What You Should do with Moving Supplies Surplus
When you are moving from Edmonton (or another city) it is sometimes difficult to properly estimate exactly how many cartons you will need for your move. This is why professional movers like Premiere Van Lines can accurately estimate what is needed to complete your move. When their moving consultant does an in-home survey he/she can provide you with a fairly accurate estimate on the total cost of moving including the cost of packing. For the amateur mover, packing is divided into the quantity and the specific type of cartons that are used for packing plus the cost of labour to perform the packing function. Also, if you have your moving company pack, they will offer to unpack those cartons at destination.
If you are considering doing your own packing it makes sense to purchase the moving supplies from your moving company since they will always provide you with professional quality materials and will help you determine what you need so that you don’t end up with more than required. On the other hand, if you decide to purchase from a big box store or other outlet you may be restricted to small, medium and large cartons rather than the wider range (intended for specific types of goods) that is available from your moving company specifically:
China barrels – for dishes, crystal and other fragile items
2 cube- for books, small tools and other small but relatively heavy items
4 cube- for pots and pans and small appliances
5 cube- for lamps and lamp shades
6 cubes – for linens, duvets and pillows
Wardrobes with hanging bars – for clothes from a closet or draperies
Mirror cartons- telescoping cartons in large or small size for pictures, mirrors or oil paintings
Chandelier cartons – for hanging chandeliers
In the event that you end up with excess cartons you can always return what is not used to the moving company or retail outlet for a refund. Another option is to consider placing an online ad offering them for sale. Obviously, there are always other people moving who are I need of moving supplies. Remember if you have your mover pack your cartons they will offer an unpacking service and that means they will take away the unpacked cartons, packing paper etc which will save you disposing of it.
If you intend to put the excess cartons out to the garbage, it may make sense to notify your community authorities so that they are prepared to pick up a larger than normal quantity of recyclable material. Cartons should be folded up then tied together with twine. Packing paper can be put in see through plastic bags.