How to Calculate Moving Expenses in Australia

Whatever the reason of moving, moving is inevitably an expensive business. Whether you are moving to a new house or to a new office, you have to know exactly how much you should pay to a moving company for your move. There are very few moving companies in Australia that you can trust for a cost effective and smooth move. Figuring out a reliable moving boxes company or a moving company in Australia is not easy. Many moving companies provide inferior moving boxes and charge higher than actual market rates from inexperienced and people moving for the first time. There are several factors that affect the cost of your move.  Everybody who is moving within Australia should be familiar to these factors to estimate their moving cost prior to a move. Here we have got some guidelines for new and inexperienced people that would help them estimate a correct moving cost.

  1. Set an Appointment with a Reputed Moving Company Consultant

Set an appointment with a moving consultant of a reputed company prior to the move. It’s worth talking to your mover. Movers are experienced enough in the art of estimating how many boxes you will need and they usually know how much will fit into just one. Ask a mover to visit your place and place you are moving to so that he can give you an estimate of your moving cost.

  1. Do Not Consider Number of Rooms to Estimate your Moving Cost

Calculating moving cost on the basis of number of rooms is a wrong approach. Sometimes moving companies estimate your moving cost based upon the numbers of rooms in your house or office. Avoid binding up in a contract with such moving companies for your move. This method of calculating moving cost is completely inaccurate and not cost-effective.   Select a company that estimates moving cost on the basis of weight of your belongings and the distance of your relocation.

  1. Get rid of Old and unusable Belongings Prior to a Move

Reduce your moving cost by quitting on belongings that are unusable or old. You can sell or donate your old belongings at a fair price. Get rid of old newspapers, magazines and old clothes. Doing this will not only help you to cut down your moving cost but also help you to get rid of hassles of moving.

  1. Figure out How Many and What Type of Boxes You Need

You need to think smart before a move and figure out before your move that what size, shape and type of boxes would be better to relocate your different types of belongings. Observe your belongings and try to figure out how many and what size of boxes you will need ahead. Be smart enough to pick stiff and firm cardboard boxes to relocate heavy and large items and less stiff boxes to relocate light weighted items like clothes. Figuring out the number of boxes you need for relocation will let you know how much of moving supplies like tape and labels you need for a move. This will also give you an idea of how much its going to cost while you move.

  1. Cut Down your Moving Cost with Creativity

Creativity can lead you to a cheap move. You can cut down your moving cost by using bed sheets, towels, t-shirts and newspaper to pack some items rather than using light wrapping nylon bags and cardboard boxes. It can make your move cost effective and budget friendly.

  1. Choose right moving time

Moving over weekend significantly can increase your estimate of moving cost. Movers charge far above the ground over weekends. Avoid moving on weekends and peak times. Choose off season time for your moves, such as mid dates months or mid days of a week. It will help you to save your money on the moving cost.


The manufacturing of cardboard boxes – All you wanted to know

manufacturing of cardboard

Cardboard boxes form the backbone of the packaging industry. Corrugated cardboard boxes are the mainstay for the manufacturing industry to package and transport their goods. Moving boxes are employed by moving companies to move their customers goods from one place to another. These packing and moving boxes are strong enough to resist the pressure exerted by the items stored within them. A strong paper forms the basis of these packing and moving boxes which prevents them from tearing, splitting and bursting. These boxes are much in demand in the market and have replaced the wooden boxes that used to be the primary source of storage while transporting material from one place to another since they do not put much pressure on the ecology and can be manufactured from recyclable material.

Trees form the major source of raw material to manufacture Cardboard boxes

Trees form a major source of the raw material in the manufacturing of Cardboard boxes used for various purposes. Pine trees are the mainstay for the cardboard boxes manufacturing industry. Pine trees grow fact and are generally harvested to make paper which is used in the manufacturing of cardboard boxes. The tree trunks are subjected to a process called Kraft process to convert them into chips of paper. However with the dwindling of the forest cover tress are less preferred and instead recycled paper or cardboard itself is used to manufacture cardboard boxes. According to an estimate almost 17 trees make one ton of corrugated boxes which means that one tree has the ability to provide us raw material for almost 152 boxes. This is just a rough estimate since size of the tree and pulp may vary. Along with that the size of the cardboard box you have manufactured will also determine the number of trees which need to be used.

Recycled paper is being used in a big way in manufacturing cardboard moving boxes

Recycled paper and cardboard boxes are being used extensively in the manufacturing of corrugated cardboard boxes. This saves a lot of trees in the process and quality of the cardboard boxes is almost at par with those manufactured from trees only. Raw material from trees is used only for a part of the packing and moving boxes. Recycling one ton of cardboard saves almost 46 gallons of oil and 390 Kwh of energy. These days virgin cardboard boxes are not preferred since recycled cardboard boxes are as good as virgin cardboard boxes and help to save a lot of trees and energy in the process.

The process of manufacturing cardboard boxes from trees

The process of manufacturing cardboard boxes from trees starts with the harvesting of trees and transporting the trunks to the manufacturing units where these trunks are subjected to chemical treatments that involve the use of sulphates. Tree trunks are converted into Kraft paper and the process is called krafting. Once the trunks are turned into pulp the fibers are formed, pressed and dried to convert them into Kraft paper. This Kraft paper forms the outer and inner layer of cardboard boxes these days. The middle layer is generally made of recycled raw material. The papers sandwiched together to form corrugated cardboard boxes that are sturdy and can hold any material within them.