Packing Specialists: Worth Your Money?

Preparing and packing for a move can be both a daunting and an exhausting task. The endless organizing, wrapping, packing, taping, and labeling is immensely time consuming — especially if you work a full-time job and only have evenings and weekends to get your packing done. Limited time to pack means you have to start the process much further in advance, leaving your home or apartment in a state of disarray for weeks, as you pile up boxes and painstakingly pack away your necessary items until you’re eating off of paper plates and living out of a suitcase until the move.

And then, there’s always the risk that you’ve packed some of your most cherished items improperly, leading to scratching, chipping, or breakage that can’t be repaired.

Of course, if you hired packing specialists to do the job for you, they can take your home from fully functional to completely packed in a matter of hours or days, depending on the size.

What does hiring a packing specialist entail, and is it worth the cost?

What do packing specialists offer?

Partial Packing

You pack as little or as much of your home as you want, and the specialists do the rest. This is a great choice if the thought of someone else handling your underclothing or family heirlooms makes you uncomfortable.

Full Packing

Your entire place is packed up by the specialists, and transported to your new home. You don’t have to lift a finger.

Partial Unpacking

Packing specialists will assist in the unpacking of a portion of your possessions, and allow you to unpack the rest at your leisure.

Full unpacking

Your specialists will unpack and place all of your belongings, so you can get settled into your new space faster.

What to expect from your packing specialists?

If you choose to hire a packing specialist, they will first want to determine which services you will want from them. Once you’ve selected your level of service, they will do a home assessment to judge how long it will take their team to pack your home and get you on the move. After the assessment, the specialists will also be able to quote you an accurate price for their services.

They will draft a schedule and a full inventory of your belongings to make sure nothing gets lost in the shuffle. If you have any particularly fragile or strangely shaped items, they will be able to create a packing solution to fit your items and appease your worries.

Why should you hire packing specialists?

There are plenty of reason to hire packing specialists. We’ve offered some of the most common below:

  • You have disabilities or injuries that make the process of packing and moving your goods difficult or painful
  • You’re moving a long distance, and you want to protect your goods during the drive across the country
  • You have a massive home of three or more bedrooms, or own a large number of antique items or furnishings that require special care
  • You dislike the labor and effort that goes into packing up your home, and you’d prefer to pay a specialist to do it for you

So are packing specialists worth the cost?

If any of the above reasons to hire a packing specialist really resonated with you, you should consider hiring professional packers. Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide if you want to pay for the convenience and expertise of their packing skills, or if you’d prefer to do it yourself.

5 Last-Minute Halloween Costumes Made With Moving Boxes

Moving takes its toll on your life, from the general chaos it causes in your home, to filling up your space with boxes, to forcing you to eat pizza for a week because your kitchen utensils are packed away. Moving during the fall season can also detract time from creative endeavors, like making fun Halloween costumes for you and your kids.

Don’t despair if you haven’t had the time to put together those All Hallow’s Eve get-ups yet. You can use your leftover moving boxes to create some fun, fantastic, and super-simple homemade costumes that will be ready for trick-or-treating in no time!

1. Candy Boxes

The only thing less crucial than finding a great Halloween costume is the sweet, sweet candy swag you receive for the effort of dressing up. Use those leftover moving boxes and a bit of clever painting to let your kids advertise the kind of candy they want most. Then head off to collect as much of those sugary treats as possible.

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2. Pac Man, Ms. Pac Man, and Ghostly Crew

With some imaginative cutting and spray painting, you can dress the whole family as Pac Man and friends. The colorful video game ghosts are certainly more fun that the traditional white sheet ghosts, and there’s the added bonus of being able to chase each other around in homage to the vintage video game. Just don’t forget to add eye-holes to these clever costumes, or you’ll be running blind!

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3. Fish Tank

If you’re looking for a box costume that requires less artistic dedication, look no further than this fish tank ensemble. Just cut a hole in the top and front of the box, purchase a plain blue sweatshirt for the costume-wearer, and tape a few cute sea critters and bubbles to the sweatshirt. Voila! A costume that’s both simple and cozy for colder temperatures.

