Should I use the NEW GOBOX Estimator?

If you just don’t have the time to use the GOBOX Estimator and it hasn’t been a long time since your last move, think about the size of the vehicle you used in your last move. If you used a van in your last move, this is equal to one GOBOX. If you used a 16′ cube truck, this is equal to three GOBOXES. If you used a five ton, 24′ cube truck, this is equal to five or six GOBOXES. If you used a semi-trailer truck, this is equal to ten GOBOXES. If you used a small vehicle and did multiple trips or you moved over five years ago you may need to use the GOBOX Estimator.

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The NEW GOBOX Estimator is useful if you haven’t moved in a long time and for budgeting purposes. The Estimator will give you a clear picture of how big your move really is.

The Estimator is easy to use but it does require an investment of time. By using the Estimator, you will have a clear picture of how big your move really is. The Estimator will mentally get you in the mood to move and brings your awareness to all the items that need to be sold, given away, or dumped. The Estimator is useful if you haven’t moved in a while or have substantially increased your possessions. The Estimator is most useful if you need a precise number for budgeting purposes.

Here are the steps for using the Estimator:

  1. Print off a copy of the GOBOX Estimator. You can find a printable copy of the GOBOX Estimator Worksheet on the Resources page of the website. Use this copy to do your inventory.
  2. Start at the front door of the house. Methodically go through each room on the main floor. Then go upstairs, followed by the basement, garage, and any other out buildings. Again, be methodical.
  3. Mentally name each room: entry hall, dining room, kitchen, living room, office, etc. Give a tally mark for all of the furniture on your Estimator sheet. Later, add up all the tally marks for a total number of a given item.
  4. If you have an unlisted item that’s larger than 5 cubic feet rename a similar sized item from the list. The goal is to have all furniture itemized on your Estimator sheet.
  5. After estimating all of the furniture in a room, estimate the cubic feet of the remaining contents. Estimating the contents of a room is hard but you don’t have to do a perfect job. Estimate how many cubic feet it would take to pack all of the remaining stuff in each room. The remaining content of a room is everything minus the furniture. This includes all the stuff in drawers, closets, cabinets and all small items like lamps. If the contents are already in boxes it’s easy. Add up the number of boxes times the size of the box to get the cubic feet. If the content is not boxed — which is usually the case — you just have to guess. Record each room’s contents separately on the Estimator sheet.
  6. When you are done, either manually add up all the contents page by page, or go back to your computer and re-enter all of the information into the GOBOX Estimator on the website. If you prefer, there is an Excel Spreadsheet GOBOX Estimator on the Resources page that works in a similar way to the online GOBOX Estimator.
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Estimating contents is where many people go wrong. The Estimator will help you to not forget about contents.

SOS TIP: Contents should be around 40% of the total furniture volume but it can be anywhere from 20% to 60%. This is a common place for people to underestimate how much stuff they have.
SOS TIP: If you get stuck or have problems using the GOBOX Estimator please give us a call at 250.374.4646. We can have our moving and storage expert talk you through the process.

GO BOX Customer Appreciation: Feeling Thankful

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Here is David Broughton and his wife visiting their goboxes. They have been long term customers with GO BOX. Storing with GO BOX gives them freedom to travel.

A while back, we got a wonderful email from Kat Hinter. She said: “I was wondering if you have any mechanism for me to give some very positive feedback regarding my experience with your service? I thought about putting something in the newspapers or writing something and sending it to you and Shaen, but thought maybe you already had something in place. Just let me know! Thanks for everything; you guys were awesome!”

Here at GO BOX, we experience your gratitude every time a satisfied customer refers friends or family. We appreciate personal referrals because a previous customer knows how to use GO BOX, and can share that experience with friends or family, best.

Back at the GO BOX office, Kat’s kind offer got us thinking. We started thinking that if happy customers wanted to do a guest post for the GO BOX Storage blog and tell how they used GO BOX to help make their move easier, these real-life examples could really help other people. We would love your success stories and any moving tips. If you feel inclined to share your moving and storage experiences, please write to us, or send us some moving pictures. We would love to hear from you!

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Here are some old testimonials from GO BOX customers. We feel thankful that we can offer our community a quality product that can help make moving and storage easier.

For people that just want to share a few words, please do so in the comment section of this post. If you have any moving and storage tips please share them here. We have posted some of our older positive feedback.

