Must-Have Safety Tips for Packing Your Garage to Move

Trying to figure out how to safely pack your garage for moving can make your head spin.

We get it, and boy is it frustrating!

Whether you’re moving next week, within the coming months, or in a few years’ time, it’s important to know what you’re doing.

This not only includes how to pack up your garage equipment but also how to pack it safely.

No part of the house proves this more than the garage, which is, arguably, the most dangerous and haphazard area of your home. 

From power tools to storage boxes to sporting & garden equipment, your garage contains all sorts of objects that are often both difficult and precarious to move.

Regardless of your moving timeline, it’s essential for you to know how to pack the most commonly found items in your garage, and how to stay safe while you’re doing it.

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When facing off against a project as daunting as packing a garage, it’s tempting to just say “Forget about the right way!” and start throwing stuff on the truck. 

However, doing this is going to present you with an even more daunting problem: 

Not only have you packed your garage recklessly, you’ve likely damaged your stuff and put your safety at risk in the process. 

Instead, your best bet is to follow these steps.

Step One: Get Rid of Your Garage Clutter First

You’ll know it when you see it… even if you skipped getting rid of it: 


It may be the old and broken appliances, or even clothes and knick-knacks you meant to sell at a garage sale last summer…

It could even be the stack of Amazon boxes over in the corner that you can’t figure out what to do with.

Whatever it is, don’t even bother wasting your time transporting junk and clutter from one home to your next!

Not only is it a total waste of your precious time and energy, but it’s also going to take up that much more room in your moving truck.

Instead, save that space for the bulkier, more cumbersome objects you’ll certainly encounter when packing.

Have a yard sale, call in a dumpster, recycle…

Do whatever it takes— just get rid of the clutter before you start packing your garage.

Step Two: Determine Which Items Can’t Be Packed

You’re likely well aware that there are some items that just can’t be put into a cardboard box. 

How do I move a lawnmower? 

How do I pack up bikes? 

How should I store my fishing poles? And so on. 

To start, it’s in your very best interest to take stock of any of these items:

  • Flammable or otherwise hazardous materials like gas, paint, or aerosols
  • Explosives like gunpowder, ammunition, fireworks, or primers
  • Gardening supplies like plants, soil, and fertilizers
  • Power tools that have fuel in their tanks like lawnmowers or weed whackers
  • Corrosive materials like car batteries or acids

Once you’ve taken inventory, set the items aside. 

Since movers can’t legally transport these types of items on their trucks, dispose of them before your move. (We’ll touch on this step more in the next section on safety.)

Step Three: Properly Pack the Tools in Your Garage

Power tools, gardening tools, hand tools, whatever it may be, heavy-duty items like this can’t exactly be neatly packed in a box for several reasons: 

They might puncture the box they’re stored in.

They might have odd shapes and won’t fit properly.

Or, they might simply be too heavy to be packed in a box.

Instead, here’s what to do when you’re packing your garage tools & equipment:

  • Drain out the gas from any tools that run on gasoline, because A) it’s a safety hazard (duh), and B) it could leak during transport. Movers are also legally barred from transporting equipment containing fuel.
  • Sharp ends and edges of any tools should be wrapped in bubble wrap or other thick, protective material that can’t be easily punctured. Have a case? Even better! This prevents your tools from scraping or impaling anything else during the truck ride.
  • Keep hand tools in their original boxes. A metal toolbox is the absolute best option. If you don’t have one, check your local home improvement store. 

Step Four: Protect the Goods

From your lawnmower to the delicate keepsakes in the corner to that big glass mirror you could never find a place for, “the goods” — a.k.a. the fragile or expensive objects in your garage— need to be protected from Point A to Point B… 

And the trip in between can certainly be a bumpy ride!

Moving blankets are perfect options to provide that protection and additional padding during a possibly bumpy ride. 

Invest in moving blankets (avoid bedding comforters, which aren’t as thick or weighted) to keep your stuff in good shape.

If you’re hiring professional movers, you’re in luck!

Just let our movers know if you’ll need moving blankets and we’ll bring them along. The best part?

It’s included in the cost of the move!

No matter which moving company you’re going with, check to see if they’ll bring blankets along for free or if you’ll be charged. 


When done incorrectly, it’s incredibly easy to get hurt while packing. 

This is especially true when packing your garage, where everything is larger, heavier, and nothing looks like it could fit neatly into a box. 

If you’re packing your garage alone, use the safety tips below.

1. Don’t Lift More Than You Can Handle

While it might sound obvious, you should never lift more than you think you can handle. 

If it feels heavy, odds are you’re setting yourself up for an opportunity to get hurt. 

There’s nothing wrong with taking a few trips instead of getting it done all at once, especially considering you’ll have to unpack that stuff you’re moving once you get to your destination — if you get hurt during the load-up, how will you unload?

if you book professional movers, they’ll do the loading and unloading/heavy lifting for you!

2. Treat It Like a Workout

Would you go work out at the gym in a pair of jeans and a button-up? 

Would you start lifting weights without warming up and stretching?

Of course not. 

So, as you prepare to pack your garage, stick to wearing clothing that’s generous, fits well, and stays comfortable throughout the bending, lifting, and stretching you’ll inevitably have to do.

As you pack your garage, think of your move like a workout. For example: 

  1. Wear appropriate clothes.
  2. Stretch before and during the moving process to keep yourself from pulling a muscle or being too uncomfortable. 
  3. Get enough sleep, drink enough water, and take breaks as needed (especially if you’re moving during the summer when the heat is intense).

Tricks to Moving Heavy Objects in the Garage

You should never move a heavy object alone. 

Even if it takes one, two, three, or even four extra pairs of hands, you’re still much better off than doing it by yourself. 

The added help will relieve some of that burden and help you move those hefty objects you never could have moved on your own.

Beyond this, you should also remember these age-old lifting tips:

  1. Keep the object you’re lifting close to the hips as you move it.
  2. Maintain a stable, balanced position while you lift and again while you walk.
  3. Make sure you’ve got a good grip on the object; otherwise, it’ll slip right out of your hands.
  4. Always lift with the knees while leaving the back straight. Don’t bend your back when lifting. 
  5. Never twist your back or your body when lifting and moving.

Whether you’re moving heavy plant pots or that old mini-fridge you only use for drinks, these tips and tricks will ensure you  can safely move heavy objects without injury.

Wrapping Up

When all is said and done, nothing is more important than staying safe and following the rules when packing to move a garage. 

If this sounds like way too much to handle, don’t be afraid to call in some help.

Reach out to us for help with packing your garage and leave it to the pros! 

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Ultimate Guide on How to Pack Everything You Own For a Move

Worrying about how to pack everything for your impending move? 

If you have moving anxiety, (and perhaps a teensy bit of procrastination), calm your nerves and use these top packing tips that won’t leave you:

  • Stressed out
  • Dealing with broken/missing items
  • Forced to make (and pay for) multiple round-trips

We’re dishing on everything we’ve learned in over 30 years of packing & moving millions of Texas households.

Here’s how to pack everything you own and have a no-sweat move—no matter where you live or how many items you own!

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For most people, figuring out when and how to start packing is the biggest hurdle. 

Following what we call the P.O.P method will help you conquer the packing process without getting overwhelmed!

Here's how it works:

1. Prioritize

The first step in the P.O.P process is to prioritize what you have to pack and when. 

Do certain items have to be delivered to your second destination or a storage unit? 

Are some pieces heavier or more delicate than others? 

Does something have more intricate parts to disassemble?

Will you need it urgently at your new place (like dishes, towels, or bedsheets)? 

Specialty items (looking at you, Peloton) may need to be dismantled or uninstalled by an experienced representative. This may or may not be someone from the manufacturing company. 

Since these types of pieces will take more time and attention, it’s a good idea to rank them in one of two ways: 

  • Number each item in order of importance
  • Or, add a note indicating either HIGH, MEDIUM, or LOW priority.

Use these tips to create a prioritized home inventory list before you pack:

  1. Do a 5-to-10-minute brainstorm session and list everything you need to pack that’s extra heavy, delicate, valuable, or complicated. 
  2. Then, go room by room and list the rest of your belongings. These remaining items will typically be easier and faster to disassemble and pack.  
  3. Add a HIGH, MEDIUM, or LOW priority note for each item.
  4. Now you’ll know where to start and which pieces will take more or less time to pack!

Note: If you expect to hire professional packers or need help packing anything that’s high-priority, add this in your notes. This serves as a reminder to notify your movers before your move day arrives so you both know what to expect.

