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Moving Boxes: what is the best choice, Paper or Plastic?

When it comes to moving, packing plays an important role in the moving process. Boxes, packing paper, tape, and mattress bags are just a few of the essential ingredients.

An integral part of the moving process involves preparation. This   preparation has many elements; from hiring a mover and reserving an elevator to packing the contents of your place. Boxes, packing paper, tape, and mattress bags are just a few of the essential ingredients. In   the past, people generally purchased new boxes from storage facilities, big box stores, their moving company, or they gathered good used ones. Recently however, there has been a new   option: plastic containers. Under a variety of company names these plastic crates have been billed as an economical   and environmentally friendly alternative to cardboard. But how   useful are they for the actual process of moving?


There are some positive and   negative points when it comes to moving with plastic crates. The initial   plus is that most of the companies deliver the crates to your home.   Additionally no set up is required, just open the lid and away you go!   Once they are filled, you can stack them uniformly in the corner.


On moving day, the merits of the plastic   crate are put to the test. The first issue: the crates come in one size   only. Your typical inner city move needs at least two sizes, one for   books (heavy items) and another for general household goods. Every time   I’ve moved these plastic crates they have been overloaded. One size definitely doesn’t fit all, though, it’s not always a problem.   For example, if both ends of the move have an elevator, an exceptionally   heavy crate is ok. The crate goes onto a 4 wheel board, into the   elevator, and up the ramp to the truck.


If there are stairs however, the difficulty of moving an overloaded crate becomes obvious.   First, the weight of the crate itself – it can be the equivalent of a   3.5 cubic ft box filled with books. Second, the design of the crate is   problematic. A large cardboard box for moving (think china   barrel) is designed to be tall and narrow, whereas the plastic tub is   low and wide. This low wide crate has handles on the top and   slippery tapered sides, which makes it difficult to hold from the bottom. This is an issue particularly when climbing stairs, as a heavy   weight needs to be grasped from underneath. Additionally, todays   apartments and condos have a variety of door widths. Because the crates   are low are wide, you often have to turn your body slightly   when carrying through a doorway to prevent scraping your hands. This can put an uneven load on the back, which is never a good thing.


If you are moving and have elevators on   both ends – and no stairs in between – then plastic crates are a   reasonable  alternative to cardboard boxes.  However, if your move   involves stairs of any kind, multi sized cardboard boxes may be a better   choice.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Babur Schehzad is a member of CityMOVE.ca

CityMOVE is top rated professional Movers Vancouver, providing   thoughtful attention to detail, at affordable rates. From padding and   shrink wrapping your furniture, to free mattress bags and on-time   arrivals, you can be assured you are moving with a company that cares.



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