Where To Buy Moving Boxes? Best Cheap Moving Box Options (2019)

15 July 2018Moving

Where Can You Buy Cheap Moving Boxes? Here Are Your Best Options

 

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Moving is quite a large process and packing up your belongings not the most fun task.

You are hopefully reading this before selling a home on the MLS because part of how to get a house ready to sell, is packing up a lot of unnecessary belongings and you will need to have proper boxes to tackle that job.

The purpose of this post is to make part of the moving process a little easier for you by reviewing the best moving boxes that you can buy online and some really good ideas for you to get them for cheap or even free.

That is of coarse, if you want to put in a little more effort in acquiring them!

There are numerous options out there for buying cheap moving boxes, and this information should narrow them down so you don’t waste your time or money.

Because we know, how much it costs to sell a house and saving money on boxes (as well as time, energy and effort) for your big move, will help keep more money in your pocket!

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Where Is The Best Place To BUY Moving Boxes?

 

Below we have summarized our top 11 picks for the best moving box companies and each has a detailed review further down the page.

These websites allow you to shop online and get exactly what you need with minimal effort.

Which is a good thing, because lets face it, moving is a total pain in the a$$!

CompanyDescription
picture of uboxes logoUBoxes is by far the best factory direct source for moving boxes and supplies the internet has to offer. They are 100% dedicated to helping you pack for your big move and they do a great job of it... Read More
picture of amazon.com logoAmazon should be considered if you are looking for high quality moving boxes and possibly want to order a lot of other items at the same time and make full use of your Prime membership.... Read More
picture of home depot logoPurchasing Home Depot’s moving boxes is a solid option if you are looking to buy online and pickup in the store, perhaps because shipping to you is not an option or you don’t have an Amazon Prime membership.... Read More
picture of lowes moving boxesBuying your moving boxes at Lowes makes sense if you are looking to buy online and pickup in the store, perhaps because shipping to you is not an option or you don’t have an Amazon Prime membership.... Read More
picture of uhaul moving boxesOverall, UHaul is a good option for you when it is convenient to get to a store to pickup your online purchase. Their quality of their cardboard moving boxes is high, or we wouldn’t have them on our list!... Read More
picture of walmart's moving boxesThe good thing about Walmart is they are a Big Box store and have many locations for you to pick the boxes you order online in their physical locations.... Read More
picture of upack's moving boxesUsing UPack for you moving supply and box company could make sense if you are also using them for your moving company, you could even try negotiating a further discount... Read More
picture of uline's moving boxesULine is more of a B2B or business to business website but don’t let that stop you from ordering from them as a consumer... Read More
picture of office depots moving boxesI think Office Depot is a good option for you if you want to also shop for office supplies at the same time... Read More
picture of used cardboard boxesYou should choose UsedCardboardBoxes.com if you are not too picky and have really tight budget concerns... Read More
picture of cheap moving boxesCheap Cheap Moving Boxes is actually fulfilled by Amazon and is provides really high quality boxes... Read More


 

#1 (Our Top Choice) UBoxes

 

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  • Other Box Types: Wardrobe, Kitchen, Picture, TV, Mattress, Lamp, Office & File
  • Shipping & Delivery: Free, Same Day Shipping, 1-3 Days Delivery
  • Return Policy: Returns allowed within 30 days

 

First on our list and our top choice is UBoxes.

They are by far the best factory direct source for moving boxes and supplies that the internet has to offer and is exactly what you are looking for in a company.

UBoxes currently have an “A” rating with the Better Business Bureau and have been in business for the last 8 years, so you know they are not going out of business and can be trusted.

UBoxes are experts in their niche and know exactly what people need to pack up and move, they are 100% dedicated to helping you pack for your big move and they do a great job of it.

They deliver over 100,000 boxes daily to both consumer and business customers and have rave reviews from previous customers.

Thats because their moving boxes are the highest quality at competitive prices and they provide great customer service.

In addition, their website is one of the most user friendly ones we have seen!

They organize their products into simple moving box categories in the standard small, medium, large & x-large sizes.

They also have specialty moving boxes such as wardrobe, kitchen boxes etc as well as a full selection of moving supplies.

