Should You Hire an Unpacking Service After You Move?

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If you've ever moved it's likely you've always done your unpacking, and you know it usually takes weeks to get it all done. You may still have a few boxes in your garage that are still waiting to be opened from your last move. However, it doesn't always have to be this way. You could hire an unpacking service to do the work for you. Within a day your house can be completely unpacked and look like it has been lived in for a lot longer than that. 

So, to help you decide if you should hire an unpacking service, we thought we'd review what to expect and when you might want to consider getting someone to ​help you unpack. 

When to Hire an Unpacking Service

If you're on a budget, then you need to carefully weigh whether it's worth spending money on this type of service. So you may want to hire a professional service:

  • When you cannot get extra time off of work to unpack, or you have a limited amount of time between jobs.
  • If you're a stay-at-home parent and you can't fathom doing all the unpacking and settling the kids in at the same time.
  • You packed all the boxes yourself, and you can't bear the thought of unpacking everything.
  • You saved enough money, and your moving budget still has some funds left, and you feel exhausted from the move.
  • When you have to have the unpacking done at a specific time. For instance, you moved during the holidays, and you're scheduled to host the festivities in your new home, and you only have a week before relatives arrive.
  • You hired professional packers to help you pack and move the entire house, and you negotiated a good deal for them also to unpack your stuff. 

What's Included

Each unpacking service is different, so it's best to inquire about their full range of services. Most will include the following:

  • Unpack all boxes.
  • Unwrap items and make a list of anything broken.
  • Wipe off shelves. Extra cleaning services may be available.
  • Put all items away.
  • Organize the house from the kitchen drawers and cupboards to the linen closet.
  • Set-up all extraneous items, such as the shower curtain, adjusting the clocks to the correct time, spreading the tablecloth, hanging pictures (if previously discussed).
  • Assemble all furniture, including beds, desks, and tables if the movers haven't.
  • Unpack and organize all clothing and make beds.
  • Removal and recycling of all boxes and packing materials.

How Do They Know Where Everything Goes?

Most professional unpacking services are also professional organizers; they've unpacked and organized more households than the average person. We've been told that the professional unpacking service has found solutions to problems that otherwise would've stumped the homeowner.

Also, most homeowners are around during the unpacking phase. If the unpackers have questions, they'll ask. However, usually, the unpackers will do their job without having to bother the homeowner.


Prices vary depending on the size of the home and how quickly you need it unpacked. Most services are completed in one day; however, if you need your home unpacked in half a day, there may be an additional charge.

Again, most companies will provide no-obligation quotes, either online or by phone, so it's best to shop around for a service in your area.