How and Where to Rent Reusable Moving Boxes

If saving time and money while moving is important, reusable plastic moving bins are worth considering.

Heavy-duty reusable moving boxes, or “green moving boxes,” are easier to use, more environmentally friendly, and often cheaper than traditional packing supplies.

In other words, as of your next move, your days of rooting through grocery store dumpsters for used boxes are over.

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How Do Reusable Moving Boxes Work?

It couldn’t be any easier, just –

  • Research prospective companies
  • Figure out how many containers you’ll need
  • Schedule delivery online or by phone, or pick your containers up yourself
  • When you’ve unpacked after your move, schedule a pickup or drop the empty containers off at your convenience

What are the Benefits of Renting Boxes?

Rentable moving boxes are inexpensive and easy to pack, and since most are made from recycled materials, they’re eco-friendly.

Additional benefits include that rentable boxes are-

  • Zero-waste
  • Water-resistant
  • More durable than cardboard boxes
  • Uniformly shaped and easily stackable
  • Crush-proof, which means better protection for the items packed inside.
  • You won’t need packing tape since they have built-in lids and molded bottoms.
  • Most companies offer delivery and pick to and from your old and new homes

What are the Disadvantages of Moving with Cardboard Boxes?

Unlike rentable plastic moving containers, you can only use cardboard boxes a few times, and since they come from trees, they’re bad for the environment.

Many end up in landfills after just one use.

In addition, they’re –

  • Expensive
  • Prone to crushing and water damage
  • Like magnets to insects and rodents when stored in basements and attics

How Much Does it Cost to Rent Plastic Moving Boxes?

Though pricing varies based on container size, which company you use, and where you live, you can rent most plastic moving containers for between $1 and $2 per day.

Many companies offer free drop-off and post-move pick up for customers who spend a minimum amount, and the additional cost for keeping them longer than expected is usually reasonable.

Where to Rent Moving Boxes

1. U-Haul

Whether you’re moving a home or business, U-Haul Ready-To-Go-Boxes is a great choice.

Features

  • No assembly required
  • No minimum order size or rental period
  • Large national coverage area
  • You can pick them up and return them at your convenience
  • You can use them hundreds of times, and they’re recyclable
  • The top portions hang down and out of the way when you’re packing

Size

  • 24” x 20” x 12” (length, width, height)

Pricing

Rental prices are just $1.50 per unit per week or $30 for 20 containers in most areas.

If you need to keep them longer than expected, it’s just $1 per container for each extra week.

Just keep in mind that some restrictions may apply and that prices are subject to change without notice.

Drawbacks

U-Haul doesn’t currently offer delivery or pick up, and you’ll need to return your containers to the same location you got them from, which means they won’t work for long-distance moves.

2. Bungobox

According to their website, Bungobox rents excellent moving containers that are up to 50% less expensive than cardboard boxes.

Features

  • Bungobox will drop containers off before moving and pick them up when you settle into your new home or apartment.
  • Containers have built-in grip-style handles for easy lifting
  • Containers are washed and sanitized between customers, so they’re always clean
  • You can use them hundreds of times

Sizes

  • Large – 27” x 17” x 12”
  • Extra-large boxes – 28” x 20” x 15”

Pricing

Depending on how many boxes you need, you’ll likely spend between $50 and $175 for a 1-week rental, and as a bonus, you’ll get free delivery and pick up if you spend more than $75.

Drawbacks

Bungobox has a limited coverage area primarily along the East Coast and in Florida. Their prices vary from location to location, so you’ll need to enter your origin and destination zip codes for a quote.

3. Rentacrate

Founded nearly three decades ago, Rentacrate was one of the pioneers of the rentable moving box business.

Though they primarily focus on business moves, they also offer moving containers to renters and homeowners at more than a dozen service centers nationwide.

Features

  • Various container sizes, including wardrobe bins and plastic crates for moving computers and TVs
  • Many of their containers fold flat when not in use
  • Rentacrate offers an unlimited 90-day rental option
  • Socially responsible company

Sizes

  • Small – 16” x 12” x 12”
  • Large – 18” x 18” x 16”
  • Wardrobe boxes – 21” x 24” x 48”

Pricing

Rentacrate’s pricing isn’t as transparent as some of its competitors, which means you’ll need to enter your personal information to get a quote.

Drawbacks

Rentacrate’s prices vary from location to location, and their service area may not extend to rural parts of the country.

How Many Moving Boxes Do I Need?

Depending on whether your residence is sparsely furnished or stuffed to the gills, you’ll generally need between 5 and 10 rentable moving boxes per room.

Since the per-day rental price is minimal, always err on the high side when ordering your containers.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Renting boxes vs. cardboard boxes, which is better?

If you want to save money, help the environment and make your move as convenient and efficient as possible, rentable moving boxes are the clear winner.

Can you rent boxes from U-Haul?

Yes, U-Haul rents plastic moving containers, but they don’t offer delivery, so you’ll have to pick them up and return them on your own.

What are the sizes of the boxes?

Most plastic moving containers are approximately 18 and 24 inches long, 17 to 20 inches wide, and 12 to 15 inches tall.

Are rentable moving boxes available everywhere?

Moving box rental is more readily available in big metropolitan areas like Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and Chicago. Still, it’s becoming more common in smaller cities and rural areas as well.

Will my full-service moving company pack rentable moving boxes?

Most moving companies will only pack boxes that they provide.

Will I need to use zip ties to secure the tops of plastic containers and wardrobe boxes?

To prevent the contents from spilling out when tipped, you may need to secure the top of some moving containers with zip ties.

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