Choosing the Best Type of Packing Service You Need

There’s a lot you think about when you’re moving. You have to change your address, forward your mail, change doctors, your kids may need to change schools, and if you’re moving for a job, you are starting over somewhere new. It can be so much to take on, but it’s doable with some planning.

Packing is often the most challenging part of moving. Some people start packing months in advance because they know it takes a long time to wrap and box everything up.

When you move without hiring professional movers, it can take a lot longer. Movers can help with the time-consuming task of packing, saving you a lot of time.

When you use a professional moving company, you can choose to do some or all of the packing yourself. They will give you a quote based on:

  • Full Packing Service – they will pack everything for you
  • Partial Packing Service – they will only handle items you don’t want to pack yourself
  • No Packing Service – they will not pack any of your belongings

A professionally trained crew can better handle your fragile and high-value items, so it is strongly recommended that you choose at least a partial packing service.

Packing of Big Furniture and Appliances

Your furniture and appliances will be wrapped in padding and/or stretch-wrap by the moving crew, no matter which packing service you choose.

All appliances must be prepared before the move. This includes disconnecting your washer and dryer and preparing your refrigerator. Some companies will do this for you, but they will charge extra.

Disassembly and the Need for Custom Crating

No matter which packing option you choose, some oversized items may need to be taken apart and custom crates made for them. In this case, we will need to call in a specialist to build a custom crate to ensure your items are safe for transport.

These services will cost extra, but any damage to these items will be covered. These are a few items that will need special attention when moving:

  • Chandeliers
  • Workout Equipment
  • Home Theater and Electronics
  • Grand Pianos and Baby Grand Pianos
  • Grandfather Clocks

Partial Packing Services

Partial packing services are a great way to save money on your move or if you feel confident that you can wrap and pack your belongings carefully enough to safely get them to your destination.

If you’re only interested in having some of your items packed, the move consultant will give you a price based on what needs to be wrapped, plus whatever else you want the moving company to pack.

Full Packing Services

If you don’t have enough time to pack your entire home, or if you have a lot to pack, we recommend you use our full packing services.

Your move consultant will give you a price quote based on the number of items in your home.

Which Are Covered in the Valuation Policy?

The only items covered under the moving company’s default valuation policy are the ones the company packs.

If you packed your own boxes, the moving company is not liable for any damages or losses unless a damaged box is noted upon delivery.


Packing up your life to move can be daunting, but a packing service company can help make it less stressful! Whether you choose a partial or full packing service, the service will help you save time and effort and enable you to have one less thing to worry about.

Thinking of hiring one of the best moving companies in Alexandria? Division 1 Moving has you covered. We can help you with every step of your move, from packing to loading to unloading and reassembling your furniture, or whether you’re moving long-distance or just across the street. Contact us for a seamless, hassle-free moving experience!

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