Where Can I Get Free Boxes?

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Where can I get free boxes for a move?

The number one moving supply you’ll need on moving day is moving boxes. Depending on your move, you may even need a few dozen of them, and purchasing them from places like Office Max or moving companies can quickly add up. To save you some money, we’ve made a list of all the places you can find free boxes for your move. Check them out.

 

Amazon Deliveries. Well, technically, you paid for these, but you can get the most bang for your buck from all your Amazon purchases by keeping all the boxes they deliver in. Although they might be on the smaller side, they are still great for putting away things like plates, video games, and frames. Bonus: they often come with bubble wrap you can also use for your move.

 

Neighbors. If you’re constantly throwing out cardboard boxes, imagine how many more your neighbors also have. As soon as you find out you’re moving, put the word out with your neighbors. They’ll more than likely have a few boxes of their own they are more than willing to give you.

 

Local Classifieds. Apps like Craigslist, Neighbor, Offer Up, and your local Facebook group almost always have someone trying to get rid of their cardboard boxes. Don’t be afraid to post your own ad looking for boxes. Chances are, as long as you’re willing to pick them up, you’ll find more than enough people willing to donate them.

 

Local Grocery Store. If you’ve ever driven through the back lot of your local grocery store, chances are you’ve seen their section of trash cans that contain mountains of cardboard boxes. The good news is that you don’t have to go dumpster diving for these. Reach out to the store manager and ask if you can grab the next batch of boxes they get rid of before making it in the bins. Score!

 

U-Haul. Did you know U-Haul has a cool spot in each of their locations where people can opt to leave their moving boxes for other movers? All you have to do is look up your local U-Haul, drive over and see if they have any boxes. If you live in a metropolitan area, you might even have a few locations to choose from.

 

Office Depot or Office Max. It’s not what you’re thinking. The great irony here is that while Office Max and Office Depot are certainly places you can purchase your boxes, they also have a ton of cardboard boxes they’re constantly trying to get rid of. Next time you’re looking to score a bulk of free boxes, call them first thing in the morning and find out when they’ll be getting rid of their next batch and if you can take them off their hands. Trust us; they’ll probably be super happy to hand them off.

 

Walmart.  Believe it or not, Walmart has also become somewhat of a go-to for boxes. If you go there after 10:00 pm, you should find any size box leftover from their drop-off shipments. Hint: get there early, especially if you’re looking for a particular sized box, as this is actually a pretty well-known place to get free boxes.

 

Target. Target is also known for getting rid of their boxes. However, their shipments are a little trickier to get your hands on. Some people swear they get their shipments on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, while others report it’s an every other day type of thing. To be on the safe side, we recommend you call the Target you’ll be going to ahead of time and ask if they’ll be willing to set aside some boxes for you. Most of the time, the answer is yes.

 

Barnes and Noble. If you can score some boxes here, you’ll be in pretty good “moving” shape. Because books are heavy, their boxes tend to be consistently sturdier. There are different reports about unloading times that seem to vary across places, so your best bet might be to call your local Barnes and Noble ahead and find out if/when they’ll be getting rid of their boxes.

 

Local Drug Stores. By now, you’ve probably noticed a trend. You should be able to find free boxes at any of your local stores, but the easiest always seems to be the drug stores. Such places include stores like Walgreens, Rite Aid, CVS, etc. The key is not to be shy and call to find out about their drop off-time. Ask about the best times to pick up boxes after they unload their cargo. Some stores do it early Saturday mornings. Others do it at the beginning of the week. Either way- you won’t find out until you ask.

 

Grocery Stores. This is actually one of the best suggestions on our list. Grocery stores boxes not only make some of the best moving boxes, thanks to their side handles but a massive perk in scoring some of these boxes is that often they come with free produce. That’s right, scoring your local grocery boxes can often mean you get hooked up with free fruits, vegetables, and even perfectly safe to use meat. Of course, you’ll want to get your hands on these the second they leave the store, so, again- make sure you call ahead.

 

Apartments. Apartment buildings usually have colossal recycling bins that are filled to the rim with boxes. If you don’t mind getting your hands dirty, feel free to hunt down some boxes in any near-by apartment buildings. Heads up, it might be a good idea to befriend someone in the establishment or even the property manager to help avoid any misunderstandings.

 

Local Recycling Center. This one can be hit or miss, but it’s worth mentioning. While your local recycling center will certainly be filled with cardboard boxes, half of them might either be ruined or on the verge of being sold. Either way, if all else fails, it can be a good choice.

 

There you have it. There is absolutely no reason why you have to spend any money on boxes on your next move. All you need is about an hour of free time and maybe a few minutes to make some calls. Happy box hunting!

