Packing and unpacking can catch you off guard when moving. It can take a long time, you find that you have way more stuff packed in your home than you thought, and you may not have enough moving boxes to organize what you own. Then comes the process of going out and finding new moving boxes yourself. If you get boxes from the wrong place, you may end up overpaying for cheap quality cardboard that can’t support the weight of your items. What should you be looking out for?
Planning for Moving Boxes
The most important step about finding new moving boxes is your plan for them. That means having an idea of what kind of items you will be carrying inside those boxes, how fragile they are, and how big they are. Boxes built specifically for moving tend to come in three standard sizes; medium, large, and extra large.Medium moving boxes are good for many of your common items like collections, kitchen tools, and books. Large moving boxes are for your heavier objects, but not so heavy that you wouldn’t be able to carry the box yourself. Extra large moving boxes are for large – but light – items. This can include curtains, bedding, covers, and so on. Too many heavy objects in an extra large moving box can make them difficult to handle.
Where to Buy Moving Boxes
You can buy your moving boxes at two primary places: businesses that specialize in selling moving boxes, or your local big box home improvement retailer. Specialized businesses may have higher prices for their moving boxes, but they are likely to be made out of stronger cardboard. You may also have the benefit of getting more specialized advice for your move from those working within the business.The moving boxes you can purchase from the local supermarket can work just as well. They tend to come with everything you need for a box (handles, covers, and industry standard sizes) and will also be cheaper. As long as you don’t overload your boxes and arrange them properly, these will get the job done.A quick note on free moving boxes: you can get free moving boxes by asking for leftover crates from stores that receive products. Your mileage may vary with these. Boxes you get from grocery stores, for example, may be more prone to falling apart due to being exposed to moisture for long periods of time. The sizes of these boxes will also be irregular, which can make moving more of a hassle.
Wrapping and Arranging Your Moving Boxes
To keep your boxes in shape and organized, you will want some other supplies. Color-coded permanent markers can help with labeling your boxes. Packing tape will help keep your boxes closed (make sure you wrap both the top and the bottom of the boxes). Bubble wrap will help keep your items stable inside, as the constant jitter of moving can cause damage to more sensitive objects like electronics.Some companies provide moving kits that give you all of these items in one package. While these can save time, make sure you are clear on what the moving kit provides and if it is something you need. As mentioned before, you don’t want more useless items getting in the way of your move.Knowing these basics on boxes should help put you on the right track for your big move. If you are having trouble finding space for your moving boxes, or have discovered that your new home may not be big enough for all of your items, contact us at Treasure Island Storage today to learn about our storage solutions.