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Doing Your Own Packing or Using a Service?

Posted on October 20, 2016 by Thomas Firbank Removals
Doing Your Own Packing or Using a Service?

To pack or not to pack? That is very much the question facing anyone with an impending house-move on the horizon. When confronted by the sheer amount of stuff we’ve acquired over the years, the idea of going through it all, making an inventory, and then sorting it into logical groups before placing it in boxes, is simply too much. Our spirits sink at the very thought of such a task. It seems positively Herculean – and that’s putting it mildly. So do we shrug our shoulders and book a packing service (for example, Thomas Firbank Removals has a full packing/unpacking service) or do we straighten our spines, brace ourselves and start doing the job solo? It’s not always an easy decision. Some of us may have youth on our sides when it comes to the physical stamina required for packing up a house. Others may be incapable of bending or heavy lifting. Many of us may be up to the challenge physically, but also be pressed for time or simply not inclined to endure the mental strain.

First, it’s good to enquire about the cost of your removal company’s packing service (assuming it’s an add-on service rather than a bundled one). Does it fit within your budget? Does it seem good value for money? Then assess roughly how long you think it would take you to do it yourself. You could also place a monetary value on this if you’re going to have to take time off work, so you can compare it to the figure charged by the removal company. This is important because doing your own packing is not necessarily a way of saving money when you take into account the man-hours you will have to put into the job, not only packing but acquiring all the materials you need to complete task – that’s boxes, bubble wrap, tissue paper, tape, and scissors just for starters. 

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Give some thought to the peace of mind a good packing/unpacking service can give you. You’ll be able to relax in the knowledge that you can strike one very large undertaking off your to-do list. Perhaps weigh that up against the sense of accomplishment and self-determination you could enjoy by doing the work yourself. There are no easy answers, but the most important thing to remember is that this is one of those decisions for which there’s no right or wrong choice.