packing boxes

In a world where everything costs money, it’s easy to think that DIY is the best option when moving house. Packing your own boxes is something you’ve probably not given too much thought to with everything else associated with moving into a new house or apartment taking up much of your time. But once you begin the packing process, it won’t be long before you realise that the task at hand is quite a large one.

We’ve broken down the pros and cons of packing removal boxes yourself to make the decision an easier one for you.

Pros:

  • Control and handling of your belongings
    We don’t all want people going through our things and it’s nice having control over such a personal aspect of our lives. By packing your belongings yourself, you’ll guarantee your privacy.
  • Ability to sort and pack at the same time
    Packing is a great time to sort through your things and get rid of what you no longer need. Consider disposing of your unwanted items with the St Vincent de Paul Society. At Grace, we work with the charity to rehome your unwanted items and help Australians in need. Simply pack the special Vinnies carton and we’ll drop it off at the closest community store on your behalf.
  • Ability to pack on your own time
    Work on your own clock and to your own schedule and pack when you want to, rather than when others can make the time. You might have to start sorting through your things months earlier than planned, but you’ll have the ability to control how long you spend packing and when you do it.

Cons:

  • Time consuming
    Packing can take a long time, especially if you have to disassemble furniture, wrap bulky items and pack for the kids. Getting a professional to do that for you means you don’t have to allocate days (if not weeks) to packing on your own.
  • Items might not be packed properly
    Proper packing materials are the difference between protecting your items and risking damages and breakages. A moving box goes through a lot of pressures on a move, from bumpy roads to rubbing against other boxes in a truck. A professional mover will be able to take the stress and risk of damaging items out of the moving equation.
  • Disassembling furniture can be difficult
    Pulling apart a bed is not an easy task, especially if you’ve never done it before. Parts may get lost or damaged as a result of not knowing how to do it properly.
  • Purchasing the correct moving boxes
    Buying the right removal boxes might not seem like a hard task, but boxes are designed to hold certain things in certain ways. Not knowing which work best for your household goods means you’ll risk damaging the items or purchasing too many (or too few) boxes.
  • Extra services
    From storage and packing to delivery and unpacking, Grace’s removalists can handle any moving service you throw our way. We also have experts for special services including moving pets and vehicle relocation. Whether you’re moving locally or overseas, it pays to consider the professionals who can look after it all.

If you’ve decided to pack your moving boxes yourself, check out our helpful moving checklist and don’t leave anything behind. If you’d rather leave the work to a professional removalist who knows the ins and outs of packing, check out the services we provide here.