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The Benefits of Professional Packing Services

What’s the worst part of moving? In our experience, families and businesses that are on the move, report that the most painful part of moving is packing and unpacking years worth of belongings. Thankfully, there’s a solution to this dreadfully slow and arduous process. 

Hire our team to do the packing and unpacking for you. 

Professional packing services are a huge time and energy saver for most families and businesses that find themselves needing to move from point A to point B. Here are the top reasons why many of our clients use our services to pack and unpack their homes. 

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Saves Time & Energy

Moving can be a huge drain on your time and energy. If you are busy with work, family obligations, and children in the months leading up to your move, you could probably use some help to take some of the tasks off your growing list of things to do for your move. 

Using packing services can instantly unburden you and free up your time for managing the other logistics of your move. Professionals know how to sort, organize and properly wrap belongings so they make it to your new location safely. They also know what size box, crate, or speciality container your valuables should be packed in. 

Save Money

While it may not seem like a money saving service, it can be, depending upon the amount of time you would need to take off work and the number of boxes or containers you would need to buy/find. 

Instead of wasting your money buying boxes and using your vacation days to pack and unpack, this service can save you from using that precious paid time off. Usually when you hire your movers to pack/unpack for you, the price includes all the supplies necessary from boxes and tape, to inventory lists and bubble wrap. 

Less Risk of Damage 

Damage to your belongings is always a risk when moving homes or businesses. Thankfully, more experienced packers such as members of our team, know how to pack so that your precious china, pictures, and high valued items make it to your new location safe and secure. 

No one wants the hassle of getting repairs on their tv, electronics, or artwork once they arrive at their new place. Licensed and insured packers can guarantee a safe journey for your valued items.

Reduces Stress

When professional packers take on the task of packing your home, they can take some of the stress off you in trying to carve out the right amount of time to pack all of your belongings. All you have to do is supervise and let them know if any items can be donated, tossed, or are special in any way. Your professional packers can also label and mark each box so you have no stress as to where all of your items are once you reach your new location. 

Gifts for Friends Who Are Moving

Moving can be an emotional time when homeowners need to say farewell not only to a home they have probably grown fond of, but also to friends and neighbors who have become like family. This bittersweet time can be marked by some pretty amazing and heartwarming gifts that could be practical or sentimental for the moving family. 

Today’s blog is focused on gifts you may want to give your family, friends, neighbors, or coworkers as they embark on their next adventure in a new location across town or across the country

Restaurant Gift Cards 

Anyone who has ever moved before knows that there are many days and nights spent cleaning, boxing, and organizing one’s belongings before the big moving day. 

It can be time consuming and exhausting, to the point that for weeks before the move you may find yourself too busy (or too tired) to cook a home cooked meal. Heck, when you pack those kitchen items, you will have no choice but to order out! 

That’s where restaurant gift cards become a great idea for someone you know who is in the throes of moving. They can order delivery and pack while they eat, or they can take some time off from packing and enjoy a relaxing meal prepared by someone else. Either way, this gift will be a welcome one when the date draws near. 

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Moving Materials 

No one likes to stop the packing process by having to go out for more supplies. Gift your friends and neighbors some much welcome packing supplies. For instance, packing tape, moving boxes, sharpies, reusable bags, foam filling, labels, and bubble wrap are all great gifts. Add cleaning supplies and you have a perfect moving gift. 

While these gifts are more practical than sentimental, they may save your friend or relative precious time and energy when they are in the middle of packing. It takes just a few more things off their “To Do” list! 

Local Keepsake 

If someone you love is moving and you want them to know you will miss them terribly, consider finding a local keepsake that will help them remember the town/city and all the fun you had together. This could be an art piece, photography, locally written books, or something more whimsical that will let them know they will be missed. 

A photo book of all the local places may be just enough for them to have something they love to travel with them to their new home. 

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New Home Greeting 

If you are a planner, you may want your friend to be greeted in their new place with fresh flowers or a local delicacy to be delivered on their first night. Plan ahead and research what businesses can deliver food, flowers, supplies, or even a plant to make their new home feel warm and welcome right away. 

Gifts of all sizes and types are cherished during a move. Some gifts don’t even have to cost anything. Give your friends a coupon that states you will pet sit or care for young children while they pack or get the move going. The sky’s the limit with gifts for your moving friends or family. 

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The Procrastinator’s Guide to Moving

No matter how excited you are for your big move, procrastination can be a huge problem when it comes to getting the boxes packed, areas decluttered, or the long list of things-to-do completed. We’re here to help all those procrastinators out there stay on task and successfully move without losing your mind. 

Before you Begin

Ok procrastinators, we see you. Yes you.

We know your tricks and all the pitfalls that occur every time you try to get something accomplished. We have a few suggestions before we give you our professional advice on getting your packing and moving project completed. 

  • Put away all distractions including the tv, phone, tablet, and anything shiny that catches your attention. Having your full attention on the task of packing and moving is best, especially if you are in a time crunch. 
  • Get your comfy clothes on…this could get messy. 
  • Call up a few friends that can keep you on track and help you pack. 
  • Don’t “panic pack.” That’s when you will make mistakes like over pack boxes with heavy items or start shoving your belongings in trash bags. 

Prepare Before You Start 

We know preparing in advance is not the strength of a procrastinator’s tool kit. In fact, quite the opposite is true, so you may want to enlist the help of a few organized friends who can get you started. 

  • Schedule your moving company. They can help with packing as well as offer lots of tips on how to efficiently get the move completed with as few hassles as possible. 
  • Buy or gather your supplies for moving. This should include boxes (of all sizes), bubble wrap for those breakables, packing tape, labels, and lots of coffee. 
  • Declutter while you prepare to pack. 
  • Clear an area of one room (preferably near a door) that you can start stacking all the boxes for your moving company. 
  • Make a checklist that you can add too and cross off as you go. Seeing your progress can be a great motivator. 
  • Buy or make labels that can help you keep track of what has been packed in each box. 

Work Your Way Down 

Now that you have all of your supplies and equipment needed (along with some friends to help) you should create a plan on which rooms you will pack first and the ones that can wait till closer to move day. 

We always suggest starting with your most difficult room and working your way down to your easiest room. For most people, the kitchen proves to be the most difficult, with its myriad of items in cabinets, all the way down to the bathrooms that tend to be smaller and often have their own storage containers to begin with. 

Make a list of rooms and start packing away, making sure to label each box and keep an eye on the clock as you do each task. 

Warning: As you pack, you will inevitably find nostalgic pieces that may deter you from getting the job done. Avoid losing too much time by placing those pieces aside for the time being to take a look at during a break. 

Purge As Much As Possible

People who tend to be procrastinators in the moving process also tend to be procrastinators in the cleaning process. With this in mind, we suggest that you clean and purge as much as you can as you pack. The less you have to move, the better. 

Keep two trash bags near you as you pack each room; one for donations and one for things that can go out with the trash. 

Save Time Where Possible 

Taking each item of clothing off the hanger and folding it for boxing can be time consuming. If you have the ability to skip the step of folding and moving your items on the hanger either in garment bags or by getting creative with plastic bags, do it! 

The same goes for clearing our bureaus and dressers; if your moving company plans to wrap the items you may be able to move them with the clothes already inside! 

Talk to our experienced team at Mastodon Moving for more tips that will get you moving successfully.