Many homeowners prefer to be in control of their move by packing and boxing everything up themselves. Not only does this allow you a chance to ensure that all your belongings are safely stowed (and labeled) for moving day, but you can also save some money in the process. This also means you’ll be much more prepared to put everything away once you arrive, since you’ll know the contents of each box as it is unloaded.
We fully support this process and are happy to help in any way we can—including finding the best moving supplies. If you’re getting ready to start moving, here are some of the best places to start purchasing boxes, packing peanuts, tape, box cutters, and more.
> Your Moving Company: One of the best places to go for supplies is actually your moving company. We obviously have a well-stocked warehouse of moving supplies in all shapes, sizes, and quantities—and we’re more than happy to share. You can typically buy these online or through your moving agent, making it easy to pick and choose exactly what you need.
> FedEx/UPS: Any store that specializes in sending things is going to have good access to things like boxes, shipping containers, and moving supplies…and FedEx and UPS are no different. One of the best things is that you can often order these supplies online and have them shipped directly to you, making it easy to get what you need.
> Hardware Stores: Most hardware stores have a section for moving supplies. Here you’ll find boxes, tape, packing fillers, and other necessary supplies. For more specialized telescoping boxes, however, you might have to widen your search.
> The Container Store: If you’re fortunate enough to have one of these stores nearby, then you probably already know that when it comes to storage and organization, The Container Store has it all. (Lots of cities have other versions of this type of store, so don’t despair.) In addition to cardboard boxes and packing supplies, you can also find long-term storage ideas that will help you move and start a strong organization game once you arrive.
> Office Supply Stores: Like hardware stores, office supply stores tend to have plenty in stock when it comes to boxes, bubble wrap, packing papers, and more. You may have to go to the store to make your selections, but some will also ship these to you.
No matter where you go for supplies, remember to start the packing process early and match the right box to the right items. And if you have any questions about what specialty packing items you might need and where to get them, contact your moving agent for more information.