While I am the stay-at-home mother of six beautiful children, my husband works in a field that requires us to move frequently. The first time we had to move, it was just the two of us, and while it seemed stressful at the time, that ended up being the "easy" move! As our family has grown, the moving process has become much more time-intensive, and I learned that if I don't create a moving "to-do" list and go through it step by step, I forget to get important things done before we move. I know there are other families of all sizes out there facing moves soon, so I thought I would make a blog to share my moving and storage tips with everyone who needs them. Come back often, especially if you are moving in the near future!
Most people think any old box will do when it comes to packing up their homes to move. However, all boxes aren't created equal. Using inferior boxes not designed to withstand the rigors of moving can increase the chances your belongings will get damaged during transit. Here's what you need to know about choosing the right boxes for your move.
Packing Box Concerns
When it comes to protecting your stuff, there are several different issues the boxes you use must address. First, and obviously, they must be big enough to contain the items being transported. The top of the box should close comfortably as any gaps could let in bugs, dirt, and other things that may damage the contents.
The second issue is the box should be strong enough to hold the weight of your belongings. Boxes have a limit on how much the contents can weigh and still be transported safely inside. Exceeding this weight increases the chance the box will burst open, spilling your keepsakes and other valuables onto the ground. The stronger the box, the more stuff you can pack inside, which helps save time and money.
Lastly, the boxes must be stackable. A box that'll crumple if you put stuff on top of it doesn't do you a whole lot of good when it comes to moving or storing your belongings. Not only can weak boxes result in damage to items they contain, they may cause the stack of boxes to topple over if they fold under the weight of the stuff on top of them.
For Best Results, Use Corrugated Boxes
Corrugated boxes are possibly the best type to use for moving because of the way they're designed. They are constructed of two major components: lineboard (the outer cardboard) and medium (the stuff between the lineboards). The medium sandwiched between the lineboards is folded into an arched pattern that helps resist bending and crushing. These boxes can have one, two, or three walls of medium, with each wall increasing the box's overall strength and durability.
You can determine how much a corrugated box can hold and whether it has single, double, or triple walls of medium by looking at the manufacturer's stamp, also called the box certificate. This stamp will tell you how much weight the box can transport, how large it is, and the Edge Crush Test (ECT) rating (how much weight can be stacked on top of the box). Try to match the box's stats with the items you're moving to ensure they'll accommodate them.
For more information on the best type of boxes to use for your belongings, contact local moving services.