When you plan to move, you need to set a budget as the first step. And to do it, you need to know how much you need to spend on various necessities—including the moving boxes.
How much you require to spend on moving boxes depends upon how many boxes you require, what box sizes you’re planning to use, and from where you get them from. Most often, moving company quotes include the cost for boxes but you need to discuss it while signing the deal.
Below, we’ve broken down some of the basic cost factors to consider, with little tips to implement when it comes to your boxes.
Here’s the cost for moving boxes
If you haven’t stored boxes at home and it is not included in the moving company quote, here’s what you can expect to spend per cardboard moving box:
Small boxes: $1 to $1.70 each
Medium boxes: $2.35 to $2.79 each
Large boxes: $3 each
Extra-large boxes: $3.75 each
Wardrobe boxes: $8 each to $12 each
Picture boxes: $10 each
You need to remember that different moving companies have different methods to charge their customers for packing contents (dishes, lamps, mirrors, pictures, linens, books, etc.) into boxes and containers.
A few professional movers charge by the box. They charge for the box along with packing materials and the labor cost to pack the box is taken separately. For example, if you are charged $15 for a "dish pack" box, which includes the tape, paper, and/or protective materials needed to pack that box, you will be required to shell out another $25.00 to pack each box. This will take the total cost to $40 per box.
Pay separately for packing materials
Some movers require you to pay for tape, paper, and/or protective materials needed to pack a box. But in that case, the company will charge you an hourly labor fee as packing cost.
You may be miffed about the cost to have the mover pack boxes, but do not forget that when a mover packs a box, it’s his responsibility to reach the items inside safe at the new home. And the cost includes the responsibility factor.
How many boxes would I require?
To ensure you don’t overspend on boxes, use a packing calculator and find how many moving boxes you’ll need based on the number of bedrooms in your home, the number of people you’re packing up, your packing style, and your lifestyle.
If you’re moving to a studio apartment, you will require about $97 worth of boxes and if you have a one bedroom home, you will need about $124 worth of boxes. To move to a two-bedroom home, you’ll need about $178 worth of boxes.
A box can hold about 30 to 150 pounds, each based on the size and whether they are single or double-walled. Never overstuff to cut down the costs as it may end up breaking the box, putting the entire process at a risk.
How can you save moving box cost?
Though $1 to $8 is not a big amount for a box, the total amount can add up fast. Luckily, there are few ways to cut corners and reduce the amount you spend on moving boxes. Here are few ways to do it.
Use boxes you already have
Source free or discounted boxes
Check out Freecycle, Craigslist, and Facebook Marketplace
Use drawers, laundry baskets, suitcases, and saucepots as alternatives
Compare the costs and negotiate for the best boxes
How much will other moving supplies cost?
Apart from moving boxes, you’ll also need to think about the cost of related packing supplies, including packing paper, air-filled plastic padding, and tape.
Let’s see how much each cost:
Packing paper: $9 to $10 a roll
Packing tape: $2.50 to $4 a roll
Air-filled plastic padding: $2 per 10 feet
Permanent marker for labeling: $1 to $1.50 each
Moving may be assumed pricey, but there are always ways to slash the moving expense. Plan ahead and research a bit. You’ll save a lot.