2. Organize

Packing without first getting organized is a stressful disaster waiting to happen. Here’s how to make a plan to organize before packing:

  • Determine what supplies you’ll need. Make sure they’re good quality and that you have enough. (TIP: if you’re using old boxes, make sure they’re sturdy before packing them!)
  • Know when and where to get the supplies. Do some research on where to get affordable packing supplies all in one stop. You don’t want to wait on this, especially if you’re moving during a busy season!
  • Gather everything you need to move into your new place. And we mean everything (e.g., a working payment card, keys, paperwork, elevator/equipment reservations, apartment or storage hours, etc.). Getting well-prepared means that a moving company won’t have to charge you to hold items overnight. (While this is 100% legal, it’s very awkward and frustrating for everyone involved).
  • Contact your movers early about any specialty items. Some pieces movers can’t disassemble at all, or without you signing a waiver.  Other items—like Peloton bikes—may need a specialist to uninstall or dismantle them, so do this early.

3. Prepare

This is where things get down to business… You know, the part where you actually pack

Take a look at your home inventory list. Now it’s simply a matter of executing on parts 1 and 2 of the POP Method—Prioritize and Organize—that you’ve already done!

  • Start disassembling and wrapping your highest-priority items.
  • To stay organized, put similar items with each other based on the room (e.g. all dishes in the same box).
  • Mark the sides and top of each box. Include its contents, whether it’s fragile, and which side is up. Labeling helps immensely when you need to figure out which boxes to load without crushing something. (Example: “Kitchen Dishes | FRAGILE | This Side Up” or “Bedroom Canvas Prints | This Side Up”).
  • Continue down the list until you’ve wrapped and packed everything.
  • Clothing can be packed on hangers if they’re in wardrobe boxes/covers, or folded and boxed or packed in suitcases.
  • For anything you need help with, make a note and save it for move day.


If you’re moving in a hurry or trying to stick to a budget, there’s little time to waste on finding the right packing supplies for your move.

Here’s a quick breakdown of what supplies you absolutely need for proper packing, as well as the optional nice-to-haves.

Must-Have Supplies for Packing

How else are you going to dismantle your furniture?

P.S. It’s best to have a case for your tools so you don’t have to put them in a moving box. 

Good boxes will have handle slots; make sure these are sturdy enough for any heavier items!


Bubble wrap and packing paper are crucial for padding your fragile items and filling in spaces to keep them stable.

A good suitcase or non-plastic bag is necessary for storing your essentials (as in, whatever you’ll need immediately in your new home—like toilet paper, toothbrush, medicine, snacks, towels, clothes, etc.)

You’ll definitely need this handy to open packed boxes or zip ties as you unpack.

Optional Packing Supplies

You’ll be using lots of tape and will need to apply it without struggling to peel off the end.

This is good for wrapping appliances or tables that could get scuffed or have smooth surfaces that are difficult to grip.

These are perfect for wrapping around electronics and other heavy but delicate items.

This helps you efficiently move heavy, packed boxes alone or stacked—and in fewer trips.

This wheeled & square-shaped sister tool of the classic dolly is excellent for easily lifting heavy, dense objects to wrap or load them.

Help protect your items with an extra cushion.

These boxes are great for anyone who wants to keep their clothes on hangers while packing.

You’ll really need this for securing larger items inside of a truck. So, unless you’re renting a moving truck on your own, you can skip these.

Nobody wants a dirty mattress, and it’s easier to bag it in a ready-made cover than trying to wrap it with something flimsy.

Sure, you can always use towels or packing paper, but glass/dish packs are a much-sturdier option if you have expensive wine glasses, antique china, or if you really love your dishes.

Why write on your boxes when you can use labels? Labels are terrific for clearly marking fragile items or categorizing contents by room.

While it’s not necessary, chipboard works wonders for reinforcing the tops and bottoms of boxes so your contents arrive at their destination in one piece.

Where To Get Free & Low-Cost Packing Supplies & Moving Boxes

You can find packing supplies that won’t break—or break the bank—at certain stores, like:

  • Your moving company. Tell your movers what you need, and they’ll bring it along!
  • Liquor stores, Bars, or Wineries
  • Furniture stores
  • Dollar stores

Why You Shouldn’t Use Grocery Store Boxes to Pack Furniture

Not only could the boxes have mold or mites, but previously-spilled food or certain allergens could get on your personal belongings and into your new space. You certainly don’t want to deal with bugs or a sticky, stinky, mess on your furniture…

Grocery store boxes are intended only for food. And, since food usually weighs less than standard household objects, grocery boxes are made lighter for one-time use.

They’re also too weak for heavier items and don’t hold up well for packing into a moving truck full of furniture.

The tops aren’t reinforced either.

That means the bottoms could easily fall out or the tops could be crushed with even slight pressure, damaging whatever you pack inside.

So, do yourself a favor and get real moving boxes instead of grocery store boxes!

Tips to Pack Efficiently & Avoid Move Day Headaches

Want to move quickly and be as efficient as possible? Use these tips on how to pack to avoid move-day headaches:

  • Clean and put away dishes and laundry. You definitely don’t want to forget to pack these. 
  • Get a lot more moving boxes than you probably think you’ll need. It never hurts to have more, but not having enough can put you in a last-minute bind.
  • Declutter, donate, & discard whatever you don’t need or haven’t used in at least a year. The less you have to pack, the better.
  • Avoid overloading boxes. If you can’t easily lift it, it’s too heavy. 
  • Seal and label all your packed boxes before movers arrive 
  • Do one last walkthrough to make sure no packed boxes are hidden away in closets or behind doors.  

FAQs: How to Pack Certain Items for Moving

Below is a breakdown of everything you wanted to know about how to prep and pack certain items for moving.

How Do I Pack My Garage & Lawn Equipment?

Garages are notorious for clutter, so try to clean out and discard as much as you can while packing this area.

Your garage is also where your heaviest and sharpest items usually are. 

That’s why having sturdy, high-quality supplies—like reinforced boxes or chipboard, moving blankets, tarps, and packing tape—is essential to pack your lawn and garage equipment the right way.

Here are some tips for packing items found in your garage:

  • Movers can’t transport fuel, like gasoline or propane tanks. Since it’s dangerous to transport that on your own, try draining or using up any fuel before you move, especially fuel in lawnmovers.
  • Double-bag any liquids or soil that could leak. Line a moving box with a contractor’s bag, then reinforce the top with chipboard so that nothing smashes it from above and causes more spillage.
  • Triple- or double-wrap any sharp, exposed edges with bubble wrap and/or stretch wrap.
  • Use zip ties or packing tape to bind long handles of rakes, brooms, and garden tools together, then cover the ends with garbage bags.
  • To keep cords organized, tie them together using a zip tie. You can also put them in a zipped bag or box with a label.
  • Keep tools in their toolbox. This is the best method for ensuring your tools are secure and won’t knock around against other items. Don’t have a toolbox? Wrap them individually with packing paper, fill empty spaces with padding, and reinforce the box with chipboard. Don’t overpack the box because it could be too difficult to carry and cause the bottom to fall out.

Can I Keep My Clothes Inside Drawers When Moving?

No, it’s not a good idea to move your clothes inside drawers instead of removing and packing them.
Whenever you can, remove your clothes from drawers as you pack.

Sure, it may seem inconvenient, but it’s not nearly as bad as hauling an unnecessarily heavy dresser… Or having to find/replace clothing that ripped or got stuck behind shifting drawers.

There are alternatives, however, like:

  • Using wardrobe boxes or bags to keep them on hangers.
  • Folding your clothes and packing them in moving boxes
  • Vacuum-sealing your clothes and stuffing them in suitcases.

Why you should empty your dresser drawers before moving:

  • Removing & packing items separately gives you a chance to declutter.
  • It relieves unnecessary weight.
  • Lighter furniture is less problematic to maneuver and load.
  • This makes your move easier and faster.
  • Reduces the chance of breaking or scratching furniture, floors, or walls.
  • It is much safer to transport without you or your movers getting an injury.
  • There’s zero chance of your items being damaged or ripped inside shifting drawers.

How Do I Pack Shoes for Moving?

You can pack shoes in one of the following ways:

  • Reuse their original shoeboxes (if you kept them)
  • Place them individually in cloth or plastic bags and pack in moving boxes
  • For boots, wrap and place them longways at the top or bottom of your boxes so they fit without being smushed or folded

Another plus to using wardrobe boxes: extra packing space for your shoes!

Shoes can also be packed in the bottom of wardrobe boxes to ensure they’re transported without damage. It’s also great for keeping all your clothing together and organized for your new closet.

Not sure how to wrap shoes for packing? Use the burrito method!

Supplies you’ll need: packing paper, tape, & large boxes.

  1. Take one shoe, fold it over once in packing paper
  2. Add the second shoe on top, & fold it over in packing paper once.
  3. Bring the sides in, continue rolling until there’s no more excess paper.
  4. Pack them flat and tightly in your box to avoid shifting.
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How to pack shoes using the burrito method

How Do I Pack Lamps for Moving?

To pack lamps well, try dismantling them down to their smallest parts first. 

Wrap them tightly, then pad extra space within boxes to prevent damage. After all, you’ll need working lights in your new place, right?

