considerations for packing yourself

Questions to Consider Before Packing Yourself

Planning on packing yourself? Packing your own moving boxes is a great option if you have the time and are on a tight budget. Here are some questions to help you decide is packing yourself is the best option for you:

  • Do you have the time? Packing, loading, driving, unloading and unpacking is a big job – especially if you are working full time. Make sure you have enough time off to complete the move with as little stress as possible.
  • Are you packing breakable items? Packing breakables can be intimidating and time consuming. Dishes, lampshades, glass, silver and more must all be packed differently, sometimes in special moving boxes. In order to prevent breakage, you will have to learn how to pack different items. Plan for extra time on packing day to ensure all of your items are packed properly.
  • Are you packing valuables? Valuable items, including wine collections and fine art, have special packing needs. Some valuable items should be shipped in sturdy crates. Are you prepared to build crates for your special items? Check out our special moving services for more information.
  • Do you have the right materials? You will probably need more packing boxes than you think, so make sure you have access to a place that sells them. Moving and packing boxes should be sturdy and you should have a selection of sizes. You will also need plenty of moving and packing supplies, including packing paper and rolls of strong tape to ensure cartons are secured properly.
  • Do you have help? Having people help you is ideal. Packing boxes for moving house is a big project. People tend to underestimate how many items they actually have – until that miscellaneous drawer is emptied! Enlist family and friends to help you – offering pizza helps.
  • Are you moving overseas? Every country has different regulations about what you can bring in – make sure that you understand your destination’s rules prior to packing, so that you don’t lose any of your belongings. There are also additional regulations dictating how items must be packed for international shipping. Check out our international moving guide for more information.

If you want to pack yourself, but are concerned about packing certain items, we can help you. Our Do-It-Yourself (DIY) moving services can be tailored to fit your packing needs.

For more packing tips and advice, visit our packing guide.