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Moving Boxes and Supplies Cost

How Much Do Moving Boxes and Supplies Cost?

low costLow: Less than $50average costMedium: $70-$200high costHigh: $300+
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Boxes and moving supplies can be purchased separately or in kits which include a variety of box sizes, tape and markers. Some sets include wardrobe boxes and bubble wrap.

Typical costs:

  • If purchased separately, small boxes for heavy items run $1 - $1.70, medium boxes $2.35-$2.79 and large boxes about $3. Extra large boxes for lightweight bulky items cost around $3.75.
  • A moving kit for a one-bedroom apartment runs $69-$90 and includes anywhere from 14-29 boxes, one roll of 55-yard tape and a box marker.
  • A moving kit for a two-bedroom house runs $178-$197 and contains 55-60 packing boxes, around four rolls of 55-yard tape and one marker with a box knife.
  • A moving kit for a four-bedroom house runs $311-$404 and contains 86-119 boxes, eight rolls of tape, two markers and box knives.
Related articles: Local Mover, Long Distance Mover, Moving Truck Rental, Auto Transport

What should be included:
  • Tip: Movers offers an Online Packing Guide[1] to protect dishes, furniture and plants.
Additional costs:
  • Rates vary according to the specific type of items to be packed. Sparse homes without a large amount of collectibles can get away with smaller kits. A large amount of clothing will require more wardrobe boxes with hanger supports and cost around $8 each.
  • A glass packing kit made for crystal, stemware and porcelain figurines is about $10-$15 per box with separate sleeves for each item.
  • A kitchen kit designed to pack glasses and dishes costs $102.
  • Wrapping paper runs $9 per pack.
  • Quilted pads for preventing scratches on furniture and appliances are $8-$15 each.
  • A carpet dolly used to move heavy items is about $35.
Shopping for moving boxes and supplies:
  • A variety of packing materials are available through eBay under moving kits.
  • offers a moving box calculator[2] to help estimate the amount of packing material needed.
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