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“THANK YOU! A huge thank you to Shaen Cooper of Kamloops’ Go Box Storage for stopping at our accident and for all your help on Sunday, March 6th when we rolled on the Coquihalla. Sincerely, Patricia and Trevor.”

Packing Your GOBOX Photo Essay

POST by Shaen Cooper

Every packing situation is unique. Here is just one example of a three GOBOX move. These pictures will give you ideas about how to pack your GOBOX. In this photo essay you will see why I always recommend using packing blankets.

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Put packing blankets on the GOBOX floor to protect your mattresses before sliding them into the GOBOX.

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When you put mattresses into a GOBOX, make sure to put the box spring along the wall of the GOBOX with the bottom of the box spring facing away from the mattress.

Many box springs have staples on the bottom which could tear your mattress. Wrap paintings, mirrors and plasma TVs with packing blankets before placing them between mattresses. If you have more paintings, mirrors or plasma TVs then you can safely place between mattresses, it is best to box these valued items. If you would like more information please watch these videos called How to Pack: Mirrors and Pictures and How to Pack: Plasma TVs or Computer Monitors.

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This shows a dresser properly wrapped in packing blankets.

If possible, face the front of the dresser towards a wall of the GOBOX to protect the handles from being damaged by other items. If the dresser is sturdy, you may pack lighter items on top of the dresser.

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This picture shows a tightly packed GOBOX. A tightly packed GOBOX will avoid items shifting during transport.

Notice how tight the dresser is to the mattress. Lighter items such as linen or clothing may be packed on top of the mattresses and dressers.

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This picture shows lamps being packed into a 6 cube box with newsprint. Always cushion fragile items.

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When packing fragile items remember to fill empty spaces with more wrapped items or crumpled newsprint to fill any empty spaces.

If you are unsure of how to pack fragile items like lamps, china, or figurines please see our packing video called How to Pack: China, Crystal, Glassware and Other Breakables.

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This is another GOBOX that is completely filled and ready for the door to be closed and padlocked. Remember to keep your tires at the front of the GOBOX for easy access.

A well packed GOBOX is completely filled to the door without any space. If a GOBOX is only partly full, pack the GOBOX to an even height so items cannot fall over. Please note the dresser on the left side is properly wrapped in packing blankets and is facing the wall of the GOBOX and provides a space for lighter items to be packed on top.

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This is how to properly pack a couch. Note the packing blankets on the floor of the GOBOX.

You can see the packing blanket on the floor of this GOBOX to protect the couch. On the left side of the GOBOX is a headboard for a bed wrapped in a packing blanket. It is held securely between the wall of the GOBOX and the couch. The couch on the left side of the GOBOX is wrapped in a packing blanket and placed so that the bottom of the couch faces the wall of the GOBOX. The back of the couch faces upwards. If you have another couch or loveseat, place the item back-to-back on top of the couch. In this case, an easy chair has been slid under the couch with the back facing down or you can slide heavy boxes and other items under the couch. In the back of this GOBOX you can see a number of small, light fragile end tables and chairs wrapped in packing blankets and placed on top the couch.

SOS TIP: Use packing blankets! Using at least ten packing blankets per GOBOX is a good average to protect your furniture. GO BOX Storage sells packing blankets. If you are storing with us, we rent packing blankets too. Packing blanket rentals are only available to GO BOX Storage customers while in storage or for your move.

SOS TIP: Remember to store your tires at the front of your GOBOX for easy access.

Getting to Know Your GOBOX

A GOBOX is made of wood and is protected by a weather-proof cover. The GOBOX cover uses the same technology used in the construction of white-water rafts and is weather-proof. All GOBOXES are the same size and have an internal volume of 240 cubic feet. The outside dimensions of a GOBOX are 5’0″ wide x 8’0″ long x 7’0” high. The inside dimensions are 4’9” wide x 7’10” long x 6’5” high.

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Here is a GOBOX with the velcro straps released from the ties. You can see the black velcro strip that goes from the top to the bottom of the GOBOX.

When your GOBOX first arrives at your home, the driver will position the GOBOX in a place that is convenient for loading. After the GOBOX is positioned, the driver will level the GOBOX using wedges or pieces of wood. Three GOBOXES can fit in a standard sized parking spot but you will need extra space for the doors to open for loading.

