Steve Harper
how much time it takes to move

Wish you could look into a crystal ball and find out exactly how long your move will take? Constructing a ballpark estimate for your moving timeline may be more doable than you think — no magic tricks necessary!

These moving factors can help you come up with a pretty solid 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, professional movers provide these general timelines based on the size of an apartment:

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

Keep in mind that these figures are general timeframes that 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.

Moving considerations

There are other factors involved in a move, however, that may speed up or slow down the process. Here are a few other moving considerations besides apartment 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
  • 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 people helping you move
  • The distance between your old apartment and your new one — and traffic or weather conditions on roads in between

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.



About The Author

Steve Harper enjoys seeking out and writing about topics that matter to renters for the Apartment Guide Blog. He hails from Atlanta, Georgia. Find Steve on Google.