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At Extra Attic Self-Storage, our goal is make sure you have the best experience when it comes to storing the things that are important to you. That’s why we include helpful resources whenever possible, such as our Storage Guide and monthly blog posts featuring the latest self-storage tips and tricks. Today’s tip is about one of the most important parts of self-storage—moving and packing materials.

While it may be tempting to pick up free boxes at local stores or on Craigslist, the old adage is true—you get what you pay for. If you’re taking the time to store your valuables, collectibles, and family heirlooms with Extra Attic, then you obviously care about these items and want to keep them in excellent condition. The materials you use to pack and store your belongings is a big part of that, and the best choice is to simply buy new.

Purchasing brand new boxes has a number of benefits. You know the boxes will be in excellent condition because they’ve never been used. You can get the exact sizes and dimensions you need, which helps you make the most of your storage space. You can buy specific types of boxes for certain items, such as wardrobe boxes with racks and hangers, to make storing things even easier. And you don’t risk any undesirables from used boxes, such as mold spores, pet hair, or bed bugs, infecting your precious cargo.

At Extra Attic Self-Storage, we recommend getting your moving and packing materials from big box companies such as Home Depot and Lowe’s Home Improvement. These stores are in almost every town, so they’re easy to find, and they offer many options both online and in their stores. Their pricing is also extremely competitive.

Below are direct links to these stores websites to help you buy the best storage materials:

Home Depot

Lowe’s Home Improvement

We hope this post helps you make the most of your Extra Attic Self-Storage Unit. For more storage ideas and inspiration, read our blog or contact any of our six locations today.