When you are ready to load your GOBOX:

  1. Release the three velcro ties found on the top, middle and bottom right side of your GOBOX. You will also have to release the velcro strip that goes from the top to the bottom of the GOBOX.
  2. You will find two butterfly latches on the top and bottom of the GOBOX. The two butterfly latches must be straightened before they can be opened or closed.
  3. The hasp for your padlock is in the middle of the GOBOX. When you open your GOBOX you will see that the hasp can be slid up and down a few inches. You can use your own lock or buy a lock from the driver to secure your GOBOX.
  4. Inside your GOBOX you will find four metal tie-downs. Some people like to use these tie-downs to better secure their load.
  5. When you close your GOBOX be careful to make sure the GOBOX roof flap does not get jammed in the door. The roof flap channels rain water away from the GOBOX door, keeping your possessions dry.
  6. If you are looking for your GOBOX number, it is located on the bottom edge of the front and back of the GOBOX. Just peel back the bottom of the door cover to see the number or lift the cover at the back of the GOBOX.
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This is a butterfly latch. When you get your GOBOX the butterfly latch will be on its side. You have to straighten the butterfly latch before you can turn it.

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Here is the butterfly latch straightened out. Now it is easy to open or close the latch by turning to the left or right.

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This is what the hasp looks like before you open your GOBOX.

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This is what the hasp looks like once the GOBOX is open. As you can see the hasp can move up and down a few inches.

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There are four tie-downs in your GOBOX. Some people like using these tie-downs to better secure their load.

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After you finish loading your GOBOX, secure your GOBOX with a lock. Call the office when you have finished loading your GOBOX to arrange a pick up.

SOS TIP: When you are finished loading your GOBOX remember to call the office and book your pick-up. We will put your GOBOX on our next truck. Normal delivery days are Monday, Wednesday and Friday or go here for our Delivery Schedule.
SOS TIP: If you are unsure of what kind of packing supplies you will need for your move please see How to Pack: Just The Basics. GO BOX Storage can deliver any Packing Supplies you might need when we deliver your GOBOX. Save yourself the trip and use the time you save to start packing.
SOS TIP: If you would like to see an example of how to actually pack a GOBOX please see Packing Your GOBOX Photo Essay.

How to Pack: Fridges or Freezers

1. Clean the fridge or freezer thoroughly before storing.
2. Tape down all moving parts inside the fridge or freezer. Put a partly open box of baking soda inside each separate compartment.
3. Tape doors shut for moving. This avoids damage to the doors or injury to the movers.
4. While in storage, keep the fridge and freezer doors slightly ajar by using a piece of wood as a spacer, then tape the door shut.
5. Protect the finish of your fridge or freezer by using packing blankets.

SOS TIP: Partly open a box of baking soda and place it inside the fridge or freezer before putting it in storage. This will prevent mildew and odor.
SOS TIP: If space is at a premium, store light items inside the fridge or freezer using proper padding.

How to Pack: Clothing, Linens and Draperies

1. Double-walled cardboard wardrobe boxes are ideal for storing clothing. Shoes and folded items can be placed in the bottom. Formal clothing can be hung from the bar.
2. Garbage bags or extra-large Ziploc bags can be used for storing clothing, linens and draperies.
3. Store clothing, linens and draperies with fabric softener sheets to keep them smelling fresh and to absorb moisture.
4. If you’ll be storing wool items, pack them with mothballs to prevent potential moth damage.
5. Bundle unused hangers and tie or tape them together.
6. When packing up your drapery rods, put all the curtain attachments into a plastic bag and tape the bag to the rod to avoid losing pieces.

SOS TIP: GO BOX sells double-walled cardboard wardrobe boxes.
SOS TIP: Don’t throw out your wardrobe box after your move. Wardrobe boxes can be used like a second closet to avoid your main closet from getting overfull. Just store your unused seasonal clothing in the wardrobe box.
SOS TIP: A less toxic alternative to fabric softener sheets is dried lavender, rosemary or mint in a cotton bag or cotton sock. A less toxic alternative to mothballs is using Aromatic Eastern Red Cedar or Juniper wood which can be purchased by the lineal foot and cut into smaller pieces. Buying the wood by the lineal foot is less expensive than buying specially made wooden hangers or other wooden items. Cedarwood, lavender and patchouli essential oils will also repel moths.