 

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Tips For Moving In 2021

Tips for Moving in 2021

If you’ve ever so much as changed desk during your lifetime, you know that moving can be a headache. You start with the best of intentions, making everything as simple as possible in your mind until the second you have to load that first packing box. That’s when you realize the tape you have won’t work; your blankets are too big, and your dishes need to be covered in bubble wrap. Before you know it, you have literal chaos around you. But worry not, we have come up with the ultimate moving tips to help you prepare for your big move in the smoothest, least stressful way possible. Keep reading to find out how: 

 

Start by Trashing. The minute you find out you’re moving is the minute you should start “Mary Kondo-ing” your entire home. Before you start labeling and separating, you should be parting ways with everything that doesn’t bring you joy, anything you haven’t used in the last year, and anything that is just trash. Often, the headaches brought on from moving are due to the overwhelming anxiety of random things around your home. Take it from us; the less clutter you have to deal with during the move- the more stress-free it will be.

 

Research Moving Companies. How lucky are we to live in a day and age where everything is online? It is easier than ever to find out prices, time frames, and services from the comfort of your couch. Because a moving company can make or break your moving experience, it is vital you research them ahead of time. Things to look out for are (of course, too many bad reviews), are they licensed in the state you’re in, and always look over their fine print. Check out our reviews here.

 

Make a Plan. Once you’ve gotten rid of all the clutter and are ready to pack everything that is left- it’s time to make a plan. Having a concrete plan and a list you can check off will not only make the transition smoother but quicker. If you are color coding the rooms- write down which rooms will be what color. If you are putting things in storage- write down exactly what. You can go as far as writing down the order you will be packing in (e.g., starting with the bedroom, then the restroom, living room, etc.). That’s not to say you won’t have to disperse from the plan. But having something to keep your mind organized will be invaluable.

 

Gather All Your Supplies Ahead of Time. Once you’ve made your plan, look ahead and gather everything you will need. Include even the smallest and most “insignificant” piece of supplies. Include boxes, tape, markers, zip ties, bubble wrap, box cutter, scissors, plastic bags, Ziploc bags, and even tools like a hammer, pliers, and screwdrivers to help you disassemble things. Find a designated workstation area and try to keep everything there after each use.

 

Pack least used items first. Anything that you’re keeping for mere sentimental value (aka I am “definitely” going to use at some point) should be packed first. This includes books, movies, décor and garage stuff, and/or anything else you rarely use. Make sure you label those boxes as non-essential, so they’re stored all the way in the back of the moving truck.

 

Color Code by Room. One of the most helpful things we’ve seen is this genius little trick. Rather than just labeling your boxes, color code them. Doing something as simple as using different color markers to label boxes can save you a lot of time in the long run. Our brains are wired to group things, and by putting a system together in which you can recognize what box belongs in which room just by looking at the color of the marker, you will significantly reduce your moving stress.

 

Create a “Fire Bag.” If you’ve ever wondered what you would take with you if there were a fire, you know what a fire bag is. It holds all your most valuable documents. Maybe some pictures and a few prized possessions. The moving version is very similar, only that it’s also more of a suitcase. It includes pajamas, toiletries, toilet paper and a change of clothes. It is basically everything you need on your first night at the new place. Packing this in advance is helpful for two reasons. One, you won’t be frantically looking for your things all over the place while trying to put it together. It will also ensure you have everything you need on your first night in the new home, which is super helpful when you’re beyond exhausted on moving day.

 

Slow and Steady. If there’s one thing most people moving have in common is that they are understandably entirely overwhelmed. The secret to being one of the rare (less stressed out) movers is changing your perspective and doing things slowly. Moving can be a great experience; you are, after all, starting a new chapter in your life. You’re purging away old things and making way for new opportunities. With that said, try to enjoy every step of the way and handle each task with the intention of making things easier on yourself.

 

Don’t Forget to take Pictures. One of the best things you can do to avoid creating a confusing mess for yourself at your new destination is to take lots of pictures of your electronics. Take pictures of the back to help you remember what plugs go in where and with what. Trust on this; even when you know exactly where everything goes, this is still a way to help your future exhausted- self a lot of trouble.

 

If you follow these easy 2021 moving tips, we promise your move will be smooth and, dare we say, maybe even enjoyable. Try them out for yourself, and don’t forget to pay it forward and share this article with other people that might need it.

If you’re looking for a trusted and top -rated moving company to help you with your local or long distance move, click here for a free quote.

 

Pros & Cons Of Moving To Florida

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What are the pros and cons of moving to Florida? Are you considering moving to Florida? Moving to a new state is a big decision, and if you’re not sure what you’re walking into, it can be a lot more overwhelming. It’s always a great idea to look at a new adventure from all angles (especially when that idea involves you uprooting your entire life). Luckily, we have done the heavy lifting for you and prepared a list of major pros and cons to consider for your big move to Florida. We’re covering everything from the weather to tax information. Grab a notebook and prepare to take notes; these are things you’re going to want to reference before making your big decision.

