Many moving companies will not only transport your items but will also pack them into boxes and then load them into a moving truck. However, there are some intricacies involved when you trust someone else to pack your things. Here are a few dos and don'ts to keep in mind to ensure the process goes smoothly for everyone.
Do: Pack up valuables and personal items yourself before the movers arrive.
It's not that you shouldn't trust your movers to take care of your things. However, accidents do happen, and you'll have more peace of mind if you pack things like your valuable jewelry and your expensive fur coat by yourself. Go through your home and pack these things up before the movers arrive, and plan on transporting them in your personal vehicle, too. This also applies to very personal items such as underwear and adult items. If you don't want the movers to see it, just pack it up yourself.
Do: Let the movers know if there's anything fragile or very delicate.
There may be some items that you don't necessarily need to pack yourself, but that you do want to ensure are not damaged. Point these things out to the movers as soon as they arrive so they can take the necessary precautions to protect them. Don't be afraid to make specific requests, such as "Those table cloths are antiques and tend to crease easily. Could you make sure to roll them rather than fold them?" A good moving company will be happy to satisfy such requests.
Don't: Try to micromanage the movers.
You hired them to pack so that you can focus on other things. They are professionals and probably know a lot more about packing than you do. So, don't hover over them and micromanage them while they're packing your items. Step back and trust them to do their job. They'll probably do an even better job if you're not making them nervous or critiquing their work.
Don't: Under-estimate how much you have to pack.
When you call to schedule the packing services, the company will probably ask you how large your home is, how much you have to pack, etc. A lot of homeowners tend to under-estimate what they have. As result, they end up being charged extra when the packing process takes longer or requires more boxes than the moving company estimated. Try to be as accurate as possible when describing what you have to the moving company.