I have to admit, I chose not to pay for packing when I was moving because it was turning out to be really expensive! I had to pay for individual boxes?! Then per roll of wrapping paper!? As well as pay per cubic metre of bubble wrap – outrageous!
I was so young and naïve – in my defence, I was a student.
Packing can be one of the most underestimated tasks when it comes to the whole process of moving – even though it’s the main one. Follow this checklist and figure out if packing yourself is for you, or if you should shed those few extra bucks and get the job done by the pros.
Do you have a lot of time to spare? If you don’t have to work full time or have someone (roommates, flatmates, siblings, or partners) to help you, you could probably make some time to pack your belongings. If cost saving is your deciding factor for choosing between hiring a full service moving company versus just a man with a van service, or aren’t in a rush to move out of your current home you can definitely make time to pack everything.
Do you have the neat and patience genes? Packing for house moving is a very diligent task. You need to wrap every glass, every plate, and every little ornament you have to decorate your home then place them in a box in a manner than they won’t crush each other. You also need to dissemble your large furniture and wrap that as well. You need to have the patience for it, but just that is not enough; you also need to be very organized and neat to ensure that everything remains in good condition and doesn’t get lost!
Do you have access to a department store nearby? If you leave close to a department store, you could easily go there to buy bubble wrap at a much cheaper rate than if you were to buy from a company who tend to add a margin to their prices for materials. You can even buy cheap boxes if you can’t find any to recycle.
Are you a very resourceful person? Referring to the point above, to cut costs in any possible you need to be resourceful. You need to know where to look and who to ask to find some sturdy boxes and newspapers you can recycle for your packing mission.
Packing sounds easy, and it can be if you answered “Yes” to all the questions above. But time is money, and if you can spare that and are more of a DIY kind of person, then packing yourself is definitely something you can do. If not, you should consider hiring a professional moving company who will pack and label all your belongings for your move. Some even unpack everything for you which saves you from a whole other mission. You can even find a compromise where you pack all your knick knacks, and the movers you hire pack your bulky furniture.
This helpful packing guide was provided by MoveSouq.com: a Dubai-based portal that helps people get accurate quotes from Dubai movers and packers within a couple of hours for free! You can also find more helpful tips for all kinds of services related to the home on their blog.