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Packing Boxes: An Important Consideration when Moving


by: Don Butterfield
01 Dec 2010

When it comes time to move, you always seem to have more stuff than you thought you did. Cramming all your left-over odds and ends into already-full boxes or garbage ways might seem like an easy fix, but when you unpack your items only to find they are damaged and broken, you'll wish you had taken more when you packed.

Packing is never fun, but by taking special care when planning and packing, you can save time and money in the end. One of the most important things is to make sure you have a plan for how you will pack your fragile and oddly-shaped items.

An important step in the planing process is packing boxes. Proper packing boxes can be the difference between a very positive experience and a negative one.

Cheap Boxes: What You Need to Know

There are many types of packing boxes and moving containers including:

  • Reusable boxes
  • Crates
  • Wardrobe boxes
  • Cardboard tubes
  • Dish pack boxes
  • Box kits

Some people try to use items around the house for packing such as waste paper baskets, clothes hampers, and cheap, leftover boxes. While you may save a few bucks on packing supplies, such short cuts can result in costly damage to your valuables.

Many times, this results in items breaking because they are squeezed into containers that are not meant for holding other items. Bulky containers such as waste paper baskets, garbage cans, and hampers can tumble in transit because they are not meant to be stacked like packing boxes are. Cheap boxes are known to collapse or have the bottom fall out while being moved, damaging your possessions.

Professional Packing Boxes

There are a number of reasons professionals use proper packing boxes. Sturdy packing boxes can be easily stacked in a moving vehicle. Efficient packing and transportation can save you unnecessary trips back and forth. This saves money on gas and can shorten the number of hours you pay for rental vans and moving trucks.

With proper wrapping and insulation, packing boxes are the safest and most secure way to pack and transfer personal items during a move.

Some of the common materials used to secure items inside packing boxes include:

  • Foam chips
  • Foam peanuts
  • Packing paper
  • Bubble wrap

Don't forget to assemble packing boxes correctly and take care to seal them well with sturdy sealing tape.

With planning and preparation, the use of proper packing boxes can be key to a successful and cost-effective move.

Sources:
Moving Boxes and Supplies • http://www.apartmentstores.comhttp://www.apartmentstores.com/moving-boxes-and-supplies.html • Apartment Sotres Moving and Relocation