Many people dread moving because packing can be a chore. There's no denying it's time-consuming, and you must double-check that everything is properly packed to ensure your belongings are safe and sound during transport. If you live a busy life or your move is quickly creeping up on you, you may be looking to hire a moving company to help you with packing services.


At Ed's Moving and Storage, we offer full packing services in addition to our moving and transport services. If you have never hired a company that offers full packing services, you may be unsure of what this particular service entails. Not to worry, though — we’re here to fill you in.


Here’s what you can expect when you opt for comprehensive moving service from professional movers and packers.


Padding and Protecting Your Belongings

One of the things involved in full packing services is padding or protecting all items that need a little extra protection. This may include televisions, computers, dishware, or even your furniture.


You cannot simply throw these items in a box or put them in the back of a moving truck. They can get scratched, dented, or dinged, and, in a worst-case scenario, they might even break. A professional moving company will use bubble wrap, moving blankets, or foam to protect these delicate items, ensuring they are safe during transport.


Crating the Item

Placing items in a standard box may not work if you have odd-shaped and fragile items. The standard box may be too large and may allow the item to wiggle around, leaving it vulnerable to damage during transit.


In these instances, the item may need to be crated. This involves building a wooden box around the item and then lining the box with foam. This is typically done for valuable and fragile items, such as art, collectibles, and wine collections. Full packing services typically include crating services.


Disassembly of Large Items

If you have large furniture pieces or anything else that’s large and bulky and that can be partially or fully disassembled to better fit inside the moving truck, your movers will take it apart. And after they do that, they’ll use protective materials to insulate it and pack it appropriately for safe transport.


Why do they do this? Because disassembling large, oddly shaped items not only allows your movers to fit more into the truck but also allows them to better protect these items during transport.


Anytime you can break things down into smaller components for a move, you should. And when you opt for full packing service, that’s exactly what your movers will do. The more compact an item is, the easier it is to wrap and properly secure to prevent jostling and, ultimately, damage during the move. 


Packing Your Belongings

Perhaps it’s obvious, but it’s worth mentioning nonetheless: Full packing services include packing of all your belongings. This includes all of the regular household goods that can be packed in boxes, such as clothing, kitchen goods, linens, decor, and much more. But if you want to bring any “non-allowable” items, know that you’ll have to pack and transport that stuff yourself.


Comprehensive movers will select appropriately sized boxes to properly protect your fragile belongings. They will then appropriately fill the boxes so that they are not overloaded. In addition to strategically arranging your goods within the boxes, they’ll also keep everything from one room or area together to make the unpacking process simpler and faster.


To further simplify the unpacking process, your movers will label each box, so you know what it contains. That way, if you need anything urgently after you arrive at your new home, you can find and access it as easily as possible.


Are you considering a DIY move? If so, check out how to pack room by room for an organized relocation.


Unpacking Your Belongings

When you pay for full-service packing, you’re paying for unpacking service, too. Yep — after transporting your belongings to your new home, your movers will unload the truck and take all of your stuff out of the boxes, too.


You just tell them where to put it, and that’s exactly what they’ll do. While you focus on other tasks associated with your relocation, your movers and packers will ensure everything they just moved ends up exactly where it’s supposed to go.


Reassembly of Disassembled Items

Full-service movers and packers don’t just disassemble items that need additional protection — they put them back together, too. This is all part of the unpacking process that your moving team conducts when you opt for full packing and moving services.


Disposing of Packing Materials

After all of your belongings are unpacked, you could end up with dozens or even hundreds of boxes and loads of protective packing material, depending on the size of your move. But you won’t need to worry about how you’ll get rid of that stuff when you opt for full packing service. Your full-service movers will handle all of that for you.


They’ll recycle your boxes, recycle any plastic that’s eligible for reuse, and dispose of any other packing materials you may have needed. All you’ll need to do is get yourself your new abode and, ultimately, relax and put your feet up in your fully unpacked house!


Need a Reliable Moving Company Near Tacoma?

When you are planning a move, you may be looking for a company to help you specifically with packing or to help you complete your entire move. Either way, Ed's Moving and Storage in Tacoma, Washington can help.


We offer a wide array of local and long-distance moving services for military relocations, home moving, apartment moving, condo moving, and more. We also offer climate-controlled storage solutions for short- and long-term needs.


If you’re looking for local movers or long-distance movers, give us a call today at 253-581-2446 to learn more about what we can do for you. Or, feel free to request a quick moving estimate online, and we’ll get in touch promptly with more information.