Where Do You Find
Cardboard Moving Boxes?

Looking for moving boxes in Sydney or Melbourne? Well, you’ve landed on the right page because we’re here to answer that age-old question of, “Where do you find cardboard boxes for moving?”

Published on January 27, 2020
by The Neat Team

You’ve been super organised and are now onto the packing stage of our moving checklist. But before you can even get started, there’s that age-old question that still needs to be answered, where do you find cardboard boxes for moving?

tenants moving out, carrying moving boxes

Depending on your needs, there are more than a few options when it comes to finding packing boxes for your big move. You’ll first need to decide on whether moving boxes fit into your budget, the type of material your boxes are made of (paper or plastic), or if you’re looking to try a moving box rental service.

We’ve done all the research for you, so read along as we show you where to find, buy, and source new and used boxes all across Australia. Before you know it, you’ll be done packing and can finally say, “Goodbye dingy Kings Cross studio.”

Where to get free moving boxes

Let’s be honest, who pays for moving boxes? If you’re looking to save a little money and purchasing moving boxes doesn’t fit into the budget, you can try finding free moving boxes instead.

Ask your local retailer

Your best bet when searching for free moving boxes is your local supermarket or retailer. Typically these establishments will receive stock weekly and will often have a surplus of cardboard boxes to give away.

It’s as simple as asking the manager or customer service staff whether they have any empty boxes. Just remember, the staff are doing you a favour, so be polite and understanding if they do say no.

We’ve always had luck with Coles, Woolies, JB Hi-Fi, Harvey Normans, and even Maccas.

Here are just a few tips for box selection:

  • Avoid cardboard boxes that have stored fresh produce – They’ll likely be less sturdy from absorbing moisture.
  • Ask a manager when to visit – Inventory will be based on shipment schedules, so ask a manager when the best time to drop by is.
  • Try electronic retailers for larger boxes – Electronic retailers will have shipped appliances (fridges, ovens, etc.) for a better selection of larger cardboard boxes.
  • Uniform boxes make for better packing – Try asking for same-sized boxes as they’ll make packing for your move much easier.

Search on Gumtree

If you’re planning ahead, you can periodically check Gumtree for free used cardboard boxes. Many environmentally conscious Australians will offer their boxes immediately after their move instead of just binning them. Try searching for “cardboard moving boxes Sydney” or “cardboard moving boxes Melbourne”, you might just get lucky.

free used cardboard moving boxes in Sydney

Ask your moving company

When researching moving companies, ask whether they can supply moving boxes. Competition is fierce, so most professional moving services will either offer a steep discount on moving supplies or throw them in entirely for free.

Where to buy moving boxes

If you choose to go down the route of purchasing cardboard boxes, most of the larger removalists and storage companies will have you covered. Kents and Allied Pickfords, for example, all offer their own brand of cardboard moving boxes.

National Storage has a useful listing of locations if you’re searching for moving boxes Sydney in particular. You can purchase them online for a $20.00 shipping fee, or pick them up at any one of their nearby locations for free. When you’re all done, they’ll also buy back used boxes so you can recoup some of your moving costs.

national storage moving boxes

Cardboard boxes are great for the environment as they can be recycled, but just remember that you’ll likely only get a few uses out of them. They’ll begin to lose their shape and form, especially when storing a large load or if they’re damaged in the moving process.

Here are a few tips when purchasing cardboard boxes:

  • Choose corrugated cardboard boxes for better durability
  • Ask your removalists for a discount on packing materials
  • Purchase in bulk for substantial discounts

Where to hire moving boxes

If you’re not looking to purchase moving boxes, there’s a reliable alternative in moving box hire instead. The entire service is hassle-free. You’ll no longer have to find or purchase cardboard boxes since they’ll simply be delivered and collected door-to-door.

How it works

A moving box rental company is comprised of two complementary services: the hiring out of cardboard moving boxes and also their delivery and collection. Here’s a simple breakdown of how the service works.

  1. Customer places order Based on the size of the property, a customer can order any number of recommended packages.
  2. The rental company delivers boxes On a specified date, usually moving day, the rental company will deliver all the cardboard boxes.
  3. Customer packs, moves, and unpacks The customer can take up to 3 months to unpack, even using them as storage while unpacking with free pick-up.
  4. The rental company collects the boxes The customer can notify the rental company to collect the containers at any point in time.

Wrapping up

As with most decisions, there’s no right answer. Ultimately, finding cardboard boxes for moving will be based on your own needs and preferences. You can search for free cardboard boxes, purchase them from removalists or storage companies, or even try hiring them from a box rental company.

Hopefully, we’ve given you more than enough information to make the right decision. And now that you’re all set with moving boxes, check out How to Pack for a Move for tips and advice on how to pack all your belongings.

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