Moving involves expenditure and that too at a great extent. You will see your money being spent ruthlessly whether you hire a moving service or you decide to do-it-yourself. Since this expenditure is inevitable, the best you can do is managing it in a way that you spend where it is absolutely necessary.
Packing turns out to be one of the most expensive arrangements for most of the people. Good news is that there are some effective ways and measures you can follow to make sure that you do not end up spending more to get packing supplies.
Here’s a little guide that would help you cutting the cost on packaging supplies.
Boxes are most important among the entire bulk of packaging supplies. Especially when you are moving, there is no way other than to have loads of boxes to organize your move. Nevertheless, being necessary doesn’t mean that boxes should be highly expensive. Hence, it is unwise to pay higher price to shipping companies, packing supplies stores or moving services to buy moving boxes, especially when you can get these boxes in much lower price (or even free of cost).
Since social media is here for us to connect with each other, you can write status on Facebook or publish a tweet, requesting your friends’ circles to give you the spare boxes they have. Furthermore, you can ask administration at your workplace to hand you over the cardboard boxes which had been used to bring paper reams. Those boxes are usually big enough to contain anything you want to move.
You will need lots of packing tape for securing items in the boxes. The packing tape is needed not only to secure the box’s sealing but also to ensure safety of individual items in the box. When you are out there to buy the packing tape, make sure that you are buy one with strong adhesive. One thing worth mentioning here is that it would be unwise if you are finalizing the purchase of a tape just because it is inexpensive. Remember, it’s the quality you should look for otherwise you might end up putting your belongings at risk during the transit.
Secure packaging involves padding and cushioning the items to keep them safe during transportation, which usually involves shocks produced due to road bumps. Styrofoam and bubble wrap effective but they are highly expensive. Nevertheless, there are several other options that you can take into consideration for the safety packaging of your items.
Old newspapers are great to secure items in the boxes. You might have old newspapers stored somewhere in your house; use them. You can also ask from your friends to give you the old newspapers they would have.
Another option is to reuse the ‘still applicable’ packing materials such as bubble wrap and Styrofoam. Again, your personal relationships are going to help you in this process.