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What Are Some Alternatives to Moving Boxes?

By Relocation.com

One of the biggest concerns for families and companies whenever they relocate is having enough moving boxes to safely stow and transport their things. While it is most convenient to obtain the boxes from the long distance movers, these boxes do add a significant additional cost to their relocation expenses. And, after unpacking, people are left with dozens and dozens of cardboard boxes which only end up as garbage, or occupy valuable storage space in the basement. Here are a few alternatives to traditional moving boxes that can reduce wastage, save costs, are reusable, and environment friendly.

Plastic Boxes:
Plastic moving boxes seem to be the current preferred alternative to traditional cardboard company-provided packing boxes. These can either be rented or bought. Plastic boxes are sturdier than cardboard and better protects their contents from water or other liquids. People are assured that their belongings are kept safe during transport. Another big advantage is they eliminate the need for adhesive tapes. It’s all pack and go -- none of the complications and hassle of sealing

Renting plastic boxes is perhaps the most practical alternative. Many moving companies now offer this convenient service. Renting these boxes is cheaper than buying cardboard boxes, and people don’t need to worry where to store them once unpacking is finished. It is also considered an environment-friendly substitute to traditional cardboard boxes because it can be reused many times over.

Those who are anticipating storage challenges in their new home or office can also consider buying plastic boxes. The use for these boxes goes beyond the big move. These plastic boxes will continue to serve as essential storage organizers. More practical for long-term storage than cardboard boxes, they are easily stackable, waterproof, and mouse and rat-proof too. You can be confident that your files and stored knick knacks are safe during transport, and during the months (or years) of storage.

Another choice for movers is plastic crates which, like plastic boxes, they can also rent or buy. Crates give people the same advantages of plastic boxes, such as sturdiness and convenience, reusability and long-term use. The only drawback is they can’t be sealed.

But because crates are built to be durable they are best for bulky, heavy items, or oddly shaped items that can’t be effectively packed and carried in cardboard or plastic boxes.

Used Cardboard Boxes:
Packing boxes are usually provided by the moving company. But for people looking to cut significantly on moving costs, used cardboard boxes will be the best alternative. Neighbors and friends are always willing to help out those who are relocating so sourcing these is not that hard. However, it is best to start collecting used boxes well before your moving date just to make sure that there is enough. But while price is a big advantage, they might not be as convenient to transport as the traditional company-provided boxes. Why? Their varied sizes means it will be a bit of a challenge to load and secure them inside the moving truck.

Whatever alternative you choose, or even if you still prefer the traditional moving company cardboard moving boxes, will depend on you budget, and present -- as well as future -- needs.

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