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How Much Time Does a Move Actually Take

Do a happy dance by hiring a professional moving company in Kelowna to help you with your move.

Do a happy dance by hiring a professional moving company in Kelowna to help you with your move.

Time. It’s the one thing we all have in common and the one thing we never seem to have enough of. Or, if you’re watching the clock for the end of the work or school day, it doesn’t seem to move fast enough.

As you get ready to move, time can seem to speed up, and before you know it, it’s moving day. Efficient preparation can go a long way in making sure you have enough time for moving and storage.

The amount of time you should allocate for your move has many variables, but a good rule of thumb is 8 to 12 weeks. Let’s break it down into sections to understand better the variables involved:


Before the Move

This is the piece of the moving puzzle that has the most variables. If you own your home, you’ll need to find a realtor, list the property, stage the house, have showings, negotiate a price, remove contingencies and set a move-out date. This entire process can take anywhere from two to six months, depending on the real estate market, your house, and the buyers’ eagerness. If you rent, the process is much more straightforward and should only take one or two months.

Before you move, you’ll need to hire a professional moving company from Kelowna and get moving quotes. Choosing and evaluating a moving and storage company should take one to two weeks.

This is also the time to cancel subscriptions, arrange for mail forwarding, and organize important family and business documents.


The Move

If you plan on packing your belongings yourself, allow plenty of time to do it right. Again, this is a variable, but if you have a studio or one-bedroom apartment, it should take you 12 to 16 hours. If you have a four-bedroom house, it can take you 60 hours or more.

One of the benefits of hiring a moving company in Kelowna is that packing boxes can be part of the moving quote and should only take eight hours for a four-bedroom house.

Once all the boxes are packed, it will take a professional moving company anywhere from two hours (for a studio or one-bedroom apartment) and up to six hours (for a four-bedroom house) to load up the moving truck. These times can vary depending on how many stairs are involved, the distance from the moving truck to your entrance, the number of boxes you have and any other heavy or bulky items such as pool tables or pianos.

After everything is safely packed, transporting your belongings could take 30 minutes if you’re moving across town to six or more days if you’re doing some long-distance moving.



Now that you’ve moved into your new home or apartment allow yourself a few days to unpack the basics and settle in. It may take you a few months before you really feel at home. If, after a year, you still haven’t unpacked some boxes, you may not need to—consider donating or de-cluttering anything you haven’t used in the past year.

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