Ask anyone who’s been through it, and they’ll tell you—planning, packing, and executing a move is a huge undertaking and requires plenty of prep to pull off. But some people are hesitant to enlist the help of professionals for a variety of reasons, and there are many myths circling around the web about packing and moving that simply aren’t true.
To bring some clarity to the subject, we’ve gathered some of the most common myths in the industry and are serving up the hard truth. Hearing it isn’t always easy, but it will serve you well in the long run, so let’s dive in.
Myth: I can pack as well as a pro.
Truth: Sorry, friends, but the odds of this one being true are very low. Professional packers are just that—professionals, and they have made a career out of carefully packing even the most delicate items. You, on the other hand, only pack things up when you move, an average of 10 – 12 times over your lifetime.
Myth: I’ll have to buy packing materials for professional packers.
Truth: Not true. Any service worth its salt will send packing supplies with their team. Boxes, tape, bubble wrap, and packing paper costs are included in the cost of your service.
Myth: I can’t afford to hire pro packers.
Truth: This is one of the more prevalent myths out there. Many people assume that they can cut corners by packing up their items on their own.
But consider this—you’ll either be forced to take time off of work to pack up your home, or you’ll have to tackle the task after work in the evenings and on weekends, drawing out the process for weeks (and, in some cases, months). There’s a reason economists say “time is money”—how valuable is your time to you?
Professional packers can pack up your home in a fraction of the time it would take you to accomplish the job. A team of two packers can pack up to 150 boxes…in a single day, the number of boxes typically used to pack up a three-bedroom home.
Professional packers also know how to safely wrap and pack even the most delicate items like fine china and artwork and can secure fragile pieces like mirrors and chandeliers.
But packers also offer additional services beyond packing. If you have large furniture pieces that need to be broken down into smaller parts prior to your move, packers can make it happen and carefully wrap all the pieces so they’re ready for transport.
Myth: I have a car and a couple of friends. I can move my own things.
Truth: Odds are, if you believed the above myth, it only happened once. The single most common comment we hear from clients after trying to move themselves is this—Never again.
When you hire professional removalists, all the needed equipment is included. The team will bring an appropriately sized truck, furniture trolleys, straps, and moving blankets with them. It’s unlikely you and your group of friends will have everything you need on hand, and you’ll likely be forced to rent a truck and moving equipment.
As is the case with packers, professional movers have spent years honing their skills. They know how to stack items quickly and efficiently into the truck to ensure nothing is damaged in transit. They also know how to maximise the space of the truck to make as few trips as possible. You and your group of friends will likely have to make multiple trips in multiple cars, extending the length of your move.
Myth: My friends and I can move heavy furniture. Bend with the knees…right?
Truth: Wrong. The scary truth is people can and do suffer serious injuries while trying to save a few bucks and move heavy furniture themselves or with the help of friends.
The most common injuries related to moving are:
- Back injuries
- Sprained ankles
- Cuts and bruises
- Crushing injuries (the dreaded smashing of hands, feet, fingers, and/or toes)
There is much more that goes into moving furniture than simply being able to lift a heavy item. Professional removalists know how to center the weight on their bodies to avoid back injuries. They also know when to use equipment like furniture trolleys and ramps to save their strength.
Hands and arms are often injured when amateur removalists don’t understand how to move large furniture through narrow hallways or around tight corners.
We hope the busting of these moving myths has convinced you to hire professional packers and removalists when it comes time for your next move.
And when that happens, we hope you contact us at Holloway. We happen to be the best removal company in Sydney and offer services for both local and interstate removals. Our customer support experts look forward to providing you with a competitive, custom quote filled with all the services you need and nothing you don’t.
After all…it’s your move.