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Pack and Load Services: Do You Need Them?

Published on 2021-02-23


pack and load services


When you’re ready to move and have rented a moving truck or moving container, you might want to choose pack and load services instead of doing own packing. You can get these services from a full-service moving company or you can hire pack and load services separate from your mover. Some types of moving companies offer a third-party service to provide these services.

Pack & load services will likely cost more unless it was included in your original moving quote. Make sure you know what the cost will be before you hire the moving company best suited for your needs. Here are some of the things you should know about pack and load services before you pay for them. 

How Much Does Pack & Load Services Cost?

The cost for packing services can range quite a bit. It can go from about $270 to $2,200 depending on the amount of things you have and how long it takes to pack it all up.

Most moving companies will charge for packing based on the amount of time the packing process takes and the workers necessary. If you need a crew of four workers, you will pay four times the hourly rate for one worker for each hour they pack for you. You may also be charged a higher rate if you if you request for customized packing services or custom crating services.

Packing Services

Usually, you will hire a crew of two workers for an average size move. However, if you have heavy or very large items, such as a piano or billiards table, it may require three or four people to move these items. If this is the case, you will pay for the larger crew for all of the hours of the move. It might shorten the amount of time it takes, which could even out or end up costing more.  

What Are Full Packing Services Provided by Pack and Load Movers?

When you choose pack and load services, you’ll have the option for full packing services or partial packing services. With full packing services, your pack and load movers will pack everything for you from the basement to the attic. This includes fragile items, antiques, furniture, and more.    

What does Pack and Load Services Usually Include?

Typically, pack & load services are used when you rent a portable storage unit (also called a POD, ReloCube, or U-Box) or a trailer. The Cost of PODS maybe included in the moving costs. You can pay for them separately as well. When the moving company drops off your portable storage unit or trailer, you can hire a crew to handle the packing and loading.

These services come at an hourly and per person rate. They work great for specialty items or just common household items. With pack and load services, the crew will pack up whatever you’d like and load it into your trailer or portable storage unit for you. This could be a few heavy items or several boxes.

What About Unload and Unpacking Services?

On the other side of pack and load services is the unload and unpack services. When you arrive at your new destination, you can hire a crew to come to unload and unpack your trailer, moving truck, or portable storage units. This can save you time and keep you from hurting yourself when you unload.

Loading and Unloading Services

If you’re looking for convenience, you can use pack and load services to make your moving day much easier. Most full-service moving companies offer these services, but they can also be purchased from a third-party.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a full packing service cost?

Depending on the number of things you want to pack, the cost of a full packing service can range somewhere between $270, $2200.

Is it worth paying for packing when moving?

Yes, it is. It will save you a lot of time and also help you avoid damages to your belongings.

Can you hire someone to pack your house?

Yes, you can hire someone to pack your house. Movers like Three Movers

How long does it take to pack & load a 3 bedroom house?

It may take up to 5 days to pack & load a 3 bedroom house.

How long does it take movers to load a house?

To load a normal 3 bedroom house, it will take around 4 hours on average when 3 movers are working.

How much does it cost to hire someone to load a moving truck?

You will have to pay around $45 to $65 per hour to hire someone to load your truck.

Do movers load and unload?

Yes, movers do load and unload.

Can I hire movers just to load a pod?

Yes, you can hire movers just to load a POD or other portable storage containers.

What do Movers load first?

Movers will not pack any flammable substance that can cause explosions.

Who provides packing materials?

If you hire people to help you pack and load, you will be the one to provide packing supplies but if you hire a full-service company, they will provide everything.

How can I reduce packing costs?

If you can reduce the amount of time spent on packing by packing teams, your bill might reduce. Other packing tips include discarding items that you no longer need before the packers and loaders arrive. Lastly, if you hire professional moving services, they have teams with packing techniques that can help speed up the process.

Written by Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend is a moving professional and relocation expert that has more than 10 years of experience in the moving industry. With a background that includes working in virtually every aspect of the company, he has distinguished himself as an integral part of our operations with expertise in all things related to moving.

If you have any questions about moving, our services, or anything else you think he may be able to help with, you can contact Chris by emailing him at

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