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How Long Does It Take To Pack

March 26th, 2018 - 2:54 PM

Is it time to start packing?

If you’re looking at everything that needs to be packed in your house, you may be wondering how long it will take to get it all done. Depending on the size of the home and how much of work you choose to do each day, it can take anywhere from 1-7 days to pack. Take a closer look at how much time you’ll need to complete the job, and get tips for helping the process go faster.

how long to pack a house

How long does it take to pack a house?

With the proper supplies and some help, we estimate you can pack your home in this much time (assuming most of each day is spent working):

  • A typical studio to one-bedroom apartment: 1-2 days
  • A typical two-bedroom home: 2-3 days
  • A typical three-bedroom home: 3-5 days
  • A typical four-bedroom home: 4-6 days
  • A typical five-bedroom home: 5-7 days

Remember to allow extra time for additional items in a garage, attic or storage shed. If you aren’t in a hurry, it may be easier to work a few hours each day. If you’re short on time or want to avoid spending several days packing, you may want to consider hiring loading or unloading help to get the job done faster.

How quick can professionals do the job?

For smaller jobs (two-bedrooms or less), a crew of 2-3 people can do the work. However, more movers may be necessary for larger jobs.

  • A typical studio to one-bedroom apartment is estimated to take 2-4 hours
  • A typical two-bedroom home is estimated to take 3-5 hours
  • A typical three-bedroom home is estimated to take 6-10 hours
  • A typical four-bedroom home is estimated to take 8-12
  • A typical five-bedroom home is estimated to take 10-12 hours

Speed up the process with these tips

No matter how much time you have, working faster and more efficient usually sounds like a good idea. Use these tips to get your home packed quickly.

Gather supplies

One of the most important things to take care of before moving day is to get moving boxes and supplies. Specifically ones designed to protect your belongings during transit. The U-Pack Box Store has moving kits available for different sized homes and apartments, so you can get an assortment of supplies to fit your needs.

You may also want to brush up on packing tips and watch some how-to videos to prepare.

Go through everything

Not knowing where to start is a sure way to slow down moving day. Instead of walking around aimlessly trying to figure out what to do next, create a strategy. This one works well:

Separate everything in each room into three piles: items you’ll need to unpack quickly, things you won’t need right away (like off-season items) and things you don’t want to move.  Make sure to label the moving boxes properly so you know what room they go into and what’s inside. Once you’re ready to box up essential items, label the cartons “unpack first,” so you can easily locate them upon arrival. It’s also a good idea to set aside a box to keep with you during the move. It should include medicine, clothes for travel and other daily-use items.

Pro tip: Pack boxes with only similar items — keeping kitchen items with other kitchen items, dining room items with dining room items, and so on. This makes unpacking much easier.

Go U-Pack

Like the idea of saving money by doing your own packing? Consider moving with U-Pack – a service where you pack and load, but we do the driving. When moving with U-Pack, you pay only for the space you use, so the more efficiently you pack, the more you save. Get a free moving quote and compare U-Pack with other moving options.