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How to find the best Moving Boxes!

Updated: Dec 6, 2021

Moving out of a home can be A hassle. Finding a new home, dealing with the reason for moving, and figuring out your budget can be difficult. Then add the things that need to be done before you move, like canceling Internet and cable services, maybe renting a moving truck, and packing up your belongings. Figuring out the appropriate moving boxes is an important but overlooked factor.

Choosing moving boxes depends on the contents that will be packed, the box sizes, and the Strength of each box. These all will help determine how a box should be used during a move to make it a little simpler for everyone. Take a look below at some of the top products available, and continue reading to find out what you should know before deciding on the best moving boxes to pack up and transport all you own.



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What to Consider When Choosing the Best Moving Boxes

While choosing the best moving boxes to load up books, electronics, and cookware, it’s important to think about the characteristics of the boxes. Some of these features are size, handles, labeling, and the ability to be stacked.

Size

Having different sized moving boxes can help make a move easier. A choice of sizes helps ensure that different belongings are carefully packed into the appropriate box. Without the right size, something may be crammed into a box that’s too small or thrown into a box where the items can rattle around and break.

  • Small moving boxes are perfect for packing up compact, heavy items like books. Divining up these items into small boxes helps prevent the boxes from breaking or becoming too heavy to move.

  • Medium or standard moving boxes usually make up the majority of the boxes used during a full home move. These boxes are usually about 3 cubic feet and can be used for plates, cookware, athletic equipment, toys, and many other items that are not small and dense, or for items that are large and billowy.

  • Large moving boxes and wardrobe moving boxes are made for bigger objects that don’t weigh a lot, like curtains, duvets, clothing, outerwear, and pillows. It’s important that very heavy items, like books, are not simply piled into these boxes because they may either break or become very difficult to move.

Handles

Having handles that are attached or built in to the moving boxes can make them much easier to pick up, carry, and load. Moving box handles may be glued or fastened to the box, but the handles are more frequently just simple rounded holes cut into the sides of the box. The simplicity of this design is cost-saving, and it’s also one of the more durable methods of creating handles in a cardboard box.

However, a hole in the box also can cause certain objects to fall out or expose the contents to weather, water, dirt, dust, bugs, and other pests. So, boxes with these handles may not be the best for packing valuable objects, smaller items, or anything made with delicate fabric. Where box handles do the most good is in carrying heavier belongings, like electronics, kitchen supplies, or books.

Labeling


One of the more important steps when packing up a house is to label the boxes with the contents so they can be found and placed in the correct area as easily as possible. Moving boxes can be directly written on with a marker, labeled with a stick-on label, or they may already come with a label. The method of labeling used should be the most easy-to-use choice for everyone involved in packing and unpacking.

The boxes also can have a color assigned to them based on a room in the house. Using a different colored marker or a piece of colored tape, you can mark each box so that the boxes can be more easily identified and moved directly to the assigned room.

Are they Stackable?

When deciding on the best moving boxes, Stackable Boxes are often considered. The boxes need to be sturdy enough to support the weight of their own contents as well as the weight of the boxes stacked on top of them without incurring damage to the lid, sides, bottom, or any other part of the box.

Ideally, all boxes should weigh about 50 pounds. This makes them relatively easy to carry, load, and unload. Having a maximum weight for the boxes also helps create the plan for how they will be stacked. Heavier boxes, even if they are small, should be placed on the bottom to act as a base, where they won’t damage the lighter items. Moving boxes that are mostly empty, overstuffed, bent, or warped should not be stacked.


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Supplies

While moving boxes are a big part of packing belongings and starting a new adventure in a new home, there are other supplies that help ensure everything is properly and safely packed. These typically include packing tape, bubble wrap, hand-operated moving carts, labels, and markers.

  • Packing tape is used to seal each moving box to prevent the contents from falling out. The adhesive grip along the center seam of the box also helps support the lid or base when the box is being stacked.

  • Bubble wrap, newspaper, plastic bags, and other soft, forgiving packing materials are used to keep more sensitive or fragile items safe during the move.

  • Hand-operated moving carts speed up the process of moving boxes and larger items out of a home.

  • Labels and markers are used regularly while packing the boxes. Labels can make unpacking and reorganizing much easier.

Gathering many of these supplies in an priority for move day and can help make a move easier. The most important items and essential tools that will help you unpack will be together, like box cutters, paper towels, toilet paper, soap, trash bags, a basic set of cookware, chargers, medications, and kids’ favorite toys.



Faqs About Moving Boxes

If you haven’t decided on which boxes to use and you’d like some additional information about the best moving boxes to pack up your home, then read on. Below are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about moving boxes.

Q. Can you reuse moving boxes?

There isn’t a particular number of times that a box can be used. Instead, the number of times a moving box can be used is dependent on how the box is maintained and cared for before during and after the move, and while in storage. Boxes that are tossed, improperly packed, bent, warped, broken, and stored in moist, high-humidity areas may only last through one move.

However, if you carefully pack your belongings into moving boxes of appropriate size and strength for the contents, then load them properly to avoid movement during the drive and store them safely in a dry location, you may be able to reuse the boxes when you need them again.

Q. Can you store clothes in cardboard boxes?

Clothes can be packed into moving boxes and moved to your new home, but they shouldn’t remain in the cardboard boxes for a long time. Boxes can attract insects, mice, and other pests who eat the cardboard and clothes. The cardboard may also have a higher acidity level that can discolor clothing over time.

Q. Is it safe to keep cardboard boxes in the attic or garage?

It isn’t a good idea to store cardboard boxes in the attic or garage for long periods of time unless the attic has been renovated to create a livable space. Cardboard and the glue used to construct the cardboard can attract insects and mice when the cardboard begins breaking down. Cardboard boxes also poses a significant fire risk when stored together.

However, if the attic or garage is a finished, livable space, like an extra bedroom or reading room, then it would be no different than storing the boxes in a bedroom.

Q. Can you store books in cardboard boxes?

Yes; in fact, it is more beneficial to store books in cardboard boxes than in plastic boxes because the cardboard reduces the chance of mold and will allow books to breathe better.

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