How Many Boxes Do I Need When Moving House?

February 19, 2021

Moving house can be a stressful and tedious process, especially when it comes to packaging up all of your belongings. Not only can it be overwhelming to physically pack and sort your items, firstly you have the challenge of sourcing quality and affordable boxes. This begs the question: how many boxes do you actually need when moving house? Too many leaves you with unused boxes to move around, too little means you have loose items to somehow move or boxes packed too heavily!

While there are services out there to help you pack and move, doing it yourself can save you time and money, as well as provide more flexibility around when and how you move. To help you estimate how many boxes you need to make your next move, we have done some calculations and have prepared the below figures.

For a smaller move, of around 1 – 2 bedrooms, we recommend:

This estimate applies to homes of around 15 – 25 cubic metres.

If you are moving a medium sized home, say 2 – 3 bedrooms, we recommend:

This estimate applies to homes of around 25 – 35 cubic metres

For large moves of 5 or more bedrooms, we recommend:

This estimate applies to homes of around 35 – 50 cubic metres

Every move will be different, and you know better than anyone how much you need to pack! These figures will hopefully help you with a starting point to add to, or take away from, when purchasing boxes for your move.

How To Find Quality and Affordable Moving Boxes

Now that you have a basic idea of how many boxes you’re going to need, next comes the task of sourcing them. There are a number of ways to source boxes for moving, but not all are equal. The quality of your boxes has a direct affect on the safety and success of your move. Buying new may seem expensive, but it can save you from having to replace broken items or pay for costly bug removal. At Jetbox, we offer cardboard moving boxes that are flat packed and ready to go. When purchasing your moving boxes new, you remove the risk of a box breaking open, being riddled with bugs and dust and generally being unreliable for a long move.

If you are moving house in Melbourne, and are looking for cardboard moving boxes, then Jetbox is here to help! With a range of ready made boxes specifically for moving home, you can simplify your box search down to one location. We also offer bio-fill, bubble wrap, butchers paper and packaging tape at affordable prices; because there is nothing worse than running out of tape half way through packing! At Jetbox, we also stock a range of boxes and packing materials to help make your move as seamless as possible. From tv boxes to shallow boxes, tall to A3 sized boxes, you can find it all at Jetbox!

Corrugated Cardboard with Jetbox Melbourne

Based in Melbourne, Jetbox has been helping supply boxes to Victorians for over 10 years! Specialising in short run and custom boxes, we pride ourselves on our service, flexibility and accuracy. Working around the clock to keep you moving, we are here to make sure you have quality boxes and move home successfully.

Visit our website to see our range, or contact us today for more information!

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How To Pack Your TV Box

We understand that packing TV’s without the original packaging can be a stressful task.

Every Jetbox TV will be supplied with more than enough bubble wrap to wrap any size TV!

To put your TV box together, follow these instructions:

  1. Please start by taping the bottom of the box – pre-fold the flaps to make it easier to close.

  2. Use a blanket to cover your TV before applying bubble wrap.

  3. Lay it down (if the manufacturer recommendations specify that you can) and wrap it in bubble horizontally.

  4. Then wrap again vertically ensuring the corners, front and back are covered well. Tape up the bubble so that it doesn’t come undone.

  5. You can then slide the TV into the box, make sure it fits snugly and close the box with some strong tape.

Bulky Item Delivery Terms & Conditions

Some of our products are large, heavy and bulky and require extra care or special shipping. If your order requires a forklift we will advise before delivery, and if no forklift is available upon delivery a surcharge will apply.

Bulky deliveries that require hand delivery (but no forklift) to the first floor or above and require stair or lift access will also be subject to a delivery surcharge. If you advise at checkout that your delivery is above the ground floor, we will be in touch regarding the surcharge. This surcharge is from $50 per pallet.

Over & Under Runs

Manufacturing processes require machinery to work at quite high speeds. During production, some sheets may be damaged and need to be replaced. In some instances, we cannot replace the sheets at that time and you will be met with a slightly lower Quantity than ordered. This amount will be credited to you.

In most cases though, there will be overruns, as the machinery cannot come to a complete stop in an instant – we require a gradual slow down, which will give us more cartons produced, than what are ordered. These overruns are payable by the client. And taking them also helps save on recycling, which is more sustainable and better for the Environment in the long term.

If you require EXACT Quantities, we may have to make some boxes in a different grade than ordered, to make up your order in the Exact Qty required. These requests will also Incur higher unit costs. This cannot be avoided, as we must consider the recycling processes and costs involved, in helping to reduce our carbon footprint.

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5C or B – Light single flute cardboard used for light packaging requirements or for products that support themselves.

4C or B – Slightly stronger single flute cardboard used for packing paper/notes/pads, etc. Usually for products that self support.

3C or B – Most common board grade usually used for virtually any standard light weight packing.

3C or B Super – Medium strength board that is slightly stronger than the above 3C/B board and can also be used for frozen goods.

1C or B – Strong single flute carboard used mainly for products that need extra support when stacking.

1C or B Super – Super Strength Cardboard that is mainly used for frozen food products that are transported long distance.

3 BC – Twin Cushion cardboard used for Removal Boxes and products that need that little extra care when packaged or for bulky items that may need thicker board when transported.

1 BC – Twin Cushion cardboard with some of the highest grade board for Superior support and stack-ability. Primarily for items over 30KG.