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Moving tips: How long does it take to pack a home?

Now this is a loaded question if there ever was one… because all homes are different, packing times vary from house to house. If you are moving house and have decided to do your own packing, these timeframes can be used as an estimate:

  • Studio to one-bedroom apartment: 1-2 days to pack.
  • Two-bedroom home: 2-3 days to pack.
  • Four-bedroom home: 4-6 days to pack.

These estimates are for all day packing and assume some experience with moving home and the organizational skills required. If you have not moved home before (or it has been a while) and want to pack for a couple of hours each day only, double or even triple the time you allocate for packing.

Many people like to do their own packing, as it is a way of ensuring that everything is packed the way that they would like it to be and is also a way to save on the cost of a move. If time is of the essence, however, a professional moving company such as Isaac’s can get the packing completed in a fraction of the time using trained professional packers and also have all the necessary equipment such as strong boxes on hand.

Moving tips to make your packing easier

  • Start with a tidy home: Packing up a home that’s in a mess is confusing and time-consuming… use the move as an opportunity to spring clean and de-clutter your life.
  • Start early – it always takes longer than you expect and is more than you thought it would be. Pack a couple of boxes a day for the few weeks leading up to the move and it will be a lot smoother.
  • Get strong boxes in a variety of sizes: You can buy these from your moving company, or visit your local home improvement store to buy good moving boxes – Supermarket dumpster boxes are not recommended as they are not strong and may fall apart.
  • Set up a packing area with all your materials and an area where you will put the full boxes that are ready to move. Make sure the full boxes are near the door and in an accessible place for the movers.
  • Have a packing strategy for each room – identify the items you don’t use daily and those can be packed first (even a few weeks before the move!).
  • Keep like items together – don’t mix food with clothes or books with ornaments, it will make finding and unpacking a headache.
  • Pack breakables tightly: Fragile items should not be able to “rattle around” in their boxes – fill in the gaps with packing material, soft towels or even old clothes.
  • Do an inventory as you pack: Label each box clearly with a number and the room the box should go to in the new house. keep a notebook handy to write down everything that goes in each box. Once you have finished packing, you’ll have a clear idea of exactly what has been packed (useful if any boxes go missing on moving day).
  • Mark the essential items (the one’s you packed last) with “Unpack First” so you know which are the boxes to open first when you arrive.
  • Pack a welcome box: All essential items that you might need during the first day or 2 in your new home should be easily accessible – tea and coffee, toiletries, pet accessories, children’s toys, medication and any other things that make your life more comfortable.
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