7 Places to get free moving boxes South Africa

7 Places to get free moving boxes South Africa

Private Property South Africa
Private Property Reporter

Close to home. On the net. And in places just around the corner. If you’re asking: Where can I get free moving boxes near me? We have 7 possible solutions for you – from recycled to free or cheap.

Probably one of the most important things you will need to acquire when moving to a new house is boxes, and plenty of them. Boxes are handy to store all your smaller possessions and keep them safe whilst in transit between properties.

Annoyingly most of these boxes are likely to only be used for the move and afterwards just be thrown out. For this reason, paying for them may seem like a pointless expense. However, there are some ways to get boxes for free which can help cut moving costs. Below we have listed some great places where you can find free boxes.

For a summary of the 7 places to get free boxes, see below:

  1. Ask your friends and Family

  2. Save your delivery boxes

  3. From your workplace

  4. Check Facebook Marketplace

  5. Recycling Centres

  6. Schools and Universities

  7. Local Shops

1. Ask your family and friends

Probably the easiest and most common way of getting free moving boxes for packing is from family and friends. You will usually know someone who has moved recently that has some leftover boxes you can take off their hands. You may also know someone who has them stored away in their house that will be happy to let you borrow them. Make sure to ask as many people or acquaintances as possible, they may also know of someone else that can assist.

2. Save your delivery boxes

As soon as you know you are moving, it is a good idea to save up any of your well-sized delivery boxes to be used in your move. People often need smaller boxes for certain possessions, so even if the box is small, it is a good idea to save it because you never know how useful it could be or what you may need to pack in there.

3. From your workplace

Companies get loads of deliveries per month. Office supplies, furniture and some work necessities come in great sized boxes, sometimes with lids. Normally companies would just end up recycling these boxes, so are unlikely to mind if you want to take them off their hands for free. Have a look around your office for any unused boxes that will not be missed or ask your reception and co-workers to save any boxes from deliveries for you. They make great free moving boxes.

4. Check Facebook Marketplace

Facebook marketplace and platforms similar to it are a great way to find free things you might need – including free moving boxes. Someone who has just moved or is having a clear out might have some boxes they want to get rid of and list them for free. You will most likely just need to pick them up, so search for some in your area. New listings come online everyday so make sure you check a few times a week.

5. Recycling Centres

Recycling centres sometimes give out boxes to people who call ahead and ask for them. Normally any boxes they receive, they would just flatten them down in preparation for them to be taken away and recycled. However, most recycling centres are happy for people to come and collect them before this happens.

6. Schools and Universities

Schools and Universities often get deliveries in good sized boxes. Think of all the school supplies, books, food, and desks they might have to order throughout the year. Usually, they would discard these boxes into recycling, so they would probably be happy to give them away instead. Ask any Schools or Universities close to you if they have any spare boxes for you to take or if they could hold onto any for you to come and collect. It’s a great way to get free moving boxes.

7. Local Shops Grocery stores get most of their produce in boxes. They will have plenty of boxes lying around. Find a store manager or worker to ask if you can take any off their hands, or whether they would save any for you in the future. Liquor stores are also another great option to ask for boxes, with a lot of alcohol coming to them. The best thing about liquor boxes is that they usually come with handles or lids.

PLUS: The EASIEST way to get cheap moving boxes

You don’t actually have to spend any time looking for boxes, because your removal company such as Biggles Removals can supply them for you. See, movers are in the industry, and have loads of moving boxes on hand, at the best prices. It gets added to your removals bill, but it is by far the best and simplest way to get enough, sturdy and good quality cheap moving boxes.

And you don’t have to lift a finger – bonus!

Writer : Carla-Mari Moore

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