Estimate Your Moving Container Costs

Moving can be an expensive and tough task. When you understand how many SMARTBOX containers you need, you can plan your move more efficiently. The first thing to keep in mind is that there are many factors in calculating your number of containers. For instance, if you are moving out of a larger home or business, then you will need more containers. Our calculator is accurately based on square footage so you will be assured that you will have enough space to store your belongings.

You can easily estimate how many containers you will need by using our moving calculator chart. We also offer free quotes to help you estimate what your total costs will be once you know the number of containers. Just tell us how many containers you will need, the zip code you’re moving to and from, and when the time frame is for your move. With this free quote, you can get an idea of how much to budget for other moving expenses.


* Please note: These figures are for estimation only. If your home is 2,000 square feet or larger, or your storage unit is 200 square feet or more, please call us toll free at 1-87-SMARTBOX.

What Factors Are Used to Determine Moving Container Costs?

Using a moving container for short or long-distance moves is a more affordable option than hiring a full-service moving company. The average cost for longer and shorter moves varies based on several factors.

Some factors that impact the cost of shipping containers for your move include the following:

  • Shipment Size
    The bigger the moving container, the more it costs. This means that your house size is a determining factor in what you pay. If you're moving the contents of a one-bedroom home or a two-bedroom home, you can use smaller storage containers, which cost less. However, for the contents of three-bedroom homes, the cost is higher. Sometimes, you're only charged for the space you use in the container — if you use the entire container, it costs more.
  • Distance
    Remember, container delivery comes into play too. The farther away you're moving, the more it costs. Transportation costs are also based on current fuel prices.
  • Big Cities
    Are you moving from or to a larger, busier area? If so, the costs will likely be more than in a smaller, rural area.
  • Access Issues
    If you plan to park or bring a bigger vehicle up to your house, the process is more challenging, and the moving options may be limited. Most companies charge more for this since the delivery options are limited.
  • Time of the Year
    Peak moving season is between mid-May and early September. If you plan to move during these times, whether you want a truck rental, are looking into storage options or need container pricing, the cost will be higher.
  • Time of the Week
    Weekend moves are usually more expensive because the demand is higher.

Cost Benefits of Using a Portable Storage Container for a Move

Moving containers offer an affordable option for moving locally and over long distances. The savings are particularly high if you plan to move to a new state or across the country.

An important consideration to remember when planning for your relocation is how you will move. While you can find several options in the local area to get your home contents from your current house to your new house, the most common options include hiring a full-service mover or using a moving container.

A moving container is a budget-friendly option, but full-service movers charge for many things, including:

  • Hours worked

  • Truck rental

  • Packing

As a result, the cost for a full-service mover is usually much higher than the cost of a moving container.

With moving containers, you have flexible scheduling for container delivery, which means you can choose delivery times that work for you. The storage costs are also low since the container is on your property until you're ready to move it.

As you can see from the information above, using a moving container makes financial sense. Keep this in mind when choosing the moving option that best suits your needs. Moving containers come in many sizes, and you can find options that are perfect for you.