Moving can be a stressful experience, and packing your belongings is one of the most time-consuming tasks. But how long does it take to pack a Uhaul truck? As an expert in the field, I can tell you that the answer depends on the size of the truck. A 10-foot truck can usually be packed in about an hour, while a 24-foot truck can take up to four hours. When it comes to packing your home, plan to spend at least one day per room.
For example, if you live in a studio apartment, it should take you a day to pack your belongings. If you live in a two-bedroom house, assume it will take you at least three days, depending on the size of the rooms. If you're packing for the first time, add an extra day or two to your estimate. The amount of time needed to pack also depends on the size of your home.
Larger homes require more work, so you'll usually need a few days or up to a week. Smaller homes can usually be packed up in a day or less. Professional movers may be able to pack a room in two hours, but inexperienced packers should plan for 4-6 hours per room. To save time when packing, try to touch each item just once and put it in the appropriate stack or box before moving on to the next item.
If you estimate that it will take three days to pack for your move, but you only plan to spend four hours a day packing, set aside six calendar days for the task. When packing a moving truck for the first time, it's important to plan ahead and use Tetris-like strategies to maximize space. The more time you spend planning and preparing your move ahead of time, the less stress you'll be when it's time to pack your house. You may only need an hour or two to pack an almost empty guest room, but the garage with its cabinets, drawers, and shelves could take several days.
If you're short on time or just want to spend a few extra hours with your friends before you move, consider hiring professional movers who can help you pack and load your truck. When packing for your move, start with items that are used less often and finish by packing everyday items just before your move. If you're traveling long distances and are going away for a few days, don't forget to pack some extra supplies for the trip. When loading your moving truck, start with larger, longer, heavier items first.
Then use adhesive tape and bubble wrap along with packing paper, moving blankets, plastic wrappers, boxes, scissors and at least one good marker to secure everything in place.