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Think Twice Before Moving with Used Boxes

How are you going to find enough boxes to pack all of your stuff? Many people end up scrounging boxes from the supermarket, Craigslist, or anywhere they can find them.

At BluebinsBC, we discourage everyone we work with from packing up their possessions with used moving boxes. We rent reusable plastic Moving Boxes in the Vancouver area..

Here’s a few of the most important reasons why:

1. Old Boxes are Dirty, Dusty Boxes

Simply put, old boxes, especially those that have been used to ship items through UPS, FedEx, or the Canada Post are just plain dirty and grimy. Most shipping trucks aren’t kept clean and if you’re lucky your boxes will be covered (inside and out) with a fine black dust from vehicle exhaust and from being tossed around dirty warehouses. If you’re not lucky, you’ll end up with boxes with oil spots or other stains that can transfer to your home, office, and valuable belongings.

2. Used Boxes are Unsanitary

Beyond dirt and the possibility of cosmetic damage to your belongings, used boxes, especially used wardrobe boxes are very unsanitary. They may be home to bedbugs, moths, carpet beetles or other insects, as well as germs and bacteria that you don’t want touching your clothes!

The last thing you want is an infestation of bugs in your new home or office! Bedbugs are difficult to remove and moths can wreak havoc and destroy your favorite clothes!

3. Old Boxes are Weak Boxes

Even the toughest cardboard boxes lose their strength and structural integrity quickly. This goes double for used shipping boxes which have been tossed, kicked, and bounced around for hundreds, if not thousands of miles.

When you pack up items using old boxes, you run the risk of a box breaking during the middle of a move. That can lead to unexpected (and very unwanted damage) to your valuables. Plus if the bottom of a box breaks, you run the risk of dropping something heavy on your feet (ouch!) By using only new boxes, you’re protecting yourself and your belongings.

4. Old Boxes aren’t Versatile

When you search out free used boxes, you can’t be too picky when it comes to the size. You might end up with oversize boxes that are too heavy for you to easily move or unpack. Or you might not be able to find boxes to fit your oddly-shaped possessions.

5. Finding Boxes is Just the Beginning

When it comes to properly packing up your belongings, boxes are just the beginning. You’ll also need bubble wrap, packaging paper and other supplies to keep your belongings safe and sound. You’re not likely to find those for free, and if you do, used packing materials often carry the same risks as used moving boxes.