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Packing Process: How Long Does it Take to Pack Up a House?

If you start planning for your move early it will be easier, and you'll have the chance to pack up your house on time.

It can take a long time to pack up a house, especially if you’re doing it yourself. Whether you want to do everything from start to finish, or you’d prefer to let the professionals handle all or at least part of it, the packing process is one of the biggest and most stressful parts of moving. Fortunately, there are ways to make it easier, and that means you won’t have to worry so much about getting everything done on time and getting your actual move underway. So, how long will it really take you to pack up your house? Here are some things to consider when you’re trying to decide when and where to get started with that first closet clean-out or packing box.

How big is your house?

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Size really does matter, at least when it comes to how big your house is and how long it will take to pack it up. A one-bedroom apartment used by a minimalist is going to go in boxes much faster than a four-bedroom, two-story Colonial lived in by a family with three growing children. It’s not just the size of the home, but also the number of things that the people in it have. Some, of course, will have much more than others, and even though you may be ready to part with some of it the chances are good that you will want to take most of it with you. Larger houses mean more packing time, so you’ll want to start weeks, not days, in advance of the move.

Have you held that yard sale?

As you’re getting ready to move, you may come across some things that you really just don’t need anymore. If that’s the case, it could be time to have a yard sale. When you do that, you get a lot of the clutter out of your house, and you also make the packing process faster and easier. Don’t underestimate the level of stuff you have that you might not need anymore. Be honest with yourself as you’re packing and sorting, and put the things you don’t need in a bag, box, or pile that will make its way out to tables and blankets on your front yard on a sunny Saturday morning.

What needs to be disposed of?

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One of the great things about finding your next home is that it gives you the chance to get rid of things you may not need anymore. You don’t want to take any junk to your next house, just so you can stick it in a drawer or closet and not use it there, either. If you don’t want to keep it and it’s not a good yard sale (or donation) item, you can just dispose of it. By taking a trash bag with you from room to room as you go through and pack up the house, you’ll always have an easy way to throw something out. That will keep you from being tempted to just stick it in a box or back in a drawer.

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Where will you get your boxes?

One of the things that can delay you in packing up a house is not having the boxes or other packing materials you need. A lot of people pay for boxes, but you don’t necessarily have to do that. You can also get them for free at grocery stores and retailers, just be asking. Liquor stores also provide a lot of sturdy boxes, which are great for packing things like glasses and breakable items. Start getting your boxes early, and if they’ve been broken down you’ll want some good packing tape, as well. You can buy bubble wrap and other types of packing materials, and you can also save newspaper and the paper sale ads that often come in the mail in order to wrap your items. If you start early and pack up the things you don’t use much, your packing process will be easier.

Are you packing on your own or getting help?

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If you’re getting help, it’s going to take less time to pack things up than it will if you’re doing it all on your own. Some moving companies will do everything from packing all your items to unpacking them at your new home. It’s completely up to you whether you want that level of service, or whether you would prefer to pack things up and just let the movers load up your boxes and handle the furniture. If you’re having a full-service mover pack your things, they can give you an estimate of how long it will take. Generally, they will send several people if it’s a big house with a lot of items, and all the packing will be done in a day or two. If you’re doing it yourself, or just having some friends come by to help, you may want to plan for a week or two to get everything packed up and ready for the move.

You don’t want to be rushing at the very last minute, as that can create a lot of unnecessary stress. Whether you choose to pack on your own or you hire professionals to do everything for you, make sure you don’t get yourself into a time crunch. Moves are rarely much fun, but they can certainly be more enjoyable when they’re planned properly and you have enough time to get ready for them.


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posted on: April 21, 2016
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