Here are some enlightening tips on how to pack lamps for moving:

  • Disassemble lamps into smaller pieces. Keep the small parts together in a labeled zip bag. If they’re fragile pieces, wrap and cushion them with packing paper first
  • Pack light bulbs inside something hard. Wrap them—socks work great—and place into a sturdy plastic box (like a thick food storage container). Even if they somehow do get crushed, the thin glass won’t cut through and make a mess.
  • Top off the packed box with chipboard under the lid, before sealing. Fill in any extra spaces with foam inserts or lots of packing paper.  If you’re placing a delicate lamp body in a moving box, this will prevent it from being crushed from above.

How Do I Pack Jewelry & Valuables for Moving?

Legitimate moving companies will have policies in place to avoid potential theft or accusations of theft.

This means they’ll always ask you to move your own valuables

Such movers won’t even touch items that are expensive or that could easily be damaged/lost, so be prepared to pack these yourself. 

There are special containers designed for transporting jewelry. You can invest in them, or you can get crafty and use any number of items you probably already have lying around:

  • Put smaller jewelry pieces into heavy, solid cups (the metal kind that would be near impossible to break). Then, top the cups with packing paper. Finally, secure them with tape.
  • Try wrapping individual pieces in plastic, then putting them into a sturdy, lined box or a sealed, waterproof bag.
  • Thread an open necklace through a paper straw, clasping the ends together to secure it and prevent tangles.
  • Use pill organizers or egg cartons stuffed generously with packing paper, then taped together to secure it. Jewelry packed in this way should go into a sturdy box so it’s not crushed.
  • Get a portable lockbox or lockable filing cabinet to transport important documents.

Note: No matter how you pack your valuables, it’s imperative that you put them in the locked trunk of your car.  If you can’t lock your trunk during move day, do not leave your vehicle unattended.

How Do I Pack Dishes & Glassware for Moving?

With all the wrapping involved, you may need more time to pack fragile items like dishes and glassware. 

However, if you’re using these items on a daily basis, you can wait until the night before or the morning of your move to pack them. 

Consider spending a little extra on dish or glass separators if you have particularly expensive or sentimental pieces.

Or simply follow the steps in the video below!

[VIDEO] How to Pack Wine Glasses for Moving

How Do I Prepare Appliances to Move?

At least 24 hours prior to your move, unplug and drain/defrost major appliances (i.e., laundry machines, refrigerators, freezers)

If you aren’t hiring movers, wrap items with thin blankets or stretch wrap to prevent scuffing or dents.

As far as your laundry dryer, it’s a good idea to clean the dryer vent while you’re preparing appliances to move. 

Cleaning it doesn’t take long, but letting debris build up is actually a fire hazard, so why not do it anyway?

Do I Have to Pack Plants for Moving?

Due to state regulations movers legally cannot transport live plants in the back of their trucks. 

You’ll have to pack and transport plants yourself. However, this doesn’t mean that movers won’t assist you.

To help you pack potted plants, movers will typically do one or both of the following:

  • Movers may help you wrap potted plants so that soil doesn’t spill out and tendrils aren’t damaged. 
  • Movers may offer to load your potted plants into your vehicle. 
  1. A hardy floor tarp for your backseat and floor
  2. 2 garbage bags per plant.
  3. Some zip ties
  1. Make sure there is no standing water in the basin of the pot that could spill out. The soil should be relatively dry.
  2. *If you have a wheel dolly (if not, skip to step 3): Lift the potted plant from the base onto the wheel dolly. 
  3. Place 1 garbage bag over the top of the plant, wrapping it lightly so it’s not damaged.
  4. Put another garbage bag around the base where the potted soil is located. Wrap the bottom tightly so the soil won’t fall out. 
  5. Use zip ties to secure both garbage bags at the base or narrowest part of the plant.

What Should I Not Pack for a  Move?

Imagine settling into your new place after a long, tiring day of moving.

Do you really want to rummage through boxes to find towels for a much-needed shower at the end of the day?!

What about your pillows and bedsheets?

Didn’t think so. 

Here’s what you should and shouldn’t pack up when moving:

  • Don’t box up anything that you’ll absolutely need immediately after your move or the next day. 
  • Make a grab bag or suitcase that’s easily accessible and full of your essentials for at least the next day. Pack things like toilet paper, medicines, glasses, children’s supplies, snacks, bed linens, towels, cosmetics/toiletries, clothing and underwear. 
  • Don’t pack them in a box. They’ll blend in with other boxes and be harder to find, and you’ll want to move quickly when preparing to rest.

Follow this advice, and you’ll be able to comfortably relax as soon as you arrive!

Will Movers Pack Things for Me?

The short answer is, YES! 

Movers will pack your belongings.

At 3 Men Movers, and with other companies, the professional team of packers may be distinct from the moving crew. For others or in certain locations, they may be one and the same. 

Either way, we highly recommend you call and notify your moving company first. There’s zero shame in needing a moving company to help you pack—but try not to spring it on your movers at the last minute or day of your move. 

If you have a home inventory sheet, discuss it with your moving company in advance. This will help you both determine what they can and cannot pack and move for you. 

What Won’t Movers Pack?

While movers love to help, there are certain things movers can’t pack and transport due to state guidelines. In Texas, these items include:

  • Cash, jewelry 
  • Chemicals
  • Live Plants 
  • Living animals
  • Anything infested by insects or mold
  • Items soiled by human/animal bodily fluids
  • Live ammunition
  • Fuel or gases
  • Loaded, unsecured weapons
  • Very large equipment (our limit is often 600 lbs., but this is ultimately left to the crew leader’s discretion)

You should plan on transporting items like cash/valuables, live plants or pets in your own vehicle, so load up wisely!

How Do I Pack & Load a Moving Truck?

Packing a rented truck?  The most important thing you’ll need to keep in mind is to load the heaviest items on the bottom first.

Similar to packing your boxes, you’ll want to fill all available space when loading your moving truck, too. 

When you’re packing, try not to leave gaps between, around, or above your items (especially the fragile ones). 

Even if your things are well-wrapped, space gaps make items unstable and lead to shifting. Shifting leads to damages, and that’s the last thing you want to deal with when settling in your new space.

Wrapping Up

If you’ve made it this far, congrats! 

You’ve now learned everything you need to know to start packing for your move like a pro. 

Use these tips for planning and packing efficiently, and to ensure you’re packing specific items the right way. 

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Easy, Expert Advice on How to Pack For A Move

Want easy advice on how to pack for your next move? 

We get it: just thinking about how to pack for a move is enough to become overwhelmed.  

Packing up your things efficiently can make an enormous difference in the quality of your move—and your stress levels, too. 

Check out our best professional advice on how to make packing for a move much easier.

Tip #1: Pack With the End in Mind

Our in-house moving expert, Norma, has seen it all when it comes to her long career in resolving claims from moving companies. 

She recommends deliberately thinking about your move and your destination as you pack. This helps avoid frustrations with broken items, misunderstandings, or generally feeling worn out on your move day.

Before you start, ask yourself these questions to efficiently guide your packing process:

  • Are my items packed to reduce the chance of possible damage during transit?
  • Is the top of this box sturdy or does it need chipboard so the items inside won’t get crushed?
  • Will I need extra supplies (like bubble wrap, packing paper, or blankets) to pack this box without empty spaces?
  • Do I really need to keep this item? Can it be donated, recycled, or discarded instead?
  • Where will I put these items in my new space?
  • Can this item be folded up? Do I have the right tools to take it apart, or will I need my movers' help?
  • this packed box be placed so it’s easily accessible at my destination?
  • Do I have a supply bag ready for snacks, minor first aid, water, etc. for moving day?
  • Will I need this item on the day of my move date? Can it be boxed now or should it go in my essentials bag?
  • Can movers look and know instantly what’s inside the box and where it goes?
  • Is each box filled with similar items of the rooms they’re intended for (e.g. cosmetics in a box for the bathroom)? Or are different items in the box?
  • Which room is this packed box going in?
  • Did I label boxes as FRAGILE or color-code the box with the room it goes in?
  • Are all my expensive and personal items packed in a box that only I will transport?

Tip #2: Organize Before & While You Pack

We get it… You prefer to pack for your move by yourself because you’re simply more comfortable that way.

There are still some best practices you may want to keep in mind so your items (and your movers) don’t get mixed up. That will only be more of a headache when you have to unpack at your new place!

Here’s how to stay organized while packing so that moving and unpacking are easier:

  • Create (or download) a packing checklist. This will help you keep track of what to pack & how to pack, how many boxes you have, and any supplies that you need.
  • Declutter before you decide what to pack. Now is the perfect time to sift through those unworn clothes or that kitchen junk drawer. Pack only what you want to keep; for the things you don’t want: donate them or have a garage sale!
  • Pack your items room-by-room. Start with your i-used room first, and stick with it.
  • Keep track of smaller parts and pieces. As you disassemble certain items, place the small pieces into a sturdy zipper bag or small box and label it (e.g. put your cables and Roku in a box labeled: For office TV ).
  • Make a grab bag of essential items for a long moving day. Even if you don’t anticipate a long day, it helps to be prepared. Having items like snacks, water, toilet paper, and a toiletry bag is crucial when you still haven’t unpacked everything a day after moving, or if your move into a new place experiences any hiccups.

