Moving boxes and shipping material

The right moving boxes and packaging materials are key to ensuring your items are well protected. Before you buy moving materials for DIY packing and decide to do it alone, Get a Free Quote from us. You may find that our price for packing services is lower than you think! Having MiniMoves pack your home can save you time, and will keep your home fully functioning and live-able until the day before your move.

It’s important to have the right size moving materials for packing when preparing for a move. Proper boxes and packing techniques will help make sure everything arrives at your new home in the good condition.

Where can I find new boxes?

What are the best places to get moving boxes?

Solid cartons make all the difference. You can buy new mover-sized boxes at nearby moving companies, truck rental locations like U-Haul, or office supply stores. We don’t recommend boxes from big box home repair stores. Although those boxes are great for storing things on a shelf, they are fragile and known to crush easily or tear open during a move. Mover’s boxes are of a higher quality and come in sizes that are designed to fit most household items. These boxes are versatile and can be stacked and loaded securely to better protect your goods.

You can also use older boxes if they are sturdy and can be taped closed. Small boxes are ideal for packing books, paper files, canned goods, and heavy tools. Medium boxes work best for shoes, clothes, pots, pans, towels, and linens. Large boxes are the right choice for blankets, pillows, larger lampshades, and other big bulky items. Use double-wall “heavy-duty” boxes to pack glassware, lamps, breakable items, or heavy electronics. If you still have the box, use the original packaging for your flat-panel TV.

You may be able to find free boxes. allows people to give away moving boxes and even packing supplies to others in the community who could reuse them. U-Haul’s Customer Connect (an online bulletin board) matches people who have boxes to give away with people who need them. Also, watch for the neighbor who always has the Amazon truck parked in front of their house; they have boxes!

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Nick W.

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Cedar Rapids – Martha T.

“The move was within town although originally they had agreed to make the move across country when that was the original situation. They were sensitive and responsive to my mother’s and our needs, and the move was handled quickly and well. We did the packing so they handled heavy boxes and furniture. Furniture pieces were very important to my mother, family pieces, and everything was moved and arrived without a problem. Very happy with their work and would recommend them.”

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