Thursday, July 1, 2010
I recently completed a move where the customer had packed their belongings into hundreds of used LCBO boxes. While they seem great because they are free and light weight, they are actually a nightmare for movers. Imagine a mover stacking these boxes over 10 high and wide, but because every box is a different shape and size it turns into a lopsided layer that can easily be knocked over or topple. The average mover is in great physical shape and carries 2-3 boxes safely, smaller boxes limit the amount of weight/volume we can carry, and take double the time for the same amount of items if packed in larger industry sized cartons. This is something to consider when paying by the hour for a local mover. Here is a quick guide to what carton sizes to use, and for what purpose:
1cubic foot carton (LCBO moving boxes): Please do not use!
2 cubic foot banker’s carton: Heavy items such as books, magazines, taxes
4 cubic foot carton: Medium weight items such as electronics or lampshades.
5 cubic foot carton: Light weight items such as pots and pans, linens or kids toys.
Aside from the LCBO boxes on this move there was a great deal of plastic tote bins which had removable tops. Not a single top was secured with tape, and had to be done on move day to ensure nothing would accidently fall out of the carton once the top falls off. Overall the right materials and packing can help your next move go faster and smoother.