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Plastic Bins or Cardboard Boxes for Moving and Storage?

Packing properly when moving or putting your items in storage can save you a lot of headaches and make the process go a lot smoother. So what’s the best way to pack your items for an efficient and quick move or to get the most space out of your storage container? Should you use cardboard boxes or plastic storage bins?

Cardboard vs Plastic Moving and Storage Boxes

Plastic Totes for Moving

They may seem like a more durable investment compared to cardboard boxes, however plastic bins are designed for storing your household items inside your home. Unfortunately when it comes to moving, they can be very inconvenient. For one, they don’t stack as well as boxes do, which means they will take up more space. Plastic totes also get heavier faster, meaning the process of loading and unloading your items will be more difficult. They can also be a hassle during the move, since plastic totes need to be secured when being transported, otherwise they might slip and slide.

Plastic totes are considered more waterproof than cardboard boxes, but rest assured that our Pak-n-Stor Calgary storage facility is secure and climate controlled so you don't have to worry. 

Plastic Bins for Self Storage in Calgary

Since plastic totes are designed for storage, are they the best option if you are using mobile self-storage in Calgary? Once again, not necessarily. You will be facing some of the same problems as when it comes to moving - not stacking well, taking up too much space and getting very heavy fast. Since Pak-n-Stor only charges you for the number of mobile containers that you use, it’s best to use boxes that will optimize space by stacking perfectly.

Moving Containers in Calgary

One of the reasons to use mobile storage containers is to make your move less stressful. Pak-n-Stor brings our QuikPak storage units right to your door, you pack them up and we take them to our storage facility. To make the process even easier, we recommend that you use cardboard boxes for your move or to store your items. Compared to plastic bins, cardboard boxes stack up better, are lighter and will take up less space in the in the storage containers. Cardboard boxes are also easier to write on and to carry.

Low Cost Storage and Moving in Calgary

The simple fact is that cardboard boxes are also cheaper than plastic bins. You can buy as many as you need and store them, keep them for your next move or recycle them. If you use plastic totes for your move, you will probably have way more than you can use in your home. Plus, when using Pak-n-Stor, saving space will save you money - we will bring up to 6 moving containers to your home at a time and you can pack as many or as few as you need - we only charge you for the containers that you use.

The bottom line is that whether you are storing your items or moving, it is best to pack them in cardboard boxes. Plastic totes are extremely useful around your home, but boxes are cheaper and hassle-free.

Do you have questions about moving and storage in Calgary? Don’t hesitate to give us a call at (403) 255-7213, we are happy to answer all your concerns.

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Pak-n-Stor is a family operated Calgary self storage company. We’ve been helping Calgary residents and businesses for the past 15 years.

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Prior to storage each QuikPak must be padlocked and only you hold the key. Outside security is provided by a fenced yard and padlocked gate. Guests must register at the office prior to entry into the secure storage premise. The interior of our facility is heated to protect your furniture and electronics from harsh winter weather. Additionally fire and security systems are professionally monitored 24/7.

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We are Ken and Justin, a father and son team. We are the founders and owners of Pak-n-Stor. You call, we answer. No automated call centers, or scheduling delays. Call us today, we’ll deliver our QuikPak containers as quickly as you need them.

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Pak-n-Stor makes storage easy. We care about great customer service. We make moving and storage so much simpler. Our mission is to save you time and money on storage and moving. In Calgary we are you all-in-one moving and storage partner.