Going through everything, purging, and packing for a move are hands down the most long-drawn-out parts of the process. Even if you get movers to pack for you, you should still allow several days or even weeks so you will have everything ready to box in Little Rock. The stories you hear about professional packers wrapping full ashtrays or empty beer cans are probably true—they're not there to judge, but to wrap and box everything in the home.
You've got at least two times as much stuff as you think you do…if you are conservative. Most people are aghast at the amount of things they have, and at the actual volume of outright junk they have hanging 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 trash 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 huge advantage of hiring your local movers in Little Rock to pack is that they know how to pack--smart packing is a form of art. They have been trained on how to wrap--paper, bubble, or peanuts--and tape so the delicate things stay in intact. Did you know, for example, to twist a bit of paper around the handle of a coffee cup? 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 trained on how to pack the boxes with your stuff in them 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 pillows are.
Disassembly and Assembly--Worse Than Christmas Morning
Movers also know how to disassemble stuff that comes apart--without scratching your furniture. So much modern furniture is simple to move because, for instance, legs come off coffee tables, but having the right tools and knowing how to do it makes the difference in a table that comes back together easy peasy and one that's a little warped or wobbly. If you have got antiques or fine art, it is certainly worth it to have experienced movers who know how to take a tall grandfather clock apart and wrap it--not to mention knowing how and where to place it on the truck.
A child's backyard playset has reduced many a man to defeated tears when he goes after it with a wrench and a hammer, but a guy who takes them apart every day does the job swiftly and knows to keep all the pieces and parts in one place so that he can put it back together at the destination without several trips to the hardware store.
Loading and Unloading in Little Rock
If packing boxes is an art form, loading a moving truck full of furniture, appliances and all of your possessions is graduate-level engineering. Having the right truck is a must--and you have large, heavy stuff, a van or small pick-up truck is not going to work. A DIY move lots of times goes awry when the actual move is happening—most people do not have the supplies to keep their things undamaged in transit. You will need moving blankets for all the big things, shrink wrap to keep the pads in place, crates for big mirrors and art, lots of tie downs to keep everything from shifting in the truck, hand trucks for appliances and big things--the list goes on. What you won't get, unless you have experienced pros, is how to load--the proper weight distribution is vital since these trucks must navigate traffic and you can bet that, if not braced properly, the load will shift, when the driver brakes.