Sorting, purging, and boxing for a move are easily the most long-drawn-out parts of the process. Even if you get movers to pack for you, you should still allot some time so you will have everything ready to box in San Antonio. The narratives 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 are conservative. Most people are shocked at the amount of possessions they have, and at the utter volume of complete junk they have hanging around. Yes, you're going to get rid of all the old stuff you do not want or need, or at least you have wonderful intentions to dispose of and donate-for a week. Ultimately, it has all got to go, and letting the pros do the boxing does give you more time to separate trash from treasure.
The big advantage of hiring your local movers in San Antonio to box is that they know how to pack--smart packing is an art form. They have the knowledge of how to wrap--paper, bubble, or peanuts--and tape so the frail pieces stay in one piece. Did you know, for example, to twist a bit of paper around the handle of a handled mug? Did you know NOT to wrap something frail too tightly? OR to remember to take the bulbs out of all the lamps?
They also know how to load 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's where the stuffed animals are.
Disassembly and Assembly--Worse Than Christmas Morning
Movers also know how to disassemble stuff that comes apart--without damaging your furniture. So much modern furniture is easy to move because, for instance, legs come off end tables, but having the correct tools and knowing how to do it makes the difference in a table that comes back together without issue and one that is a little skewed or wobbly. If you've got antiques or fine art, it's certainly worth it to have experienced professionals who know how to take a tall grandfather clock apart and wrap it--not to mention knowing how and where to set it on the truck.
A child's backyard playset has reduced many a man to defeated tears when he goes after 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 little parts in one place so that he can put it back together at the destination without several trips to the hardware store.
Loading and Unloading in San Antonio
If packing boxes is an art form, loading a truck full of furniture, appliances and boxes is graduate-level engineering. Having the correct truck is a must--and you have big, heavy stuff, a van or small pick-up truck is not going to work. A DIY move frequently goes awry when the actual move is happening—lots of people do not have the supplies to keep their furniture unharmed in the truck. You'll need moving pads for all the furniture, plastic wrap to keep the blankets in place, crates for big mirrors and art, lots of tie downs to keep everything from moving around in the truck, dollies for appliances and big things--the list goes on. What you won't get, unless you have experienced pros, is how to load--the proper weight distribution is crucial since these trucks need to navigate traffic and you can bet that, if not braced properly, the load will shift, when the driver brakes.