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Preparation and Tips

Need someone to pack (or unpack) your small items when moving?

​At Affordable Relocation Services, we provide a professional packing or unpacking service that will save your time and make your move a lot easier. When using our packing services, you will only pay our cost price for all materials used instead of retail price.

To keep your costs at a minimum we use an hourly rate system so we can pack everything, or only some things, according to your needs. 

Should you decide to pack yourself, here are some questions you may have:

​"What about packing? What do I need? And how long will it take?"

You can save a lot of money if you do the bulk of the packing on your own. We’ve prepared a general Packing Guideline, to help you plan the preparation for your move. Depending on the size of your home, you should start packing about 2 - 4 weeks prior to your move. Whatever you do - Don't leave it to the last minute! You don't want to rush when it comes to packing your belongings. Give yourself time to do it right.

"What needs to be boxed? And where do I get boxes?"

All loose belongings need to be boxed. This even includes more challenging items like paintings, TV's, electronics, and lamps. They all need to be protected.

You can purchase clean, new boxes from Affordable Relocation Services that make it much easier and safer to pack your belongings. We suggest that you call your relocation consultant to schedule a free delivery of your boxes and other packing materials. 

Before you start packing, it's important to know how many boxes your move will require. This will help you budget your time and money. Use the chart below to help you estimate.

Type of Dwelling:  
No. of People:
No. of Boxes*:
28 - 30
33 - 35
1 Bedroom Apartment
35 - 38
45 - 48
2 Bedroom Apartment
52 - 55
58 - 60
2 adults, 1 child
70 - 72
2 adults, 2 children
72 - 75
3 Bedroom House/Apartment  
2 adults, 2 children
100 -102
4 Bedroom House & Up
2 adults, 3 children
120 – 125 & up

*This estimate is based on standard, average moves. Depending upon individual lifestyle, the actual contents contained in any apartment can vary significantly from one household to another.

"What other materials do I need?"

It takes more than boxes to ensure the successful relocation of your belongings – unbroken, unscratched, undented. No matter how simple or complicated your move, it will be more successful with the following materials:

“So, how do I do this?"

You don’t need to be a professional packer – for most items. The right materials and a few tips can help you accomplish the packing portion of your move to go quickly, easily and properly.

“Is there anything the mover shouldn’t pack?"


Here’s a beginning list of things that should not be packed by your mover, even if you’re just moving across the street. If you give it a little thought, it all come downs to basic common sense.​


You should not have your mover pack any especially valuable items: money, securities, valuable papers, jewelry or flammable items: aerosol cans, paints, gasoline, etc.

Should you have any questions do not hesitate to give us a call, we are available seven days a week to assist you.