Jan2018 OnSite Blog1

Any way you look at it, moving is a huge life event. It changes everything that consumes your thought process, and if you’re like most people who move, you’ll spend a lot of waking moments before and during the relocation thinking about boxes. Jerry Seinfeld once joked about boxes. He said when you’re moving, all you can think about is boxes and where you can find them:

“You just wander down the street going in and out of stores. Are there boxes here? Have you seen any boxes?”

In all truth, he was right. Finding high-quality boxes is a difficult part of the moving process. Many people assume they will save money if they spend time looking for free used boxes. While this may be true, buying high-quality moving boxes will make your relocation project easier in a variety of ways.

Free Boxes Are Harder To Find Because Most Stores Recycle Their Cardboard

Cardboard is considered a recycling success story because of how easy it is to recycle the material. Because of how easy it is, many people and businesses actually do recycle this material. In fact, about 70 percent of all corrugated cardboard is recycled instead of tossed in the trash.

While boxes used to be easy to find in stores and at local supermarkets, these days most cardboard boxes are compacted and sent to the recycling center. While the recycling of these boxes is good for the environment, it does make it difficult to find free used boxes that you can use for your moving project.

Quality Moving Boxes Are Designed Specifically for Moving

If you do manage to find free boxes in a dumpster or at a local store, chances are these boxes will not be as high of quality as actual moving boxes. Professional-grade moving boxes that are designed for the task usually have useful and desirable attributes that make them easy to use. These features include:

  • Boxes with handles that make them easy to maneuver
  • ? Boxes with corrugated edges that can support heavyweight items
  • ? Boxes with stackable corners that won’t mash or bend easily
  • ? Boxes with a designated area for labeling

The used boxes you might be able to find will hardly measure up in design or construction because these packaging supplies are typically designed specifically for the products they are used to transport. In addition, these business-related boxes tend to be made for an easy breakdown so they are easier to recycle.

Quality Moving Boxes Are Easier to Use Because of Their Uniform Shape and Size

When you pick up boxes for free, you have to fit your possessions in the boxes in the best way you can. In contrast, if you invest in high-quality moving boxes, you can pick and choose the sizes you need to precisely fit your items. Therefore, your boxes will be much easier to use for your packing needs.

Likewise, professional moving boxes of a uniform size are much easier to transport and load into a moving truck. If you buy a lot of professional moving boxes of a specific size, you can get more out of the space you have available in your moving vehicle.

In contrast, if you don’t invest in quality moving boxes, you may be left with a jigsaw puzzle of randomly-sized boxes and you won’t be able to utilize the space in your moving truck as well.

A move can be a stressful situation, but one thing that may take some of the stress out of your relocation is using the proper moving supplies and tools. One of the best tools you can use is good boxes. If you would like help with your moving project, contact our professionals at Island Movers Inc. for assistance.