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Buy Moving Boxes for Your Upcoming Move

Published by Chris Townsend

Buy Moving Boxes for Your Upcoming Move

When your move starts to get closer, you need to consider where you buy your moving boxes and how many you will buy? Getting old boxes from a store or restaurant isn't the best option. Not only will you be taking a chance with anything you pack, but it may also end up smelling like whatever used to be in the box.

It's best to buy moving boxes and get the right ones for your move. While some websites will tell you it's not necessary to buy moving boxes new, it's always best to do so, or you could be using compromised boxes.

Where to Buy Moving Boxes

You can buy moving boxes from many different places. If you hired a moving company, rented a moving truck, or you have a portable storage container showing up in a few days, you can likely buy moving boxes from the same company.

However, buying your moving boxes from a moving company isn't the most budget-friendly option. They will likely offer the most convenient option and will probably have specialty boxes for TVs and other items, but they won't come at the lowest cost.

When you need to buy moving boxes, you can buy them online from a site like Amazon or you can buy them at a local hardware store or department store. The options at a local store might be a bit limited, but they will be much cheaper compared to buying moving boxes from your moving company.

If you're on a very tight budget, you can try a site like UsedCardboardBoxes.com or Craigslist for gently used boxes. Just be careful as used cardboard boxes are not always in the best shape and could buckle under the weight of your things.

Which Boxes are Best for Your Move?

The right moving boxes will make a difference. Sure, you can just buy moving boxes in different sizes, such as small, medium, large, and extra-large, but there are specialty boxes, too.

Buying moving boxes specifically designed for dishes, glassware, TVs, clothing, and other items can help save you money on other packing supplies. A box designed for glassware means it will be divided with cardboard for better protection. When you choose a TV box, it will fit your TV perfectly and ensure it's well protected during the move.

Take the time to figure out which type of specialty boxes you need and which items can go into a regular box. Then, consider buying the specialty boxes from your moving company, as they might be the only place offering them. You can buy other moving boxes from another, less expensive source and even your specialty boxes if you can find them.

An Alternative to Buying Moving Boxes

Yes, there are a few alternatives to buying moving boxes you can explore. You can get used boxes from a friend and take the chance of the boxes breaking. It's also possible to rent moving crates or use things you already own.

Before you decide to buy moving boxes, consider what you already own. Pack up the suitcases with clothing and put fragile items in between the clothing, towels, or blankets. You can also pack up drawers you remove from a dresser and wrap them with plastic wrap to keep things inside. The hamper can be packed up, as well, along with anything else you own.

While you will still need to buy moving boxes, using what you already have means you will need fewer boxes.

Another option is renting moving boxes/crates from a company that will deliver them to you and pick them up. This may not be the cheapest option, but it's an eco-friendly option and these types of moving boxes will hold much more weight than cardboard. They will also keep you from needing to do as much taping or from having to find a way to get rid of your old moving boxes once you're done moving.

Chris Townsend is a moving professional and relocation expert that has more than 10 years of experience in the moving industry. With a background that includes working in virtually every aspect of the company, he has distinguished himself as an integral part of our operations with expertise in all things related to moving. Chris has a keen eye for detail and brings intelligence and passion to every project he’s involved with.

While getting his degree in communications from Santa Clara University, Chris started out with the company working in the field as part of our team of professional moving associates. Following graduation, he was promoted to our main office, where he has thrived in a role that involves increasing responsibility and requires him to wear many different hats. Some days, you may find him answering the phone and providing moving estimates, others he may be writing for our moving blog, and another day he may be coordinating a large corporate moving job or helping us with our marketing efforts. Chris has authored many of our in-depth moving guides, as well as provided our clients with information and advice to handle the complexities of their upcoming moving plans. Simply put, there’s nothing he can’t do and we wouldn’t be where we are today without him.

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