Perhaps what I found most useful on their website is how they put together moving kits for 1-2 rooms all the way through 10+ rooms.

These moving kits have been put together based on years of experience and include various sized boxes, tape, packing materials and various other items you will need.

But just in case you need something more customized, their website allows you to easily build your own kits and get exactly what you want.

They have shipping from multiple distribution centers and orders placed before 4pm Monday – Friday are shipped the very same day.

Their prices are very competitive and the quality of the product is top notch, so this is by far the best value you can find in a moving box company.

In their own words, they say “Uboxes’ offers discount moving boxes (NOT cheap moving boxes)”.

UBoxes even post the testing methods used on their boxes are the industries latest and best, the Edge Crush Test method, which ensures their moving boxes are able to handle your move and not cause any unnecessary headaches with a subpar box.

They also have some really good content on their website, check out any of these articles to help with your move and save some money!


 

#2 (Our Runner Up) Amazon

 

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  • Other Box Types: Wardrobe, Kitchen, Picture, TV, Mattress, Lamp, Office & File
  • Shipping & Delivery: Free with Amazon Prime, Same Day Shipping, 2 Days Delivery
  • Return Policy: Returns allowed within 30 days

 

Our 2nd pick for a supplier of moving boxes is none other than Amazon.com.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise to you…

Just about everyone is using Amazon for their purchases and their prime membership has some serious advantages for those who want 2 day shipping for free, or we should say included in the cost of your membership!

We probably would have chosen Amazon as our #1 pick because they are such a powerhouse of a company that provides a great online customer experience.

But…

We feel that UBoxes dedicated moving boxes website was much more user friendly than Amazons for this particular niche, which is a huge accomplishment!

But if you are a dedicated Amazon shopper, you will still be able to find quality moving boxes and supplies.

In fact, prices are just a bit lower than UBoxes prices but only by a negligible amount.

All the standard box sizes such as small, medium, large and extra large are available and they are the same exact size as UBoxes products.

In addition, they have a wardrobe and kitchen boxes available if you are looking for those specialized box types.

Unfortunately, they don’t have a selection of moving kits for the number of rooms you need to pack up but they do have a Mover’s Value Pack that you could use as a starting point and add anything additional you would need.

The boxes are sold and shipped in flat bundles to save on shipping costs and make it easy for you to move them around when they are delivered.

And they qualify for Amazon Prime shipping so you can get them in 2 days after your order is placed.

Amazon should be considered if you are looking for high quality moving boxes and possibly want to order a lot of other items at the same time and make full use of your Prime membership.


 

#3 Home Depot Boxes

 

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  • Other Box Types: Wardrobe, Kitchen, Picture, TV,  Office & File
  • Shipping & Delivery: Free 2 Days Delivery, Free Pickup In Store in 2 Hours, Free Deliver To Store
  • Return Policy: Returns allowed within 90 days

 

Third on our list is another powerhouse company, Home Depot.

With over 2200 stores nationwide, it is by far the largest direct to consumer home improvement store and their website has even more inventory, including moving boxes and supplies.

Perhaps one of the best advantages of shopping for your moving supplies on Home Depots website is the ability to pickup in store after you make your purchase in the comfort of your own home.

The store will prepare your order and have it waiting for you when you arrive and reduce the total amount of time you spend in the store, which is a pretty good benefit.

Which also means if you need to make a return, you can do so right away by bring back the items to the closest store to you.

The other benefit of making a purchase of Home Depot boxes through their website is they allow you to make purchases of moving boxes in any amount you like.

If you only need 1 box of a particular size, than that is all you need to order.

Other websites have the boxes in bundles because it is more cost effective.

While they do have a pretty good selection of the various boxes and supplies for moving on their website, it might take some searching around to find what you want because it is not as easy to navigate and organized into sections like UBoxes.com.

Here are some links for you to help find what you are looking for easily.

The quality of the boxes is good and they even have a lot of boxes that can be bought as heavy duty to with stand your most challenging moves.

Purchasing Home Depot’s moving boxes is a solid option if you are looking to buy online and pickup in the store, perhaps because shipping to you is not an option or you don’t have an Amazon Prime membership.