Tip #3: Deep-Clean Your Pet Supplies 

Pet supplies—like kennels, doghouses, pet beds, litter boxes, etc— should be thoroughly cleaned

Sure, cleaning pet items sounds like common courtesy (no one wants to move a scratch post splotched with hairballs) but it’s more than that. 

Imagine that your movers arrive, ready to go. 

But wait!

One sneeze after another, followed by a fit of coughing suddenly overtakes one of your 3-4 person crew, until the poor soul is scrambling for his allergy medication. 

Now, not only are you now concerned for the guy, but you’re wondering how his uncontrollable reaction will impact your schedule.

You may think it sounds melodramatic, but movers are people too…  

Besides, medical studies show that 10-20% of people have some kind of allergy to dogs or cats1.

Even if you think that your hypoallergenic furbaby isn't to blame, just know that A) that's not supported by science, and B) the problem is the protein in their saliva—not their fur or dead skin cells. 

Ironically, for dog-lovers, allergies to man’s best friend tend to be more severe, more often. This all the more reason to intensively clean your pet supplies before your movers arrive!

Note: At 3 Men Movers, we personally do our best to not match moving crew members with pet allergies to homes with pets. However, there’s no guarantee who will show up if you go with another company. Even if you choose another moving company, let them know if you have any animals in the house and need any pet supplies moved. 

Tip #4: Prepare Childrens’ Furniture

Furniture and equipment for kids are usually simple to move if they're also foldable. 

Check the instruction manual and see if it can be folded for easier transportation and loading onto a truck. 

Don’t have the original guide? Look at the manufacturer’s website. They’ll typically have a downloadable copy or, even better: tutorial videos!

Even if a piece can’t be folded, most child equipment is easily dismantled with a few basic house tools. You definitely don’t want to wait until the day before moving to find out you need something specific to dismantle, prepare, and transport your child’s things. 

So if you can prepare and pack your kid’s items before the day of your move, it will be much easier for movers to quickly haul and load them into the moving truck. 

Note about packing kids’ equipment: 

You’re probably wondering if movers can just handle this for you.

Well, it depends. 

A preteen’s bedroom furniture isn’t a problem for most movers to break down and pack up. However, other pieces, like infant cribs or playground sets, are high-risk to safely disassemble and reassemble for future use.

Because such items can vary so widely in their manufacturing and parts—and everyone wants kids to be safe—many reputable companies won’t even risk it.

Moving companies that do agree will often have you sign a waiver releasing them of responsibility in case something goes wrong. 

For this reason, we recommend that you do one of the following to dismantle and pack child equipment:

  1. Do it yourself with guidance from the manual; or
  2. Have a representative of the equipment manufacturer handle it

You and your family’s safety is the highest priority of any movers worth their salt.

Naturally, you want your children's furniture to be as secure as possible for them. So, unless everyone in the moving crew is highly experienced and specifically trained to assemble a wide range of kid’s equipment, doing one of the two options above is the safest method to move children's furniture. 

Tip #5: To Move Faster, Pack Certain Items Yourself  

Of course, the more you have to move, the longer movers will take. (The same goes for when you’re moving without professionals.) 

Whether or not you’re paying for moving assistance, you want your move to be fairly quick, and definitely painless. 

If you have restrictions on when to move into an apartment or condominium, timing is even more crucial. Specialty or fragile items will take more time to pack up. So it’s a good idea to start with those before your move day if you want to pace yourself.

Here's what we recommend you pack yourself, and how to do it efficiently:

  • Pack valuables—like jewelry, money, passports—by yourself. Trustworthy movers have policies to not move such items that could easily be damaged or lost. You can easily handle these by wrapping individual pieces in plastic, then putting them into a sturdy, lined box or a sealed, waterproof bag.
  • Put cosmetics and toiletries into a plastic zip bag or case. If powder or liquid spills out, it won’t make a horrible mess as long as the bag is sealed. 
  • Disassemble lamps & items with multiple pieces. More complicated items with smaller, removable parts take longer to pack. Get a head start and keep the small parts together in a labeled zip bag. 
  • Pack light bulbs inside something hard- Wrap them—socks work great—and place into a sturdy plastic box (like a thick food storage container). Even if they somehow do get crushed, the thin glass won’t cut through and make a mess. 
  • Keep power cords and other adapters together. You’ll definitely need them at the new place, so pack them in the same box or baggie labeled for each room.

Tip #6: Hire Professional Packers For Extra Help

If you are in a serious time crunch, consider reaching out to a local moving company that also offers packing services.

Moving companies, like ours, for example, may even offer partial packing services

So if you’ve made some headway, but your move date is getting closer, hiring professionals to do your remaining packing can still keep your move on schedule. 

Here are some advantages to hiring movers to pack for you:

  • Your packing service can be personalized. Hence, the partial packing services. Yes, you can ask movers to pack as little or as much as you desire, or only certain rooms!
  • Professional packers are experienced with a variety of items. So unless they’re rookies, they’ll intuitively know how to pack and move faster than the average person.
  • Packers bring their own supplies. While you’ll probably have an upcharge for using a company’s supplies, your things will be protected in moving boxes and wrap of higher quality than a flimsy grocery store box or trash bag. It's also a bonus if you don’t have the original box for a big TV or appliance!

Read More: What to Expect From Professional Packers

25 Tried-and-True Packing Tips for Preparing to Move

No matter what kind of move you’re having, some things never change. 

In general, these packing tips will make your move easier no matter what:

  1. Schedule your move at least 30 days in advance. This gives you more time to plan, pack, and clean so you're less overwhelmed.
  2. Get your packing supplies in advance. If you're moving during peak season (a.k.a, summertime) it may be harder to find enough packing tape and moving boxes. You also want to ensure you have the right amount of blankets or bubble wrap for more fragile items.
  3. Do one room at a time. Focus on your least-used items in your least-used rooms first.
  4. Pack a little each day. This only works if you actually schedule your move well in advance. Otherwise, you’ll have to scramble to pack or hire help. 
  5. Do laundry before move day. You’ll certainly want clean clothes and towels after hours of moving into your new place. Besides, clean towels will come in handy for packing...
  6. Use clean towels to pack fragile items. Wrap and stuff empty spaces using towels. Avoid using newspaper, which is too thin to keep delicates from breaking. Plus, ink can and will stain
  7. Pack your cleaning supplies and snacks last. You’ll probably want to eat or spruce up your new space a bit while you unpack. That’s why we highly recommend having dish and hand soap, paper towels, snacks, and a box cutter or scissors in your own vehicle.
  8. Mark the top and all sides of fragile boxes. It helps to quickly and easily spot delicate packages so they’re not compromised when loading up the truck.
  9. Color-code & number the boxes for intended rooms. This helps those packing and unloading the truck know where your boxes go—which also helps them move faster (e.g. red for fragile, blue for kid’s things, boxes labeled #4 are for the kitchen.) 
  10. Fold or vacuum-seal clothes in luggage. You’ll save space and use fewer boxes—and a suitcase helps protect your clothing. Don’t forget to remove any luggage tags that could get snagged during transport!
  11. Use wardrobe boxes or garment bags. Don’t like the idea of folding or vacuum-sealing clothes into a suitcase? Try wardrobe boxes or bags to keep your clothes on hangers. You’ll still need to put them inside moving boxes, but this makes it easier to pack and unpack!
  12. Prepare your major appliances 24 hours before moving. Taking your refrigerator and laundry units along? They’ll need to be disconnected at least 24 hours before your move day. Movers should wrap large appliances in shrink-wrap and/or use moving blankets to prevent scuffing or slipping.
  13. \Take inventory of your packed boxes. It’s not enough to make a mental note if anything goes wrong. Write down the number of packed boxes you have (a sticky note or app on your smartphone helps).
  14. Do a final walkthrough of your old space. Before taping up your last few boxes, make sure that nothing gets left behind. Open all closets and drawers, check the yard, attic, and above cabinets in case any last-minute things need packing.
  15. Set aside a space for packed boxes that are ready to go. Yes, it’s for safety—but it also helps if movers don't have to do an obstacle course to load your boxes into the truck☺. It also saves you time and money if you're paying by the hour.

Wrapping Up

Much of the advice around packing for a move hinges on a simple concept: Easy for movers = less time and money you have to spend! 