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4. X-Ray Vision

Were you craving some spookier moving box attire? This excellent X-Ray costume should do the trick. Paint a box black and add arm and head holes. For those who aren’t so artistically-inclined, you can simply print out a picture of the torso bones and glue or tape it directly to the box. No drawing required!

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5. Crayola Crayon Box

Of course, if you love to draw, then perhaps this Crayola Crayon Box is the right disguise for you. With some clever box-coloring and the use of bright paper cones, the only costume question you’ll be left to ponder is: should you also include that built-in crayon sharpener?

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What’s your favorite DIY Halloween costume? Share in the comments!

3 Email Etiquette Tips for Better Lead Conversion

In today’s digital world, your first interaction with many potential customers will be via email. Do your messages get the response you want? Try these email etiquette tips to impress potential customers and win more business.

Apply basic grammar rules

Non-traditional capitalizations and creative abbreviations (e.g. l8r) may be common in text messages or emails between family and friends, but these composition shortcuts are never appropriate when communicating with potential customers.

Whether you’re trying to schedule an estimate or sending a thank you note post-move, be sure to apply the grammar rules you learned in grade school.

  • The first word in a sentence and any proper nouns should be capitalized
  • Always use complete sentences
  • Start each message with a greeting that addresses the recipient
  • End with a professional closing

Stay away from all-caps and don’t assume spell check will catch everything, especially when it comes to client names. Take a moment to proofread your email before you hit send.

Save imagery and bold colors for your advertising

Email today provides a lot of opportunities for creative expression. From new fonts and extensive color palettes to animated GIFs embedded in the message, the sky’s the limit. Unfortunately those enhancements can make your message more difficult to read and may even get it routed to the SPAM folder.

Know when not to use email

The convenience of email makes it a prime communication tool between movers and their customers, especially if you own a smartphone, which enables you to email on-the-go. However, it isn’t always the best communication method and could be costing you business.

Before you start typing, take a moment to consider any communication preferences the potential customer expressed. Anything requiring an immediate response or potentially sensitive information may require a phone call.

Running for Move for Hunger

Yesterday, the MCR team and a few friends braved the sweltering heat to support our good friends at Move for Hunger at the Chicago Rock n’ Roll 1/2 Marathon and 10k. The MCR team did the 10k (perhaps the 1/2 next year!) Thanks to Move for Hunger for taking care of us before and after the race with a shady tent, drinks, snacks and words of support. It’s awesome to see how much Move for Hunger continues to grow and how many moving companies throughout the country have stepped up to fight hunger. If you’d like to donate, it isn’t too late – check out our fundraising page here.

Getting our packets at McCormick Place
Getting our packets at McCormick Place

 

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Award for toughest runner (a broken toe!)
Award for toughest runner (a broken toe!)

 

Promote Your Moving Services

We connect consumers with companies based on their selected moving needs (see image). This provides an awesome consumer experience, and higher quality leads for the mover.

Movers: update the Moving Services area of your business listing to appear in more search results. Our categories are Full Service, Moving Labor, Packing Services and Portable Storage Containers.

To promote the moving services you offer: Sign in > Account > Edit Business Listing > Moving Services

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After updating, you’ll receive leads based on your selected services. For example, if you want labor only leads; you get labor only leads.

Here are a few FAQs from our support team:

Q: I’m currently a Suggested Mover, will updating my Moving Services change the leads I receive?

A: As a Suggested Mover you will be charged for any Suggested Leads regardless of service type. For example, if you select Full Service and Portable Storage Containers; you receive suggested leads of consumers that indicate their looking for Full Service movers and/or Portable Storage Containers.


Q: I have multiple business listings on MCR. Will changes to my ‘Moving Services’ show on all of my listings?

A: Yes – all locations will display the same moving services.