How Long Does it Take to Pack an Entire House?

We’re often asked how long it takes to pack a house or apartment. As you may have guessed, the answer varies by the size of the home. Having said that, we thought if we provided you with approximately how long it takes to pack a three bedroom house it will help you to guesstimate how long it will take to pack your home for a move.

On average it takes approximately 3-5 days to pack a three bedroom home. Keep in mind, this isn’t 1-2 hours a night of packing, it’s more like dedicating 3-5 days of your life, with sleep and breaks of course!, to packing. In some instances packing is quick and easy. For example, dressers can be wrapped so you don’t need to pack your clothes. Additionally, the clothing in your closet can be moved in a wardrobe box (you can purchase them through Beltway Movers or rent them on the day of your move.) – it’s as easy as taking the hanging clothes in your closet and hanging them in the wardrobe box.

The items that are more difficult to pack are breakables (i.e. dishes, vases, glass / porcelain decorations, etc.)  You’ll need to take the time to properly wrap and package each of the items. Tip: To cut down on packing time, wrap your larger breakables in towels and blankets – two birds with one stone!

We understand that not all of our customers have three bedroom homes and wanted to offer you a breakdown of the amount of time it will take you to pack different sized homes.

Type of Residence Number of Boxes  

Time It Will Take to Pack

(20 to 30 minutes a box)

Apartment 30-40 15-20 hours
Town House 50-75 25-37 hours
Single Family Home 100-150 50-75 hours


Another Option: Hire someone to pack for you! Beltway Movers offers the service of packing your home for you. If you don’t have the time to pack your home or simply don’t want to (we don’t blame you!), for an additional charge we will pack the entirety of your home. The cost of professional packing adds about 75% to 100% to the cost of a local move. This cost includes the labor and materials involved in packing.

Packing Tips: Save yourself time and don’t pack what you shouldn’t pack! Below are a few items we recommend movers pack for you on the day of the move.  It will cost you less stress, time and money to allow Beltway to pack these items quickly using their SmarPack ® system

  • Mirrors
  • Lamps
  • Large pictures
  • Hanging clothes
  • Flat panel televisions

We all know that packing isn’t fun or easy, but it can be manageable if you do it in chunks. For example, pack for a few hours in the morning and then take a break to read and eat your lunch. Then pick up where you left off, taking breaks here and there. It can also be fun to listen to a book on tape or music while you’re packing. It makes the time go by faster!

Call Beltway Movers today for more information! We can be reached at (703) 971-3550.



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