in those rooms and avoid any possibility of mix-ups. As you load the items in the moving truck, it is important to be organized so you can know what goes where. This can be so much helpful when unloading the belongings in the new home.    


10. Use storage bin


A storage bin can help pack the light towels, clothing items, and pillowcases. It is also possible to pack your bedsheets in the storage bins.


11. Get help from professionals


The entire moving and packing process can be so much easier with a professional moving company’s help as they will do everything efficiently. If your budget affords it, hiring a professional mover can be the best choice.




If you prefer a full-service move, where your movers do most of the work, just hire a professional moving company to pack your items. If you’ve hired the perfect movers, they will know the right way to safely and efficiently pack and move your items.


If you prioritize saving money, pack yourself and also make it easier for your movers to just come in, pack up your furniture and load your items and go.


If you are performing a self-packing, the moving company will not be responsible for any damage that may happen in the boxes.

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