One of the most important parts to get right on a removal is the packing. You could hire the best removal company in the world. If your packaging job is shoddy, there's very little stopping your goods from being damaged. For this reason, you should take extra care when handling this part of the process. You should buy only the highest quality materials; good boxes, packing tape and so on.
But, what if you don't have the time to spend doing the perfect packing job? This is understandable, particularly if you've got a full time job. In that case you should hire a professional packing service. These companies exist to do the best job possible when you just don't have the time or the inclination. They have packing materials to deal with all shapes and sizes, and will take special care of valuable and fragile items.
The main problem is that such services do not come cheap. There's a lot of labour involved, and each service is specifically catered to the individual. There may be some companies out there that will charge a lower rate, but I would not recommend it . If they're charging less, their materials and probably their services will probably be of a lower quality. A low quality packing job is the last thing that you want. Your goods will end up being damaged, and that's not what you need in a process that's already stressful.
So, if you're on a low budget, how can you save money on your packing services without compromising on quality? Well, I would recommend splitting the workload between you and you the outside companies. A typical packing company will offer to pack and unpack everything that you are taking – this requires a lot of surveying and specific materials need to be ordered, and that costs a lot of money. Splitting the workload is a very good way to keep costs down. There are two ways to go about this;
Simply hire a packing company to handle the more fragile items, and pack everything else up yourself. That way, you can save money, and still ensure that the things that are most likely to break will stay in one piece.
Or you could hire a company to handle either the packing or the unpacking, but not both. Whichever one of these you choose to handle yourself is based on your circumstances. If you have a full time job, then have them handle the packing. That means you don't have to take any more time off work than you normally would. Since you'll be off work on the moving day anyway (I assume) you'll have enough time to do the unpacking. If you want to spend the moving day seeing what your new town has to offer, then they can do the unpacking.
With the above two options, you can hire a packing company, reap the benefits of doing so, and still save money. There is nothing worse than going through the stresses of a house removal, doing all the planning and shifting everything around yourself, only to find that you haven't used enough bubble wrap, or one of your moving boxes has split. By using the services of a packing company smartly, you can ensure that none of this will happen to you.