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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How much do packing services cost?

The cost of packing services ranges between $60 and $80. However, the cost you wind up paying will depend on a number of different factors. These factors include whether you have provided the moving boxes yourself or need to purchase them from the company, as well as the hourly rate of the packing service may charge. A larger-size home or office will often result in higher packing costs, as will the need to handle a lot of fragile or especially heavy/cumbersome items.

What are the advantages of packing services?

Hiring a professional packing service can help ensure your heavy, fragile and special-care belongings are handled safely during your move. These pros are familiar with all types of packing procedures and materials, and they’ll use the right tools and equipment to move your belongings. Packers and movers are also available to assist with cumbersome items like mattresses, safes and large furniture, and they can handle heavy lifting. And if needed, packers can disassemble and assemble furniture for you.

Who do I hire for unpacking and packing help?

Hire a professional moving, packing or unpacking service in your area for help. You can use a tool like Thumbtack to see the best services in your area, along with their ratings and reviews. Once you’ve identified a few professionals who seem like a good fit, get cost estimates from each of them and compare your quotes. Also, don’t forget to check licensing requirements in your state to make sure the professional you hire is properly licensed and insured.

Is it worth paying for packing services when moving?

The decision of whether to pay for packing services during your move will come down to time versus cost. Packing services will increase the cost of your move. But if you’re busy and need to save your time to handle other priorities, it could be worth the cost. Talk to movers and packing services near you to find one that offers benefits that are worth the cost.

How do I prepare my house for a professional packer?

To prepare your house for a professional packer, start by completing a deep house cleaning and organizing session. This includes washing dishes, tools, laundry, beds, etc. Next, get rid of anything and everything you don’t need. Collect items that you plan on moving yourself. Organize everything, and label each box, marking anything that is high-value. Finally, have everything in a position where it’s easy for the packers and movers to access.

What is a packing service?

A packing service helps homeowners and businesses pack up their belongings in preparation for a move, as well as unpack items when moving in. They’re often used to help with large numbers of items and are a great choice when there are multiple floors to contend with. 

Professional packing services can also provide boxes or use the boxes you provide them. They can also help assemble furniture and perform heavy lifting, as well as deal with valuable, delicate or cumbersome items.

Do movers unpack for you?

Yes, many movers offer unpacking services for you once they deliver your belongings to your new site, or even if you have already had them delivered. However, be aware that this could lead to higher charges, so be sure to ask the movers what their rates are. Movers also don’t usually put items away, but rather set them on tabletops and other surfaces. Some moving companies may have a policy preventing them from unpacking boxes you have packed yourself.

When should you start packing?

You should start picking up packing supplies (moving boxes, etc.) at least one to three months before you move. The earlier, the better. Start by cleaning your house and deciding what you will be taking, then follow up by selling or donating whatever you don’t need. At around four weeks out, decide on a moving service and schedule your move-out date. And start the packing process by putting your belongings into boxes, wrapping furniture and organizing for the unload.

For more helpful tips, read our start-to-finish moving checklist.

Do movers pack boxes for you?

Many moving companies offer packing services as well. While the typical role of movers is to move already-packed boxes, furniture and other belongings, these pros are also skilled in safely packing belongings in less time than the average person. They have the materials and experience to protect fragile items and predict potential damage in the moving process. This is particularly important for glass and artwork.

Where do you start packing when moving out?

When deciding on what to pack first, think about how you can minimize disruptions to your everyday life. For example, start with storage areas such as the basement or attic. These items are not likely to be needed in the next few weeks. Next, move onto storage areas like the shed, closet and garage. Pack away any out-of-season items you won’t need in the next month. Then, move on to tools, equipment, books, collections and displays you don’t utilize in your day-to-day life. Things like clothes, towels, sheets and dishes should be packed closer to your move-out date.

For more helpful moving tips, read our start-to-finish moving checklist.

Reviews for New York packing services
Zachary F.
Got packing and unpacking services for my move and they were very helpful!
Fatima C & CoFatima C & Co
Kaunteya C.
SDJ was great. I needed an emergency same-day packing and move preparation service for my Manhattan apartment and could not be there physically (death in the family). Sal and his guys were able to mobilize and execute a full apartment with a few hours, and on the same day. They also were respectful and followed up regularly during the move. Highly recommended.
SDJs Moving on your timeSDJs Moving on your time
Anh V.
Trudy and Sophia were so great! They are very professional and responsive. I like how they sent out an agenda and a quote first which helped me understand how the job would get done and assured that the business is legitimate especially when i wasn’t available to be on-site and assist with the packing. Everything was all via mobile, easy and nicely done! I will definitely recommend their service to anyone! Thank you again!
Organize by SophiaOrganize by Sophia
Homara T.
If you’re feeling anxiety about moving and don’t know where to start Fatima and her team is the way to go. I had to pack my apartment that I had lived in for a little more than 10 years. Bb one of the team members came in and started packing for me, it gave me the encouragement I needed to get the job done. We started to put boxes together so quickly that we ran out of room and had to call movers at the last minute to make more space. Best of all Bb and Fatima are so lovely to work with. Fatima always checked up to make sure we were ok and explained in detail the services she is able to provide. I’m so happy I hired Fatima and do not have any regrets once or ever. Helping hands are always appreciative.
Fatima C & CoFatima C & Co
Lisa M.
I am moving back to the UK after living in New York for five years. During that time I had accumulated a lot of ‘stuff’ and was beginning to feel overwhelmed about organising and packing my personal items. I contacted Angela and was immediately impressed by her knowledge and professionalism. She spent a lot of time with me over the phone discussing my needs and advising me on what to consider and plan. Angela arrived at my apartment with all the necessary supplies, including boxes and tape so I didn’t need to worry about buying anything in advance. She was super efficient and took charge of organising my things safely and appropriately between suitcases and boxes. Angela really understood my needs, was friendly and extremely methodical and fastidious in her approach. I highly recommend Angela for her professionalism and skill and she was worth every cent of a very reasonable hourly rate. I consider myself to have really high expectations of customer service. Angela surpassed my expectations completely and I urge you not to think twice about booking.
Organized Space By AngelaOrganized Space By Angela
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