Ensuring That You Are Using The Right Packing Materials For Your Move

Ensuring that you are using the right packing materials for your domestic removal

Packing is the largest part of the job that you will have to worry about, and it can be especially stressful if you are not completely on top of things.
The best way to ensure an efficient as well as safe and stress free move, is to start early and plan thoroughly, to ensure that there are no issues buy the
time you come to the actual day of the move. In many ways, the smaller things, like the packing materials that you use, can be overlooked at first, and
these are often the things that make the largest difference to your process, in that they will dictate how safe your items are! With a thought towards
ensuring that your house removals go as smoothly as possible, ensure that you have a look over the following to ensure that you are using the right
materials.

Environmental laws have meant that it is now a lot harder to pick up cardboard boxes from shops and supermarkets. They are not dedicated to appearing
green, and recycle such items as quickly as possible. At any rate, the cardboard boxes that supermarkets use nowadays are rarely fit for use as packing
boxes. The best place to find appropriate packing boxes in the current
climate is from a dedicated removals company or storage outlet, as these two services are the ones with the most demand for such items. You will of course
find that packing boxes do not come cheap, and given that they are being supplied by a provider who understands the situation that you are in, they can
make you pay different rates on a wildly varying scale. Some suppliers may demand double what another would charge, so always do your research! This
research should encompass the nature of the boxes themselves as well; you will no doubt understand that some boxes will be better than others, and these
are the ones that you want, to be completely sure that you are at no risk of things getting damaged because of the boxes. Single and double walled boxes
play a large part in all of this, and you will find that the double walled boxes are a lot stronger, and can be used a few times, whereas single walled
packing boxes are a fair bit weaker, and may pose a risk to your items whilst they are in transit. At any rate, it is essential that you look up the sizes,
strengths and prices for a wide range of boxes, from different suppliers, to ensure that you are not in any risk of getting the whole thing wrong!

By far and away the best option is usually to go with your removals company when it comes to picking up new boxes. They will have deals with wholesalers,
and will be able to use the boxes as leverage when making the deal a little sweeter for your whole removals package. As domestic removals are so expensive,
the removals company will use their low margins of profit to entice customers to them, by offering low prices for their removals boxes. The added bonus of
this is that you know that such boxes have been tried and tested by these professional removals experts, and that means that you know they are up to the
job of protecting your items whilst you move house. You will find that you can get tape, tissue paper, bubble wrap, wardrobe boxes, furniture covers, sack barrows, van straps and all sorts
of other essentials form a removals company as well.

What Moving Supplies Do You Really Need?

If you choose to hire a moving company for your move, you may be offered a number of moving supplies. Some of them could be useful for you, and some may not be necessary. Today’s blog will help you decide which moving supplies you will need for your move.

Wardrobe Boxes

Wardrobe boxes are designed to have clothes hanging on them, just like in a closet. If you have a good amount of clothes hanging on hangers, you should consider wardrobe boxes. Most companies allow you to rent them, so you don’t have to worry about what to do with the large boxes after the move. They are not good for clothes that is folded up in drawers.

Alternatives: Medium to Large boxes, plastic bags/trash bags (more likely to wrinkle your clothing).

Dish Barrels

Dish barrels are large boxes that are reinforced to be able to hold and protect a heavy assortment of dishware. Items are usually wrapped in newsprint/packing paper and sometimes cardboard dividers are used to separate glasses. If you have a good amount of ceramic or glass dishware, we think this is the best way to pack those items. Plastic and other durable materials can be packed into smaller boxes.

Alternatives: While some people do choose to put glasses and other dishware into small book boxes, we still recommend using dish barrels. They are reinforced to hold more weight and are more than twice as thick as a typical book box (or wine box, etc). 

Bubble Wrap

For packing delicate items, such as crystalware, framed art or photos, and other delicates, bubble wrap is usually the best method. Some less fragile items could be safely wrapped in towels and other linens, but for the most fragile and delicate (and valuable) pieces, we highly recommend using bubble wrap.

Book Boxes/Small Boxes

A standard book box is about 1.5 cubic feet. It is small enough that you can fill it with books, CDs, DVDs, or other items that can be packed together safely but can accumulate a significant amount of weight.

Alternatives: While larger boxes should be reserved for only lighter, bulkier items, we have found banker boxes as well as beer and wine boxes can be good replacements for book boxes.

Medium-XL Boxes

Larger boxes are used for lighter but larger items, which could include blankets/linens, pillows, lamp shades, board games, and more. Depending on what exactly is being moved, some people have found other methods of packing these items.

Alternatives: For linens/blankets – trash bags or other large plastic bags. Suitcases, laundry bags, hampers, crates, plastic bins/totes.