Traditionally removal companies have supplied and moved cardboard for domestic moves. In recent years a new rival has emerged, in the form of the sturdy recycled plastic crate.
Go Panda offer crate rental as well as cardboard for sale but which is the best choice to pack your belongings? To help our customers make the right decision, we have listed a few of the things you should know.
Plastic crates have a clear advantage over cardboard hen it comes to durability, made from recycled high density material; they are sturdy enough to protect even your most precious belongings during the move. The rigid base of the crate also supplies superb support to even the heaviest items. Our UK based customers will be familiar with the weather here, rain can put a dampener on moving day. Our recycled crates are weather resistant, so you can be assured that your possessions will stay dry, even if you don’t.
Cardboard can be sturdy, providing you buy quality double walled boxes and avoid cheaper options often available online. Plastic is inherently more durable than even the best quality cardboard and will, therefore, offer you better protection during your move. Cardboard unlike plastic crates doesn’t deal with the wet weather so well.
Cardboard is more readily available than plastic crates, cardboard is everywhere. Opting to use plastic moving boxes for your house move means renting them from a removals company. Go Panda hire out crate to an increasing number of our customers and offer a rapid delivery and pickup service
The beauty of choosing cardboard boxes for moving house is their availability; they can be found everywhere, from freebies in supermarkets to specialist online stores. Cardboard boxes are available in all shapes and sizes so you will never be struggling to find a box to suit your needs. The ease of sourcing your boxes combined with avoiding the rental costs associated with plastic crates gives cardboard a clear advantage.
Our recycled plastic crates are rigid and thus require no assembly, this makes using plastic boxes for moving house a quick and efficient process . Just fill your crate, add a label, close the lid, stack and repeat.
Cardboard boxes are supplied flat; this is great for storing them when empty, but building each box individually before your move, can quickly become tedious. The labour intensive process of making each box, taping the seams, filling, labelling and taping to close, means using cardboard boxes for moving house is far slower and less efficient than with plastic crates.
Plastic crates are built to stand the test of time, their durability and resistance to weather mean they can be used over and over again. They are incredibly efficient and used for a multitude of purposes, including storage, transport and of course, future house moves. Unlike cardboard boxes, they don’t have to be assembled before use; they can be stacked inside one-another when not in use or stacked on top of each other for efficient use of space
The less durable nature of the cardboard box also affects its re-usability. Cardboard is prone to bumps, tears and soggy bottoms when wet, making it’s usefulness following a frantic house move less promising. If your boxes do survive move day in a usable condition, they can be reused in the same manner as their plastic rivals, providing you keep them dry.
Crates are slightly more expensive than cardboard boxes, but when it comes to boxes for moving house, the choice is not as clear-cut. Of course, the boxes themselves carry a premium, the material and manufacturing process is expensive, and this is reflected in the price, add in rental costs and cardboard boxes seem like a far cheaper option, but are they?
Cardboard boxes are cheap to buy, far cheaper in fact than their plastic rivals. When you buy Cardboard boxes you own them, no rental costs and you can write directly on the box, so no need to buy labels. At this point, cardboard looks like the most affordable option. However, if you start to factor in the additional packaging you will need to protect your belongings, packaging tape, your time to build each box and the disposal costs once finished; somehow, plastic crates look like an affordable alternative.
Both cardboard boxes and plastic crates make ideal solutions for moving house. But the benefits of durability, speed, efficiency and weatherproofing make it hard to recommend anything but the plastic crate. For the home mover on a budget, there is no doubt the humble cardboard box would do a fantastic job. But if you have the choice, hiring plastic crates would make your move speedier and less stressful, and as a result, we believe plastic crates are the best boxes for moving house. We hope you found this comparison helpful and that it gives you some guidance when choosing your boxes for your next house move.