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Moving Services Guide: When to Use Specialty Boxes and Moving Supplies

Posted on November 08, 2018

When it comes to specialty moving services, sometimes one box does not fit all.

When it comes to specialty moving services, sometimes one box does not fit all.

Believe it or not, the boxes we have traditionally used to move, store and transport our goods and belongings have evolved over the past century. While corrugated boxes and pre-cut cardboard boxes have been around since the mid-to-late 1800s, they have been improved upon to be more sturdy, durable, and even waterproof. Moving boxes now come in different shapes and sizes and are made of recyclable materials to help save waste from landfills. Read how the right specialty boxes combined with moving services that Bekins Kelowna provides can help you move all manner of items.


Not All Boxes Fit All

While those free boxes that we normally scavenge from the grocery or liquor store are fine for moving small, light and un-expensive items, they are not necessarily great for moving china, mirrors, TVs and other fragile, odd-shaped, oversized and/or high-value items. That’s when it’s important to seek out high-quality boxes and packing supplies. Moving companies such as Bekins supply specialty boxes to ensure your treasured items will be safe for transportation. This includes:

  • Dishpack cartons designed with internal dividers to accommodate glassware and dishware
  • Specialty boxes and custom crating for hard-to pack and valuable items such as antiques
  • Wardrobe boxes that allow clothes to be hung instead of folded
  • Mirror boxes designed to adjust for different sizes, from standing mirrors to wall units
  • Boxes and bags that can fit single, twin, queen, and king-sized mattresses.


wooden crating services

For Those Extra Long Hauls

Sometimes even a specialty cardboard box just won’t do, especially when it comes to long-distance moving.  If you find you need to move fragile items such as glass, art and antiques over a long distance, then you may want to consider wood crating services. Not only does Kelowna moving companies such as Bekins offer these specialty moving containers, but their crate specialists also make a visit to measure the to-be-crated item or items and then prepare, pack and move the crate when the time comes.



Oceanwise Packing and Moving

Bekins also looks after the special needs required when it comes to international moves, including packing and crating for shipping overseas. While the contents will need to be considered when shipping items over international borders, so will the wood products used for the containers. Many countries, including Canada, have regulations on wooden products and wood-containing products as some of these items can be subject to insect infestations and carry harmful pests. To lessen the risk, Bekins offers crates with alternate approved wood products. They also provide specialty packing products that provide extra padding and seal items from moisture damage.


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When More Than Idle Hands are Needed

While your household movers are trained to do the heavy lifting, sometimes a little more power is needed. Bekins not only provides specialty packing services and products, it also supplies all the equipment needed to move heavy and specialty items, including large appliances, pianos, hot tubs, pool tables and more. This includes dollies, ramps, skids, forklifts, and even cranes.


For more information, read our blog on the Dos and Don’ts: When to Hire Last Minute Movers to Help.


Whether you’re needing local, long-distance or last-minute moving services, Bekins Kelowna has the right tools for the job. We offer a worry-free move with packing services and moving supplies from specialty boxes and cartons, wood crating services, protective wraps, tape, labels, as well as specialty equipment to haul large and heavy items such as pool tables, hot tubs, and pianos.