Most households take an average of 8 to 16 weeks to pack. The sooner you can start, the better. The amount of time it will take to pack a house will depend on the size of the house. Depending on the size of your home, the number of belongings you own, and whether or not you have additional storage, such as sheds, garages, attics or basements, packing for a move can take anywhere from 1 to 7 days.
Obviously, each person is different, as are the contents of their homes. But in general, you need to allocate 1-2 days per room that you have to pack. Those old shoe boxes or other rigid corrugated cardboard boxes that you have collected over the years of consumer goods could be useful for packing small items, knickknacks, and other fragile items. Needless to say, larger homes take longer to pack than smaller ones; of course, you can pack the contents of a one-bedroom apartment much faster than you can pack the contents of a four-bedroom home.
While you might see shorter estimates online that say moving professionals only take two hours per room, inexperienced packers won't be as efficient, so 4 to 6 hours per room is a better estimate. If you use partial packaging services, the experts will only handle the items you have ordered from them. Even if it takes 8 or 10 hours to pack your house, it should allow you to maintain your one-week moving goal. As a general rule, if you're going to pack alone, you'll need at least one day per room, as long as you spend the whole day packing, with only a few short breaks.
You may also want to consider hiring a professional moving company that also offers packing and unpacking services. If you have opted for a full-service move, or have requested full packing services, the professionals will pack your house for you. As much as you prefer to pack your items yourself, if time is of the essence, you should consider using professional packaging services. Instead of constantly stopping for tips in every room, read these packing tips before you start.
However, having a general idea of how long it takes to pack a house can help you plan things out: you'll know roughly how much time you'll need to pack your belongings, so by considering how many hours a day you can spend packing, you'll be able to figure out if you can manage on your own or need help to pack, how early you should start packing and how you should organize packing tasks. If you need to pack your house quickly and commit to devoting every waking hour to achieve it, on average it will take you about 3 to 5 days to pack a three-bedroom house.