Using used moving boxes is a bad idea. Here is 5 examples that illustrate why.
Scenario: Julie packs her baby's clothing into a used cardboard box.
Possibility: That box belonged to a heavy smoker and the cardboard has absorbed the smoke.
Now: Julie's baby smells like cigarettes.
Scenario: Fred packed his dishes and glassware into a used cardboard box.
Possibility: That box belonged to a pet lover and the joints and creases are packed with fur.
Now: Fred's guests are finding the fish a little "hairy".
Scenario: Susanna packed her books and paperwork into a used cardboard box.
Possibility: That box was stored in an outdoor shed and spiders got inside.
Now: Susanna is doing a lot of reading on how to get rid of spiders in her house.
Scenario: Darius packed his dry ingredients into a used cardboard box.
Possibility: That box was used for chlorine, lawn pesticides and other chemicals from his garage.
Now: Darius isn't feeling too well after baking his house warming muffins.
Scenario: Kendrick happily took advantage of his moving company's free, used wardrobe boxes.
Possibility: The previous client had bed bugs but did not know about it.
Now: Ken has bed bugs... which is more expensive to fix than buying new wardrobe boxes.
So you see, you never know who used those boxes before you or what they used them for. Many moving companies will rent boxes and wardrobe boxes to their customers which may seem like a good way to save money, but now you see that it's probably not.
At Bust a Move Moving we always use new, clean and sturdy boxes to move your items so that you can rest assured that your belongings and family are safe!