Updated: Jan 9
We understand that moving can be extremely stressful. Even while operating and working in my own moving business I dread the day when I have to move. One of the biggest headaches if not the number one is the logistics and planning of your move. A lot of people are like me and will put things like packing off until the last minute. This leads to the question that the title bares, "will movers move open boxes"? The short answer to that is, yes most moving companies will move your open boxes and even garbage bags full of belongings. The real question that you should be asking is "does it benefit me to have movers move open boxes", and the answer is no it does not benefit you. Your move day can be the 3rd most stressful life event after death and divorce, and the relief comes from the efficiency and smoothness of the operation.
Most local moving companies charge by the hour, so it would behove you to do your due diligence in being as prepared as possible. Think about it from a movers perspective, how many open boxes can you carry at once? Unless you have guys with a 7ft wing span like Giannis Antetokounmpo I highly doubt that the number of boxes exceeds one at a time. PACKING WITH BAGS OR LEAVING BOXES OPEN COSTS YOU MONEY! Most movers will take extra time to seal your boxes for you, which adds up when it comes to your bill. The other problem with bags and unpacked boxes going into a truck is the lack of load stabilization. Load stabilization is basically how well your load is packed, and how stable is it? A stack of open boxes increases the risk of damage.
Please do yourself and the movers helping you a favor by packing/sealing your boxes accordingly. This boosts the moral of the movers coming to help you, and keeps money in your pocket.
Clutter and blocked walk ways will also slow your movers down. This also goes for snow, and if you live in New England chances are you will have to deal with this from time to time. If you have a have items in your basement needed to be moved, it will save the movers time and yourself money by plowing a pathway to your hatchway or walk in.
Be sure to ask the moving company before hand if it is acceptable or is there an extra charge for keeping the dressers full. Keeping the dressers full will cut down on the amount of trips to the truck.