Moving soon? Find out how to get the best padded moving boxes, custom-shaped moving boxes for awkward items, or free boxes from the local grocery store – it’s all explained in this free guide from Movers.com, which also provides free estimates from local moving crews.
If you're planning a move in the near future, there's a good chance that you're seeing boxes everywhere you look.
There are so many boxes involved, I personally dreamt of boxes (and had nightmares about them) for weeks before the move... but that could be in part because I didn't have any, didn't know where to get any for free, and couldn't afford any.
So there may have been a little bit of stress involved - but I hear that's normal when you're moving, right?
The point is, you don't need to deal with that same stress, because I already have, and I found the solution. It's this
If you're thinking, "An entire guide about moving boxes? Sounds pretty silly," well, you're not alone, I thought the same thing. What I didn't realize is just how many options there are, and how much they matter.
It's hard to think of any item more essential to a move than moving boxes, other than maybe a moving crew. Movers.com can help you find that too, of course, but more on that later.
One of the first steps when planning a move is determining how many boxes you need, what size, and where they can be purchased. The good news is, it's actually pretty easy.
In the free guide from Movers.com (click here to read it) they mention a few quick calculators you can use to estimate how many boxes you'll need, and what sizes. Obviously, these are only rough estimates, but you can always add a few extra boxes, just in case.
The question is, what kind of boxes are you looking for? Because they're not all created equal.
For example, the guide highlights several of the most popular stores to buy boxes from, and why people like them. Every store has its own options, so it really depends on what you're looking for.
While one store may offer boxes with extra padding, another will offer custom shapes for awkward objects, and a third may provide boxes in every color you can imagine.... not that colored boxes are super-helpful for moving, unless you want to do a different color for each room.
Another option explained in the guide, a favorite for many movers, is getting your boxes for free.
Now the benefits of free boxes are pretty obvious... they're free. Unfortunately, there are a few downsides, primarily that free boxes often aren't very good boxes. They may be thin, weak, or just generally poor quality - but you get what you pay for.
If you're going to go the free boxes route, the guide suggests calling some grocery stores in advance to make sure they have some available - and I personally suggest a combination of free and purchased boxes for most moves.
Deciding which to use is easy, are the items at all fragile, sentimental, or important? Use a top-quality box to protect it during the move, they're cheap, and it's worth it. For everything else, toss it in a cheap box, and wish it luck.
That may be a little slap-dash, but I guess that's just my style. If you want something a little more professional, you could always hire a pre-screened moving crew - and you can use Movers.com to find the best rates and the best local crew.
and look for a big green button, that says "Get Quotes." Click that, and you'll end up on their quote request form, which just asks for a few basic details about your upcoming move.
Simple stuff like where you're moving from, moving to, and if there are elevators or stairs. With that information, Movers.com will get in touch with the top-rated teams in your area, and they'll provide you with up to 7 rate quotes, totally free, and with no obligation.
I said they'd make your next move easier, didn't I?
It's always easier with Movers.com, that's why they exist. Check out the full, free guide on moving boxes and where to find them, or get your 7 free quotes at