 

#4 Lowes Boxes

 

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  • Other Box Types: Wardrobe, Kitchen, Picture, TV,  Office & File
  • Shipping & Delivery: Free 2 Days Delivery with $49 or Larger Purchase, Free Pickup In Store, Free Delivery To Store
  • Return Policy: Returns allowed within 90 days

 

Next up and coming in 4th is Lowes.

A direct competitor to Home Depot but with a smaller physical location foot print of over 1800 stores.

I find that most Home Depots have a Lowes directly across the street now a days, which is a good thing for consumers to have competition like that available.

In terms of ordering moving boxes online, Lowes boxes is very similar to Home Depot.

The biggest difference was in their shipping policy, which requires a minimum order of $49 to qualify for free shipping.

That is probably not a big deal because your total order of moving boxes from Lowes will most likely be more than that amount but is something to factor into your decision.

You can find all the standard box sizes, wardrobe boxes, TV boxes and various moving supplies directly on their website and navigation is fairly straight forward.

Their moving box kits are fairly limited with only 1 option at the time of this being written but you can always add additional items that you would need to your order.

But this is far from convenient or providing a good online customer experience for you like what you will get from UBoxes.

Similar to Home Depot, the moving box quality is good and they even have a lot of boxes that can be purchased as heavy duty to for your most rugged moving requirements.

Buying your moving boxes at Lowes makes sense if you are looking to buy online and pickup in the store, perhaps because shipping to you is not an option or you don’t have an Amazon Prime membership.


 

#5 UHaul Boxes

 

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  • Other Box Types: Wardrobe, Kitchen, Picture, TV,  Office & File
  • Shipping & Delivery: Free Delivery with $99 or Larger Purchase (unknown timelines), Free Pickup In Store, Free Delivery To Store
  • Return Policy:Return Policy Unknown

 

Our 5th pick is another name brand that is synonymous with moving, UHaul.

In fact, there tagline is “Your Moving and Storage Resource”.

Most people think of the Orange moving trucks they can rent for local in town moves or even cross country moves rather than UHaul’s boxes but they are available and good quality as well.

The good thing about UHaul is they are great company for convenience and you might want to give them some thought, especially if there is one of their locations close by.

If you opt for in store pickup of your moving boxes, then you don’t have to pay shipping but if you have them delivered then you will have to pay shipping, unless your order is over $99.

On their website, they have a lot of moving boxes and supply options.

Similar to UBoxes, they are experts in moving and know what you will need and make it available on their website.

Their quality of their cardboard moving boxes is high, or we wouldn’t have them on our list!

Overall, UHaul boxes is a good option for you when it is convenient to get to a store to pickup your online purchase.

Don’t think they will have all the supplies you need in stock, it’s best to order online and have them ready for you when you go in person.

The other option with UHaul is to consider renting their plastic boxes for moving.


 

#6 Walmart Boxes

 

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  • Other Box Types: Wardrobe, Kitchen, Picture, TV,  Office & File
  • Shipping & Delivery: Free 2 Days Delivery with $35 or Larger Purchase, Free Pickup In Store, Free Delivery To Store
  • Return Policy: Returns allowed either in store or shipped back for free

 

Walmart is #6 on our list and if you are a dedicated shopper of theirs, you can rest assured that the selection and the quality of their moving boxes is good.

I’m more of a Target shopper but surprisingly, they don’t offer moving boxes!

All the standard box sizes are there for you to order on Walmart’s website as well as supplies.

In fact, they even resell boxes from UBoxes directly on their website!

Are you starting to see why we rated UBoxes #1?

The good thing about Walmart is they are a Big Box store and have many locations for you to pick the boxes you order online in their physical locations.

If you choose to have your order delivered you can get free 2 day shipping on orders over $35.

When you shop their website be on the look out for “rollback” items that you need for your move, you can end up scoring some serious discounts!


 

#7 UPack Boxes

 

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  • Other Box Types: Wardrobe, Kitchen, Picture, TV,  Office & File
  • Shipping & Delivery: Free Shipping and Delivery in a “Few” Days
  • Return Policy: Returns allowed within 14 days

 

Our next company coming in at #7 is a moving company named UPack.

