The national average for professional packing services is around $60 per hour. However, the industry’s leading packing pros have a couple different ways to charge for their services: either by hour or using a flat rate.
Hourly packers are a great option because they’ll charge an hourly rate per crew member, plus a standard fee per carton (or box), but this can be tricky because the amount you pay depends entirely on how long your packers take. Local moving companies will usually charge this way.
For example, the average three to four-bedroom home takes about seven to eight hours for professional movers to pack. At that rate, your bill will probably be around $420-$480, plus the cost of packing materials.
Flat-rate packers, on the other hand, tend to be a bit more expensive because they’ll set a base price for packing supplies and labor depending on the sizes (and number) of the boxes you’re moving. Interstate or long-distance moving companies tend to use this method for packing charges.
An example of this would be if a professional packing company charges you $30 per dish pack, $20 per TV box, and $15 per wardrobe box, no matter how long it takes the crew to pack them.
There are a few different things that factor into the price for professional packers including:
- Time of year (summers and holidays tend to be more expensive)
- The time of the week (weekdays are cheaper than weekends)
- How much labor is needed (more crew means more money)
- How many boxes you need (and which sizes)
- Fuel costs