can i tell the movers how to pack? just want things done my way...

Kendra - posted on 02/15/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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last time they moved my stuff i didnt have much and it was just me so i didnt mind when the moving company just kinda threw everything in a box. This time we have a lot more and being the control/organization freak i am (sometimes...most times lol ) i would like to just basically tell them what to put in what box. i know they have to be in and out as fast as possible but i really dont want a sloppy job. Has anyone ever found a way to get the movers to pack stuff up nice n neat?

i was raised in the military n i remember with every move packing was just a random mess...i dont want that this time...do i have a say in it?

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Paula - posted on 02/18/2010

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It does me tons...I think i will let them pack then no matter how much i love my stuff if they break it then i will get reimbursed where as if I pack and they break it i will get poopoo..lol I am def gonna do the pics and the list of dvds and all my Wii and xbox and my sons playstation stuff and games thats a great idea...2 days isnt to bad...now with the stuff you need right away I know the basics like clothes and pillows and blankets and hygeine stuffs...what else would you need?? I know not everyone needs the same stuff But i dont wanna get there and be like man I should've brought this but didnt even think about it or know...cause me i am a list maker and I make a list to make a list :) even if i dont always follow them...lol thanks for the question asking Kendra I didnt even think to ask this question...i was just tryin to figure everything out for myself or as I went...

Joy - posted on 02/18/2010

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If you pack your own stuff...breakables then you are responsible for them and cant claim it from them...I will let them do those things so if broken i can claim. I will be bubble wrapping picture frames and things like that myself. The tend to do each room one at a time and then label them, master bedroom, kids, bathroom etc. if they have room in the boxes they will fill with clothes, pillows, towels etc. yes i took photo's of all cd's, dvd's and such like and made lists, one to go in the box and one for me to keep.

most of them are generally polite, it seems if you treat them nice they treat your stuff nice. We made tehm drinks, offered snacks and when the job was done gave them a 6 pack each. it only took them 2 days to pack out and that seems the normal amout of time. Also for unaccompanied baggage (the things you need most when you first get to your new place, paperwork and passports) either clear out a room and lock them in it or lock them in your car. this is the only way they will not get packed.
hope this helps you both.

Paula - posted on 02/18/2010

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So You can pack your own stuff...cause i am really ocd about my stuff and I grew up military and I remember everytime we moved somewhere new we always ended up with so much broken...but you can pack most of the stuff yourself? pics, thats a good idea thanks...so now the lists you go thru and make of list of everything in each room? I know this was Kendras post but man i got some of the same questions too....are they generally polite? and how long does it usually take for them to get everything outta the house generally?? lol sorry lots crazy questions sorry..

Danielle - posted on 02/16/2010

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yes you do have a say and you can even put everything together yourself and say that you want all this stuff together

Joy - posted on 02/16/2010

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I am dreading my move this Nov. I have only moved once before and there was just 2 guys, one upstairs and one down so we was able to watch one each. We wrote a complete list of dvd's cd's and my old disney video's and photographed them all aswell. we put copies in the box, and we kept copies. i am a bit ocd about my stuff aswell. it went well and they had a 'special box' that they put in all remote controls/ screws to furniture ect and labled high risk or somethign like that.

I am dreading this move as i am in Italy. I had to pack out for my neighbour and only one spoke english, the communication was not good at all. I have heard from friends that have already moved back to the states that SO much stuff has got smashed and even when the crates are sealed down the open them and steal stuff. how they still have a job i have no idea but no one seems to care and thats the Italians and how it works over here. I am going to pack as much as i can this time myself and just leave them to clothes and furniture, that way they wont know whats in the boxes but i will. I wont be able to have more than 2 in the house, i will freak on them..lol...hope you move goes well..xx

Shannon - posted on 02/16/2010

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Make sure that if you have high valued items, even purses ladies, that they are labeled on the list correctly. I had a gal pal who avidly collects purses, she had everything from Dooney and Bourke to Coach, Prada, and Louis V. They labeled them purses on the list, and the box came up missing. Since they weren;t listed high value...they gave her a crap amount of money to replace. She was heartsick. Even the smallest things that others might giggle at need to be listed properly. I "favorite" list all of my high value items (china and the like), so I can easily show proof of price if things come up missing/damaged after a move. Also...NEVER send jewelry, take that with you. The number one thing most of my friends have had stolen is video games and their consoles. Make sure those are listed if you plan on sending them, every piece, not just letting them label them "electronics." If you can, I would hold those back and physically take them with you. LOL

Rachelle - posted on 02/16/2010

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bottom line is that you're protecting your home....they should understand that. Plus, for anyone who has the misnotion that having the military move you is "easy", eventhough the packers do, it's still a ton ofstressful work. We are now at our 5th address in 9 years and each time, you also have to UNpack and reorganize.....I'm always missing something here and there. Goodluck!

Shannon - posted on 02/15/2010

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The best thing you can do is to put all of your stuff in order. Bathroom stuff, bedroom, kitchen, etc. If a box doesn't get filled with just your bathroom stuff, they may throw some linen closet items in with it. They are generally nice about things, but it's up to you to be the one who has your stuff organized prior to their arrival. They want to get in, get done, and pack out, not have to be meticulous and wonder which goes in what box. I usually have 8 people to pack out my house, and there is no way for me to watch all 8 everywhere. Good luck, and get going on the organizing. :)

Andrea - posted on 02/15/2010

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so movers put all your things in boxes for you? You don't have to put your stuff in a box, then they just move the box from your house to the truck? Wow, that makes moving from base to base easier. Moving sucks, but its so much easier if someone does it for you! LOL I would be ok moving if there was someone there to help! LOL

Rachelle - posted on 02/15/2010

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yes!!! You absolutely have a say. Just be polite. :) We've been moved from coast to coast twice and a few other smaller moves. Some ended up with lots of damage. My best advice....clean out and organize as much as possible before they arrive. Stay to watch. I think if they know you're watching, they'll do a better job. Consider buying the extra damage insurance.....so you can be sure anything that's been damaged will be replaced versus being paid the cash value of a "used" item to be determined by someone other than you.

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