 

What are the pros of relocating to Florida?

What are the pros and cons of moving to Florida? In the spirit of our love for Florida, let’s start with the pros. Aside from the fact that it’s home to two world-famous theme parks Disney World and the East Coast’s Universal Studios, there are so many other things Florida has got going for itself. Check them out,

  1. Sunny Weather. Florida is known for its sunny weather. It never snows, and it’s warm most of the year. This is great if you love being active and going out for lots of adventures. This means that between the beaches, nightlife, and an unlimited number of places and activities available, you will never be bored…or cold.
  2. The housing market is still relatively low. Notice how we said (still). Although the housing market has increased by over 30% over the last five years, it is still considered a great investment by Florida Realtors. Meaning Florida is still a great place to invest in.
  3. Florida State TaxFlorida does not have a state income tax. If you currently live in a state with a high-income tax, you’ll love this one. This is a great perk that helps you save money (or rather keep it). This is especially great news if you’re in a higher income bracket.
  4. Unlimited Entertainment. Nothing goes better with sunny weather than lots of entertainment options. Between the world-class Florida beaches, the nightlife, and the hiking trails, there are more than enough choices to keep you entertained year-round. You can live in Florida your whole life and never run out of things to do.
  5. Great for Retirees. Sure, Florida is full of nightlife, but did you know it also holds many retiree communities? If you’re looking for a peaceful place to settle down, Florida is a great retirement choice.

What are the cons of relocating to Florida?

What are the pros and cons of moving to Florida? Of course, every rose has its thorns. Florida is not for everyone, and if you are seriously considering moving there, you should consider some of its downsides. Some of them might not seem like a big deal, and some might be complete deal-breakers. Keep reading to see if you can handle the following…

  1. Hurricanes. California has fires, Alaska has earthquakes, and Florida has hurricanes. Florida ranks as the most hurricane-prone state in the country. If you’re considering a permanent address in Florida, be prepared for (mostly annoying and inconvenient) hurricane warnings. Particularly from August to October.
  2. Lots of Bugs. You might have heard about the crazy humidity in Florida. What you might not have heard about the number of bugs (or the size) of them that it draws. Moving to Florida means you’ll have to get comfortable with your eek factor and learn to be ok with all kinds of creepy crawlies.
  3. High Insurance Cost. It’s a good thing you’ll be saving some money in income-tax because you’ll be needing it to pay the high Florida home insurance rates. The state’s susceptibility to hurricanes and a rising insurance fraud rate are contributors to the state’s high insurance cost. With Florida residents paying almost double the amount of home insurance than other states.
  4. So much Tourism. If you’re going to be settling down in Florida, you need to consider the amount of tourism and everything that comes with that. You can expect to be dealing with a lot of heavy traffic and crowded places. There is so much tourism that locals reportedly have the best places under wraps to avoid having tourists from taking over their favorite spots.
  5. A Media Circus. This one is only a deal-breaker if you’re overly sensitive, but we thought we’d let you know what you’re getting yourself into. Over the last decade, Florida has become somewhat of..um…shall we call it a pun? If you become a Florida resident, expect to have a number of jokes being made at your expense. Also, be prepared for Florida to be on the news…a lot.

There you have it: all the good, the bad, and the ugly. At the end of the day, we love it here. Living in Florida can be great. Why else would so many people go out of their way to make it their home away from home? And why would thousands of others make it their tourism choice? They do it because when it’s good, it’s great. The vibe is always high, and the culture and food are phenomenal.

We encourage you to dig a little deeper into Florida life. Take virtual tours, research the beaches, look up the homes. We have a feeling you’ll be in awe of all the hidden beauty in Florida. And if you’re worried about the cons, just know that there are hundreds of services and products created to help you prepare for everything from cockroaches to hurricanes. After reading this list, how do you feel you would do as a fellow Floridian? Check this article out for some more reasons.

If you’re looking for a moving company to help with your move to Florida, click here for a free quote.

 

How Much Does A Moving Company Cost in 2021?

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What Are Moving Company Costs in 2021?

Are you curious to learn about moving company costs in 2021? Are you moving soon? Are you wondering if it’s a good idea to hire movers? Do you feel like you can save some money by borrowing a truck and doing it all yourself? Well, you’re not alone. While thousands of people go the solo route and DYI their big move, there are many good reasons why hiring movers might be worth the investment.

Hiring professional movers and determining prices will depend on several factors, but typically you can expect moving company costs to be calculated based on the following:

Is it a Local Move (Intrastate)?

