How Much Does a Packing Service Cost?

Want help packing your stuff?

Unfortunately, it’ll cost you. Moving packing services require an additional moving bill, on top of a rental truck or a moving pod. And because they involve personal services, that bill can get quite steep, fast.

However, it is possible to find an affordable packing service, which can save you money in the long run. Here’s how:

How Much Does a Packing Service Cost?

Here’s a breakdown of common packing price tags:

  • Pricing – Prices may be hourly or a flat rate. 
  • Survey – Before beginning work, a packing service will survey your home to determine what needs to be packed and how long it will take. Based on those factors, they’ll give you a price.
  • Supplies – Packers may include the price of moving supplies in their total bill, especially if they charge hourly.

So how much will it cost? If you have a lot of stuff that needs to be packed, including large furniture, then a packing service can cost a couple thousand dollars. However, if you just need help with a few things, it can be as low as a hundred dollars.

How to Save Money on a Packing Service

There are two ways to lower the cost of your packing service:

  • Pack what you can – If you can at least pack the knickknacks and easy stuff, you can save your packers a couple hours, and yourself money.
  • Provide the supplies – If you provide the necessary moving supplies, such as boxes, tape and packaging, your packers won’t charge you for it. However, before you do this, make sure you’d have to pay for materials; flat rates often cover moving supplies.

Why Should I Pay Extra for a Packing Service?

Packing services are an additional cost, but in many situations they are worth it.

  • Missing work – If you have to skip three days of work to pack, ask yourself if you would make more money working than you’ll save packing on your own.
  • Difficult items – Some items, like expensive electronics and china, need to be packed carefully to avoid damage during a move. If you’re capable, great. If not, leave it to the pros, because a broken Rembrandt can cost you a lot more than a packing service.
  • Lazy – I don’t mean this in a derogatory way. Packing is a time-consuming pain in the butt. If you don’t want to deal with it, hire a packing service, and enjoy your last days before moving.


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