How to Pack: China, Crystal and Other Breakables

1. Use a double-walled cardboard dishpack and newsprint to protect your china, crystal or glassware.
2. Place a layer of crumpled newsprint on the bottom of the dishpack.
3. Wrap each item separately with newsprint.
4. Stack dishes, bowls and saucers on their side and glassware upright.
5. Use crumpled newsprint on the sides of the dishpack. Wrapped china should never touch the unprotected sides of the dishpack.
6. When you have finished one layer of china remember to put a layer of crumbled newsprint between each layer of china.
7. At the top of the box, fill any empty space with crumpled newsprint. This ensures a tight fit and keeps items from shifting.
8. Mark each box as fragile.
9. Place heavier items on the floor of your gobox and lighter items on top of stacks.

SOS TIP: If you are in a hurry, wrap every second piece of china in newsprint. If you run out of newsprint, kitchen linens can be used to wrap dishes. This is not ideal, so don’t do this with your best china!
SOS TIP: GO BOX sells dishpacks, newsprint and tissue paper. Here are more tips on how to save on packing supplies.
SOS TIP: Use tissue paper for wrapping figurines or other delicate items before using newsprint. Use bubble wrap for extremely fragile items.

How to Pack: Important Documents and Photographs

1. Collect all your important papers such as: birth certificates, passports, tax returns, banking information, insurance papers, etc and store them in one place. Store valuable documents inside plastic sleeves or Ziploc bags. Keep all important records with you during your move. Do not pack up and lose track of these documents!
2. Archive or banker’s boxes are ideal for storing files and heavier items. Label the outside of each box to identify the contents. It will make it easier to find documents later.
3. Pack files and heavier items into small boxes. The 1.5 cube box is a good size. Weight quickly adds up and can make large boxes difficult to lift.
4. Store important photographs between layers of cardboard and tape them together to prevent your photos from curling. Label these boxes fragile. Consider using plastic totes for important photographs and family records.
5. If a box is not completely filled, pack the empty space with packing materials. This will add support to the box and avoid possible collapse.
6. Place heavier boxes on the floor of your gobox.
7. Place lighter boxes on top of stacks to prevent collapse of those underneath.

SOS TIP: GO BOX now has banker’s boxes or you can get archive or banker’s boxes from any stationary store. You assemble these 10” x 12” x 15” boxes and lids yourself. They are inexpensive, very sturdy and have openings on the sides to make lifting easier. The design makes the box almost as strong as a double-walled box. You also won’t need to use packing tape with these boxes.
SOS TIP: For heavy items like books or files use a 2 cube box or less. Boxes of similar size stack easier.
SOS TIP: Consider using plastic totes if you are storing important photographs or family records in damp conditions. Read more about plastic totes.

How to Pack: Computers and Electronics

1. Ideally, pack electronics in their original boxes if you still have them.
2. If you don’t have the original box, wrap each item separately with bubble wrap. Wrap the edges of the computer with bubble wrap. The bubble side should be towards the computer. Fill empty spaces in your boxes with crumpled newsprint.
3. Pack all cords and accessories in a plastic bag and store in the computer or electronics box for safe keeping.
4. Mark each computer or electronics box as fragile.

SOS TIP: Do not use Styrofoam peanuts which can breakdown and get into openings causing damage. If you have completely wrapped the item first, Styrofoam peanuts are safe.
SOS TIP: GO BOX sells packing blankets, but if you are a storing with GO BOX, we rent packing blankets too. Packing blanket rentals are only available to GO BOX customers while in storage or for your move.

How to Pack: Plasma TV or Computer Monitor

1. If you have the box your plasma TV or computer monitor came in, use it.
2. Disassemble the plasma TV from its base, if necessary. Wrap the plasma TV base in bubble wrap or packing blankets. The base does not need to be boxed.
3. Wrap the plasma TV in bubble wrap or packing blankets and pack the plasma TV into the double-walled cardboard plasma TV box.
4. Place all the cables, wiring, and controllers in a plastic bag and place in the plasma TV box for safe keeping.
5. Fill any open space in the plasma TV box with crumbled newsprint.
6. When storing the plasma TV in your gobox, do not lay the plasma TV box flat on the ground. Store upright. If possible, protect the plasma TV box with mattresses.

SOS TIP: Whenever you use bubble wrap have the smooth side away from the object and the bubble side toward the object you are packing.
SOS TIP: GO BOX sells plasma TV boxes. GO BOX sells packing blankets but if you are storing with GO BOX we rent packing blankets too. Packing blanket rentals are only available to GO BOX customers while in storage or for your move.