It is very important when you move or relocate to pack all your goods properly so that they won’t be damaged in the process. Start from a packing list, write down everything you need, so when you go to the craft store, you will have everything sorted out and won’t forget anything. Packing is probably the only operation where you can cut down the moving cost, but you will increase the labor.
Where can you find packing supplies? Probably in every mall, or at a local moving retailer, or maybe you can purchase them online, this might be the best solution, you will compare the prices faster and everything will be delivered to your address. Some online companies only deal with larger suppliers, so before your order, make sure you fulfill all conditions of purchase.
If you want to save money, you can find boxes at the local grocery store, or at the liquor store. You should notice a store manager few weeks in advance, so he can prepare everything you need.
You can always track their next large shipment, and when they unload all the goods, you can take the boxes. Keep in mind that retail boxes carry some risk, because they are large and it will be more difficult to secure everything inside them.
There is another way to save money, you can buy complete moving and packing kits, they can be purchased separately for every room or for the whole house. You can always make your moving kit to save additional money.
Specialty boxes can be really handy and they are available for purchase. Smaller and artwork boxes are stronger and they are designed to fit, in some cases you might be able to buy frame protectors. They will help you to secure corners of the boxes and you will be able to prevent any type of damage while moving. If you purchase corrugated cardboard, you will protect glass surfaces and keep items intact and separated.
There are also special packing supplies, such as, guitar, lamp, crib and mattress boxes and they are all available online, but for the most people they are not necessary. Another thing that might interest you are file boxes, if you just place all your papers in one box, you will need days to sort everything out. File boxes are a simple way to have your documents organized and sealed.
Additional supplies may seem as an accessorize and most people list them as nice to have. For example, why should you buy a box cutter when you can use plain scissors, or why to print labels when you can use markers. But, the more organized you are, the faster you will complete the packing and you won’t stress too much. Markers and scissors can easily disappear in all that mess, or simply, your children may take it school, if some project is due.
If you buy these supplies only for moving purpose, place them so they can be reachable and when you finish put them off, you never know when you will need them again.