Always use quality cardboard moving boxes. Remember, inside the boxes you use for moving, are your valuables and many case priceless possessions. Not all boxes are alike. You should know how box strength - quality - sizes - loads will affect your move. Below are some questions and answers about cardboard moving boxes that may provide useful information for your boxquest.
"Why is box strength important?"
Corrugated boxes come in all shapes, strengths and sizes - the stronger the cardboard moving box, the greater the protection for its contents. Generally, professional movers use corrugated cardboard boxes that are at least 32 ect (or 200lb test) in strength. These ratings are standard from the box industry, and help insure that your household belongings will arrive safely. Weaker boxes may crush under heavy loads. No moving, truck rental or self storage company should sell a moving box weaker than 32 ect (200lb test). There are some retailers that sell much weaker (by 46%) 150lb test boxes and calling them moving boxes. BEWARE! This box was actually designed for light-weight usage and should not be used for moving.
"How Do I Know How Strong My Box Is?"
All cardboard moving boxes have a certificate seal printed on the bottom flap by the manufacturer certifying the strength of your corrugated cardboard boxes. Industry standard Moving Boxes are 200lb test weight or 32 ect. Larger boxes like Wardrobes or kitchen dish pack boxes Kitchen should have a higher test weight/strength. Also on the certificate you will find a capacity in weight that the box is designed to handle. Just because a box is large, doesn't mean it can carry a lot of weight. Make sure to check box strength before you make a purchase to make sure they are adequate for your needs. ↑Top
"How can you sell your new boxes at such a low price?"
BoxQuest sells cardboard moving boxes through a trusted affiliate box retailer who buys over a million un-printed boxes direct from the biggest box manufacturers in the USA every year! By focusing only on moving boxes for consumers, our new box source gets great pricing on their large orders and passes along the savings to you.
"Is size important?"
Yes, box sizes matter! But only in the sense of manageability. Many moving companies sell large boxes for use by large men and their large moving machines. Based on customer demand, our new box retailer uses cardboard moving boxes that are slightly smaller and more manageable. Most of our clients are self-movers, but either way, how you pack the box is as important as how large the box is. The number one cause of damage during a move is a box that is not fully packed. Empty space in a box creates trouble. See our packing tips for more details.
"Is it OK to use used boxes for moving?"
Used cardboard moving boxes can be a perfect for your needs. Always inspect used boxes before using them and don't be shy, ask the W's about the boxes (who, what, where, why and how). Boxes may get weaker each time they are reused. It really depends on how each box was packed, handled, transported, protected (i.e. rain, snow), unpacked and even stored. Water can ruin boxes! Protect your boxes from the natural elements and be sure to ask any box seller if their boxes have ever come into contact with water. ↑Top
One of the biggest concerns is the side of the box, where the seam is glued. Over time, this glue becomes unreliable. Always inspect used boxes carefully before packing. NOTE: for shipping, regulations for carriers like UPS and FedEx prohibit the use of used boxes. Be sure to always ask your shipper if they allow used boxes for shipping.
"Are your boxes high quality corrugated cardboard boxes?"
YES - In fact our new boxes test over the 200lb test industry standard giving you extra box quality. Our cardboard moving boxes are more than tough enough even for shipping!! Our Kitchen and Wardrobe boxes are double the strength.
"How can you ship your new boxes for free?"
FedEx shipping is expensive. Fortunately, our affiliate box retailer is able to keep costs low by shipping from multiple warehouses throughout the country. This makes your delivery time faster and your cardboard moving boxes arrive in better condition (not after days and 1000's of miles on a truck).
"How do you choose the box sizes?"
For moving supplies and box supplies, our new box supplier has taken the most popular box sizes used in their years of student moving and applied these sizes as their benchmarks. See How to Pack to make sure you choose the right size to ensure good packing. ↑Top
"Are your new boxes guaranteed?"
Absolutely! If you purchase new moving boxes, kits or supplies and are not satisfied, you can return them within (10) days of receipt for a refund. Go to our guarantee for more information about our policy.