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 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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COVID-19 Update

As a COVID-19 essential service, we are open for business and are committed to providing safe and efficient moving services to our customers.

Our Commitment to You

We are committed to moving you safely. In these unprecedented times, we take our role as essential service providers very seriously. We will continue to provide services while following recommendations from the CDC and the WHO while working to protect our customers and front-line employees.

Limiting in-person contact is the best practice when limiting the spread of COVID-19. While our business requires we enter the residence to provide packing and loading services, we can conduct the quote process via virtual survey.  While the staff is working remotely, they are available to customers, agents and drivers during the same business hours and in the same manner as if they were working in the office.

As you plan and prepare for your move, here are some steps you can take:


  • Rather than greeting the crew with handshakes, greet them in some other way, verbally for instance.
  • To ensure everyone’s health and safety, if you or anyone within your household may have contracted Coronavirus, or are isolating due to exposure to the virus, call us and explain the situation; in many cases, we will try to work with you
  • If you must cancel your move, be sure to ask questions about how we are managing cancellations now
  • Your health and the health of your family is important. If you are in a vulnerable group, over 60 or have a compromised immune system, schedule your move after the pandemic is over if it is at all possible.
  • Provide the moving crew access to a sink, soap and paper towels throughout your move. If this isn’t practical, and it is readily available, provide hand sanitizer
  • Purchase new moving boxes and tape; this isn’t the time to use recycled boxes from online sources and free sites or from stores
  • If you have not already purchased food for the next couple of weeks, you’ll want to stock up on items that you eat regularly. Any shelf-stable items can be donated to Move For Hunger before your move to lighten your load
  • When moving long distances, you may want to fly in to meet your moving truck. Be sure that you book refundable plane tickets and select hotels that offer free cancellation. Ask about cancellation policies before you book, and remember to read