Moving can take a lot of time. If you have a large house or own a lot of stuff, it could take longer. If you are moving long distances, it could take longer still. Here are a few tips to help you determine how long your move will actually take.

Professional movers start with a baseline:

  • One-bedroom apartments or studios typically take 2-3 hours
  • Plan on 3-5 hours for a two-bedroom
  • For three or four bedrooms, it could take up to 7 hours to move
  • Five or more bedrooms can take 8 to 10 hours

Other Factors That Can Affect Your Moving Time

Of course, this is just a guideline. Other factors can affect the time it takes you to move. Consider the following factors in estimating how long it will take you to move.

  1. How many boxes you are packing
  2. Furniture you own (will any of it need to be disassembled and reassembled?)
  3. Accessibility to your moving truck from the door of your home
  4. Will you be navigating stairs while moving out or moving in?
  5. Weather
  6. How many loose or unpacked belongings do you have?
  7. Do you have any fragile items such as expensive artwork, collectibles, breakables, electronics, etc.?
  8. How many movers will there be?
  9. Distance between your current residence and where you are moving to.
  10. Traffic situations (traffic congestion, construction, etc.)
  11. How many trips from one location to another will you have to make?

You should also plan your move, if possible, for days/months when the weather is nice but not too hot and try to move during off-peak traffic times. This will make for a faster, easier move.