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Moving: To Pack or Not to Pack

So you’ve decided to move; whether the move is your choice or not, there are many things to consider before the big day comes.  One of those decisions is whether you will pack your own items or have the moving company pack them.  Two questions that may have crossed your mind might be, “what is the difference?” or “How much does it cost?”  Although costs vary by region as well as quantity and type, there are additional benefits to have the moving company do this.  Some other points to consider are: Valuation coverage, security and replacement value.

Why do I have to consider valuation coverage, security and replacement value when I am just putting things into a box?  There is more to just putting your things into a box than, well, putting your things into a box.  How it’s packed, what it’s packed with and where it’s placed in a container are very important variables.  Valuation coverage on your items needs to be carefully considered.  Because the value of coverage you choose will pertain to the items you are moving and especially when it comes to one-of-a-kind items, you want to choose your valuation wisely.  Oh and by the way, did you know that if you pack your own cartons, the Carrier is not responsible if an item in the carton is damaged?  This will be an important point to consider for your upcoming move.

Whether or not you pack the items yourself or have the moving company pack them, these topics will be extremely important should the unforeseen event of damage occurs.  The extent of financial responsibility has everything to do with who packed the items, the amount of coverage selected and the amount you will receive in return if something is damaged.  Because regulations vary by region, it is best to go over the specifics with your Moving Consultant.

Movers are trained to pack items in a manner that will minimize the risk of damage, however some things cannot be planned for and that is why these three topics are extremely important to consider for your upcoming move; valuation coverage, security and replacement value.   Consider each of the options and choose the best for your situation.

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