Making the Most of Your Moving Boxes

Few things are as important when moving as the quality of the boxes you use to pack all your belongings. However, many people planning to relocate grab boxes from a nearby grocery store or otherwise give little thought to these moving must-haves. Maximizing your moving boxes can significantly impact how smoothly your move goes. Check out a few tips to keep in mind along the way as you prepare for your residential move.

Picking the Right Type of Moving Boxes

Choose sturdy and durable boxes that can withstand the weight of your items without collapsing. Opting for boxes made from corrugated cardboard provides added strength and protection against impact.

When choosing moving boxes, a few features to evaluate include:

  • Sturdy construction: Look for boxes made from durable materials such as corrugated cardboard.
  • Variety of sizes: Opt for boxes in various sizes to accommodate different items.
  • Reinforced seams: Choose boxes with reinforced seams for added strength.
  • Easy-to-carry handles: Select boxes with built-in handles or hand holes for lifting and carrying.
  • Stackability: Ensure the boxes are designed to stack securely, minimizing the risk of collapse during transit.
  • Recyclable materials: Consider environmentally friendly options made from recyclable materials to reduce waste.

Properly Stacking Your Moving Boxes

Stacking packed boxes in a corner or along a wall is relatively par for the course as you pack your belongings. When you have well-structured boxes, stacking them to keep them out of your way is fine. However, there are also a few tips to keep in mind when it comes to adequately stacking moving boxes, either in your home or when loading them onto a moving truck, such as:

  • Place the heaviest and sturdiest boxes on the bottom layer to provide stability.
  • Stack boxes of similar sizes together for a uniform and secure stack.
  • Spread heavier items across multiple boxes rather than stacking them all in one place.
  • Stack boxes vertically and avoid overhanging boxes or creating unstable leaning stacks.
  • Place delicate or breakable items on the upper layers of the stack to minimize the risk of damage.

Sealing and Labeling Moving Boxes

An excellent moving box is only great if the tape to close the flaps is high quality. Low-quality tape has poor tensile strength and may not have strong enough adhesive to close the flaps. This leaves the box’s contents vulnerable because a box can burst open at any given time.

When choosing a good tape, look for tape that offers:

  • A suitable acrylic adhesive that can withstand temperature variations and stay in place
  • An excellent width to adhere to the flaps of the box securely without slipping out of place
  • A good tensile strength to deter issues with tearing or breakage under the pressure of heavy items

Finally, clearly label each box with its contents and destination room to make unloading and unpacking easier.

The Ultimate Moving Hack: Bringing in the Help of Professional Movers

When it comes down to it, one of the most important things you can do to simplify your move is to bring in some professional help. Are you looking for information to help you plan your residential relocation project? Reach out to the team to get a free quote to get started.