When is the Best Time to Start Packing for a Move?

Moving to a new city or place can be an exciting yet daunting experience. With so many things to pack, it's important to plan ahead and start packing as soon as possible. Waiting until the last week before your move date can lead to a lot of mess and stress. The amount of time it takes to pack depends on the size of your home.

It usually takes 2-3 days to pack a one-bedroom house, 5-6 days to pack a two-bedroom house or apartment, and about a week for a three-bedroom home. If you're planning to throw a packing party, you don't need to start packing early for your move; most of the work will be done in one day. If you're moving abroad, you'll probably ship most of the things you've decided to take to your new home by sea, as shipping is the cheapest way to move household items internationally. If saving money is important, pack your bags and make it as easy as possible for movers to get in, wrap your furniture, load the boxes, and leave.

It's also important to consider what items you no longer need or that are not worth moving. If you have opted for a full-service move, professionals will handle all relocation tasks, including packing. If you move in with portable storage containers, the capsules will be left in front of your house and left at your disposal for a predetermined period of time (a few days, a couple of weeks, a month, etc.) In that case, you won't be able to start packing weeks in advance; you'll have to get your things ready to move in a matter of days. If you have two bathrooms, pack the smaller one and take advantage of using only one bathroom during the last week.

Overall, it's best to start packing as soon as possible. The sooner you start packing, the better it will be. You can start months early if you want. As a professional in the moving industry, participating in hundreds of moves, I can tell you that the most important part of the moving process is how you prepare and when you start.

Polly Amescua
Polly Amescua

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