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Tips for finding the right storage boxes


There are different types of moving boxes. They come in different sizes and are made out of different materials. This is why it is so important to know how to choose the right storage boxes! No matter how tempting it is to just put everything you want to store inside one big box, don’t do it! We, at U. Santini Moving & Storage, will gladly help you store and choose the right boxes for your precious belongings. Therefore, if you want to learn more about this topic, we strongly advise you to keep reading!

Storing 101

Are you thinking about renting a storage unit? If so, you will need to learn to do it like professionals! But worry not, we are here to teach you the simplest and the best storing tips before we inform you more about choosing the right storage boxes. The first thing you will want to do is to find reliable storage companies NYC that have storage facilities of the highest possible quality. Only in these kinds of facilities, the belongings you store will stay intact, even if you opt for long term storage. So, what are the next steps after finding a unit that suits you the most?

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It is important to inform yourself about storage before getting this unit.

Well, you will need to learn which items can and which ones can’t be stored. Items such as perishable food, hazardous materials, weapons, and plants are only some of the items on the list of prohibited items for storing. Therefore, instead of placing a hazardous item inside the storage unit, learn about the safe handling and disposal of harmful products in NYC.

Only after these steps, you can start to pack your belongings for storage. So, let’s find out more about the types of storage boxes and for which ones you should opt.

The types of boxes you use matters

The type of boxes you use for storage definitely matters! In case you decide to get the full-service packing Brooklyn, you won’t have to worry about the types of boxes you are going to use – moving professionals will take care of everything! However, in case you don’t get this service, you should learn more about boxes.

What most people don’t know is that you can get different types of boxes… yes, types! Apart from regular boxes and containers, there are boxes that were specially designed to safely store one particular item. These boxes are called specialty boxes. The best way to use them is for storing your fragile items or other valuables. These boxes are perfect for storing breakables since they have inserts that keep the item from moving around.

The right storage boxes stacked one on top of each other
Cardboard can easily get damaged due to certain conditions, such as heat and humidity.

Apart from specialty boxes, you can also get wardrobe boxes. As you may assume, the boxes are intended for easy storing of clothing pieces. They even have a bar inside on which you can hang your clothes! These boxes come in various sizes so you can easily find the one that suits your needs the most. However, be careful not to overload the box with your clothes. Even though they were designed for clothing, that doesn’t mean you should pack everything you own inside them. Plan your packing carefully!

Cardboard vs. Plastic – which are the right storage boxes?

In most cases, when someone mentions storage or moving, cardboard boxes come to your mind. And that is not just you. There is a reason why people opt for cardboard boxes. They are easy to carry around, inexpensive, easy to pack and label. They really make relocations simpler. Also, you can reuse them in many ways if you feel crafty and don’t want to just throw them away at the and of your relocation. As you can see, there are many upsides of using cardboard boxes for storage. However, there are some downsides, too.

In case you want to store your belongings for a longer period of time, you will be risking damage to not just the box but also to everything that is inside of it. Also, rodents love cardboard! And you definitely don’t want to deal with them. So, what is the solution to this problem? Well, of course – plastic bins!

Plastic bins have become quite popular over the past few years. Many people who rent storage facilities Brooklyn opt for plastic bins because they are sturdier and can withstand a lot! Because of this, plastic bins are a great option for those who want to store their belonging for a longer period of time. In addition to this, they can be used for storing important items, such as documents or other valuables. You should keep in mind that using plastic bins is a pricier option than cardboard boxes but for a good reason.

Determine the size of storage boxes you are going to use

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Storage boxes come in various sizes so pick them carefully

Whether you decide to get cardboard boxes or plastic bins, you will need to know which size you are going to need. And choosing the right one isn’t as simple as it might sound.

  • Small boxes. Standard dimensions of small boxes are about 16 x 12.5 x 12.5, or 1.5 cubic feet. These boxes are great for packing up small and heavy items, or breakables. Most of these boxes can hold up to 60 pounds so be careful not to overload them.
  • Medium boxes. Standard dimensions of medium boxes are about 18 x 18 x 16, or 3 cubic feet. You should use medium boxes for bigger items and can hold up to 65 pounds.
  • Big boxes. Standard dimensions of large boxes are about 18 x 18 x 24, or 4.5 cubic feet. These boxes can hold up to 70 pounds, but be careful! Even though it can hold up that many pounds you should keep in mind that you will need to lift it! And, lifting heavy boxes could lead to injury. Therefore, don’t overload them. IT is better to use two medium boxes than one big box.

There you have it – these are the most important things you should know for finding the right storage boxes. In case you need more information about moving, packing, or storing, feel free to contact us. We will gladly answer all your questions!

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Frequently Asked Questions

At U.Santini Moving & Storage Brooklyn, we've earned our reputation through honesty and transparency. We're here to address all your questions and provide peace of mind as you choose our moving services in Brooklyn.

What are your working hours?

We are open from Monday to Friday, 7:30 AM–5 PM, but feel free to contact us through our contact form anytime. We'll get back to you ASAP.

Does U.Santini Moving & Storage offer insurance?

Absolutely! We offer various types of insurance to protect your belongings, including a full replacement option. The cost depends on how much your things are worth and the deductible you choose.

How soon should I schedule my move?

It's a good idea to book your moving company at least 8 weeks before your move. If you're moving during the holidays or in the summer, it's best to schedule it 12 weeks ahead. But if your move is between September and May, you can often book movers with just 2 weeks' notice. The key is to secure your moving crew as soon as you have all the details about your move.

Do you provide packing supplies?

Yes, we do. Along with the necessary boxes and packing materials for your move, we offer various 'Saver' packages tailored to the size of your home. If you don't use all the boxes you purchased, you can return them to our team after the move, and we'll refund the unused portion.

What type of storage do you offer?

At U. Santini Moving & Storage Brooklyn, we offer complete storage solutions in climate-controlled units. Our units are monitored 24/7 to keep your belongings safe, whether you need short-term or long-term storage. We even provide storage options for very short durations, including as little as 24 hours.

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