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Average time to pack 3 bedroom house?

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September 20, 2013 under Moving Labor


Answered by Jenna Farmer

September 26, 2013

Packing up your home for a move is a huge undertaking, and should never be taken lightly or put off until the last minute. But before you begin planning, you’ll first need to consider the quantity of your belongings, and the packing materials needed for everything.

Once you have a good idea of what you will need to pack, and what materials you will need to do it, you can now start thinking about your packing timeframe.

Depending on your moving budget, you will need to decide whether to pack yourself or hire professionals.

For DIY, you should:

Plan ahead: It will take you much longer to pack up your house, no matter what size, than it would professional movers or packers. Ultimately, you will want to begin the process a six weeks to a month in advance, and pack up each room little by little.

Buy the right materials: Free and used boxes are great, and definitely help with your budget, but you also don’t want to cut corners when it comes to hauling your stuff. Be sure all the boxes you get (free or not) are reinforced and sturdy.

Get help: You may not be able to hire full-service movers, but you can enlist the help of friends, families, or even local community or religious groups to help tackle all of your boxes.

If you hire professionals:

The plus side of hiring a professional moving service is that it can turn a long drawn out project full of worrisome tasks, into a one-day event. Movers come with the proper materials and are specially trained to get the job done quickly and correctly. This means you won’t have to maneuver around half-packed boxes weeks before your move.

Below is a general timeframe many moving companies give to customers:

  • Studios/one-bedroom apartments: approximately 2-3 hours (with 2+ movers)
  • Two-bedroom apartments/houses: approximately 3-6 hours (with 2+ movers)
  • Three to four-bedroom houses: approximately 7-8 hours (with 2-3+ movers)
  • Five-bedroom houses (or more): approximately 8-10 hours (usually 4 movers)

Keep in mind that these estimates are for local moves; long distance moves have delivery windows that can take weeks, even with advanced booking, so be sure to ask plenty of questions when shopping for professional moving companies. Get at least three estimates before you make your final decision.

Other things to consider that will affect your move time:

  • How much furniture you have that requires disassembly
  • Fragile items that require extra padding and packaging
  • The number and size of boxes you have

You can start comparing prices right now by filling out a free quote form here at Movers.com, which will connect you with up to seven moving companies that can assist you with your specific moving needs.

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