Tips to move your home things easily

Getting ready to move?  Wondering where you’re going to get boxes?  Wishing you’d somehow kept the boxes from your last move? Finding boxes does take a bit of leg work, but by knowing where to look, it can be the easiest part of the moving process.

  •  Freecycle

Freecycle ( is a great website that connects people with stuff to people who need stuff. You’ll find a ton of interesting things being given away and cardboard boxes are always featured. Additionally, you might just find takers for some of the items lurking in your closets and garage that you don’t want to move.

  •  Grocery & Retail Stores

At larger box stores, shipments come in daily.  Most of the time these boxes are broken down or crushed, bundled up, and then sent off to a recycling center.  There will be a wide range of sizes and quality, yours for the choosing. The produce boxes are particular sturdy. Ask for a manager when you inquire or simply drive around to the back of the store, look for the loading dock and approach the staff you see.  Chances are, they’re hard at work breaking down boxes that they’re only too happy to give to you instead.

  •  Schools

This one is easy if you’ve got kids but isn’t the exclusive territory of parents.  Schools receive deliveries of food as well as office supplies.  Check first with the secretary in the office but typically speaking, schools have no more need of their boxes than retail stores.

  •  Liquor Store

These boxes are built to hold a case of heavy glass containers.  They are the perfect size and sturdiness for books and other knick knacks.  Because liquor stores tend to be small, they may not receive shipments every day.  It may take one or two trips to hit the right day, but any staff member should be able to help you. You can always call ahead to check.

  •  Book Stores

Speaking of books:  what better way to pack them than back in the same kind of boxes they probably came in?  Bookstores move a lot of merchandise around as well as send a lot of merchandise back, so getting boxes here can be a little trickier than other places.  If there is one in your area though, it’s worth a stop to see what they’ve got.

  •  Social Media

How many Facebook friends do you have?  Twitter followers?  Enlist your friends and put a call out for any and all boxes that may be lurking in their attics.  Maybe they’ve got a good lead from their last move or maybe they’ve got a friend of a friend trying to get rid of some boxes.  The power of social networking can be overwhelming.  People love to help (and get rid of stuff they don’t need) so be careful what you ask for. You could end up with enough boxes for three moves!

  •  Recycling Centers

If all else fails, put on your “grungy shoes” and head to your local recycling center.  Not only is there an entire bin dedicated to cardboard, but most people will leave boxes around the center.  See a box of old magazines?  Help the staff out by emptying the box into the paper bin and score one box for yourself.  Definitely the most labor intensive process on the list, but it also has the potential to be the most fun!


Pricing List

Full Service Pricing



Plus DDT, +30%


Plus DDT, +30%


Plus DDT, +30%


Plus DDT, +30%

Excludes A Nominal 30% Fuel Charge, Per Truck. Mandatory 8 Hr Min For Same Day Moves/Bookings + Additional $150 Same Day Rush Charge And Any Other Applicable Fees. 4Hrs Minimum. Anything Over Will Be Billed At The Applicable Booked Rates For Service. In Addition, 5% Will Be Billed Per Man For Anything Over 8Hrs.


Additional 3% Processing Fee For All Moves And Additional Fees Apply After 8 Hours. There Is Also An Additional $30 Fee If You Have 2+ Crew On Your Job.

Labor Only Pricing






Labor Only Fee + $30 travel charge


What is a DDT?

DDT sounds like you’re being charged double for drive time but that’s a mistake! The California Public Utilities Commission requires all moving companies to charge DDT on hourly rated moves. DDT means you are charged for the time between the old house (origin) and the new house and the moving company is responsible for the drive time between the warehouse and the origin. DDT actually SAVES you money!

One Hour Arrival Time

Please allow a one hour window for the movers to arrive. Example: 9am-10am

Full Terms & Conditions

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Terms & Conditions
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Cancellation Fee

Cancellation fee of $150 (per a 2 man crew) when order was not cancelled within 72 hours before the move. 4 man crew is $300 cancellation fee. Mandatory 8 hr min for same day moves/bookings + additional $150 same day rush charge and any other applicable fees. I authorize Student Movers, Inc. to assign any charges associated with services to my credit card account I provide prior to the move and/or for any cancellation fee, when 72hrs notice was not given prior to the move date.Bids accepted are non-refundable for long distance moves.

Weight Requirements

Any item that weighs over 250 lbs or requires special equipment may be subject to an additional charge. Please be sure you let us know about any bulky or heavy items before your movers arrive.

2 Days Notice

Please plan for two days in advance and make sure to select the time you prefer so that we can give you priority. Two days notice is recommended, yet we can accommodate same day moves depending on our schedule.