How Much Do Moving Supplies Cost For A Move
June 25, 2021

How Much Do Moving Supplies Cost For A Move

Moving can be expensive. Every time you relocate you need to gather moving supplies, packing tape, cardboard boxes and, on top of all of that, you need help to move everything. Banana Box explores how much moving supplies will cost and the quantity we recommend for your upcoming move.

Finding the right amount of moving supplies on a budget can be tough! You need cardboard boxes, packing tape, zip ties, dollies, blankets — the list goes on. As the moving date approaches, most people fail to buy their moving supplies ahead of time and this can lead to stress and over-buying because there is a rush to get the materials you need in a short timeframe . Rushing your moving purchases = overbuying = wasted materials = wasted money.

How Many Boxes Do You Need And How Much Do They Cost?

A good rule of thumb is to have 4-7 moving boxes per room. We recommend having 1-2 large boxes and 1-2 medium boxes per room to ensure you have enough space to store everything you need. There are a multitude of packing calculators online and we recommend using to gather a rough estimate of not only how many boxes you will need but the amount of packing tape and other supplies you should purchase. The average cost of moving supplies will vary greatly, depending on where you are located and how much work you want to do yourself. If you are content buying new supplies, you can expect to spend $4-6 per box, but you can also get boxes for as little at $.25 on websites such as Facebook Marketplace.

Building A Budget

The moving supply budget is often a wish-list item. There is so much going on that calculating how much you want to spend on cardboard boxes, packing tape and other moving supplies usually falls by the wayside. However, taking just 10-15 minutes to build a budget will help you tremendously. To start, identify how many moving boxes you will want per room (this will be your biggest expense). You can find great insight above as well as in this article. Once you have a rough total for your moving box cost, we recommend adding 1 extra box for every 2 rooms to allow for plenty of cushion. From there, we recommend pricing out 2 tape guns (even if you are moving yourself, you tend to misplace them, so having a back-up is crucial) as well as 20 sheets of packing paper per room. We recommend allocating roughly 30-40 minutes to building your budget and always do your best to stick to it! Having a budget not only helps you lower moving costs, but it helps you with your shopping list!

Where Can I Find Moving Supplies?

We happen to know a spot (wink, wink)! Below you will find a number of recommended moving supply solutions. We always advocate for plastic instead of cardboard boxes, but every move is different so don’t “box” yourself in to just one solution:

These are just a few options, but they are all vetted and reliable.

Save With Banana Box

Banana Box is dedicated to saving you time, money and stress. Using our box system, along with free delivery and pickup, will make your move more a-peeling! We price our moving boxes and moving supplies at affordable rates to ensure you have a stress-free move. Go to to book your order today!