Their primary business is moving people and their tagline is “We Drive, You Save”.

Because they are in the moving business, they also sell moving boxes and supplies on their website for their customers convenience.

Their site is organized really well once you navigate to their “Moving Boxes by UPack” part of their website, which is a dedicated section for shopping and purchasing your boxes and supplies.

They have all the standard sized boxes as well as the various other types of boxes you would expect in a company that made this list.

If you decided to purchase anything on their website, you can expect same-day shipping for orders placed by 4 p.m. EST Monday-Friday.

UPack says “we make it easy to start packing as soon as possible”.

Using UPack for you moving supply and box company could make sense if you are also using them for your moving company, you could even try negotiating a further discount!


 

#8 ULine Boxes

 

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  • Other Box Types: Wardrobe, Kitchen, Picture, TV,  Office, File & Many More
  • Shipping & Delivery: Shipping Charges and Deliver Based On Location
  • Return Policy: 30 Day No-hassle Refund or Credit

 

#8 is a great company called ULine and if you have not heard of before, then you should book mark it for future use, especially if you own a small business.

They are a family-owned business, that is the leading distributor of shipping, industrial and packaging materials to businesses throughout North America.

They have just about everything related to those categories on their website, in multiple sizes and colors!

They are more of a B2B or business to business website but don’t let that stop you from ordering from them as a consumer.

But you won’t get free shipping on your moving box order, they use UPS Ground and pass the shipping charges onto you.

What I do like about their selection of moving boxes is that they have certain types of boxes that can not be found on other sites.

Boxes such as rifle boxes, guitar boxes, suitcase box and tennis raquet box, among other types.

Not saying you need these special types of boxes but the option is there for you!


 

#9 Office Depot Boxes

 

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  • Other Box Types: Wardrobe, Kitchen, Picture, TV,  Office & File
  • Shipping & Delivery: Free Delivery with $35 or Larger Purchase, Free 1 Hour Pickup In Store, Free Delivery To Store
  • Return Policy: Returns allowed within 90 days

 

Office Depot is our #9 pick and has a good amount of moving boxes and supplies for you to choose from online.

The company operates over 1400 stores but their website is where you want to go to shop for cardboard moving boxes online.

Their own Office Depot brand of moving boxes is very similar to what you should expect in terms of quality and price.

What was interesting was their return policy for Office Depot brand items.

It states “Office Depot® Brand and OfficeMax® Brand products may be exchanged or returned for a full refund at any time for any reason”.

Which is pretty generous, I just hope people don’t take advantage!

They have a similar selection to other companies on this list but one thing that stuck out to me was that they had a few “Out of Stock” items, which isn’t a good thing.

Regardless, if you choose to shop online at Office Depot you can get free shipping if your order is over $35 or pick up in the store in 1 hour, if all the items are in stock.

I think Office Depot is a good option for you if you want to also shop for office supplies at the same time but ordering from Amazon would probably be a better option if you are a Prime member.


 

#10 UsedCardboardBoxes.com

 

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  • Other Box Types: Wardrobe, Kitchen, Picture, TV,  Office & File
  • Shipping & Delivery: Free 1-2 Days Delivery
  • Return Policy: Returned and cancelled orders are subject to a 20% restocking fee.

 

Coming in at #10 is UsedCardboardBoxes.com and their name says it all.

UsedCardboardBoxes.com provides high-quality, cheap, used moving boxes and shipping boxes.

They currently have an “A+” rating with the Better Business Bureau and have been in business for the last 12 years.

UsedCardboardBoxes.com ships orders throughout the USA for free and arrives within 1-2 business days, which is like having a Prime membership with them!

The box sizes vary because they are from different sources and not a new product.

Conceptually this company seems to have a good idea and makes sense for people looking to save a few dollars and save a few trees.

Although the amount you save is not really that much for a second hand product.

Reviews are varied though on the product, after all you are getting something used that has already been used at an event that was sure to put some wear and tear on the boxes.

On their website they state “Some of our boxes will have printing on them. Some may have tape, packing labels or even handwriting on them”.

