Moving house can be a long process, and can last for many months while you organise the solicitors’ documents as well as the mortgage, along with the long chain that your house is potentially in. It can seem never ending. However, when the completion date does finally come around, you may have less than a few days to prepare for the removal process. This is where the real stress begins.
Finding the correct packing boxes for the job is the first part of the equation, and the second is finding the right removal company to assist with the move. When it comes to finding the right removal company, the main things you need to consider are the price and the reliability of the company. When it comes to finding the best boxes and packaging to help you move, here is a complete checklist and guide to help you find what you need.
Where are you going to buy the boxes and packaging that you need?
- When deciding where to buy the boxes, the first thing to consider is convenience, while the second thing to consider is the quality and price.
- It is increasingly difficult to buy boxes on the high street, because virtually no shops sell them, and the ones that do, will only offer a tiny collection and the quality is often very poor.
- We recommend buying boxes online, directly from a professional packaging supplier such as here at Packing Solution. Not only will you find exactly what you need to buy within two minutes of looking, but delivery is available tomorrow, so it is quick and efficient. The quality of packaging from a professional company will be very high, so you can rely on the boxes.
What types of box are you going to need?
- The factors that you have to consider here are the size and strength of the boxes.
- When it comes to deciding which size moving boxes you want, the main things to consider are that larger boxes can hold more items inside of them. This can make your house move much faster, and can make your job easier, however the downside is that larger boxes can weigh a lot more and can become difficult to carry when full. So this obviously depends on the person that is going to carry the boxes and how strong they are. It is usually a good idea to buy a variety of different sized boxes, so that you cover all bases, and so that you have boxes for all of the different sized items from your home.
- When it comes to the strength of the boxes, it is always best to buy stronger double walled cardboard boxes. The reason for this is because they will protect the things you put into them, they will be able to hold heavier weights inside of them without breaking, and you can easily stack them on top of one another in the back of the removal lorry without them crumbling under pressure.
How many boxes are you going to need?
- This can be the tricky part. There are several different methods to help decide how many boxes you are going to need for your house move.
- Here at Packing Solution we offer ‘moving packs’ which are designed to give you a good idea how many boxes you will need based on the number of bedrooms in your home. This is the simple option if you don’t have much time to decide.
- Many people simply take a guess, and a good way to predict how many boxes you’ll need is to calculate based on 5 boxes per room of the house, on average. Some rooms will require more boxes than others, for example the kitchen, however some will require less, so 5 boxes per room is a good starting point.
- You have to remember that you can always buy more boxes when you run out. So you could take a random starting point of twenty boxes, and buy more when those are used up. This can help you to test the quality and size of the boxes you have purchased as well.
Is it easy to put together a flat packed box?
- All boxes that are purchased will arrive flat packed. They are very easy to use, and they won’t take up much room while they are flat packed either so you can store them somewhere safe first of all.
- When it comes to putting the cardboard boxes together, this is simple. There will be four flaps at either end of the box. You need to fold in the smaller flaps first (two of them) and then the larger flaps on top of those.
- Next you need to secure the flaps in place using some strong packing tape. You can then flip the box over, fill it with whatever you need, and then repeat this process with the other flaps at the other end of the box.
What should you do with the boxes after you have moved house?
- When you have finished moving house and unpacked all of your things into the correct rooms of your new home, you will have lots of boxes spare.
- The first option is to simply re use the boxes for other purposes. They can be used for storage and shipping, so perhaps you might have another use for them. If this is not the case, then perhaps a friend or family member might have a use for them, or perhaps one of your neighbours are moving home soon and might need them.
- If you have no other uses for them, the next step will be to take them to your local recycling centre. Cardboard is fully recyclable, so it is important to take them there rather than simply throw them out into landfill. This is what makes cardboard boxes so much better than plastic options for moving house.