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How Long Does It Take Movers to Pack a House?

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How Long for Movers PackOne of the most frustrating parts of moving is packing your things before your move only to unpack everything once you settle in.

Packing and unpacking are very time-consuming and labor-intensive processes. It would take the same amount of time for you to pack a typical studio apartment as a professional packing a five-bedroom home!

Make things easier on yourself by taking advantage of a professional packing service.

How long does it take movers to pack a house?

The time it takes for a professional moving service to pack up and unload your belongings varies based on the amount and weight of your furniture. It also depends on the size of the moving crew that the company sends to help pack up your house.

To give you an estimate on the time it will take for professional movers to pack up and unload your belongings, use the following chart:

Household size Crew size Packing Unpacking Total time
Studio 2 2-3 hours 2-3 hours 4-6 hours
1 bedroom 2 2-3 hours 2-3 hours 4-6 hours
2 bedrooms 2 3-6 hours 3-6 hours 6-12 hours
3 bedrooms 3 6-8 hours 6-10 hours 12-18 hours
4 bedrooms 3 8-10 hours 8-12 hours 16-22 hours
5+ bedrooms 4 10-12 hours 10-12 hours 20-24 hours

It would take the average person:

  • 1-2 days to pack a typical studio or one-bedroom apartment/house
  • 2-3 days to pack a two-bedroom apartment/house
  • 3-5 days to pack a three-bedroom house
  • 4-6 days to pack a four-bedroom house
  • a full week to pack a five-bedroom house

Not only would packing take a lot more time on your own, but the above estimates do not include unpacking!

What items will you need the movers to pack?

Before you begin the process of finding a company that provides packing services, you should first figure out the level of service you need. Will they pack your whole house or just one room, such as the kitchen?

You could even have them pack only a few of your items. For instance, if you have a fine china collection and aren't comfortable packing these fragile items yourself, you can hire professionals to do so.

You can also hire movers to help you unload and unpack after your move. If you don't want to risk procrastinating the unpacking process, hire a packing service to do this as well.

Does your moving company offer packing services?

Many full-service moving companies offer some level of packing service at an additional price. When you contact different moving companies to get an estimate, ask them what packing services they provide. You can find a full-service mover offering packing services through or by searching online for companies in your area.

Alternately, you can hire a third-party packing service. This is a good idea if you plan on renting a truck to move your belongings and just want help packing. You might also want to use a separate packing service if you can find one that will charge a lower rate than that offered by your moving company.

What should you expect from movers packing a house?

Whether you use the packing services of your moving company or another company, you should have them come to your house to perform an in-home assessment. This will allow them to give you an estimate based on the amount of service you require.
  • Let them know exactly which rooms or specific items you plan on packing yourself and which things you want them to handle.
  • The surveyor should look through your drawers and cupboards to give you the best estimate possible.
  • Point out any items that are particularly fragile or expensive so they can decide the best way to pack and protect these items.

TIP: You should be at home when the packing service packs up your goods. This way, you can oversee the process, ask questions, state your concerns and answer any questions your packers may have.

How much does it cost for movers to pack a house?

Though convenient, packing services can be expensive, especially if you want everything you own to be packed and unpacked.

During the in-home assessment, the surveyor will let you know how you will be charged for the packing services. The price will be determined by:
  • The amount of items you need to have packed up
  • How long they estimate packing will take
  • If you need to have your belongings packed up in a hurry
  • The cost of packing supplies if they aren't included

Though using a packing service during your move will be an extra cost added to what is already an expensive process, there is no denying the pleasure you will get from having someone else do your packing!

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on August 27, 2009 - Moving Expert
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