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Moving items into a storage unit can be an expensive task, in terms of time, money, effort and energy. You can expect to face expenses from the very moment you decided to move items into storage. However, it does not mean you can’t save money, especially when it comes to boxes. The following looks at how you can go about getting your hands on boxes for free, saving a fortune in the process.
Where to Start?
Nothing transports items better than a box and such should be considered the backbone of any self-storage plans you have in mind. But, boxes can be expensive and take up a large portion of your budget, as you will need to box up practically every item you plan on storing. However, free boxes can be found if you are willing to work for them.
No type of store receives more boxes on a daily basis than supermarkets and such fact can be of great benefit to you. It means that each day plenty of boxes are going spare and can be collected by almost anyone, allowing savvy movers to save money in the process. Boxes of all different sizes and shapes will be on-hand, but are available on a strict first come first serve basis. In order to have the best chance at getting all the boxes you require, be sure to call ahead and speak to someone who can put a selection of boxes aside for you. In some instances, you may be able to show up without notice, but should you opt for this method then you may end up leaving empty handed.
They may not carry the same quantity of boxes as supermarkets but if they are local to you retail outlets may be worth a look. They receive boxes regularly through deliveries and thus should have plenty of spares lying around. However, unlike supermarkets they don’t have the space to keep boxes stored for very long, so time will be against you should you choose this method. If retail outlets are where you wish to collect boxes from, always call ahead and be prepared to move fast.
Local stores and corner shops could be an option for boxes should you be in a pinch. They receive boxes in smaller numbers compared to fully-fledged retailers and have little or no storage available for them. However, the upside will be that they receive far less interest in them, making them easier to get hold of should you time it right.
Considered the mecca when it comes to getting free boxes in large quantities, the local warehouse will be a destination to visit should you have a large quantity of items to move. Warehouses receive more boxes on a daily basis that the above-mentioned outlets combined, but actually getting hold of them is where problems can arise. Unlike a store, showing up and just collecting boxes isn’t an option, you will have to call ahead, but that in itself presents it’s own challenge as finding someone to authorize the taking away of boxes might be difficult.
In the world of self-storage boxes are considered big business, but the temptation to go out and buy boxes should not be something you give in to. There are plenty of outlets out there who you can acquire free second hand boxes from in order to save yourself a small fortune. If you follow what has been mentioned in this article, remain respectful, speak to business owners and be patient, you may need never have to pay for boxes again.