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How to get hold of removal boxes

Moving home is always complicated, and one of the most time-consuming chores is packing all your things in removal boxes for the removal van to take away. So how do you get hold of enough removal boxes? Here we look at the different places you can obtain them.

Save old boxes

Most people know that they are moving house several weeks, or often several months, in advance. So start saving old boxes. All sorts of boxes will do, from mailing boxes you receive through the post, to boxes which contained furniture or garden equipment. Ask your neighbours to help out too - people are always happy to give you boxes, as it saves putting them out with the rubbish. You can usually get quite a number of boxes that way.

Get boxes from shops

It used to be easy to get old boxes from supermarkets, but this is becoming harder, as many supermarkets now crush them and put them at the back before you can get hold of them. However,it is sometimes still possible to get boxes at some supermarkets. If you can get these, banana boxes are very strong, and particularly good for packing heavy items like books. You can still get boxes from other shops. Garden centres are good sources, and gift shops often have large boxes which stored a number of small items.

Buying removal boxes

Some companies specialise in supplying removal boxes for people moving house. Some of these advertise online, or on Ebay, or your house movers may know about them. Some supply moving kits, which include boxes, packing tape, and sometimes even a free tape dispenser. Others sell items individually, including boxes of different sizes. It is best to get a mixture of box sizes, as you don't want to put books or china in too large a box.

Get boxes from your removal firm

Some home removals companies also provide boxes. it is worth asking about this when you get your moving house quotes, as sometimes it is no more expensive to go for a firm which provides boxes. Be careful when relying on home removal companies I did this once and the boxes never turned up, leaving me having to search for somewhere to buy boxes quite late in the day. So try to get a recommendation about that removal company first. Finally...good luck with your house move!

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