There are many challenges in the removals trade and the last thing you want is a load of cardboard boxes that aren’t up to the job of carrying heavy and bulky items safely and securely.
We’ve put together a handy guide of things to look out for when buying protective packaging and boxes for moving:
1. Box strength – buy strong boxes
It’s unlikely that you’ll need single wall boxes for removals because customers will have a mix of items that need packing by room rather than weight, and the types of items can be unpredictable. For this reason, you’ll want double wall boxes as a minimum. We even have boxes we call ‘strong double wall’ because they are manufactured in a way that adds additional strength to the double wall structure. If your customer mentions that they have particularly fragile and heavy items, you may want to consider a strong double wall box, or even a tri-wall box for added safety.
2. Box size – not too large and not too small
Extra large cardboard boxes are typically used only in exceptional circumstances. Otherwise, they are difficult to pack and carry, and require multiple people to handle them, especially if the item is very heavy. This is par for the course with removals jobs, but most items can be packed in a way that requires only one or two people to move them, which frees up the team to get the job done quickly. Standard moving boxes are referred to as Pack 2 boxes. It’s a double wall box measuring approximately 18" x 18" x 20" or 450mm x 450mm x 515mm so it’s ideal for packing, storage and removals. For clothing, wardrobe boxes are a winner and customers love them - you can hang clothes up and they won't get creased during transport.
3. Price – seek low cost alternatives without compromising on quality
Sometimes, buying cheap cardboard boxes can be a curse because you compromise on quality. However, there is a way to save money on packaging while maintaining quality on your packing and moving service. Used boxes from a reputable company like Sadlers are the answer. If you follow point 1 (by choosing a decent box strength) then you can find cheaper alternatives to a newly manufactured pack 2 box. The box finder on our homepage allows you to enter your ideal size and it will show you all the boxes we have close to that size. Our large stock range of used boxes varies regularly so it is worth doing this each time you need to order packing boxes. You could save hundreds of pounds a year by choosing used over new. Here's an example of a used box and it's less than half the cost of a new pack 2!
4. Use quality packing tape – don’t risk any failures!
It’s tempting to cut costs and go for the cheapest brown tape on the market. Tape is tape, right? Wrong. Poor quality packing tape doesn’t stick properly, and a box that bursts open while you’re carrying it would be far from ideal. With decades in the business of boxes we have settled on a range of low noise packing tape that, along with a dispenser, is easy to apply and actually does the job well. There's even 'fragile' printed tape for special items that need extra care and attention.
5. Use adequate padding – reduce your chances of breakages
This should go without saying but wrapping goods to prevent damage and breakages is essential in the moving trade! Get your customers to think about how to prioritise items that require protection. For example, a box full of kids’ plastic toys probably won’t need any padding, but kitchen items like crockery certainly will. Some prefer bubble wrap but for a plastic-free option take a look at packing paper which can be used as a protective layer between household items but also as a great way to fill any space in a box to stop things moving around during transport. You might also want to think about using cardboard sheets that can be cut down to size, making it easier to stack uniformly-sized items on top of one another.
We've also put together our top tips for packing to move house. Follow these 8 steps for a stress-free move!