Professional movers can help with packing and unpacking a home, office or commercial space. Some people need help packing or unpacking just a few things, and others may have multiple rooms of belongings to pack or unpack. Pros can provide boxes (for a fee) or use boxes provided by the client. These service providers frequently can also help with furniture assembly, loading and unloading items, furniture moving and heavy lifting. Various factors affect the cost of packing services.
If the packing service provides the boxes, the overall cost of the job will increase. Many companies have tiered pricing for boxes based on their size. Some companies include the cost of packing labor in their box prices, while other companies charge separately for boxes and labor. Here are a couple examples:
Simply Moving & Storage in Brooklyn, New York:
Per book box, including labor: $5
Per linen box, including labor: $10
- Per fine china/glassware box, including labor: $18
Elite Moving San Diego Inc. in San Diego, California:
Small moving box, labor not included: $3
Medium moving box, labor not included: $4
Large moving box, labor not included: $5
- Dish-pack moving box, labor not included: $8
Companies may charge packing and unpacking services by the hour. If this is the case, the more items to pack, the higher the overall cost for services. Some companies offer multiple workers, with the cost per worker decreasing as more workers per hour are hired. For example, Elite Moving San Diego Inc. charges the following hourly rates:
Two packers at $42.50 per hour per worker: $85 per hour total
Three packers at $35 per hour per worker: $105 per hour total
- Four packers at $32.50 per hour per worker: $130 per hour
These hourly rates include fuel costs.
Some companies charge a travel fee when packing services are provided separately from moving services. This typically applies only if the job site is outside of the standard service range and covers employee time and transportation expenses getting to and from the job site.
Packing for a move
Some professional movers provide packing estimates based on the size of the house and the number of items in each room. Elite Moving San Diego Inc. charges the following for packing everything in an entire home:
One-bedroom apartment: $305–$465, including three or four hours of packing by two workers and $50–$125 for packing materials
Two-bedroom home: $440–$625, including three to five hours of packing by two workers and $100–$200 for packing materials
- Four-bedroom home: $770–$1,180, includes four to six hours of packing by four workers and $250–$400 for packing materials
Delicate items such as antiques, glass and artwork may need to be crated in custom crates. Pricing for specialty items is generally based on what is required to crate the item, its size and other variables. Packing specialty items will generally raise the overall cost of services.