An intrastate move (moving within the same state) will usually run you $500 and up. The final price will depend on the number of labor hours, number of bedrooms, total volume, and total miles of the trip.

Long-Distance Move (Interstate)

If you’re moving out of state, you’ll have to consider a bigger budget. Interstate quotes tend to rely on the shipment’s volume (cubic feet), so the less you bring, the better. With that said, an out-of-state professional moving service usually starts around $1,500.00 and up, which typically includes labor cost, full value protection, packing services, and distance traveled.

 

What Costs are Associated with the move?

If these moving prices seem high or if you’re trying to make sense of what’s included with them, here is a list of things typically included in the price. Keep in mind some of these you might be able to work around to save yourself some money.

Supplies. Make sure you factor in whether it’s a better bargain to get your moving supplies from the moving company or if it’s best to purchase them separately. Often, you can even find free boxes and/or supplies from your local classifieds.

Labor. Perhaps one of the most important factors of a professional moving company’s price involves the labor involved. This includes disassembling furniture, assembling furniture, wrapping furniture, and the number of movers involved. Always try to give the moving company an accurate description of the services you’ll be needing. If you provide a relatively accurate description of what you need, you should also be able to get a reasonably accurate quote.

Liability Coverage. Most moving companies offer some sort of liability coverage, though don’t call it insurance (moving companies are not allowed to sell insurance). While you’ll probably have the chance to choose from different levels of protection, the most popular options tend to be:

Basic protection – This is usually bare-minimum protection intended to cover a certain percentage of your move – as quoted on the fmcsa site –

“The most economical protection available is Released Value, since it is offered at no additional charge. However, the protection is minimal. Under this option, the mover assumes liability for no more than 60 cents per pound per article. For example, if your mover lost or damaged a 10-pound stereo component valued at $1,000, you would only receive $6.00 in compensation (60 cents x 10 pounds).”

Full Protection – This “full-coverage” like protection allows you to put a value on your load. Should something go wrong during the move, that’s the amount that would be refunded to you in full. However, there are rules and limitations. For example, some companies might determine movers cannot be held responsible for a box that they did not open. Make sure you go over all your contract terms before you make your choice. As quoted on the fmcsa site – “

Under Full Value Protection, your mover is liable for the replacement value of lost or damaged goods in your entire shipment. This is the more comprehensive plan available for the protection of your belongings. Unless you select the alternative level of liability described below—Released Value—your mover will transport your shipment under the Full Value Protection level of liability. If any article is lost, destroyed or damaged while in your mover’s custody, your mover will, at its discretion, offer to do one (1) of the following for each item:

  • Repair the item

  • Replace with a similar item

  • Make a cash settlement for the cost of the repair or the current market replacement value”

Travel Fees. Another fee you can count on seeing on your final bill is a travel fee. This one significantly adds up when you’re moving out of state as it includes things like fuel cost and driving labor.

Time of Move.   Surprisingly, one of the things that can make or break your total bill is dependent on the time of year you move and, in some instances, even the time of day you decide to move. If you’re moving during peak hours and days like weekends, summer break, and holidays you can count on a higher bill.

Gratuity. You should definitely include tipping your driver in your moving budget. While tipping amount is dependent on how happy you are with the service and entirely up to your discretion, 5% seems to be a good rule of thumb for the entire service. If you prefer to tip each driver, you can take into account the length of the trip and the amount of labor, but typically $20 per drive is perfectly acceptable. Just make sure if you have to grab cash beforehand.

Benefits of Hiring Movers. 

Hiring movers might seem like an overwhelming expense at first. Moving company costs in 2021 vary depending on the factors mentioned above. If you’re on the fence about hiring movers, there are a few questions you can ask yourself to determine if it’s worth the price tag:

Can I fit it into my budget? No matter how many other things you do to save money, hiring a legitimate moving company will run you in the thousands. Determining if you can even fit it in your budget will help make the decision much easier.

Do I have time to do it myself? If you are absolutely pressed for time and have to move quickly, delegating your move to a professional moving company might be your best option.

Can I handle moving all items by myself? Are there specialty items that you fear moving on your own? Maybe you have a grandfather clock or a piano that you can’t move on your own or even with your friends’ help. By the way, hiring a moving company for just special items is also completely acceptable.

Am I ok with delegating? This one is a big one. While you will want to be communicative and work closely with your movers, you will also have to trust them (a lot) with your possessions and trust that they know what they are doing. If you think that will be a problem, you might want to look into more DYI friendly moving options.

The bottom line is that there are too many factors that will determine your moving bill’s final price. It is safe to say that hiring a good and trustworthy moving company will usually fall in the thousands, and it will require a lot of research and preparation. Ultimately, when done the right way and with the right company, it can be a wonderful and lifesaving experience that can make a world of difference in your moving experience.

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