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Tips for Choosing the Right Moving Boxes

One of the most important steps in ensuring that your personal belongings are protected during a move is to correctly pack items in the right size and strength moving boxes.  The wrong moving boxes can be too heavy to lift or not strong enough to protect fragile belongings.  The result of using the wrong moving boxes can also mean opening boxes full of broken dishes, electronics, or household furnishings once your belongings have been delivered to your new home.   Avoid disaster by taking the time to correctly select and pack your boxes long before your San Antonio movers arrive on moving day. 


It is always advisable to use the strongest moving boxes you can find.  This usually means purchasing moving boxes from your moving company or other moving supply store.  If you want complete security, consider having your San Antonio movers perform all of the packing using their own boxes designed for moving items safely.  If this option is not in the budget right now, consider purchasing a few heavy duty moving boxes for your most expensive or fragile items and then using lightly used boxes for other items.  High quality moving boxes that have been previously used are sometimes available on online marketplace websites like Craigslist for deeply discounted prices. 


The second most important consideration to make when choosing moving boxes is the size of the boxes.  There are a number of different size boxes to choose from and many specialty boxes designed for specific items.   Boxes specifically made to carry dishes, mirrors and pictures, clothing, electronics, or mattresses provide the best possible protection for your belongings. 

In addition, as a general rule of thumb it is also recommended that you do not pack any boxes to weigh more than 50 lbs.  Even though you may be leaving the heavy lifting to San Antonio movers, you may have to carry a few boxes into different rooms before or after your move.  Boxes that are too heavy can cause frustration or even injury.  To avoid making boxes too heavy, remember to pack heavy items like books, tools, or canned goods in as small as boxes as possible.  Lighter items can be packed in bigger boxes.  The largest boxes should not hold anything heavier than bulky items like pillows, stuffed toys, or coats. 


Finally, you are going to need to determine how many boxes you are going to need for your move.  The exact number of required boxes is determined by factoring in the size of your home, how much of your belongings you will be taking with you, and the number of people in your family.  Rough estimates suggest that if you are moving only 1 to 2 rooms you will need approximately 20- 25 boxes of varying sizes.  Larger homes, with 7 to 8 rooms, require as many as 90 to 100 boxes.  The best way to come up with a clearer estimate for your move is to use an online moving box calculator.  This handy tool can help you set the exact parameters for your move to better determine exactly how many boxes your home should require to properly pack.  

Once you know what strength, size, and quantity of moving boxes to use, it’s time to get packing!  By using the right moving boxes you can ensure better protection for your belongings and avoid potential disasters on moving day.