 Even if you decide you don’t have time to use all of this advice and properly pack, that's no reason to worry. Remember, you still have the option to hire professionals

Packing to move doesn't have to be a headache. Doing it right can save you loads of time and cash. If you haven’t started because you feel overwhelmed, simply follow these easy tips on how to pack for a move!


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What to Know (& Do) Before Hiring Professional Packers


If you’ve got competing priorities, you should strongly consider hiring professional packers before your next move. 

Imagine: You’re moving in a week and have been so busy with work and life, you haven’t packed a thing. 

Literally, nothing. At all.  

The good news is that you can simply call your moving company to handle it all. No stress! 


What Happens When You Hire Packers For Moving:

Obviously, moving companies will differ in their approaches. But this is generally the process you can expect when booking a packing service:

  1. Company will do an inventory/ walk-through
  2. 3-4 packers will start 1 day before—or the day of—your move
  3. Teams bring their own supplies or use any you provide
  4. Packers will pack and/or unpack your items room by room
  5. Unpackers will organize everything—especially kitchens & closets
  6. If unpacking, teams will discard any garbage or debris
  7. At 3 Men Movers, you sign the packers in and out to approve time

Read More: Need Movers Who Pack for You? Know This First 

How Much It Costs to Hire Professional Packers & Unpackers

Professional movers who pack for you will typically charge by the hour. 

For most companies—us included—that price is the same as the hourly rate for their moving services. 

Costs for packing services can range from $140 to over $200. 

Factors That Impact How Much You’ll Pay for Packers

  • Seasonal demand—like peak seasons or holidays
  • Day of the week
  • Number of packing crewmates (fewer might be pricier)
  • Roundtrip travel fee
  • Packing supplies

As far as the travel fee, it’s usually roundtrip based on getting the packers from their facility to your place. 

If you’re hiring a team to unpack as well, expect the same charge included for the destination. This is especially true if the packers are arriving separately from the moving crew, or if packers are coming on a day different from your actual move.  

Some companies also charge based on the number of crew members. So, it’s extremely important that you give your moving company enough notice and information to have the right supplies and people to pack your things. 


Should I Hire Cheap Professional Packers?

There’s definitely a keyword here…

Hiring packers for moving your stuff means you should have true professionals

If not, it will show in poorly packed (and possibly broken) items. 

Then, that cheap price won’t even be worth it!

Skip any companies that cannot answer basic questions about their packing service—like the packers’ experience handling certain items, whether they conduct criminal background checks, or what policies apply if your things are stolen or damaged.

Also consider what you’re getting by hiring true professionals to pack or unpack for you. 

For instance, here at 3 Men Movers, all unpacking services include free organization

So you don’t have to deal with the dreaded kitchen and pantry after a long day of moving!


Your Packing Service Can Be Personalized 

On the day of your move (or the day before), a packing crew will pack as much or as little as you want.

You can ask movers to pack your entire house or apartment, or even one or two rooms…like that closet that has been collecting random things for years, or the kitchen where packing delicate glassware is a tedious, but super important task.


Movers and Packers Should Have Professional Training

Some companies will have a separate team to pack. 

Others will factor the service into your appointment time and your moving crew will complete both the pack and your move.  

No matter how your chosen moving company provides the service, any movers who pack and load your belongings should be trained. With new technology and products coming out every year or so, crews with up-to-date, professional training should be able to keep their packing skills sharp.      


You May Still Need to Prepare Before Packers Arrive

Even if you want a hands-off packing experience, it’s smart to take stock of what you own and prepare accordingly before movers arrive. 

Ultimately, only you know what you want to take with you before the movers or packers even start.

 So, it’s best to find out if anything needs special treatment before your movers and packers arrive.

It could be something delicate… Something that is physically installed on the wall or floor… Or, an instrument case you just need to get out of the storage closet.

Even if it’s as simple as cleaning or setting out special cases or packaging, use the time before your packers come to prepare wisely.

Not all moving companies will move certain items. Still, other items may need to be taken apart by a special contractor or the manufacturer before movers can pack and handle them. (Like those Peloton bikes, for instance).

By communicating important information with the movers who will pack for you, your move day will run a lot more smoothly!

So, take note and tell the packing crew if you have any of the following:

  • Items that must be mechanically removed (e.g. a bolted-down gun safe)
  • Heavy items that may need wrapping to avoid scuffs
  • Antique or sentimental items
  • Canvas art & TVs that need special boxes
  • Child beds & play equipment should have manuals or be reassembled by you
  • Specialty medical devices or musical instruments
  • Potted plants or sharp, hefty outdoor gear 

Before packers arrive, it’s also a good idea to see what existing supplies or old packaging you have. 

It will be much easier and faster to move that 50-inch flatscreen TV or wine collection if you have the original boxes! 


Packing Services Are Hourly & Upgradeable

Virtually all moving companies charge hourly for packing. 

At 3 Men Movers, there is a 2-hour minimum for booking a packing service. 

This means clients book our packers for at least two hours—not that packing will take only two hours (which is impossible for a mover to claim, anyway.) 

It also ensures the entire job justifies the cost and time investment taken by the packing crews and you, the client. 

But, you’ll be so glad you did it. 

That’s at least 2 hours you can be doing other things!

Movers can also unpack for you. Want a truly hands-off, worry-free moving experience? Ask about upgrading your service to include unpacking at your destination. 

Here’s how our unpacking service works:

A team of 3 professionals come out the day after or the day of your move. 

Then, they speedily unpack and organize everything precisely how you want it. 

At the end, they’ll even haul off the boxes and trash. This way, your new place will feel like home right away. Plus, you can relax without having to stare at boxes cluttering up your new space.

WATCH: Timelapse of a 3 Men Movers Packing Service


Packers Should Be Well-Prepared With Supplies

Everything will be labeled, well-organized, and packed with the utmost expert care.  

No matter which moving company you hire to help you pack, some parts of a packing service are a given. 

For example, enough hands should show up. It’s the company’s responsibility to send the appropriate number of packers to get the job done— in the way you prefer and in a timely manner. 

For us here at 3 Men Movers, our packing service includes three professionally trained packers. Four crew members will help pack your belongings if you book one of our Super-Sized® moving trucks. (They clock in at 48-feet long.)  

Also, most teams will bring their own supplies. So, it’s no sweat if you don’t have your own. 

If you do have a preference, packers can use any supplies you have on hand. Definitely consider using the original packaging for items requiring safe and clean transportation—like canvas art, rugs, electronics, kitchenware, and more.

Prior to the packers arriving, you can also ask to purchase specialty boxes or materials directly from your moving company. Most movers either sell or know where to get moving supplies like tape, blankets, bubble wrap, packing paper, etc. 

Get Boxes, Tape, & More at Our Moving Supply Shop!  

Whatever you choose, make sure your packers know what and how much they’ll be packing, so they can bring the appropriate supplies!


Wrapping Up

By now you should be prepared and confident to book a fantastic packing service that will take loads of worry from your shoulders.

Even better: if this is your first time booking this type of service where movers pack for you, you’ll know exactly what to expect!

Need Movers Who Pack for You? Know This First

Yes, there really are movers who pack for you. You can hire them, and not break a sweat with a box.

Packing is one of the worst parts of moving. Since packing can take a lot of time and effort, lots of people hate that part. Luckily, you don’t have to do it if you don’t want to!

Read on to learn more about what to expect from movers who pack your things, what movers won’t pack, how to know if you should hire movers to pack, and how much the service typically costs. 

Will a Moving Company Pack All My Stuff?

This is a question we hear a lot. As difficult as it may be to believe, it’s true! You can absolutely find movers who will pack everything you didn’t get a chance to do on your own. 

Virtually all full-service moving companies will be glad to carefully wrap, secure, and box up your items before loading them on their own truck or your rental. 

Read More: What to Know (& Do) Before Hiring Professional Packers

Are There Movers Who Unpack, Too?!


After all, what’s better than having someone unpack all the things you’re too tired to do after a long day of moving?

Unpacking at your final destination may not be as common a service option as packing, but it does exist. 

For example, not only do we offer unpacking services, but we also throw in free organizing for those who want a completely hands-off, no-hassle moving experience.

(Yes, it’s as nice as it sounds.) 

What Movers Will Not Pack For You

Hiring movers to pack and unpack is not an all-or-nothing type of service. So, if there are pieces you feel particularly sentimental about and would rather handle yourself, just let them know.  

However, there are some things that most moving companies either won’t or [legally] cannot pack.

Things that movers won’t pack:

  • Cash, jewelry (it’s best to transport these in your own vehicle)
  • Chemicals
  • Live Plants 
  • Living animals
  • Anything that shows signs of insect infestation or mold
  • Items soiled by human/animal bodily fluids
  • Live ammunition
  • Weapons
  • Very large equipment (often limited to 600 lbs.)

Some of these are items that no moving company will touch (think: chemical barrels or furniture containing roaches or bedbugs).

