Cardboard boxes are good for delivering pizza, not for moving!

December 28th, 2011
by Carrie

If you are planning an upcoming residential or commercial Move cardboard boxes may no longer be your best option. Not convinced, here are a few points to consider; be aware of how box quality, size and loads will affect your move. Boxes come in all shapes, strengths and sizes. The stronger the box, the greater the protection for its contents. Professional movers use boxes that are at least 32 ECT (200 lb test) in strength. These ratings are standard from the box industry, and help insure that your household products will arrive safely. Weaker boxes will crush under load.

There are some retailers which sell much weaker boxes calling them moving boxes. Beware such boxes are designed for light-weight usage and should not be considered for moving.

All boxes have a certificate seal printed on the bottom flap by the manufacturer certifying the boxes strength. Industry standard are as mentioned above. Larger boxes like wardrobes or kitchen dish pack boxes should have a higher rating.

Just because a box is large, doesn’t mean it can carry a lot of weight. Make sure to check box strength before you make a
purchase to ensure that they are adequate for your needs.

New cardboard boxes are more expensive to purchase than renting IT’S YOUR MOVE crates and totes. Cardboard boxes have to be assembled, they get crushed and wet, and eventually fill up our landfills.

If you were thinking of used boxes, you should keep in mind that used boxes do get weak when reused. Boxes get ruined when they get wet. One of the biggest concerns is the sides of the box, where the seam is glued. Over time, this glue becomes unreliable. If you use used boxes, you should inspect them carefully before packing.

Sometimes in an effort to save money, people attempt to recycle produce boxes. Beware, produce boxes often become weakened from moisture, refrigeration and product spoilage during transportation. They at times house insects that can infect your new dwelling. Boxes obtained from grocery or liquor stores are not always clean, and may not withstands the weight of the items you will be putting in them. Their odd sizes tend to make securing a load more difficult.

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