Whether to Rent Plastic Containers or use Cardboard Boxes for your next move?

Regardless of how you do it, moving is rarely anxiety-proof.  There are too many moving parts.  So to be as less anxious as you might, renting from a business that provides rentable, reusable containers, could well be the best way to go. 

In terms of availability, you most likely will have to reside in a larger city to rent reusable boxes.  But, here are the advantages:

  • These companies will deliver the containers to your sold home and then pick them up at your new home on your terms. 

  • These plastic containers nest within each other, so they take up much less space and provide much less awkwardness than the cardboard box. 

  • You will not have to put boxes together (and if you’ve ever fought with a tape gun, you’ll recognize that the gun most often wins), and you’ll have nothing to break down and recycle.

As for the convenience of the plastic containers, aside from not having to put them together,

  • It will be quickly noticed that they are labeled easily,

  • They are easy to open, and they will not have to be cut open and taped and re-taped. 

  • f you pack something early and decide it is something needed before the move, you won’t have to blade a box, then remove tape only to have to re-tape it once more. 

  • Again, if you’ve ever gone into combat with a tape gun, you’ll not want to do such again, regardless of your being a competent human and will defeat the gun at some point. 

Plastic containers stack very nicely, as opposed to the random cardboard box. Moving companies have dollies that accommodate these containers.  These boxes stack well, so they don’t slide around in a moving truck.  Because they fit snugly, they take up less space in a moving truck, so you might spend less for the space.  As they are easy to move, they oftentimes pay for themselves as they can take hours off a move.  They also do not burst from the bottom, as cardboard boxes do.

Another huge advantage reusable plastic containers have over cardboard boxes is that they are pest-free.  Insects such as roaches and termites are all too happy to nest within, and it is easily possible to accidentally transfer the miscreants to your next home. 

Plastic containers are often made from recyclable materials.  They can be reused many times, and the advantage of this is easily obvious to those even negligibly aware.

When the move is over, you don’t have to find a place in a landfill to place plastic containers.  The renter will pick them up, so your consideration of them will be over. That they must be returned by a certain date is to the renter’s advantage, as that serves as motivation to get on with the unpacking. 

Unless you are considering storing your possessions for a long period of time, the choice between purchasing cardboard boxes versus renting plastic containers is all kinds of lopsided towards the containers. When you consider the ease, economics, and ecological advantages involved in the renting of plastic containers in a local move, this is the only way to go.

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