Moving Without The Grief

When I told my husband that I got promoted and that we would be moving across the country, you should have seen the look on his face. He was clearly devastated, and I didn't know what to do to make it better. Instead of focusing on the negative things, I started working with him to help him to overcome his grief. We talked about how we could stay in close touch with family and friends, and how to make the move less stressful than other moves in the past. This blog is all about moving without the hassle and heartache.

What to Expect When Hiring a Professional Packing Service


If you're moving and wish to simplify the process as much as possible, then it makes sense to hire a moving company to pack your things. While this is convenient, the idea of having someone else handle your items can be a bit daunting. Knowing what to expect can give you some peace of mind and also ensure you prepare appropriately for moving day.

You can pack sensitive items on your own.

Do you have concerns about the movers seeing your underwear or other unmentionables? Maybe there's a china set from your grandmother that you can't bear to let a stranger touch. It's perfectly okay for you to pack items like these on your own prior to the movers' arrival. You can leave the packed boxes in the home for the movers to load into the moving truck, or you can take the boxes with you in your personal vehicle.

In the case of highly valuable items, you'll probably feel safest taking the items with you. If you do leave behind boxes of fragile items for the movers to put in the truck, make sure you label them "fragile" so they know to be gentle.

The movers will take actions to protect your things.

Customers often worry that the movers will just toss their things haphazardly into the truck or fail to protect them in an effort to pack quickly. However, this is not the case with experienced, professional moving companies. It is in their best interest to protect their things, since they don't want angry reviews from customers whose furniture has been dinged and broken. They'll typically use bubble wrap, tissue, and other packing materials for maximum protection.

If you have specific items you're concerned won't be protected properly, bring this concern up to your movers before they start packing. For instance, you could say "I'm really worried about the glass top on that table. Could you just make sure you wrap it up extra carefully?"

Movers are professional packers.

How many times have you packed up a home? Three, five, or seven? Well, movers often pack all day, every day. As much as you might think you're the one to pack your items the best, the movers are typically better packers than you because they have more experience. They'll know just how to wrap those strangely shaped glasses and how to fit your TV back into the box. Trust their expertise, and you'll feel more relaxed on moving day.

You should be present during the packing process.

If you absolutely cannot be there, the moving company can work without you. However, if at all possible, you should plan to be on-site during the packing process. This way, if the movers have any questions about how a certain piece of furniture comes apart, you can answer them. You can also keep pets away from the movers and sign any necessary paperwork.

Insurance is there for your financial protection. 

Even the most experienced moving company makes the occasional mistake, and accidents do happen. As long as you hire a licensed, experienced moving company, any damages should be covered by insurance -- which should give you a lot of peace of mind. The items are covered during transportation, too. In fact, under federal law, moving companies are liable for any goods they transport. If someone accidentally drops a box and cracks your glasses or bangs a couch against the wall, you'll be reimbursed for the damage.

It's normal to be apprehensive about letting someone else pack up your things. To ease your worries, contact a local residential moving company in your area. 


18 January 2017