How Long Does It Take To Pack

You’re moving soon — when should you start packing?

As you prepare to move, one of the first steps is to survey your home and look at everything you need to pack. You’re probably wondering how long the process will take. 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. Consider the size of your home, the amount of help you have and how much time you plan to spend working on it each day. Let’s take a closer look at how long it could take to pack and get tips on how to speed things up.

Having moving supplies ready makes it take less time to pack.


Estimated packing time

Who is available to help you pack? What size is your home? These are the key questions to ask when estimating how much time it’ll take to pack everything. Assuming you’re doing your own packing and spend most of each day working on it, here’s a simple packing time estimate:

  • Studio or one-bedroom apartment: 1-2 days
  • Two-bedroom home or apartment: 2-3 days
  • Three-bedroom home: 3-5 days
  • Four-bedroom home: 4-6 days
  • Five-bedroom home: 5-7 days

Keep in mind that if you have a garage, attic, basement or storage unit to move things out of, it could impact packing time, so you’ll want to factor those spaces into your moving plan. 

How to speed up the process

Getting things done as soon as possible is the key when packing for a move. Because you don’t have a lot of time to waste, here are a few pointers to help you be more efficient.

Ask or hire help

If you’re short on time or want to avoid spending several days packing, getting help is key. Ask friends or family to help, even for just a little bit. Or you may want to consider hiring loading or unloading help to get the job done faster.

Have plenty of supplies

Packing supplies are a must. It’s good to have plenty of things on hand like boxes, packing paper, tape and other materials so you can pack your things safely. If you ship with U-Pack, we offer moving kits and supplies for homes of different sizes that can accommodate your needs and budget. Find more packing tips with our helpful guide on how to pack for a move.

Sort through your belongings

Sorting might just be one of the top most difficult things about moving, especially if you’ve been in your home for a while. It makes the process easier and quicker though, so it’s important. To prep for packing, separate the items in each room into categories — things you’ll need soon (towels, linens, clothing, essential toiletries or kitchenware, etc.), things you won’t need right away (like odds and ends or off-season clothing), things to donate and/or sell, and things to recycle or throw away.

Choose U-Pack for your household move

Have other questions about packing or need to know more about U-Pack and how to get a quote? Call us at 844-362-5303844-594-3077 or leave a comment below.