The corrugated boxes that are used for moving are not all made with the same quality and same materials, and they are not just the common standard boxes that you see in many retail stores.
While it can be tempting to use the cheapest boxes and packing supplies available, the quality of boxes and supplies that you use will likely have a big impact on keeping your items safe and secure during the move or in a storage facility. If possible, try to choose only boxes that are specially designed to be used for moving.
What makes standard moving boxes different from other boxes is that they are designed specifically for loading and transporting items onto a truck. Aussie Moving uses standard sizes boxes to plan effective use of truck space.
Our experience helps us determine how many boxes and the type of boxes that will be needed to complete your move and then from this data we can determine how best to pack these boxes horizontally and vertically onto the trucks. If you use non-standard box sizes, Aussie Moving will have to do their best to try to make things fit properly, but these non-standard sizes create a much greater risk that there is open spaces on the truck and that the boxes shift during the trip.
Keeping Items Safe In Your Moving Boxes
The most common cause of damage during a move comes from the vibration of items inside your box during transit. If you leave space within the box or you have not properly wrapped the items, you will leave open space that can create movement of your items inside the box. If there is too much space, a sudden jolt could cause your items to penetrate the box and be left open or exposed in the truck for the remainder of the trip.
At Aussie Moving we recommend using quality packing tape, packing paper and bubble wrap. Even if you fill up boxes with clothes, blankets or pillows, you are providing more protection against shifting of items inside the boxes.
This small extra investment upfront can pay big dividends. Just a few damaged dishes or other expensive items can create an expense far exceeding the cost of the extra packing materials.
Standard Moving Boxes
There are several types of boxes specially designed for moving household items. Normal moving box types and sizes include:
Small (1.5 cubic feet) The Small Moving Boxes are designed for items that are small and heavy like a DVD collection or your collection of books. Three of the heavier items that many people will pack in the small moving box are CD’s, canned goods, and books. The weight of these items will be somewhere around 35 – 45 pounds.
Medium (3.0 cubic feet ). These are industry-standard boxes that are versatile and can be used for a number of common household items. Use these boxes to store collectibles, kitchenware and most of your other household items.
Large (4.5 cubic feet). These are all-purpose moving boxes that can be packed with heavy items, but can still be carried easily. Large-size moving boxes are best suited for packing some heavy household goods along with lighter items.
Extra-large (6.0 cubic feet). Extra-large boxes are best suited for light goods such as bedding, drapes, towels and clothing that you do not place in a separate wardrobe box. Don’t place too many items in a large moving box, because it can become unwieldy to lift and carry.
Wardrobe (24x24x40 inches). Wardrobe boxes are a valuable time saver, because they allow you to move your clothes directly from your closets right into the wardrobe box. These sturdy boxes can protect your clothes from wrinkling or damage. When you arrive at your new home, you can easily remove the clothes from the wardrobe boxes and place them in your new closet.
Kitchen (5.1 cubic feet). These are heavy duty boxes with a 44 ECT rating and are designed for packing dishes, glasses, china and cookware.
Picture Carton. Picture boxes are made to store and ship large picture frames, mirrors and any large thin items. You should always wrap the corners of these items with Bubble Wrap. Depending on the value of each item, you may be able to place multiple items inside a single frame box.
File (2.3 cubic feet). Use these boxes to keep your legal- and letter-size files organized. File boxes are ideal for all of your paperwork, important documents, manuals, receipts and even coin collections. They have an attached lid and do not require tape.
Call Aussie Moving today at 805-456-6498 and we will gladly assist you with any of your packing needs or supplies.