Sorting, getting rid of, and boxing for a move are easily the most long-drawn-out parts of the progression. Even if you get movers to pack for you, you should still allow quite a bit of time so you'll have everything ready to box in Austin. The tales you hear about professional packers wrapping full ashtrays or empty pop cans are probably true—they're not there to judge, but to wrap and box everything in sight.
You have got at least twice as much stuff as you believe you do…if you're conservative. Lots of people are aghast at the amount of things they possess, and at the utter volume of complete junk they have loitering around. Yes, you are going to get rid of all the old stuff you do not want or need, or at least you have great plans to toss and donate-for a week. Sooner or later, it's all got to go, and letting the pros do the packing does give you more breathing room to separate trash from treasure.
The large advantage of hiring your local movers in Austin to box is that they know how to pack--smart packing is an art form. They know how to wrap--paper, bubble, or peanuts--and tape so the frail items stay in unharmed. Did you know, for instance, to twist a bit of paper around the handle of a handled mug? Did you know NOT to wrap something breakable too tightly? OR to remember to take the bulbs out of all the lamps?
They also are knowledgeable about how to load the moving boxes so they are as easy as possible to move, so that heavy things are in small boxes and you will have a couple of huge boxes that weigh about a pound—that's where the lampshades are.
Disassembly and Assembly--Worse Than Christmas Morning
Movers also know how to disassemble everything that comes apart--without dinging your furniture. So much modern furniture is easy to move because, for example, legs come off kitchen tables, but having the correct tools and knowing how to do it makes the difference in a table that comes back together without issue and one that's a little warped or wobbly. If you've got antiques or fine art, it is certainly worth it to have experienced pros who know how to take a tall grandfather clock apart and wrap it--not to mention knowing how and where to secure it on the truck.
A child's backyard playset has reduced many a man to defeated tears when he tries it with a screwdriver and a hammer, but a guy who disassembles them every day does the job swiftly and knows to keep all the nuts and bolts in one place so that he can put it back together again without three trips to the hardware store.
Loading and Unloading in Austin
If packing boxes is an art form, loading a truck full of furniture, appliances and all of your possessions is graduate-level engineering. Having the proper truck is imperative--and you have big, awkward shaped stuff, a van or small pick-up truck is not going to suffice. A DIY move frequently goes amiss when the actual move is happening—most people do not have the supplies to keep their furniture undamaged in transit. You'll need moving blankets for all the furniture, shrink wrap to keep the blankets in place, crates for big mirrors and art, lots of straps to keep your stuff from moving around in the truck, hand trucks for appliances and big things--the list goes on. What you will not get, unless you have experienced pros, is how to load--the right weight distribution is imperative since these trucks must navigate traffic and you can bet that, if not braced properly, the load will shift, when the driver brakes.