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Phillip Baird, Real Estate Pro in Austin, TX

Do you think any of your clients would pay for someone to help them pack before moving?

Asked by Phillip Baird, Austin, TX Wed Jun 30, 2010

My wife is an excellent packer. We've moved our entire household 3 times in the last 5 years. And she used to work for a business that did a lot of shipping. Currently she's helping a good friend pack for a big move. We were sitting on the deck talking last night about how good she is at packing and all of a sudden we were both thinking the same thing. I wonder if people who are buying and/or selling a house would pay for someone to come in and help them pack. Is anyone out there already doing this?

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Hey Buddy,
I have know Phillip and Rhonda for over 30 years and I can attest to the fact that you guys would be great at anything that you did!! I would most certainly recommend you to MY clients for that service. Let me know if you decide to pursue it!

Kevin
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 30, 2010
Here in NYC, moving companies do pack if the person wants those services and want to pay for it. The point people make below about her needing some kind of insurance in case anything happens is important. Even if she packed things well, the moving company can still cause damage. I would also be wary of you recommending her to your own clients, as that would appear to be a conflict of interest to the client.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Jul 1, 2010
Phillip,
This is interesting, however, I see a couple of issues. What insurance is she carrying? Moving companies who pack have to carry insurance and it seems that there could be a liability here. If I were you, I would look into possible issues. Otherwise, it sounds great...the one thing everyone hates about moving is packing!

Debbie Albert, PA
Coldwell Banker Residential
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Jul 1, 2010
There are alot of moving companies who offer these services, but can be expensive. Hey, there are professional shoppers out there, why not packers. Just a word of caution...check with your insurance company about coverage in case of breakage, and check with your city if a license is required. Good Luck.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 30, 2010
Excellent idea I would use that service its worth whatever it costs - I loathe packing . GOod luck
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 30, 2010
I think it's a great idea! I don't know of anyone or service that is doing this. Give it a shot. I could use your services in the fall. Good luck!
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Yes, there are companies who offer this type of service and the amount charged varies drastically. However, if this is something she's trully interested in doing I'd suggest contacting local agents, storage companies, and community centers and letting them know she's interested in assisting. She should also looking into insuring her work as someone else previously mentioned.

Just a side note - I've had a few clients who hired thier housekeepers to do the packing or unpacking for them when moving from place to place. So all levels of expertise are called upon. Her price and word of mouth is what will keep her busy.

Good luck to you guys!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 30, 2010
Packing services can be expensive. In many cases they can add as much as the cost of the move witht he cost of the labor and material costs. I would also want to know the liability aspect of damages associated with packing as well. It can get pretty scary when everyone is pointing thier finger at someone else for a broken plate.

I have used professional packers before. Most were average and a few were good at what they did. They were insured/bonded for any damages and made the entire moving easier. I most cases they would pack a portion of the home and not the entire house.

Check out the link below on household movers and packing
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 30, 2010
Yes, that is a service that perhaps the moving companies would have people on staff to do it. They would provide all the padding and boxes, tape needed to get it prepared for the movers.

It's a special kind of service, but I am sure that there are numerous people providing this service. It would naturally, be supervised though.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 30, 2010
I think this is a great service... Good luck!
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Phillip,
Yes thre are these services out there.
Bill
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 30, 2010
I have had moving companies pack me out several times. If I had anything already packed they had to repack it for insurance liability reasons. I think if there are clients that are going to use a UHaul or PODS they might be looking for this service. Of course you would need to be licensed/bonded and have some liability insurance. Once you are established you might be able to "pick up gigs" from national carriers on a "per bid" bases. Some large carriers to source out. Good Luck.
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