But some companies train personnel and specialize in moving certain things—like a vehicle, for instance.  Be sure to seek out a specialty moving company if you do need help moving such an item. 

Read More: Things Our Movers Cannot Move


How Much Does a Packing Service Cost?

Packing services from moving companies are usually based on an hourly rate. This rate is often separate from your move since it’s considered a separate service. 

Why an hourly rate?

Not everyone needs or even wants packing services, so they’re always priced separately. 

Additionally, most people own many more items than they realize. A 2-bedroom home may take longer than a 3-bedroom home or apartment depending on how much stuff is inside.  

The time it takes to fully pack will dramatically influence your moving time, and ultimately, the cost

This is even more true if you’re not packing everything on your own.

Having movers who pack completely handle your stuff means you’re less likely to realize how much time it really takes.

Costs of packing and unpacking services will vary by the moving company, which is why you should be 100% clear on what you’re getting before committing. 

Here at 3 Men Movers, packing is based on our hourly moving rate, which can vary by the day of the week.  

What to Do Before Packers Arrive

After booking your packing (or unpacking) services with your chosen movers, here are the best things to do before your packers arrive:

  1. Set out any moving supplies & boxes you already have
  2. Open all closets & drawers so packers can see everything
  3. Clean & declutter as much as you can

How Soon Should I Book Movers to Pack For Me?

Depending on what you need, it’s ideal to book packers to help you 1-2 days before your intended move day.

If you have a few things or need last-minute assistance that you didn’t anticipate, ask if the packers can come in the morning and schedule your move for the afternoon. 

However, if you only have a few things, ask yourself if you should even hire packers or just find the time to do it yourself.

Before hiring professional packers, stop and consider whether the service is really worth it for the amount of items and free time you have. What else is included? Are there any extra charges?

If you’re in a bind, reach out to us and we’ll accommodate you however we can!

Try to plan your packing in advance so your crew has more time to move you on the day you desire (or need to be out). Planning is a good idea no matter if you’re packing on your own or hiring help. 

Movers may not be experienced in packing, and many won’t move loose and/or breakable items. That’s why it’s important that everything you want to move is prepared and ready to go at the time of your appointment. 

Happy moving!


Read Next: Want an Efficient Move? Avoid These Packing Mistakes


Best & Worst Ways to Pack Ahead for a Move

Trying to pack ahead for a move can be overwhelming. Depending on how many things you own, you may even feel tempted to procrastinate. 

But, packing all your stuff definitely isn’t something you want to do the day before you move—especially if you don’t know what to do!

If you’re wondering where to start, read this guide for advice on right and wrong ways to pack ahead before a move. You can also check out Episode 1 of our YouTube video series, Master Your Move

In the video interview and post below, Norma, one of our Moving Experts has a unique background in claims which gives her great insight on how to pack for a move early to prevent damage.  She’s passionate about helping people simplify their moves and keep them damage-claim free by knowing what to expect and what to do before a move.

So, read on to learn what and how to pack ahead of your movers’ arrival!




Packing Do’s: Best Ways to Pack Ahead of Time for a Move 

No matter how you plan on moving, if you’re not hiring packers, it’s a great idea to do some packing yourself.

It’s equally important to pack correctly. This will reduce the chance that any accidents or injuries occur during your move. 

Here are the best tips for packing ahead of your move—and how to do it right so you don’t waste time or damage your stuff. 

1. Fold or Vacuum-Seal Clothes in Luggage

Movers will move practically anything (anything that’s not illegal or a safety liability). Lucky for you, that includes luggage and suitcases!

Instead of worrying about what you’re going to do with your wardrobe, break out your travel luggage and use it to pack clean clothes before your move. 

Your suitcase is much safer than a box, so this is a great way to protect any fabric that is thin, beaded, fringed, delicate, or otherwise expensive. 

If you have a vacuum-sealer bag system, you can get even more clothing into your suitcase.

Remember to remove any luggage tags or attachments that could get snagged during your move. 

2. Use Towels to Perfectly Wrap Dishes for Moving

Contrary to what some YouTubers say, if you’re wondering how to move bowls and dishes, simply stacking them in a box is not a good idea.

Newspapers are often way too thin to keep dishes from rattling around, then chipping or breaking. So, Norma recommends wrapping dishes in bath towels and marking the box FRAGILE as much as possible: 

“Definitely mark the box as much as possible. Usually, the top and the side of the box are best to mark… Again, the movers are going to move very quickly. They’re used to [our] packers labeling the box all the way around, right. So they just look at it and see what’s fragile…It’s good to make it very legible: easy to read, quick to read.”


3. Color-Code Boxes & Number New Rooms 

Whether it’s a bright permanent marker, colorful tape, or your kid’s school paint, color-coding your boxes can speed up your move.

Movers find it helpful to know where boxes go based on their color labels, which helps them move faster (example: red for fragile items, blue for baby toys, etc.) 

Take it up a notch and also write numbers on boxes based on the rooms you want them in at your new destination.

Then, use a sticky note or wall-safe tape to mark the rooms with the matching box numbers.

4. How to Pack Plants for Moving

Legally, movers aren’t allowed to move any potted plants in the back of the truck.

“It’s under the Texas Department of Transportation Rules and Regulations,” Norma explains.

“We do help customers move them, but we just put them into their vehicles so they can safely get them moved.”  

If you have to move a potted plant, invest in a good floor tarp for your backseat because you’ll probably have to move it in your vehicle. 

5. Disassemble & Pack Your Lamps Early

Lamps might not seem like a big deal until you’re paying movers by the hour and they have to stop and take them all apart. 

For more complicated items like lamps with removable or small parts, your move will go much faster if you break it down and wrap any pieces long before your movers arrive. 

6. Prepare Child and Pet Equipment 

Kiddie equipment is simple to move if it’s foldable, and disassembling child furniture before your move will make it easier for movers to stow it on the truck

However, there are some things no reputable, professional crew will move, (like cribs or playgrounds).

Items like these are too high-risk to disassemble and reassemble, mostly because they vary so widely in their manufacturing, parts, etc. Improperly reassembled cribs or play equipment can seriously injure children, so it’s not a good idea to let just anyone do it.  If you can’t do it on your own, we highly suggest getting a representative or contractor from the manufacturing company to reassemble child beds, playgrounds, dressers, and more.

Movers are people too, and lots of people are allergic to pets.

To make your move go faster, make sure pet supplies—like kennels, doghouses, scratch posts, litterboxes, etc—are clean and disassembled/ folded if possible.

The cleaning part is especially important. 

Even so-called hypoallergenic pet breeds carry allergens that can cause an attack in people who are allergic. 

You don’t want a mover to have an allergic reaction or have to pause your move while you pay by the hour.  

7. Clear a Walking Path For Your Movers

So you already packed and have everything ready to go except the larger stuff? Great! The last thing to do before your movers arrive to clear a path so they can get to work. Besides being a safety hazard, having boxes in the way won’t make your move as efficient.

Moving crews tend to load the heaviest items into their trucks first, so it’s essential for them to have access to these and to the exits. Transfer packed boxes off to the side or against the walls of a bare area. 

The clock is ticking! So if movers have to remove obstacles that are in the way of your larger furniture, it will take longer and cost more. 


Packing Don’ts: Mistakes May Cost You Time, Money (or both)

Packing the wrong way can end up causing your move to move slower than normal.

Poor packing can alsoresult in damages that would be prevented with good planning, materials, or techniques. 

1. Having Open Boxes Lying Around 

Having open boxes is a big no-no.


Movers are coming into your home to work quickly

If you haven’t reserved packing services—which is best done before movers arrive—it will take longer to seal and stack open boxes.

Professional movers don’t stow open boxes in their trucks where items could fall out and get lost, become damaged, or cause damages.

Additionally, not all professional movers are also trained in proper packing techniques. (At 3 Men Movers, we train all of our crews to pack the right way, but you’ll need to ask your preferred company about their procedures.)

Movers also may think you’re not finished and will be storing these items in your personal vehicle, which can lead to issues with how they load the truck. 

Either way, having unsealed or open boxes lying around will only slow down your move

Whenever possible, try to disassemble any pieces that are oddly shaped and won’t fit in a basic moving box. If you need help disassembling or wrapping an item, ask your movers!

2. Keeping Your Clothes In Dresser Drawers 

Despite the fact that this is a huge ‘don’t’, unfortunately, many people do this a lot

In fact, other less-experienced or less-careful movers may even tell you it’s ok to leave your clothing inside of dresser drawers.  But our response will always be the same: avoid leaving clothing or other items in drawers.

This is an accident waiting to happen because anything that most people keep in a dresser (like jewelry, perfume bottles, clothing, etc) can all get ripped, broken, or even fall in the dreaded, hard-to-reach nether-space behind the drawers.

