Moving house is a big undertaking, and you want to be sure that you’re able to start packing as soon as you can. That being said, if you’re starting to pack up your home, you need to have the right boxes for it. In this article, we’re going to share some of the best ways to get the boxes you need for moving house.
Purchase What’s Available
If you want to keep things simple, then just go ahead and buy moving boxes. Many cross country moving companies will have all sorts of options available in the form of moving kits. Some of these kits are “all in one” options. So, instead of just giving you boxes, they’ll also give you tape, scissors, labels, and whatever else that you may need in order to move.
These kits are typically sold based on the size of your home. So, if you have a 3 bedroom house, then you’ll be looking at a 3 bedroom kit. The number of supplies included is based on averages. For example, if you get a 3 bedroom kit, it may have 15 small boxes, 10 medium boxes, 5 large boxes, 2 rolls of tape, a pair of scissors, and 40 labels. But, a 2 bedroom kit may only have 10 small boxes, 7 medium boxes, and so on.
Of course, if you don’t feel like you need all of those bells and whistles, you can also find sets that just have boxes. These will typically be boxes of all the same size, so you may need to get a couple of packs of boxes in order to make sure that you have everything that you need. Either way, you can easily purchase those items and be ready to go.
At first, it may seem strange for you to go ahead and buy boxes, but it can be the simplest way for you to get all of the boxes that you need. Shop around a bit and see what there is for you to get your hands on.
Ask Local Businesses
Local businesses have a plethora of boxes and, unless they are associated with a company that asks for their boxes back, you can typically grab them for free. In some instances, you may have to ask ahead of time so that they know to save them for you. Other businesses may just have some handy, so all you need to do is go in and ask on the day you want them.
Liquor stores and offices are some of your best options. These businesses are using all sorts of boxes, and those boxes have all types of heavy objects in them. Glass, paper, and other products are exceptionally heavy, and so those boxes can deal with a lot of weight without collapsing. And, many of those boxes have handles, which makes moving them even easier.
Fast food restaurants are another solid option. The boxes that French Fries are transported in are especially durable, and they are going to have the least amount of staining on them. They are as sturdy as paper boxes, and they’re typically perfectly square, so they’re easy to lift, carry, and move around.
Schools and universities may also have some paper, depending on where you go. The main office areas or departments are likely going to have the most boxes, but you can also check out food courts/cafeterias and other places where a lot of products are coming in and out of the building. You may have to ask a bit, but if you know the place well, it shouldn’t be an issue.
Look to Friends and Family
Do you have friends and family that have just moved? If so, then it’s likely that they still have some of the extra moving supplies that they used for their move. You may want to put something up on social media and just see if anyone has any sort of extra boxes or other moving supplies. While your friends and family may not, they may have connections that help you to get boxes for cheap and/or free.
Talk to Your Movers
In some instances, they may have moving supplies (like boxes) that can be borrowed or that were left over from other jobs. While you may have to pay something for them, you may not. It’s always worth asking if you’re looking to save a few dollars on the whole process of moving. They may also know of other people who have recently moved that may be able to pass some extra supplies to you.
If you plan things out ahead of time, you can be sure that you’re able to find the right boxes for all of your needs. You want to look at all of your options for boxes and get exactly what you need without spending an arm and a leg to make it happen.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What boxes should I use for heavy items, like books?
If you’re moving something heavy like books, then you want to get boxes that are small, but sturdy. Many people find that printer paper boxes are the best option for carrying books – they typically have handles and they’re designed to hold large, square items.
Are there specific boxes for electronics?
Always keep the box that your electronics came in. If you do so, you’ll find that it’s that much easier to just pack it right back up and know that it’s safe and secure. If you don’t have the original box, then either find specialized boxes or take them with you and wrap them in blankets.
Should I pack my clothing in boxes?
There’s no need to. You can pack them up in suitcases or use the drawers that they’re in, wrapping the top of the drawer with plastic wrap. If the clothes typically hang up, you can either get specialized bags to pack them in, or you can use a trash bag. You just need to put a hole in the bottom of the bag, stick that through the hanger, cover the clothes with the bag and tie the bottom.