How much do packing services cost?

Average cost in 20149: $60 /hr See National


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The average cost for a packing / unpacking specialist is $60/hr. You are likely to spend between $45 and $90 per hour. Exact price may vary depending on your area and project details.

Updated May 1st, 2017

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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

Hourly rate

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

Specialty items

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.

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Recent reviews

Ruth's Family Business

While in the ER with a broken hand, I frantically searched for packers to help me pack my apartment for my move in three days. Angela Rogers of Ruth's Assembly responded immediately and, after a few questions, I hired her company. They arrived at noon and proceeded to save my sanity, packing my apartment efficiently, neatly and very cost-effectively. The next day I had already scheduled an "expert" service to help me. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that Angela and her sister CeCe (sp?) were faster and better packers than the three young "experts" who showed up that day. I heartily endorse them as excellent packers and crisis intervention experts. Btw, one thing that's confusing is that their business name and description doesn't really fit their services, which are far broader than described. And one final note: Don't be fooled by appearances: these ladies will out-pack, out-organize and outdo anyone.

American Eagle Relocation Services

I hired American Eagle to pack my 1 bedroom apartment. They were prompt (actually a few minutes early), had all the materials they needed, and were very careful with my items as they packed. I felt very comfortable with these guys in my home and packing my things. They were efficient and kept working the whole time. I was very happy with the experience. May have been a little more cost than some other options, but worth the piece of mind.


We were in a bind and needed a crew to pack furniture for container shipment. Being already out of the country, it was easy to communicate with Brian and work out a flat rate cost so our shipping agent could help make payment. Not being there to monitor the packing, I had to trust My Professional Movers to get the job done according to my expectations and they did. Thanks Brian!