Norma sums up the problem simply:

“When the movers are tilting the dollies back and maneuvering [a dresser]—to where they have to turn it on its side—all the weight falls to the bottom or toward the tilt, and it causes a high risk for damages. Not just to walls and the floors that we’re traveling through, but also to the actual items that are in the drawers. They could fall to the back, and depending on how delicate it is… It could break; jewelry could tangle and bust in the rails of the drawers… Clothing could tangle and get damaged, as well.” 


You might think it’s easier than taking all your clothes out and folding them again later, but that’s only true if there are no damages in the moving process! 

3. Leaving Jewelry or Fragile Items Loose

At 3 Men Movers, our policy is that movers don’t touch things like jewelry which can easily be moved by a client. It’s very easy for jewelry to shift, tangle, or get damaged when moving, so it doesn’t belong in the back of a truck with other heavier items. 

So we recommend that you move jewelry on your own and as delicately as possible. 

Movers will certainly tote jewelry cabinets, but on certain conditions:

  • Cabinets or chests should be emptied to avoid any damage to the jewelry inside
  • Remove jewelry or watches and place them in a lined or wrapped box with a hard exterior that can protect it from heavy pressure or bumps
  • Make sure your jewelry is packed tightly but gently, and that box is sturdy enough to hold up if it gets banged around in your backseat or trunk from driving over a pothole or braking abruptly

4. Using Shrinkwrap or Bubble Wrap For Everything

Shrinkwrap and bubble wrap might be fun to play with, but they’re important supplies for packing your items. 

Norma advises that shrinkwrap should be reserved for:

  1. Movers to tighten their grip on smooth items like furniture and appliances
  2. It’s also good for keeping items protected from dust that often builds up in storage

Bubble wrap should be for ornaments, figurines, thin glass items, or anything prone to chipping, shattering, or breaking. 

5. Using Cheap, Flimsy Boxes & Packing Materials

While it should be everyone’s goal to keep moving expenses down, avoid cheap packing materials at all costs.

Not only are cheap boxes more difficult for movers and packers to work with, but they’ll also slow down your move and can contribute to damages. 

If you’re packing by yourself, make sure you have the right type of boxes

Grocery store boxes might be fine for food, but they definitely won’t stand up to the tough job of moving heavier items.

And, flimsy boxes shouldn’t be used for the big (or expensive) stuff!

Most of the time, the items will end up falling out of the bottom when the box is lifted or getting crushed from above by something heavy.

Your moving job will also take longer if movers have to wrap weak boxes or boxes without proper lids. 

6. Using Bags to Pack Instead of Boxes

Substituting bags for moving boxes definitely won’t protect your items when being transported.

Putting pillows in bags is an exception, but anything that can go in a bag should go in a box. 

Bags also can’t be stacked like moving boxes.

Stacking boxes properly is a best loading practice for movers, partly because it maximizes space and ensures your items don’t bump or fall around in the truck. 

Think your cool compartment bag is an easy fix to transport your wine bottles?

Let’s just say, you don’t want to bump over a pothole and find out what happens to that Pinot. 

Pack Ahead of Time for an Easy, Fast, Damag Move 

Packing before your move can save tons of time and headache, but only if you do it right! 

Follow these tips and you’ll have the smoothest, easiest move ever. Not to mention your movers will adore you for being so well-prepared. 

Why pack yourself when you can hire someone to do it for you?

Our professional packers are skilled at not only packing and wrapping everything you need.

They’ll even throw in free organizing at your new spot!


Should You Hire Packers or Do the Job Yourself?

Packing is one of the most time-consuming parts of moving. So why not outsource it to the experts? If hiring professional packers has never crossed your mind, it's time to consider it for your next move. Not sure if you'd benefit from a packing service? Here's how to decide if it's right for you or if you should stick to packing on your own.

The Advantages of Packing Your Own Belongings

The main advantage of packing up on your own is saving money. If you're on a tight budget for your move, professional packers probably don't fit into it. And that may be okay anyway if you don't have a lot of items to pack. For example, if you have a small apartment or just don't like keeping too many things in your house, packing might be a breeze. The same goes if you have a lot of time before your move, since you can spend days or even weeks packing if you need to.

In addition, if you're a private person who doesn't like people in your space, you might want to pack on your own. Professional packers will need to spend a few hours in your home putting your belongings in boxes. Although they'll be gentle and respectful of your possessions, they're going to have to handle them in order to pack, and some people are uncomfortable with this. So if you're the only person you trust to handle your belongings, a packing service might not be right for you.

The Advantages of Hiring Professional Packers

The main advantage of paying for a packing service is that you'll save time, which is huge. It's not unusual for people to spend weeks or even months packing up their home. So if you're pressed for time--which we've found most people are when they're moving!--you'll want to splurge on a packing service. After all, it's one less thing to do during your move, and as you look at your long to-do list, you'll appreciate the chance to check off this major task.

If you're not sure how much time you'll save, picture yourself picking up and trying to pack everything you own. How much time and effort is going to take you? Before you answer, keep in mind that if you're like most people, you're going to find yourself going down memory lane every five minutes! Imagine yourself trying to pack your photo albums without cracking them open and reminiscing for hours.

Now apply that same scenario to every other sentimental item you own. Do you really have that kind of time in your life as you prepare for your move? Probably not! Professional packers won't be opening your photo albums, nor do they have any memories associated with your collection of figurines. So you can trust that they'll simply be efficiently packing away your belongings--after carefully wrapping up any delicate items with their professional packing materials (another bonus of hiring them!).

Still Not Sure?

Maybe you're torn on what to do, because you don't have much extra money to hire professional packers--but you also don't have time to waste going down memory lane every few minutes. Well, you can always make a compromise by first getting rid of any belongings you don't need anymore. Spend some time before the move cleaning house and finding what "sparks joy" as Marie Kondo advises, and then sell, donate or toss the rest.

Now that you have a lot less to pack, you can hire professional packers to pack up whatever you have left! This way, you can afford to hire a packing service for a few hours, which will in turn save you time so you can complete the rest of your moving to-do list.

If you're ready to hire professional packers for all or some of your move, contact 3 Men Movers. We have locations in Austin, San Antonio, Dallas and Houston, so just contact the office nearest you!


Items Our Movers Can’t Put on the Moving Truck and Why

Professional movers can make your move easy by packing up your belongings and driving them to your new home on moving day. However, as you finish packing, keep in mind that there are some types of items your movers cannot put in the moving truck. That's because safety is among our top priorities, and some items simply cannot be safely transported in a truck. So before moving day gets here, take a look at what our movers can't move for you.

Dangerous Items

Some things just aren't safe to pack into a moving truck, as they could end up hurting our movers and anyone on the road. Items that aren't safe for us to move include:

  • Oil
  • Gas/Fuel and Lighter Fluid
  • Pesticides
  • Cans of paint
  • Guns and weapons
  • Live ammunition
  • Fireworks
  • Aerosol sprays
  • Bleach, Ammonia, nail polish remover, or other strong cleaning fluids

Not only is it dangerous to move these items, but in many cases, it's against the law. So just don't try packing these. Instead, you can look into the safety of transporting them yourself, or perhaps just safely dispose of them and then buy replacements when you get to your new home.


This should come as no surprise, but experienced movers won't put animals in the back of the moving truck. It's just not safe for them back there. Not only is it not comfortable like a car is, but you also need to keep them in plain sight to ensure nothing falls on them on the way to your new home.

For this reason, you should transport your pets on your own. If you don't plan on driving to your new home, you'll have to make arrangements for someone else to drive them. And of course, if you're moving with pets and your new home is too far away to drive to, plan on putting them on a plane--making sure to read up on the airline's rules of transporting your pets by air first.

Valuables and Irreplaceable Items

Our movers will happily transport everything from your couch and bed to your TV and all your kitchen appliances. But we've found that irreplaceable items--like your great grandma's super fragile teacups and your photo albums chock full of snapshots of great memories--would be better off going with you in your car. The same goes for any medications you need, and items that would be time-consuming or expensive to replace--like passports, credit cards and jewelry.

Basically, anything that you don't want even the smallest risk of losing or breaking should not be put on a moving truck. We do have insurance to ensure you can replace any items on the off chance they're damaged during the move…but that won't help you get back mementos that money can't buy! So it's best to err on the side of caution by packing valuables and sentimental items into your vehicle.

Loose Items

Finally, our movers can't transport loose items during the move, so if you want anything moved, you should put it in a box. After all, boxing it up will keep it safe and less likely to get lost during the move. If you need help boxing up anything you're bringing with you to your new home, let us know and we can arrange to provide you with our packing services.

If you're ready to hire professional movers to assist you on moving day, contact us today!

Top 5 Organization Tips from our Professional Packers


The moving process is so focused on packing and loading everything up that you might forget there's still a lot of work to be done once you get to your new home. Namely, you still have to unpack! And that could take a lot longer than you might think--which is why we all know someone who has a room full of unpacked boxes from last year's move. So you're probably going to need some unpacking tips as you slide into the homestretch of your move. More specifically, you might need some help staying organized as you unpack everything, so take a look at what our professional packers have learned over the years.

