To Pack or Not to Pack?

When Moving – Should You Pack Everything Yourself or Not?

 

People are always asking us how they can save money when using a full-service mover.  They actually want to know if they can save on the cost if they go ahead and pack some items themselves in advance.  The answer is yes they can, but not if they try packing things that are fragile.

The reason for this is because when the moving company transports your belongings, they assume responsibility for anything lost or damaged. But if the mover didn’t pack the box or they didn’t watch you pack it, they have no idea if it was packed properly and that everything is adequately protected.  So how can the mover be held responsible if something is damaged during the move?

Then the question becomes, “Okay, can I pack boxes without sealing them up so the mover can look inside to make sure everything’s secure?” In this case the mover would be worried about the durability of the boxes.  Have they been used before? How strong are they? It’s easy to see that expecting your mover to be responsible for the safety of all the contents is a tall order when he didn’t provide the boxes or pack them.

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