Going through everything, deciding disposition, and boxing for a relocation are without a doubt the most time-consuming parts of the process. Even if you appoint movers to pack for you, you should still earmark quite a bit of time so you'll have everything ready to box in Houston. The tales you hear about professional packers wrapping full ashtrays or empty beer cans are probably true—they are not there to judge, but to wrap and box everything in sight.
You have got at least two times as much stuff as you believe you do…if you're conservative. Many people are astonished at the amount of things they have, and at the actual volume of outright junk they have lingering around. Yes, you're going to get rid of all the old stuff you don't want or need, or at least you have wonderful plans to toss and donate-for a week. In the end, it has all got to go, and letting the pros do the boxing does give you more time to separate trash from treasure.
The large advantage of hiring your local movers in Houston to box is that they know how to pack--smart packing is artistic. They have been trained on how to wrap--paper, bubble, or peanuts--and tape so the fragile items stay in unharmed. Did you know, for instance, to twist a bit of paper around the handle of a coffee cup? Did you know NOT to wrap something breakable too tightly? OR to remember to take the bulbs out of all the lamps?
They also are knowledgeable about how to pack the boxes so they are as easy as possible to move, so that heavy things are in small boxes and you will have a couple of giant boxes that weigh about a pound—that is where the stuffed animals are.
Disassembly and Assembly--Worse Than Christmas Morning
Movers also know how to disassemble stuff that comes apart--without scratching your furniture. So much modern furniture is easy to move because, for example, legs come off coffee tables, but having the proper tools and knowing how to do it makes the difference in a table that comes back together easily and one that is a little distorted or wobbly. If you have got antiques or fine art, it's certainly worth it to have experienced movers who know how to take a tall grandfather clock apart and wrap it--not to mention knowing how and where to place it on the truck.
A child's backyard playset has reduced many a man to frustrated tears when he tries it with a wrench and a hammer, but a guy who disassembles them every day does the job nimbly and knows to keep all the pieces and parts in one place so that he can put it back together at the destination without three trips to the hardware store.
Loading and Unloading in Houston
If packing boxes is an art form, loading a truck full of furniture, appliances and all of your possessions is graduate-level engineering. Having the proper truck is a must--and you have large, awkward shaped stuff, a van or small pick-up truck isn't going to work. A DIY move lots of times goes off the rails when the actual move is happening—most people do not have the supplies to keep their items undamaged in the truck. You will need moving blankets for all the big things, shrink wrap to keep the blankets in place, crates for big mirrors and art, lots of tie downs to keep your stuff from shifting in the truck, dollies for appliances and big things--the list goes on. What you will not get, unless you have experienced pros, is how to load--the correct weight distribution is imperative since these trucks have to navigate traffic and you can bet that, if not braced properly, the load will shift, when the driver brakes.