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How Long Does It Take To Pack

September 6th, 2016 - 12:51 PM

When to start packing for a move

Wondering how you’re going to pack all of your belongings? A common option is to do the work yourself. Not only is it a great way to save money on your move, it also lets you make sure everything is packed exactly as you want it (even if it does involve some elbow grease). Depending on the size of your home and how much of the work you do yourself, it can take anywhere from 1-7 days to pack (assuming you spend the majority of the day packing). Knowing how much time you need to pack, and learning how to pack your house like a pro, will make the process much easier to manage.   

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How long does it take to pack?

The question, “How long does it take to pack?” is a little difficult to answer without knowing exactly what’s in your home. But, it is possible to get a good estimate based on the size of your house. If you have additional items in a garage, attic or storage shed, it’s a good idea to allow for a little extra time in your packing schedule.

How long should you give yourself to pack?

With the proper packing supplies and some help, you can probably pack your home in these time frames:

  • A typical studio to one-bedroom apartment typically takes 1-2 days to pack.
  • A typical two-bedroom home can take 2-3 days to pack.
  • A typical three-bedroom home usually takes 3-5 days to pack.
  • A typical four-bedroom home is estimated to take 4-6 days to pack.
  • A typical five-bedroom home can take 5-7 days to pack.

These estimates are for full days of work, but, if you have the time, you can pack for an hour or two each day and complete the process more slowly. This will let you make sure you’re only moving the things you need, and will help create a less-stressful packing experience. If you don’t have that much time, or don’t want to spend multiple days packing, you can hire loading or unloading help to get the job done faster.

Here’s how long we estimate it would take experienced movers to pack:

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

How to pack faster

No matter how much time you have to pack, doing it faster probably sounds like a good idea. Use these tips to quickly and efficiently pack your home:

Be prepared

There are many things to do before a move, but one of the most important is to get moving boxes and supplies before you start packing. Using high-quality moving boxes and packing supplies will ensure your belongings stay safe and secure during your move. The U-Pack Box Store has moving kits available for different sized homes and apartments, from studio apartments to 6+ bedroom homes, 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 packing videos to prepare. Once you have your supplies and know what you’re doing, you’re ready to start packing your home.

Know what to pack first

One of the biggest ways people slow down the packing process is by not knowing where to start. Avoid this by creating a strategy. One that works well is to separate everything in each room into three piles: items you will need as soon as you arrive, things you will not need right away and things you want to donate/give away/sell/trash.  Take care of the items you wish sell or donate, and then start packing the things you won’t need right away. Make sure to label the moving boxes properly so you know what room they go into and what’s inside. You can wait and pack the items you use frequently closer to your move day. Once you’re ready to pack those items, make sure to label the boxes “unpack first,” so you can easily locate the essentials. It’s also a good idea to pack a box to keep with you during your move.  It should include medicine, clothes for travel and other daily-use items.

Pro tip: Pack boxes with only one type of item – meaning keeping kitchen items with other kitchen items, dining room items with dining room items, and so on. This makes unpacking much easier.

Prioritize your list

If you’re faced with last minute moving, you’ll want to focus on the most important tasks. Instead of sorting through your items before you pack, keep your focus on getting everything into boxes. Ask for help from friends and family and assign each person a room so you can cover more ground in the same amount of time. Just be sure to only cut corners when it’s beneficial – saving a few minutes won’t be worth it if your items get damaged because they weren’t packed properly.

Moving with U-Pack

If you like the idea of saving money by packing yourself, check out U-Pack – a moving service where you pack and load, but we do the driving. When you move 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.