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How Many Moving Boxes Do I Need?

Learn the tips to simplify residential moves.

Moving Day Preparations

Residential moves can be fairly simple for those who are well-prepared. Having a plan definitely helps things flow easily from one home to another. Having the right tools on hand is also an essential part of the process. Moving without the right materials can lead to damaged belongings and wasted time. For example, having the right number and size of boxes can make all the difference.

Consider the following when deciding how many boxes you need for your residential move:

Ease of Transport

While it may be possible to cram all of your belongings into three appliance size boxes, it probably isn’t your best bet. First, the boxes would be tremendously heavy and take more effort to move than the savings would be worth. Second, it would be hard to organize your things in a way that protected them from damage. You don’t want to have to repurchase your belongings once you move to your next house, so take care when selecting your moving supplies.

Box Alternatives

Most everything you move should be stored in a box to make transport as easy as possible. Flat boxes are more stable when stacked on one another than when pushed in around loosely packed items. Even floor lamps are better off in a box, because it’s protected from the bumps of the road.

There are a few alternatives to cardboard boxes, however. Drawers can be packed with clothes and other soft items. Large pieces of furniture are often wrapped in moving blankets. Fragile or specialty items--like fine china and electronics—can be packed in containers specifically suited to their shapes.

Professional moving companies often recommend the amount of supplies you’ll need based on the size of your home and how long you’ve been there. The adage of “less is more” does not apply on moving day. When in doubt, opt for more boxes than you need. Not only will you have all your necessary supplies on hand, you’ll be more likely to pack in a way that is injury and damage free.

Preparing for a residential move is never easy, but having professional movers on your side helps. If you’re in the Columbia, SC, area, contact Nilson Van for expert help for residential moves.


- Jack Jacobs



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