Moving is expensive. It’s really as simple as that. You are selling your house (usually with a realtor), buying a new house, hiring a moving company, and paying for the packing and moving supplies. But what if there was a way to cut back on some of this cost? Sometimes you do not have time to plan and don’t have the luxury to start saving up supplies. Keep reading for tips on how to get free boxes in Portland!

Craigslist: This is often one of the most overlooked resources for free or discounted stuff. If you know you are moving ahead of time, start scanning the ads as early as possible for people offering up free boxes. If people take care in opening up boxes with care and try not to ruin them as they go along, it’s the perfect way to recycle and let somebody else get a good use out of them!

Local Businesses: Are you a regular at a local business? You would be surprised at all of the boxes that come in and out of businesses. Maybe ask them if you could have whatever they have available at the moment for you to take. Or if they are really accommodating, have them save up all of their extra boxes to give you.

Friends: Know anyone else that is moving? Maybe you could reuse their boxes once they have completed your move! The sooner you start getting boxes, the sooner you can start packing and getting prepared! Just put the word out to any of your friends. Maybe they’re not moving but they know somebody who is! You never know what a good connection could save you in the end!

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Recycling Programs: Search online for local recycling programs in your area. It’s no secret that Portland is one of the greenest and most environmentally friendly cities in the United States, which makes it a perfect opportunity for recycled boxes. You know your stuff better than anyone else, so you will be able to pick out which ones best fit your needs. This way you are helping a small business and the environment at the same time!

Donate: This tip isn’t a way for you to get free boxes, but it is a way to give back after you acquired free boxes. Donate your boxes back to a recycling program, post them on Craigslist, or spread the word to friends that you have boxes available for anybody who needs them! It’s a great way to get good use out of them.

With all of the costs of a move adding up quickly, getting free boxes is a great way to help keep the costs at bay. These are just a few moving tips for acquiring free boxes. Let us know if you have any other suggestions for getting free boxes – we would love to know!

At West Coast Moving and Storage, we have been providing a range of professional services since 2004, including residential moving, commercial moving, long-distance moving, piano moving, and more! For more information, contact us today.