So choose UsedCardboardBoxes.com if you are not too picky and have really tight budget concerns.


 

#11 CheapCheapMovingBoxes.com

 

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  • Other Box Types: Wardrobe, Kitchen, Picture, TV, Mattress, Lamp, Office & File
  • Shipping & Delivery: Free with Amazon Prime, Same Day Shipping, 2 Days Delivery
  • Return Policy: Returns allowed within 30 days

 

We have reached the end of our list and coming in at #11 is Cheap Cheap Moving Boxes.

But don’t let the last place ranking fool you, they are a great source of moving boxes.

In fact, they are so good they actually came in #2 because they can be ordered and fulfilled by Amazon, and those links will direct you to their products you can buy on Amazon.com.

If you skipped over the review for them, you can get back up there by clicking here.


 

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Where To Get FREE Moving Boxes?

 

Who doesn’t love FREE? Everyone does…

picture of boxes that were freeAs long as you get what you need then scoring things for free is a no brainer.

And moving boxes is no different!

If you don’t want to pay for new moving boxes that exactly meet your requirements, then you will no doubt love the resources below that you can explore and try to get as many moving boxes for free that you can.

  • Check Out Your Local Stores – You might be able to acquire some serious free moving boxes by stopping by a local brick and mortar store and charming the store manager into holding onto boxes that they no longer need and giving them to you for free. Be for warned though, a lot of companies have policies against this so you might bump into some obstacles but if you are a true freebie seeker than don’t let it hold you back.  
    • Office Supply Stores – these stores have lots of boxes in lots of sizes for the merchandise that is stocked on their shelves. Check out Office Max,  Staples or any other local office supply store in your area.
    • Book Stores – Although Amazon and the internet has done some serious damage to the local book store business, there are still ones out there you should check out for free moving boxes. For example Barnes and Noble or if you live by a college the local Coop.
    • Restaurants – You will be surprised at the boxes that local restaurants go through from their food deliveries. Have you ever seen a Sysco truck being unloaded? Stop by and ask the owner, chef or manager if they can hold onto some of them for you. It might help secure the deal if you ask while you are eating there and showing your support for their business.
    • Grocery Stores – Have you ever seen the boxes that paper towels or cereal come in? They are perfect for packing up your home. If you want to try to score some of these, make friends with the store manager or even better the night shift manager. After all, that is when the majority of boxes are being emptied for stocking the shelves.
    • General Merchandise Stores – Walmart, Target, Kmart, Sears etc are all stores that have a lot of merchandise flowing through them and a savvy person could sweet talk them into giving up some of the empty boxes.
    • Pharmacies – In the northeast, there is literally a Walgreens and CVS on most busy corners. With 1000’s of in stock items, don’t miss out on this opportunity to get a variety of different sized boxes for your move.
    • Liquor Stores – Next to most pharmacies is a liquor store, there are a lot of them out there and some move some serious amounts of liquor. Head over to one of the local ones and buy some beers or bottles of wine and see if you can get them to stash some of the boxes away for your move.
    • Home Improvement Stores – Home Depot and Lowes are two of the biggest but there are a lot of smaller mom and pop stores out there still. The smaller ones might be more agreeable to helping you out and putting aside some boxes that you can use for your move.
    • Membership Clubs – Costco, BJs and Sams club have some of the largest boxes I have seen. Some of these stores put boxes aside for customers to grab on their way out of the store. Thats because they usually don’t have bags for the items customers buy. If you have a membership to one of these clubs, stop by and see what cardboard boxes they have available for you.
  • UHaul Customer Connect – UHaul did something that is really valuable for their customers. They created som programs to allow their customers to get together and share rides, or buy, sell or give away boxes with each other. Right on their website, you can connect with other customers to share or exchange boxes, moving supplies or rides.
  • Loading Docks – Here is a tip for the most dedicated freebie enthusiast. Drive around anywhere in local business districts and look for buildings with loading docks. Once you find one, stop in and make friends with them, ask them about their business and work into the conversation your desire for taking some of their empty boxes off their hands.
  • Craigslist – At this point, Craigslist is a huge valuable resource for people to use for exchanging goods and services. You can either search the site for free moving boxes or post your desire for them and see if anyone contacts you.
  • Facebook – There are 2 ways that you can use Facebook to your advantage to get some boxes for your move. 1- Simply post to your newsfeed that you are moving and need some boxes and see if your friends take the bait and hook you up. 2- If you have not joined any of the local Facebook Groups, now is the time to do so. Once accepted into the group, you can post to all the other members asking if anyone has any boxes they want to get rid of. You will be surprised how many people are willing to help you out after you ask nicely!’
  • Your Neighbors – Depending on your relationship with your neighbors you could knock on their door or call them up and ask them to save any boxes that they would normally break down and recycle. People love a sense of community and will be happy to help you out.
  • Just Sold Homes – Have any homes recently sold around you? If so, head over there and introduce yourself and let them know you are moving also. Simply ask them if they still have their boxes and if you could take them off their hands. Be sure to talk up the neighborhood and don’t gossip if you are frustrated and thats why you are moving out. After all, they just moved in and don’t want to hear the drama!
  • Real Estate Agents – Similar to the just sold homes around you, the local Realtors know exactly who is moving in and out of town, even outside your immediate neighborhood. Find one who would not mind putting you in contact with them and see if you can score their moving boxes for free!