Unpack the Necessities Right Away

No matter how ambitious you are, you're probably not going to be able to unpack and organize a house full of items the same day you move in. And yet, there are some possessions that you can't just leave in boxes for days or weeks…like your coffeemaker and your clothes for work tomorrow!

So when you're packing your old house, think about the items you'll need in the first few days at your new home, and be sure to place them in a box with an "X" on it. If you hire professional packers, they can help with this moving must-do. This organizational tip can prevent you from panicking as you run around your new home, ripping open boxes in search of shoes for work!

Put Similar Items Together

Before you start unpacking, be sure to have some organizational tools on hand, such as plastic tubs or bins. This will make it easy to sort your things as you pull them out of boxes. For example, put all the batteries in one little bin that you can place in a drawer in your kitchen as you unpack, and keep the extension cords in one tub that you can put in the garage.

And you know that color-coordinated closet you've always wanted? Now is the time to set it up! As you unpack your clothes, put all your white shirts in one spot, next to all your yellow shirts, and so on. Once your clothes are organized by color, you can organize according to clothing type, such as pants, long-sleeved shirts, short-sleeved shirts, etc. The result will look much better than if you just hang all your clothes in your closet willy nilly, with no clear pattern.

Declutter As You Unpack

When you hire professional packers, they'll remind you that you don't need to bring everything with you when you move. It's best to toss or donate anything you haven't used in years. But if you didn't heed this advice when you packed, it's not too late! You can still throw out items as you unpack them. It's much better than spending time finding a spot for things you won't use anyway. After all, the secret to having good feng shui in your home is keeping clutter at bay!

For example, if you're still holding onto a shirt that hasn't fit you since high school, it's probably time to get rid of it. Even if it fit, it wouldn't exactly be in style anymore, right? So it's better to donate it than to take the time to find a spot for it in your newly organized closet.

Keep At It

Want to know the secret to not being that person who has a room full of unpacked boxes months after the move? Just keep going! It's tempting to get a little done at a time so you can take a long break every couple of hours, but you're going to regret that relaxed pace when you're still unpacked next month.

So have it in your mind that you're not going to stop until every single box is unpacked! Clear your schedule, turn on music, get focused, and get to work. And once you've fully unpacked a room, break down the boxes and remove trash so you're not constantly surrounded by moving clutter.

Last Things Last

The last thing you should after unpacking is relax. That means you should keep it to a minimum until you're done! So if your favorite thing to do in the evening is sitting back and watch Netflix, then the last thing you should do is get the TV mounted, because then you're going to be distracted by shows when you should be unpacking.

So save that task as a reward for when you're done! Use it as an incentive to finally finish the move so your new house looks like a home as soon as possible. And if you find that you need some help at any point in your move, contact 3 Men Movers. We offer professional packers, movers, and moving supplies at our locations in Austin, Houston, San Antonio, and Dallas, and we'd love to help!

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What If Everything Doesn’t Fit in One Moving Truck?

We've helped with a lot of moves throughout Texas, and we always look forward to the feeling of accomplishment we get from packing a truck to perfection! But what happens when your belongings won't fit into one moving truck?

If you're worried about this occasional occurrence, go ahead and breathe a sigh of relief, because we're fully prepared to deal with it without ruining your moving day. Not only that, but we also know how to prevent it. Here's what you need to know before you get concerned about whether everything you own will fit in one truckload.

Know Our Backup Plan

We don't want you to lose sleep over the possibility of not fitting everything in the moving truck. When you hire 3 Men Movers for the big day, you always have options. Rest assured you won't have to start tossing your most prized possessions in the trash just because they won't fit on the truck. Instead, our movers will just make a second trip!

After all, we only have two numbers to keep in mind when figuring out how much the move will cost: our hourly rate and the Transparent Travel Fee. This is the fee you pay for 3 Men Movers to get from our facility to your home and back again. So don't worry. If we have to make a second trip, we won't charge you two Transparent Travel Fees. So all you have to add to your total is our hourly rate, as your move will simply take longer if we need to make a second trip.

How to Avoid the Need for a Second Trip

Though it's not the end of the world if you need a second trip to move all your belongings, it's more efficient to avoid it whenever possible. You don't want your move to unexpectedly drag on all week, right? That takes time away from important tasks, like picking out décor for your new home. Luckily, keeping your move short and sweet is as easy as considering three factors.

Square Footage

First, get a moving truck that's the right size. We keep it simple by offering two moving truck sizes. Basically, if your home is 2,000 square feet or larger, you get a Super Size truck that's large enough to fit everything, as it's a 48-foot 18-wheeler. Think that's a bit overboard for your move? Well, it might be, if your home is less than 2,000 square feet in size. That's why we also have a regular 24-foot moving truck to handle a small to medium amount of belongings.

Large Items

Another way to ensure a smooth move is to let us know about the big items in your home. If you have sectional couches, king-sized beds, executive desks, or any other large items, telling us about them ahead of time will be a big help. We might decide to bring you a Super Size truck to ensure we can fit everything -- saving you money and time on your move by avoiding a second trip!


If you're moving around the corner or even staying in the same city at all, making a second trip really isn't that big of a deal.

But, when you're moving to a different state, it's a bit more of an inconvenience.

Unless you're one of those rare people who love moving, you're probably not going to be thrilled with stretching out the moving process by a few days, and that's what a second trip could do on a long-distance move.

In fact, you may even need to ship your car if you're moving a substantial distance away.

So it's particularly important for us to work together to ensure you get the moving truck you need!

Now that we've got you thinking about how to plan your move, we might as well get you on the schedule! Just contact 3 Men Movers with the moving date you have in mind, and we'll let you know how to proceed so you have a smooth, efficient move in Texas.

How To Pack An Apartment In One Day

If you’re looking at your schedule and panicking because you only have one day free to pack before your movers arrive we’re here to help by providing you with 5 easy tips to pack up your apartment in one day for those who need to move and are in a hurry!

Buy your supplies the night before

Make sure you purchase your packing supplies the night before you get started. This includes boxes, tape, markers, packing paper, and bubble wrap.

Splurge on wardrobe boxes

Wardrobe boxes are a life saver during a move! One thing that is really going to save on time is utilizing wardrobe boxes. You won’t have to take every item off of each hanger and rehang it when you get to your second location.

Get an early start

A huge factor in whether or not you are able to get all of your packing done is getting an early start. If you start at 11 am there’s a good chance that you’re still going to be packing into the night. If your move is the next day you don’t want to be drained because you were up packing until 4 am.

Tackle one room at a time

Packing room by room helps you keep things organized and it will help prevent you from getting overwhelmed throughout the process.

Label everything

Another huge time saver is going to be labeling your boxes. Labeling your boxes help you to stay organized, prevents you from stacking heavy boxes on top of fragile boxes.

Stack your belongings as you go

When you’re packing an apartment you can easily run out of space as your apartment begins to fill up with packed boxes. One trick is to stack your boxes as you pack them. Just be sure to pay attention to the labels on your boxes so that you don’t damage any fragile items.

In conclusion

Packing up your apartment in one day is definitely a chore but far from impossible. Be sure that as you go through the process you’re taking the time to wrap and protect your items to prevent damages during your move. To ensure that your movers can get right to work on move day check out our guide on what a fully packed home looks like.

How To Pack A Moving Truck Or Car Like A Pro

Planning to pack your own car, rental van, or moving truck for your next move?

You’re in luck!

We’ve been doing this every day for over 30 years, and we’re sharing our expert advice on how to load your vehicle without damaging your belongings and while capitalizing on all of the space you have available.

#1 Put the Heaviest items on the bottom

Your first layer of items should be your heavy items like bulky pieces of furniture or boxes full of heavy items like books. The heaviest items must be layered at the bottom of the vehicle to prevent them from damaging lighter items.

#2 Add your stackable items on the second layer

The second layer should consist of boxes that are of medium weight. They should also be able to stack evenly on top of your first layer.

#3 Put oddly shaped/lightweight items on your third layer

The top layer should consist of items that are lightweight and items that are oddly shaped and difficult to stack such as pieces of art, irons, and even decorative light fixtures. You’ll be able to fit them in using all of the remaining space that you have left without being bent, scratched, or broken.

#4 If you can, fill all open space

One of the tricks that we have learned is to fill all available space. Open space leads to shifting which can lead to damages. If you don’t have enough items to fill your vehicle you can also use straps from your local hardware store to secure your items.

In Conclusion

Packing your vehicle can feel like you’re playing a game of Tetris, but following our simple stacking pyramid will ensure that your items arrive in the same condition that they were in before your move.
An extra step to make the process even easier is to pack an essentials box with all of your must-haves for the first night in your home. Be sure to label it and pack it towards the end so that it’s not buried in your other boxes.