How Long Does It Take to Move a House?

If you are facing the prospect of moving, chances are pretty good that you have a lot of important things on your mind, questions that need answering. And even if someone else is paying for the moving company and other expenses, there are still matters that you will be facing on your own. This includes one of the most important: How long does it take to move a house? That’s a good question that, fortunately, has a lot of history to help answer.

A Look into the Crystal Ball

Unless you have a crystal ball to rely on, the best you can probably do to estimate the time it will take you do move your home is to check the history of the mover. Most movers have a good sense of how long it will take them to move how much. This depends on how many people they are able to allot to the move and other factors. Generally speaking, however, these are figures that most moving companies use:

  • To move a studio or one-bedroom apartment will take approximately 2-3 hours.
  • To move a two-bedroom apartment will take approximately 3-5 hours.
  • To move three to four bedrooms takes approximately 7 hours.
  • To move five or more bedrooms takes 8-10 hours.

There will be considerable variations, of course, but to project the time estimate for a home, simply change a bedroom for a living room, etc. This method will still give you a rough idea of time.

Other Considerations

Other factors will speed up or slow down the process. Below are a few other factors that should be considered.

  • The number of boxes you have.
  • How much you want to contribute packing your own possessions.
  • The amount of furniture/appliances you own, including how much will need to be assembled and/or disassembled.
  • Accessibility of your home to the moving truck.
  • The number of loose items to move.
  • Weather conditions.
  • The number of people helping you to move.
  • Where you are moving from and to.

All of these factors come into play when you try to determine how long it will take to move a home. Regardless, just as is the case with so many other things, don’t rush your move. It’s when things are rushed that problems happen, things get damaged, and other factors come into play. Time your move carefully to take full advantage of benefits such as the availability of people, working around weekends, and other factors. You will come out better in the long run for it.

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