How Many Movers Do You Actually Need? A Guide Based on 5 Real-Life Moves
Planning on hiring moving labor for your move? Moving labor is typically charged by the hour, so if you've ever tried to book labor-only movers, you know pretty much the first thing they ask you is, "How many movers do you need?" While it might seem daunting to realistically know the answer, have no fear! I spoke with several of my friends about their recent moves and straight-up asked them how much labor help they ultimately required. Because while moving size charts are great, there's nothing like talking to someone who's been through it themselves to tell it like it is. How long do movers take to finish? Generally, it can take anywhere from 2 to 8 hours on average to move a house. That's a huge spread! The number of hours YOU will end up needing depends on how many movers you hire, how much stuff you have, and whether your move involves any special circumstances, like moving specialty items or navigating stairs. Here are some things to consider when booking moving labor: Consider the factors that could make your SPECIFIC move a pain. It's pointless to rely on typical moving labor estimates if your apartment is on the eighth floor with no elevator, or you own five baby grand pianos Keep in mind that for the sake of operational efficiency, it's standard for moving companies to maintain a minimum of two movers for two hours, so that's the lowest amount of labor you'll be able to reserve. Since you no longer have to worry about things like stacking boxes or arranging the furniture inside the truck, unloading is kind of like riding your bike downhill versus uphill Why hire more movers when you could hire them for longer hours? You'll see some recommendations below for booking up to four movers at a time.