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Moving Boxes and Packing Material FAQs

  • Can I get cardboard boxes from supermarkets?

    If you’re looking for free moving boxes, your local supermarket is indeed your best option. Supermarkets receive stock weekly and will usually have a surplus of cardboard boxes to give away.  Be careful though: boxes that have contained items like produce tend to be less sturdy due to the moisture they absorb.  

  • Can you return unused moving boxes?

    As it is difficult to properly estimate how many moving boxes you’ll actually use, most companies will offer refunds for any unused boxes.  HomeMove goes one step further: we buy our packing boxes back from you when you’re done with them and will even collect them for free within a 25km radius of the Melbourne CBD. 

  • Do you have to put everything in boxes when moving?

    All items that can fit into boxes should be packed neatly to avoid damage.  HomeMove will wrap and provide padding for larger things that don’t fit into boxes like furniture and major appliances.  

  • How many boxes do I need to move house?

    It is really difficult to accurately estimate how many moving boxes you will need.  This is where a professional removalist can be incredibly helpful.  If you hire HomeMove to do both your packing and moving, they will bring the right amount of boxes to suit your needs.  You can sit back and relax. 

  • How much do boxes cost?

    Moving boxes prices vary by size.  HomeMove offers new and used options for their boxes: 

    Price New  Price Used 
    Book and Wine Boxes  $4.00 $3.00
    Tea Chest Boxes $5.40 $4.40
    Portarobe Box  $22 $16
  • How much do small boxes cost?

    Book and wine boxes are the standard small boxes used for moving.  HomeMove offers both new and used book and wine boxes for $4.00 and $3.00 respectively. 

  • Should you empty drawers when moving?

    You should always empty drawers when moving. Firstly, because most dressers and chest are quite heavy on their own and leaving contents in will only add to their weight – making them even more difficult to move.  Secondly, leaving items in a fragile dresser will add more stress to the piece of the furniture during the move.    

  • What is the first thing to pack when moving?

    Here are some things you should pack first when moving:

    • Anything you want to put in storage
    • Any out-of-season clothes
    • Fine Dinnerware
    • Artwork
    • Trinkets
    • Extra towels and linens you rarely use
    • Books
  • What should I pack first when moving house?

    Start packing your least-used items first. A good example would be items that only serve aesthetic purposes, like artwork and family pictures.  The last thing you want to do is to have to open packed boxes to retrieve something you need like a child’s favorite toy or a kitchen utensil. 

  • What should you not pack when moving?

    Of course, you won’t be able to pack large items like furniture or large appliances.  HomeMove can pad and wrap these times to protect them from damage during the move.  You also should not pack any of the following times which are considered hazardous due to their flammability: 

    • Nail polish remover
    • Gasoline
    • Paints and paint thinners
    • Lighter fluid
    • Matches
    • Propane tanks
    • Paint thinners 
    • Gasoline
    • Fireworks
  • What size boxes are best for moving?

    Tea Chest boxes are the preferred choice and the most used in the removal industry.  HomeMove offers new and used tea chest boxes for $5.40 and $4.40 respectively.  HomeMove’s tea chest boxes measure L 43 x W 40.6 x H 59.6 cm and have an approximate 100L capacity.  

  • What to put in boxes when moving?

    All items that can fit into boxes should be packed neatly to avoid damage.

  • Where can I get large moving boxes for free?
    • Supermarkets and retailers will often have cardboard boxes to give away.  Do examine the boxes you get carefully to ensure they are still sturdy and don’t have water damage. Free boxes are only useful if they are in good condition and capable of carrying your belongings securely.  
    • Search your local classified ads.  You might find listings of people giving away their extra boxes for free.  
    • Do a search in your Facebook local community group: you might find someone who is offering them for free, or you can post that you’re searching for free moving boxes.  

    Free boxes are great if you can get them, but you can’t always be sure of their quality or reliability.  For optimal peace of mind while moving, you can buy HomeMove’s high-quality used moving boxes.  They are 20% cheaper than new moving boxes and HomeMove will even buy back customers’ boxes when the move is finished.

  • Who gives free moving boxes?

    There are several places you can check out if you’re on the hunt for free moving boxes: supermarkets, pet stores, drug stores, and office supply stores are all great places to look.  So, if you have the time to go from store to store looking for boxes, this might be an option for you.  

    However, if you are moving an entire apartment or house, you’ll need a large number of boxes and you might not have the time it could take to scour the back lots of all your local stores.  Additionally, used boxes from stores may have already taken quite a beating in transit.  You don’t want to pack your valuable items in boxes that may be damaged or weakened from things like water absorption.  The surer route to go is to buy HomeMove’s sturdy used boxes.  They are cheaper than new boxes but robust and reliable.  A further bonus:  HomeMove will buy their boxes back from you when your move is complete.

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