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How much packing do we need to do if we hire packers?

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EarSlaps Sat 11-Jul-15 21:36:43

We've sold our house and had an offer accepted, things are steaming ahead and it looks like contracts will be exchanged soon with completion by the end of the month! shock

I've spent time getting rid of as much rubbish as possible but haven't started packing. We're planning to get a removal company to do all the packing (we have two small DCs and no family help), but presumably we need to do some packing? The packers won't be able to do it all on the day or we'll never get out of here.

If you've used a packing service, how much did you do yourselves? Presumably the company provide boxes etc.

Also considering getting a move out/move in clean. Anyone done that?

ShoeWhore Sat 11-Jul-15 21:49:00

No you honestly don't do a thing - although do get rid of anything you don't want packed as they will literally pack everything grin

If they don't think they can do it all that day they will come the day before and do some then. Ours sent a team and they swarmed all over our 5 bed house and packed the whole thing and loaded most of the furniture and all the boxes onto their van by lunchtime. They left us with mattresses, bedding, one sofa and the TV. Next morning they came back and got the rest (They possibly did the shed that day? Can't really remember now.) They even packed the kettle, mugs, tea etc into its own box last of all. They'd have done it in less time I think except we were relocating over a long distance.

The only thing I packed was my underwear but I'm sure if I'd left it I'd have done that too. I would advise packing yourselves an overnight bag for the first night though.

You will be amazed at how fast they move.

EarSlaps Sat 11-Jul-15 22:08:00

Sounds amazing! Did it work out quite expensive for the packing? Quite a lot of people said it's less than you think.

We've had packers before moving back from Oz to UK and I do remember them being really quick. But it was just a two bed flat's worth and we didn't have any children!

GinandJag Sat 11-Jul-15 22:10:19

Get rid of your junk and leave the packing to the packers.

MrsMillions Sat 11-Jul-15 22:10:28

Very similar experience here. 4 bed house. Packers came lunchtime the day before, packed pretty much everything except our beds, sofa, TV, and loaded it onto van - left around 5. Came back for the rest at 9 on moving day. We were out just after 11, got keys at 1, and they'd unloaded not long after 3. We decided not to pay for unpacking so we could decide where to put everything.

They bring all the boxes including big ones with rails for the contents of your wardrobes. Plus special padded stuff for TVs etc.

Would say only thing you'd need to pack would be things you want to take by car. Overnight bags, the bedding we were using, and valuables in our case.

Highly recommend it.

camtt Sat 11-Jul-15 22:12:40

We had packers a couple of years ago - I think it used to be not much extra but the prices had gone up by the time I did it, not double but not far off. However it was worth it, especially as I ended up breaking my arm just before we moved. I decluttered but only packed overnight stuff/essentials which we took in the car.

SocksRock Sat 11-Jul-15 22:17:57

We paid about £200 for packers. They did EVERYTHING. We literally gave them the keys at 8am, went out for a naice day trip and came back at 2pm. Our entire house was packed. We left a few cleaning bits in the car, gave the house a quick once over and took the keys down to the estate agent.

fiorentina Sat 11-Jul-15 22:20:34

Worth every penny. As above the packed everything, really well and it made it so easy at both ends. I only packed an overnight bag for us all and a few bits I wanted to have easy access to like cleaning bits for before we left our old house and when we arrived at the new one.

EarSlaps Sat 11-Jul-15 22:24:50

Wow, sounds positive. DH is convinced we should pack our fragile items ourselves but surely they are better at that? I think I'll just let him put his Lego models straight in his car grin.

We'll pack up suitcases of clothes and toys etc so we've got essentials to hand. We're also thinking of hiring a storage unit for a couple of weeks either side of the move so it's easier to unpack. Plus there's no garage at the new place so we need to store bikes etc until we get a new shed.

SocksRock Sat 11-Jul-15 23:03:48

Ours would only insure they stuff they had packed. Honestly - we lived in that house like nothing was happening - we did nothing. Until 8am on move day, when we handed the keys and walked away for 6 hours.

bumpertobumper Sat 11-Jul-15 23:17:26

of all the costs involved in moving house - solicitors etc, paying packers was the 'best' money spent. worth every penny.
agree with pp that it's better to do your own unpacking to decide what goes where as you go.
good luck with it all!

EarSlaps Sat 11-Jul-15 23:26:31

I've tried to explain about the insurance but he's being a stubborn bugger!

Yes, I want to do my own unpacking- will they come back later to collect boxes and packing materials or did you just pass them on to crazy fools that want to pack themselves?

Twistedheartache Sat 11-Jul-15 23:31:54

Brilliant investment imo - I think ours charged £250. Came the day before, packed almost everything except our underwear & things we'd need that night, left boxes for us to use if we wanted.
They rebuilt any furniture they took down & I unpacked the rest.
My only tip would be to pay some attention to what they are putting where - I didn't & spent ages rooting through boxes for specific items.

Twistedheartache Sat 11-Jul-15 23:34:03

Oh and definitely let them take fragile items. They are experts at packing & insured! Ours did make us take our telly off the stand ourselves as it was stuck & they couldn't do it in case glass stand smashed

LittleBearPad Sat 11-Jul-15 23:35:14

We didn't pack a thing. It was wonderful.

Don't pack fragile stuff as it won't be insured.

After the move you ring them up and they come and collect all the boxes / paper.

slicedfinger Sat 11-Jul-15 23:35:43

Ours came back s few days later to pick up the packing paper and boxes. Again, worth every penny.

SleepShake Sat 11-Jul-15 23:38:28

Those of you that got people to pack, did they unpack everything too into its right place?

EarSlaps Sat 11-Jul-15 23:42:11

Fantastic, so glad I started this thread now. My stress levels have just dropped considerably grin. Now if only I could silence all the people constantly asking how much packing I've done...

caroldecker Sat 11-Jul-15 23:48:11

I would move personally important valuables myself as they may be insured, but the market value may be a lot less than your value.

LittleBearPad Sat 11-Jul-15 23:49:01

No Sleep we unpacked but the movers rebuilt all our furniture. Tbh once all the boxes were in I was glad they headed off so we could catch our breath.

Baffled2012 Sun 12-Jul-15 00:03:35

I had a 6 mo th old and husband away with work when I moved so hired packers. They didn't unpack for us. Just left the boxes in the areas I specified in old property when they were packing up (they write on the side of the box where the stuff has come from so easy to unpack yourself). They come back a couple of weeks later and collect the boxes and charge for any you have broken or still want to keep. I would definitely recommend a move out and move in clean. We got some local cleaners to do a big clean when we moved in but still needed our cleaner to do an additional clean. I think when you've got young children get as much help as you can afford. Good luck with the move.

SavoyCabbage Sun 12-Jul-15 00:06:20

They swarm in and pack everything. Ours packed a tray of brownies. To Australia.

SocksRock Sun 12-Jul-15 00:13:44

Yeah, I found a bag of satsumas in our bread bin. After everything had been in storage for 4 months <boak>

To be fair, the storage was unplanned - was meant to be a week but the house we were buying fell through.

I took one look at it, binned the lot and bought a new bread bin

TurnOverTheTv Sun 12-Jul-15 00:18:11

They packed my washing up blush

ruthsmumkath Sun 12-Jul-15 00:20:17

Just remember to keep anything you don't want packing separate - they work very quickly and you may want to keep you shoes out of sight of them!!!

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