When it comes to moving, one of the most important questions is how long it will take to load the truck. The answer to this question can vary greatly depending on the size of the truck, the amount of items that need to be moved, and the distance that needs to be traveled. Generally, a 16-foot truck can be loaded in about two hours, while a 20-foot truck may take up to three hours. It's important to remember that many items travel better when disassembled before loading.
This is especially true for large, solid furniture. The shipper must always ensure that the shipment is prepared and loaded with the utmost care. When loading the truck, heavier items should be placed on the bottom and should not be placed on top of other boxes and belongings. If you are using professional carriers, it may take longer for them to load the truck due to various reasons.
In general, if the truck is about 3 meters long and there are at least two professional carriers, it should not take them more than an hour. For a truck of 7 meters or more, it may take between four and five hours. When making a reservation for a moving truck or trailer, it's important to get your rental agreement four weeks before the day of the move. This will ensure that the vehicle will be available when you need it.
If you are moving yourself, you should also factor in loading time, travel time, and unloading time when estimating how long it will take for your move. If the truck is within 50 feet of your ground floor or first floor apartment, two professional carriers can load a 10-foot truck in less than an hour. However, if you are moving a longer distance, such as from Cranston to West Palm Beach, it may take at least 2.1 days for a professional truck driver to legally drive there. When moving with professional carriers, it's important to remember that they may need to unload the truck at the final destination. If you are providing your own truck, storage container or cargo trailer, it's generally more affordable than hiring a full-service moving company.
Additionally, many people find it smarter to disassemble common items during the packing and loading process.