Answered by Jenna FarmerMay 27, 2013
Hi there, and thank you for visiting Movers.com to find an answer to your question. First, let's start off by categorizing the type of move you are in need of. Assuming you only wish to have a crew pack up your belongings and maybe load them onto a moving truck, this would be considered moving labor. This is where a moving crew would come to your home with the proper equipment to pack up and load all of your belongings, but not actually drive your goods to another location.
How Long Does it Take?
Moving labor services typically charge by the amount of laborers in a crew, by the hour. Some companies may charge by the weight of your goods as well. The cost can range somewhere between $100 and $150 per hour, with the first two movers and two hours being included in that price. Most of the time, smaller homes or apartments will only require two or three movers.
The actual time it takes for the crew to pack up your goods depends on a few things, like how much stuff is in each room, how heavy your items are (you may need another mover for items larger than 250 pounds), and how much packing material is used to get the job done. If you are looking to save money, you will want to cut down the time these laborers spend at your residence. Therefore, a good option would be to purchase packing materials on your own prior to the crew arriving, and do your best to sort through your belongings as much as possible. Be sure to have a detailed conversation with your potential labor service about any questions or concerns you may have.
Check out our guide on hiring professional packers for more detailed information about the cost of these services. If you decide that hiring labor isn't quite in your budget, you can check back to our guide on how to ask for moving help from friends and family. Don't forget to get a fast and easy quote at Movers.com for moving labor.
Good luck with your move!