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How to Save Money on Packing Materials

How to Save Money on Packing Materials

In the past, we’ve blogged about the dangers of economising on packing materials.
However, some of our customers who’ve decided to do their own packing still ask us for tips on this subject – so here are a few thoughts:
• talk to us. As relocation specialists, we may be able to supply you with top-quality packing materials and at an attractive price even if we’re not doing the packing for you;

• talk to us. As relocation specialists, we may be able to supply you with top-quality packing materials and at an attractive price even if we’re not doing the packing for you;

• you can made some good packing materials if you buy/rent/borrow a paper shredder and shred all the piles of ancient and useless paperwork we all store in our houses for year after year;

• if you’re re-using cartons you may be able to save a lot of money over purchasing new ones. However, invest in some really good quality and heavy-duty tape to secure them with, as it may help add a little security and robustness to them;

• shop around online. Sometimes the major warehouse trade suppliers can have some good deals on bulk bubble-wrap, cartons, polystyrene packaging and so on. It’s often when they’re running-off end of line stock etc. However, don’t assume the materials are trade standard just because the seller says they are. Research the brand thoroughly first because there’s a huge difference between what might be called ‘DIY stationery-standard’ for things like tape and packing and real trade materials;

• store up and use old newspapers for packing. It’s not suitable for things like high value antiques or prized personal possessions but for your more mundane items it can be fine;

• it’s amazing how much packaging we all have arrive each week due to the growth of online shopping and home deliveries. In the months before you move, try and find a place to store it all (garage?) rather than recycle it. Then you can re-use it when you move;

• check out the supermarkets in the weeks before you move. Some have ‘help yourself to cartons/packing’ facilities where the huge numbers of cartons they receive each day are just piled up. Of course, avoid any that are in so-so condition or obviously flimsy.

Just a few ideas but they might help to save a few precious dollars here and there.


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