METCALF MOVING BLOG

December 28, 2018

What Types of Boxes (and How Many) Do You Need to Relocate?

When buying a new house, there are hundreds of different costs to think about, as well as the price of your down payment and mortgage.

From homeowner’s insurance tax to professional movers, you’re likely to feel the financial pinch.

So, when it comes to moving day, having the right types of boxes may be far from your mind. But, if you don’t meticulously plan how many boxes you need, you could find yourself rushing to get more boxes at the last minute.

Whether you’re buying your first one-bedroom apartment or a six-bathroom family home, here’s how to work out the types of boxes and how many you’ll need to relocate. Let’s get moving:

1. Different Types of Boxes Available

Boxes can range anywhere from 1.5 cubic feet to 6.1 cubic feet. However, don’t make the mistake of over packing big boxes with heavy items.

A 6 cubic feet box can hold up to 70 pounds, but this is the maximum. Larger boxes are better for lighter weight items such as pillows or comforters. Investing in more boxes rather than overstuffing the ones you have is desirable.

Boxes also vary in shape. For example, mirror boxes are self-explanatory. They protect the mirror from breaking.

Wardrobe boxes allow you to pack clothing and other belongings that can’t be folded, such as curtains, in a hanging position. Since these boxes tend to take up quite a bit of space, make sure you reserve them only for items that need to be kept hanging.

Dish packs are also very handy specialized boxes for packing plates and dinnerware.

2. How Many Boxes do You Need?

Once you’ve researched the types of boxes that are available, you’ll need to determine how many you will need.

As every home is different, your professional movers can advise you on exactly how many boxes you will need based on the size of your home and your belongings.

If you have an average sized home, consider purchasing around six different sized boxes per room. Go through your house and figure out exactly how you plan on packing your items before you even acquire the boxes.

3. What Other Supplies Do I Need?

After you’ve determined how many boxes you need, you’ll also need to pick up a few other items. These include:

  • Markers for labeling boxes
  • Multiple rolls of packing tape for closing boxes securely
  • Packing paper or bubble wrap to ensure fragile items are protected

Sturdy Boxes are Best for Moving

Before you invest in boxes, reevaluate your belongings. Determine what items you are taking with you and purge the rest. The best boxes for moving depends on what items you have. If you have some kitchen items, some clothes, and a lot of books, then small to medium boxes are best.

When you’re preparing to move, it’s logical to want to reduce costs as much as possible. You might be tempted to get boxes for free that have been discarded by local stores.

Instead of heading to the local retailers for discarded boxes or Craigslist for used boxes, take this tip and ask your moving company if they have recycled moving boxes available, or perhaps spend the money on new boxes.

With professional mover-provided new or gently-used boxes, you can be confident you have a solid product.

Do You Need the Help of a Professional Mover?

Although moving is a lot of work, you’ll be unpacking those different types of boxes again in no time!

If you’re moving soon and need help with this endeavor, don’t worry. We have you covered. Get in touch with us today, and we’ll provide you with a free quote.

 

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