Moving is expensive, it’s a fact of life. But there are ways to cut down on costs considerably. One of the best ways is sourcing your packing materials from free sources. We’ve compiled a handy guide to accessing free packing materials below!
Friends, co-workers, family and neighbors often have a supply of cardboard boxes or other packing materials. Some people are just waiting for an excuse to get rid of these items while some may have stashed them away for just this occasion. It never hurts to ask! If you manage to hit people up before recycling day, you might even be doing them a favor.
This is a great way to get all different sizes of boxes and material like newspaper or bubble wrap. For anyone who does any online shopping, that stuff can pile up fast. Try asking face to face or even just making a general post on social media could yield some great results.
Turn to the Internet
Lots of people realize the value of packing supplies, even if they don’t have an immediate use for these items themselves. When it comes time to clean out a storage area, they’re often left wondering what to do with it after all. In many cases, people post things like this on websites designed to help people get rid of stuff that is useless to them, but useful to someone else.
Sites like Freecycle or Craigslist are ripe for the picking to snatch up free packing materials. If there’s nothing already posted, you can post a general request yourself and you never know who might jump at the chance to clear out some space by getting rid of stuff.
Check Out Retail Stores
Many large retail stores process A LOT of cardboard boxes and packing materials every day. Ask around at different stores to speak to a manager about taking some off of their hands. In many cases, you’re saving them the trouble of collapsing and processing the cardboard themselves, so they’re only too happy to let you take it. Furniture, grocery, book and dollar stores are great spots to hit up for boxes of varying sizes. Or the coveted, reinforced liquor store boxes are perfect for heavier items.
Take a Drive on Recycling Day
Commercial areas usually have recyclable storage around the back of their buildings. There’s nothing wrong with scooping up what they’ve left out as trash! This can be an easier option as it doesn’t involve having to work out a schedule with store managers. You might even find useful materials like bubble wrap or newspaper.
At All Points Moving and Storage, we’re experts at helping you move with as little cost and stress as possible. Give us a call today at 866-421-9490 and let us put our experience to work for you!