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Old 07-18-2015, 06:23 PM
 
Location: Cape Cod
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Does anyone know if a professional moving company would allow us to pack plastic bins that we would wrap with shipping tape? Or are they only willing to accept cardboard boxes. I'm thinking the only issue would be that a name label might not stick to a plastic bin as well as it would on the cardboard.
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Old 07-18-2015, 09:00 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I've moved with National Van lines several times and always had plastic bins. Usually they contain seasonal items, clothing, electronic cords etc. I've never had any issues or questions. As you state, they usually just wrapped packing tape around them.

Having said that, in all but one of our professional moves, we were the only household whose items were on the truck, so issues like names on boxes/bins, checking inventory stickers etc were kind of a nonissue.
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Old 07-18-2015, 09:05 PM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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When I moved, they took the stuff I had in plastic bin's did not say anything about it.

Make me wonder why they (Big Moving companies) don't just get thousands of heavy duty Plastic bins, to use & reuse over and over again, instead of using hundreds of virgin cardboard boxes for each move. Could give them a competitive advantage over the other movers bring there cost down some, and allowing them to make more profit.


When My company moved offices about 1mile away, The movers came in with Plastic Tubs. At least that one used tubs for a Corporate office move.
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Old 07-18-2015, 09:55 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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I moved a big plastic bin that had dog food in it and the movers thought it was hilarious, but they had no trouble taking it that way. They teased me about all the tape I used on everything. But, I taped labels to everything with lots of clear shipping tape. Taped lids on things, taped up a stacking plastic drawers set. Bubble wrap and tape by the mile LOL.

The movers said it wasn't necessary to put my initials on everything, which I did in big letters with a circle around them, along with a description of what was inside, if it wasn't obvious. I figured it was better safe than sorry. If somehow they ended up somewhere else with a box with my initials on it, they'd know it was mine.

But, no, they didn't care about my things that weren't in boxes.
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Old 07-18-2015, 11:01 PM
 
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Normally you find the top movers will inspect then wrap the bins in bubble wrap as they see the need.
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Old 07-19-2015, 05:29 AM
 
Location: Cape Cod
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Thank you everyone for your responses. Sounds like plastic bins would not be problem.
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Old 07-19-2015, 06:14 AM
 
Location: Texas
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I moved a big plastic bin that had dog food in it and the movers thought it was hilarious, but they had no trouble taking it that way. They teased me about all the tape I used on everything. But, I taped labels to everything with lots of clear shipping tape. Taped lids on things, taped up a stacking plastic drawers set. Bubble wrap and tape by the mile LOL.

The movers said it wasn't necessary to put my initials on everything, which I did in big letters with a circle around them, along with a description of what was inside, if it wasn't obvious. I figured it was better safe than sorry. If somehow they ended up somewhere else with a box with my initials on it, they'd know it was mine.

But, no, they didn't care about my things that weren't in boxes.
Good thinking. The plastic bin for the dog food is the ideal way to store and transport it and keep pets out of it. That's why all the pet stores sell plastic bins. I also found that the shallow bins are ideal as cat litter boxes, at about 1/3 of the cost of what you buy at a pet store, only cheap bins are usually larger.

And, in my experience, the labeling of items in detail is not so much for the packing and loading end, but for the destination end, so you can make sure the crew gets things to the appropriate room instead of just being lazy and dropping everything in the garage or first room they come too. Of course, that always happens, so then the detailed labeling helps you figure out where things go.
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Old 07-19-2015, 03:07 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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Good thinking. The plastic bin for the dog food is the ideal way to store and transport it and keep pets out of it. That's why all the pet stores sell plastic bins. I also found that the shallow bins are ideal as cat litter boxes, at about 1/3 of the cost of what you buy at a pet store, only cheap bins are usually larger.

And, in my experience, the labeling of items in detail is not so much for the packing and loading end, but for the destination end, so you can make sure the crew gets things to the appropriate room instead of just being lazy and dropping everything in the garage or first room they come too. Of course, that always happens, so then the detailed labeling helps you figure out where things go.
Amen. I love my dog food bin lol. It's the little things in life. It has wheels that detach, so I taped them to the underside of the lid. It has a locking lid, too, so my dog can't get into it - at least not easily ha ha. I can keep it under the kitchen island table and it wheels in and out easily. Love that thing.

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Old 07-19-2015, 03:10 PM
 
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Thank you everyone for your responses. Sounds like plastic bins would not be problem.
We use shrink wrap instead of a bunch of tape that can leave sticky residue on the plastic boxes.
We also shrink wrap every that has a door or drawer as well, book shelves that are full, file cabinets that are full, dressers that are full, the treadmill gets shrink wrapped as well, wire shelves that are full, stove, refridgerator, freezer, washer, dryer, toaster oven (only if I cannot find the original box).

You can purchase the large rolls of shrink wrap at your local office supply store.
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Old 07-19-2015, 03:13 PM
 
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Good thinking. The plastic bin for the dog food is the ideal way to store and transport it and keep pets out of it. That's why all the pet stores sell plastic bins. I also found that the shallow bins are ideal as cat litter boxes, at about 1/3 of the cost of what you buy at a pet store, only cheap bins are usually larger.

And, in my experience, the labeling of items in detail is not so much for the packing and loading end, but for the destination end, so you can make sure the crew gets things to the appropriate room instead of just being lazy and dropping everything in the garage or first room they come too. Of course, that always happens, so then the detailed labeling helps you figure out where things go.

I never have them separate anything by room, it all goes in one room in one corner and I put away as I open boxes. The box is completely emptied into the room those items belong then it is broken down and put in a pile in one of the closets so they are contained in a smaller space.
Once all the boxes are emptied they all get taken to the local grocery and recycled since all of my cardboard boxes are egg boxes.
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