That’ about sums it up, I brain dumped every resource for FREE moving boxes I could think of into that section.

If you can think of any others or have a comment about your success or even failure, drop it into the comments at the bottom of the page.

Or if you think the effort of trying to get your moving boxes for free requires to much effort, check out our Uboxes or Amazon review and purchase some directly on those websites!


 

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How Many Boxes Do I Need To Move?

 

Moving can be overwhelming and trying to figure out how many packing boxes you need for your next move can stress you out even more. But we have your back.

We put together the below calculator to help you get an estimate of the total number of boxes you will need to purchase in order to properly pack up your home.

You can choose from 3 different sizes of homes.

  • Small Apartment or Condo – Choose this option if your room sizes are typical of an apartment or condo, meaning they are a bit smaller than that of a single family home. Overall, your home will typically be less than 1200 square feet and have 1-2 bedrooms.
  • Normal Size Home – Choose this option if your home is a typical single family home with standard room sizes. Overall, your home will typically be between 1200 – 2500 square feet and have 2-4 bedrooms.
  • Large Size Home – Choose this option if your home is a larger home than most, with oversized rooms that hold more personal belongings that need to be packed up. Overall, your home will typically be be over 2500 square feet and have 3-5 bedrooms.

Also, not everyone has the same amount of belongings in their house. There is quite a difference between someone who only keeps the bare minimum and someone who could be on an episode of AE’s Hoarders!

You can adjust the amount of moving boxes you will need to buy when you select one of the following.

  • Minimalist – Choose this option if your home has only the necessities and your moving box requirements will be reduced accordingly.
  • Normal – Choose this option if your home has what most would consider to be a standard amount of personal belongings appropriate with living in a home.
  • Boarderline Hoarder – Choose this option if your home is jam packed with your “stuff”. It happens, over time we accumulate a lot of personal belongings and this is a judgement free zone.

Keep in mind, this calculator is an good starting point for you. If you have a basement, attic, garage or other rooms that need to be packed up, then adjust the results accordingly.

 
Now that you have your estimate for the number of boxes you will need to buy, don’t forget about packing supplies.

Packing Supplies

  • Tape – estimate about 1 roll of tapes for every 10 boxes
  • Packing Paper – an economical way to protect fragile items when packing.
  • Bubble Wrap – a plastic packing material in comes in sheets that contains numerous small air cushions designed to protect fragile goods.
  • Shrink Wrap – is a a heavy duty version of Saran wrap that you use in your kitchen. It is used to wrap up items closely and protect them at the same time.
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    About the Author: This article was written by Kris Lippi, the Broker and Owner of Get LISTED Realty. He enjoys writing about real estate related topics such as buying and selling homes, how-to guides for around the house and home product recommendations. He has been featured in Inman, Readers Digest, American Express, Fit Small Business, Policy Genius, Lending Tree, GoDaddy, Manta as well as others. Want to know more? Read more here.

     

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