Hiring Movers to Load a Truck

Can you hire movers just to load or unload a truck?

If you need someone to do the heavy lifting, you have options beyond asking your friends to show up on moving day. Instead, you can hire someone to load or unload the moving truck without spending a ton of extra money. It’s easy to hire a moving crew for as much (or as little) help as you need. Using the steps below, figure out what services would be best for you and learn how to hire movers.

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Options for hiring moving labor

If you want help with everything — packing, loading, and unloading — then a full-service mover would be your best bet. They bundle those services together, and while it’s a premium cost, it can be worth it if you want the assistance.

But if you’re just looking for someone to show up on moving day as an extra set of hands, there are plenty of options. While U-Pack® is a self-moving service, we know that many people want some assistance, so we refer customers to moving crews for:

  • Complete loading: having a multiple-person crew on site to load the entire truck, trailer or moving container
  • Partial loading: hiring movers on an hourly basis (minimum two people for two hours) to assist with whatever you need
  • Complete unloading: utilizing several movers to unload everything from the moving equipment into your home
  • Partial unloading: using hourly moving labor to assist with any items you need unloaded

Not only is it handy to have someone available to lift heavy items, movers can also help you move faster and more efficiently. They’re used to carrying big, bulky pieces and stacking them well — so it won’t take them nearly as long to load or unload as it would you and your family. And since they’re fantastic at making things fit together in the moving equipment, you may be able to save money since U-Pack prices are based on space.

How to hire help for your move

If you’re moving with U-Pack, it’s simple to add loading or unloading help. When making a reservation over the phone, a moving consultant will ask several questions about your needs to determine the right amount of help on one or both ends of the move. On the same call, we can connect you to available moving crews across the country. Or, if you’re booking online, you can select from available labor options.

Our advice is to book the moving crew for the day after equipment delivery. That means if you’re getting your equipment on Wednesday, schedule the movers for Thursday. This will allow you to have time to load or unload any items you want to handle and prevents the moving crew from sitting around if delivery is delayed.

What size crew do I need?

While the minimum crew size is two people for two hours, you can add extra movers or time.

A two-person crew can normally easily handle smaller moves (or partial loading or unloading). For more than two bedrooms total, we recommend a three-person team. Add a fourth crew member for more than four bedrooms.

How long will it take movers to load a truck?

Here are some general guidelines for how long it normally takes movers to load or unload:

Home Size Number of ReloCubes Linear Feet in a Moving Trailer Size of Crew Number of Hours
Studio Apartment 1 Cube 5 linear feet 2 movers 2 hours
One-bedroom apartment 1-2 Cubes 6 linear feet 2 movers 3 hours
Two-bedroom apartment 2 Cubes 7 linear feet 2 movers 4 hours
Two-bedroom home 2-3 Cubes 13 linear feet 2 movers
3 movers
5 hours
3 hours
Small three-bedroom home 3 Cubes 15 linear feet 3 movers 5 hours
Large three-bedroom home 4 Cubes 17 linear feet 3 movers 6 hours
Four-bedroom home 5-6 Cubes 23 linear feet 4 movers 5 hours
Five-bedroom home 6-7 Cubes 35 linear feet 4 movers 6 hours


What to do before the movers show up

Beforehand, measure large furniture to make sure it fits through doorways. The movers can do light disassembly, like removing mirrors from dressers, but they won’t have tools on hand to completely take furniture apart for loading and unloading. If that’s needed, be sure to do it before the movers arrive. You’ll also want to prep everything for loading by wrapping it with moving blankets or paper padding, since the crew doesn’t assist with packing.

On moving day, you can prepare for the loading or unloading help by clearing a pathway to the truck. Remove any tripping hazards throughout the house, like rugs or cords. If you’d like the movers to secure items as they load, have ropes or straps ready.

Get a quote for a U-Pack move plus moving labor

Figure out how much your U-Pack move will cost and check rates for loading and unloading help at the same time. Our online quotes will show you the basic options, or give us a call at 844-362-5303844-594-3077 to have a moving consultant assist with determining how many movers you need.

If you have any questions about hiring movers to load the moving truck, let us know. We’re here to help!