Ashburn, VA

Packing / Unpacking Services on HomeGuide cost
$50 - $80

The average cost for packing pro is $50. Hiring packer to help you prep for moving or storage, you will likely spend between $50 and $80. The price of packing can vary greatly by region (and even by zip code). View our local packing pros or get free estimates from pros near you.

How much do packing services cost?

Author: Sally Hanan
Millions of people ask HomeGuide for cost estimates every year. We track the estimates they get from local companies, then we share those prices with you.

Many people don't take the time to think about packing, but the truth is packing and unpacking can take up more time and energy than the actual act of moving itself.

The good news is that most quality moving companies also offer professional packing services, which is in addition to loading and unloading items and transportation services so that you don't have to think about it at all.

Moving and Packing

Because packing services can also include things like furniture assembly and disassembly and specialized packing for delicate and valuable items, the prices for packing services can vary widely. Here is a general guide to what factors influence what you can expect to pay for packing services from a professional moving company in your area.

Boxes

Most moving companies will provide boxes but will usually charge you a set rate that also includes the tape and other materials used to pack each box completely. From packing paper to protect small breakable items like glasses and other kitchenware to pad and prep packing that secures items like the television and mirrors from movement and damage, the price you actually pay per box can also vary greatly.

The best way to negotiate a full price on a per box style packing service option is to provide the moving company with a full inventory of everything that needs to be packed so that they can give you an up-front estimate.

Per-Hour Rates

Whether you are packing up in Seattle or moving out of Brooklyn, NY, the best way to get an idea of how much packing services are going to cost is to get an hourly rate quote. This rate should either include all the packing supplies that are going to be needed, including boxes or be for labor alone with other expenses added separately.

Many moving companies will drop the hourly rate a bit per worker if more than one worker is used to pack your belongings.

For example, instead of paying $30 an hour for one worker to pack your items you pay $50 for two, which should double the speed at which the project is completed and also save you a bit of money.

By Home Size

Many moving companies charge a set rate for either moving or packing services, or both combined based on the size or type of home. For example, a studio apartment would have an estimated base rate based on the typical quantity of furniture and other items it contains while a four-bedroom house would have another, much higher one.

For those looking for deals on packing services or long distance moving deals with combined packing services, be sure to ask about home size packaged deals that are all-inclusive.

Stand-Alone Packing Services

If you are planning a long distance move and doing the driving yourself, you might want to hire a professional moving company to come in and pack your items for security and order. Old City Movers in Philadelphia, for example, will help you pack up or unpack, assemble furniture and generally get you moved in or ready to ship out as a stand-alone service separate from moving.

They also specialize in art moves and boutique items that need care that only professionals can provide and you can have them over just to do packing on these special items.

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