Moving home can be quite a stressful time, especially when you have a lot of items to move. Larger furniture items are typically difficult to move as they’re heavy and cumbersome, but more time will likely be spent packing smaller items into moving boxes ready for the big day. While removal companies can assist you with moving the larger items, they’re often unlikely to help you pack your possessions into boxes – unless you hire professional packers, that is. However, if you choose to pack everything yourself, then you’re likely to need boxes to house all of your belongings. So, with this in mind, we’ll discuss whether you should look to buy or hire moving boxes to transport all your belongings.
How long will you need them for?
The length of time that you’ll need moving boxes for will typically vary from home to home, as this is usually dependent on the size of the property, the moving date and the amount of possessions needing to be moved. For many, moving boxes won’t usually be needed for longer than a month, but for others, they could be needed for in excess of three months. In these two circumstances, hiring moving boxes is more suited to those who need them for shorter terms, with buying being more suitable for those who need them for longer periods of time.
Where do you need to move to?
When you hire or buy moving boxes, you’ll need to consider the distance that you’ll be moving homes simply because the boxes will need to be picked up again when you’ve finished with them. Because of this, as a general rule of thumb, hiring boxes are the best option for those that are moving to a suburb within a metro area, but for those moving to a suburb outside of a metro area then it’s probably better to buy them outright as it’ll work out cheaper in the long run.
The overall cost of moving boxes essentially depends on how many you require and whether you’re looking to buy or hire. There are plenty of options to choose from to suit your needs and you can either buy or hire single boxes or select from a range of moving packages. Generally speaking, hiring boxes is around 20% cheaper than buying them, which is why they’re typically more suited to those who need them for shorter terms. However, while buying moving boxes will be a little more expensive than hiring, you’ll at least own the boxes so you can reuse them time and time again. This is particularly useful for those that may end up moving again at some point in the future or even place the boxes into storage.
Your decision on whether to buy or hire moving boxes should be based on the amount of time that you need them for, where you’re moving to and whether you’ll need to use the boxes again at some point in the future. If you’re planning to move home sometime soon and you’re in need of moving boxes or professional packers to assist you, then why not get in touch to see how we can take the stress out of the moving process!