How To Get Free Moving Boxes At Home Depot

So you've decided it's time to move home — great! But this exciting time of transition is often hampered by the stress of actually moving. Not only do you need to go through all of your possessions, organize what items you intend to keep, and mercilessly throw out the things you don't, but you then also need to pack everything into boxes and load them into a truck or pay a moving company. Even if you've moved several times in the past, this process is exhausting every time. To add insult to injury, you're expected to buy disposable moving boxes you probably won't need again for a number of years. 

Home Depot is one of the many stores that offer moving boxes, and at pretty reasonable prices. However, according to Unpakt, you may not actually need to buy moving boxes from them at all. There are some ways to find and score free moving boxes from your local Home Depot, which means less stress on moving day. 

The best time to ask for free moving boxes

Before you head over to your local Home Depot to ask for free moving boxes, you'll want to make sure they will actually have some available. This requires a little planning on your part. According to Family Handyman, it is best to avoid weekends as they tend to be very busy, and workers are more likely to be focused on helping customers rather than unloading boxes. If you've ever worked in retail, you know that It's not easy to make time to help someone in the middle of a huge rush. 

To make it easier on yourself and the Home Depot employees, try going during the weekdays when the store will be less crowded. You can also always call ahead to ask which days shipments arrive or when they have unloading days; a little bit of prep can increases your chances of getting free moving boxes by a long shot. 

How to get free moving boxes

If you feel a little uncomfortable walking into a store and asking for something for free, you're not alone. But there's nothing wrong with asking for discarded boxes that will just go to waste otherwise. Reusing cardboard boxes saves you cash and is better from a sustainability perspective as well, notes Storage Cafe. Keep in mind that you want to make it as easy as possible for the Home Depot employees to help you. Calling in advance to see if they have boxes available, making sure they have enough time to help you, and being kind can make asking for boxes a lot easier. 

Another useful approach is to speak to the customer service representative of the store. Hopefully, they'll have some boxes available and will help to shave a little off your moving budget. Once you're done with the boxes, consider listing them on a local classifieds site like Craigslist so someone else can benefit and you don't throw them away.