Determining the Time Your Move Will Take

We would like to look into a crystal ball and find out exactly how long our move will take? This is true, every time you move, there are several factors that determine the total time it takes to complete your move. How long would it take? 

These moving factors can help you come up with a pretty  idea of the time  needed for your move. Keep the following in mind.

Time frame

While the actual amount of time it takes to move can vary greatly from move to move, most professional movers provide these general timelines based on the size of a home or apartment:

  • Studio or one-bedroom home moves take about 2 to 3 hours.
  • Two-bedroom home moves take about 3 to 5 hours.
  • Three to four-bedroom homes moves take up to 7 to 9 hours.
  • Five or more bedroom home moves can take 8 to 10 hours.

Keep in mind that these figures are general timeframes that most moving companies use in order to estimate the amount of manpower and time required for a move so that they can make reasonably accurate  quotes. The time frame for your moving situation might be more or less than these general timelines. We at LocalMovings.com recommend to add 2 hours or remove 2 hours to our general estimates for 3 bedrooms + moves.

Moving considerations

There are other factors involved in a move, however, that may speed up or slow down the moving process. Here are a few other moving considerations besides the residense size to keep in mind. The time of your move will be affected by factors such as:

  • The number of boxes you have 
  • The amount of furniture you own and how big each piece is
  • How much assembly/disassembly is required
  • Moving truck accessibility (how far your movers have to walk in order to load and unload the truck)
  • Weather conditions: hot, cold, rainy or muddy?
  • Any loose, unpacked items to move
  • The number of fragile items you move (artwork, electronics, collections, etc.)
  • The flights of stairs you’ll have to navigate, and/or your access to a moving elevator
  • The size of your elevator
  • The number of long hallways or walkways to travel over
  • The number of movers helping you move
  • The distance between your old apartment and your new one — and traffic or weather conditions on roads in between
  • How close we are able to park the truck to your location.
  • How many flights of stairs in each location.
  • Long hallways/long carry out to
  • How much furniture will wrap & unwrapped 
  • Size of the truck.
  • How many odds and ends (unpacked items).
  • Size of the elevator and will you be the only one using the elevator on that day?
  • How far your locations are from the carriers warehouse and between homes.
  • Additional pickups and stops.
  • How well prepared you are with where your items go within the home and whether items will fit.
  • Traffic, time during the day & the day of the week.

All of these factors come into play when you think about how to determine the time your move can take.

The bottom line: it’s best not to try to rush a move. Always plan for things to take a bit longer than you imagined they would.

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