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Question DetailsAsked on 9/6/2013

can some one help me pack

My wife and I need help geting our things packed to be able to move. Is anyone available?

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Types of people who can do this - you have to evaluate the individual well as to whether trustworthy.

1) moving and storage companies - they will use same packing crews as for a move and do it the same way even if you are going to move yourself - of course, they can take no responsibility for breakage discovered at the other end of the move
2) professional organizers (listed under Organizer in Search the List).
3) friends and relatives who will help for a pizza party afterwards
4) college students (though then you are in the employer status and liable for work-related injury
5) responsible neighbor teenagers - ditto to above on liability

Answered 7 years ago by LCD


Professional movers will help you pack if you let them know you need the service. Personally I would pack the expensive stuff, like jewelry, collections, underwear drawer. Make sure whoever you hire is licensed AND bonded. You might think about asking a friend that you trust.

Answered 7 years ago by BluButterfly


Bear in mind if you pack it and are using a commercial moving company, those boxes will be marked PBO - packed by owner, and except for damage which is clerly traceable to crushing or penetration of the box from the outside, they will have no liability for damage because it cannot be proved if occurred in packing or in transit. That is why (aside from usually not having the time to do it themselves near a move date) most people have the movers do all the packing, and sometimes the unpacking.

They also will usually not insure for more than the normal $0.30/pound because they did not see what went into the boxes, so you have to get outside insurance from your homeowners insurance company or separate moving insurance broker, and have photos or what you packed.

Answered 7 years ago by LCD


I would only consider the first two suggestions in LCD's list, with a couple of modifications:

1) moving and storage companies. they will accept varying levels of financial risk, depending on how much you pay them;
2) professional organizers -- unlikely to accept risk of breakage, but, unlike most movers, they will not pack the contents of your unemptied garbage can, and will likely give advice about what to toss. How about getting them to organize, in preparation for having the professional movers pack what is left? It sounds like an extra expense, but they could save you a lot of money by eliminating stuff you would otherwise have to pay to ship, only to throw it out at the other end of your journey.

Sure, you can ask friends and family, even if that does include college students and teenagers. Forget the pizza party, except maybe after everything has been completely packed and sealed. Don't know about you, but I wouldn't want pizza droppings in my moving boxes. You could end up with some unwelcome visitors in your new home (like ants, roaches and mice).

Pack any small valuables in suitcases and keep those with you during your move.

If you have larger items of great value, have them packed professionally, mailed and insured for full value. Most professional movers will provide this white-glove service, or you can try UPS or FEDEX.

Answered 7 years ago by Oleron


Oleron's comments on liability are right.

Re the pizza and beer - I was definitely seeing that as an end-of-mission reward if you use friends, though you would probably want to supply coffee, soda, cookies etc during the packing process to keep them going.

Answered 7 years ago by LCD

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