When is it worth packing your items for moving versus letting professional movers do it for you?

Only when you feel comfortable that they are secure enough for a cross-country road trip.

Hiring movers to pack for you is always the best option, because they understand how to pack your items more efficiently and safer than a non-professional mover. Here at DMS, we understand that spending the extra cash for professional packing services can be expensive, so we thought we could help by giving some packing tips the professionals use to reduce your packing costs.

Heavy Items

Unless you hit the gym a lot, it’s best to keep the heavier items packed together in small, sturdy boxes to avoid letting the box become too heavy.


Depending on the size, you can fit pieces of art into old TV boxes. Don’t have any TV boxes to spare? Check out Best Buy, or any place that has a TV showroom. The slim shape of the box will keep your art from bouncing around and your frame and picture will be less likely to be damaged.


Back it up. Make sure all of your files are safe and sound before you move. It’s hard to think that your computer might not make the trip, but you can make sure, no matter what, that your priceless files do.


From Blu-ray players to stereos, electronics fill our houses with cords. Make sure to keep all of the cords from individual devices in separate, labeled bags. Make sure your boxes that you are using are strong enough to hold your devices and won’t be crushed if a box is placed on top of them. A great thing to do to easily plug in all the cords in the right spots at your destination, is to take a picture of the cords plugged in before you take them out and pack them. This will allow for an easier set up at your new place.

But remember…while packing your items saves on moving costs, the moving crew are experts at packing items to prevent damage during transit. Some items are best left to the professionals. Your relocation consultant can guide you on a packing plan that ensures all your items will arrive safely to your new home.

The best protection against a bad outcome is a good decision.