The first step to every successful move is to lay out a budget you plan to work with, factoring in everything from the different moving supplies you’ll need, to the cost of the moving company.
When it comes to moving boxes, the cost will depend on a host of factors namely, the size of the boxes you plan to use, the number of boxes you need, and where you intend to source them from.
Here is everything you need to know about moving boxes to help you make a more informed decision.
The Cost of Moving Boxes
If you’re like most people, chances are you don’t have a stack of boxes lying around ready to go.
Seeing as they’re at the heart of every move, that means you’ll have to source them from somewhere.
It could be from an online source or alternative sources such as a self-storage facility, your mover, or truck rental company. Shipping stores and post offices also sell boxes, although these might cost more.
As far as the actual cost of moving boxes goes – and by this we mean regular cardboard moving boxes – here is what you can expect:
- Small boxes: USD1-1.70 apiece
- Medium boxes: $2.35-2.79 apiece
- Large boxes: $3 apiece
- XL boxes: $3.75 apiece
- Wardrobe boxes: $8-12 apiece
- Picture boxes: USD10 apiece
Before you go out purchasing the boxes, take a moment to do an estimate of how many will be needed depending on the belongings you’re looking at.
Boxes to pack a studio with a moderate amount of items can fetch anywhere between $41 and $100 in total depending on where you purchase them from.
A 1-bedroom with moderate possessions can approximately range between $62 and $124, with an average 2-bedroom requiring you to stump up anywhere between $74 and $178 worth of boxes.
We agree, those are wild ranges, but as we said, it depends on where you get them from. And that’s before you factor in specialized boxes like wardrobe and picture boxes.
Do your homework to see who is offering the best prices for their boxes, comparing online sources with those in your local area.
Often the case, though, you might find purchasing moving box bundles a cheaper option compared to buying boxes individually. The said bundles also come, eh, bundled with other additional packing supplies you could use.
Ways to Save on Moving Boxes
Forking out $1 to $8 per moving box doesn’t seem like much, but the cost can quickly add up, especially if you have a significant amount of items that need to be moved.
Good thing is, there are a few ways you can cut corners and bring down your overall box spend, saving some much-needed funds in the process.
- Use boxes you already have
We know, boxes are not something you readily have at your disposal ready to use.
But if you know you’re planning to move out in a couple of months’ time, as is best practice, it’s important to start getting your ducks in a row well in advance.
That said, instead of tossing out the boxes you get from Amazon and other stores, break them down and save them for your impending move.
Consider asking friends and family who are close by to also keep their boxes for you. You might be surprised by just how many boxes you manage to gather in this fashion.
- Source free or discounted boxes
Nobody said you have to buy moving boxes outright. In fact, that should come as the last resort. Unless, of course, you’d rather avoid the hassle and just get them straight from your mover.
Otherwise, check out local businesses that handle boxes often and find out if they can arrange for you to pick them up on a free or at a small fee.
These include liquor stores, bookstores, and grocery stores.
- Look up Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, Freecycle
People are always moving and those boxes have to end up somewhere. Over the years, many have been putting them up on these popular online resources either for free or at heavily discounted prices.
Check if you can scoop up anything around your local area, and consider posting some requests on your social media pages, as well as Nextdoor.
Opt for Reusable Bins
You don’t have to restrict yourself to cardboard boxes when searching for moving boxes.
Large plastic tubs make for an excellent alternative, as do fabric crates, both of which are perfect if you have sustainability in mind and want to reduce the waste associated with cardboard boxes.
Their eco-friendly nature aside, these reusable bins also last longer – so long in fact, that you can use them for storage in your new apartment.
Plastic tubs especially have plenty of utility that extends beyond moving. They are the perfect place to store seasonal décor like Halloween and festive decorations. They can also find use in the garage.
They’re a bit pricier, but their many advantages justify the price tag. If you don’t think you’ll need them after your move, you will be happy to learn they’re also available for hire.